43 Scariest Facts About the Civil War

The Civil War is often called “the first modern war” because of efficient and deadly weapons that became available for the first time. Just how terrible was this war that pitted brother against brother? Consider these 20 jaw-dropping facts.

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First Assassination Attempt


Abraham Lincoln was assassinated near the close of the war, but that was not the first attempt made on his life. In 1863, Lincoln rode alone by horse to his family’s summer residence. Soldiers at the gate heard a gunshot and moments later Lincoln came galloping in astride his horse, but without his hat. Troops searched for the assassin without luck, but they did find Lincoln’s hat–which had a bullet hole right through it.

First Assassination Attempt