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A house divided

The great struggle

President Abraham Lincoln's phrase "a house divided" described the United States in 1861 on the eve of  the American Civil War.  Their war between the Union North and the Confederate South lasted four years and ended on April 9, 1865 with the capitulation of the Southern forces.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of that bitter conflict.

It is estimated that 2.1 million soldiers fought for the Union under the leadership of generals such as  Ulysses S. Grant, George G. Meade and William T. Sherman.  About 800,000 soldiers fought for the Confederacy led by Robert E. Lee,  James Longstreet and George E. Pickett. 

The Library has a large selection of Civil War titles about the military campaigns, espionage, leaders' biographies and battlefiled tours.  Interested readers will find related materials here.