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The general’s horse wasn’t manly enough, so the sculptor gave the mare a makeover

The equestrian statue of Union Gen. Winfield Scott stirred controversy as soon as it was installed in 1874.

UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

Ancestry pulls slavery-era ad after backlash on Friday apologized for an ad that showed a mixed-race couple discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era.

Iowa Rep. Steve King posts meme saying red states have ‘8 trillion bullets’ in event of civil war

Iowa Republican congressman Steve King broached a second American Civil War in a Saturday evening Facebook post – a bizarre meme of two fighting figures, one red and one blue, …

South Sudan government and rebels sign another peace deal

South Sudan’s warring parties on Wednesday signed what they say is the final peace agreement to end the country’s five-year civil war, which has killed tens of thousands and displaced …

South Sudan’s warring leaders agree to share power, again

South Sudan’s warring leaders have agreed to share power once again in the latest effort to end a five-year civil war, officials announced Wednesday, days after the United States said …

UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 2:02 p.m.

South Sudan’s latest cease-fire is violated within hours

South Sudan government troops violated the country’s latest cease-fire just hours after it began at midnight, the armed opposition claimed Saturday, while a government spokesman accused the rebels of attacking …

‘Permanent’ cease-fire begins in South Sudan’s civil war

A cease-fire began at midnight Saturday in South Sudan as a weary nation wondered whether this latest attempt to end a five-year civil war would hold.

Remains of Civil War soldiers found in pit of severed limbs

Researchers have discovered the remains of two Civil War soldiers buried among a batch of severed limbs on a northern Virginia battlefield.

UPDATED: Sun., May 27, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

At last battle of Deep Creek re-enactment, Union and Confederacy return to Gettysburg

With the thunderous crack of a cannon and the sulfurous pop of a musket, the Battle of Gettysburg was on. The Union soldiers, clad in various shades of blue, moved …

Trail of ashes: A local man’s work to restore identity to the unclaimed dead

A local retiree spends his days sifting through cemetery records, updating lists of the dead. His work has led to some surprising discoveries – and even united families across more …

Lincoln urges nation to give thanks

Today we offer the Thanksgiving proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Oct. 3, 1863. The year that is drawing towards its close has been filled with the blessings of …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S., Russia nearing agreement on resolving Syrian civil war

The United States and Russia are nearing an agreement on Syria for how they hope to resolve the Arab country’s civil war once the Islamic State group is defeated, officials …

Debate over Ken Burns Civil War doc continues over decades

From the time it aired nearly 30 years ago, Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary has been a popular sensation and subject of debate. Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

White House backs Kelly on Confederate monuments

White House chief of staff John Kelly says Confederate General Robert E. Lee was “an honorable man” and applying current thinking on social issues to figures in history is “very, …

Decision on moving North Carolina’s Confederate monuments delayed

Seeking further input, a state panel in North Carolina on Friday delayed a decision on whether three Confederate monuments from the grounds of the old Capitol should be moved to …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:41 a.m.

Lawmaker wants Confederate statues removed from U.S. Capitol

On the heels of a clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Virginia last month, Rep. Barbara Lee wants statues of Confederate heroes removed from the U.S. Capitol.

We’re still fighting, more than 150 years after Appomattox

After all this time, it could be argued that it doesn’t matter, but the blood that was shed over a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, is powerful …

Racial content sweeps away ‘Gone With the Wind’ screening

A Tennessee theater has canceled a long-running screening of “Gone With the Wind” because of racially insensitive content in the classic 1939 film.

Kathleen Parker: Lost cause doesn’t merit statue obsession

Why should public lands play host to marble, granite and bronze images of men who tried to destroy our relatively new nation?

Historians warn against rushing to take down statues

The national soul-searching over whether to take down monuments to the Confederacy’s demigods has extended to other historical figures accused of wrongdoing, including Christopher Columbus (brutality toward Native Americans), the …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

Half of trapped Raqqa population are children, U.N. official says

Half of the estimated 20,000 people trapped in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa are children, an official with the U.N. children’s agency said Friday, describing the traumatizing experiences of children …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Charlottesville covers Confederate statue with black shroud

Workers in Charlottesville draped giant black covers over two statues of Confederate generals on Wednesday to symbolize the city’s mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 4:36 p.m.

Charlottesville votes to shroud statues

The Charlottesville City Council voted to drape two Confederate statues in black fabric during a chaotic meeting packed with irate residents who screamed and cursed at councilors over the city’s …

Confederate memorial removed from outside Maryland court

Photos posted on a Howard County executive’s Facebook page show the memorial outside the Circuit Court in Ellicott City being removed Monday night and placed onto a truck.

Feds: Texas man tried planting bomb on Confederate statue

A Houston man has been arrested after being accused by authorities of trying to damage or destroy a Confederate statue at a Houston park with explosives.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 8:36 p.m.

University of Texas takes down four Confederate statues overnight

The University of Texas removed four Confederate statues from its Austin campus early Monday morning, amid growing pressure to take down such monuments in the wake of racist violence in …

Lawrence A. Kuznar: Detestable monuments should remain

When racists revere these monuments, those of us who oppose racism should double our efforts to use these monuments as tools for education.

UNICEF: More than 40,000 children at risk in Syria’s Raqqa

The United Nation’s children agency warned Friday that the fight for the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children, …

Q&A: Offensive against ISIS-held Raqqa has been long in coming

U.S.-backed Syrian forces launched their attack on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, just as the jihadist group is making its last stand in …

UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Syrian troops pound Daraa after rebel attack

Syrian government forces pounded parts of the southern city of Daraa with air strikes and artillery fire, activists reported Sunday, one day after rebels attacked government positions in the southern …