150th Anniversary of the Civil War: 1861-1865

The News-Sentinel staff has put together a special presentation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The war began April 12, 1861, when Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. When the war finally ended in 1865, 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers had died, two-thirds by disease. There were about 1,030,000 casualties overall (3 percent of the U.S. population).

Allen County, the focus of this project, sent over 4,000 soldiers to the war, and nearly 500 lost their lives.

Events mark 150 years since key Manassas battle
Confederate sub righted
Hot day for a Civil War soldier
Video: Civil War re-enactors at Lindenwood
What's the hurry to destroy history?
Civil War salute: Re-enactors give glimpse into soldier's life
City sent thousands to Civil War front lines
We're neglecting the legacies from Fort Wayne's past
From the pages of the Sentinel
Nation remembers Civil War's first shots
Americans' views on war have evolved over the years
Who fired the first shot in Civil War?
Battle tales; Retired teacher has spent decades researching 44th Indiana Regiment's role in Civil War
Three of city's bravest won't be forgotten
Letters from homefront are window to life
Missing Civil War sign in good hands
Few blacks show up to Civil War events
Stamps recall first year of Civil War

Take a tour of Fort Wayne's Civil War-related sites

Reader-submitted histories

Three generations fought in Civil War
Many relatives served
Lived to fight another battle
A private wrote about the war
A private in the 52nd Regiment
Brothers join the fight

See a slide show of Allen County's Civil War figures, memorials and relics.