At the beginning of the war outside of Washington D.C. gray-wearing troops of the Massachusetts militia encountered gray-wearing Confederate soldiers.
Whose Side Are You On?
Victory or defeat would determine whether or not Lincoln would issue the Emancipation Proclamation after the key Battle of Anitetam.
So Much Depends on the Battle of Antietam
On the left flank of the Union's primary attack at the Battle of Fredericksburg Union soldiers were charged with the bloody task of attempting to take Marye's Heights.
The Union Suicide Mission at the Battle of Fredericksburg
Hiram Berdan gathered the Union's best sharpshooters to form his elite regiments which would assume special assignments and who distinguished themselves at the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Elite Soldiers that Formed Berdan's Sharpshooters
The United States Colored Troops was the first official regiment comprised mostly of African American troops in the Civil War, and they distinguished themselves by charging a well-entrenched Confederate position that had not been previously breached.
The United States Colored Troops Charge Confederate Lines at the Battle of Nashville
To improve their chances of success Union soldiers prepare a nighttime attack during the Battle of Petersburg but they must take every precaution to ensure that they do not reveal themselves beforehand.
Preparing for a Nighttime Attack at Petersburg