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The Civil War: Facts you may not know

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Just when we think we know all there is to know about the American Civil War, something comes along and reminds us that we have not even scratched the surface. The four years of war changed many things in our country, and it affected everyone in some way. Here are some tidbits that some of you know about, and some don't.

1. One of Abraham Lincoln's favorite songs was "Dixie," and he had it played at some of his political rallies and at the announcement of General Robert E. Lee's surrender.

2. Kentucky, Missouri, Rhode Island and Delaware all permitted slavery, and remained with the Union during the Civil War. West Virginia seceded from Virginia during the war, and joined the Union. It was the only state to become part of the Union by seceding from a Confederate state. The last state to secede from the Union was Tennessee, which seceded June 8, 1861.

3. There were free black landowners in the South that owned slaves. Many of the Southern soldiers did not own slaves, and many of them said "It's a rich man's war and a poor man's fight," when talking about the Civil War.

4. More soldiers of the war died from disease, than bullets. Glasses with colored lenses were worn by soldiers in the belief they would treat disease. That is where the term, "To see the world through rose colored glasses" came from.

5. One of the items found in Abraham Lincoln's wallet when he died was a five dollar Confederate bill.

6. Thomas W. Custer of the Union was the first soldier to receive two Medals of Honor in a war. He was later killed with his brother, George Armstrong Custer while fighting Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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