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The Doomed Triumph of the H.L. Hunley

The H.L. Hunley was one of the great engineering wonders of the U.S. Civil War and the first submarine ever to to sink an enemy ship. Such a feat was not repeated for another fifty years, when a German U-boat sank the HMS Pathfinder with the first successfully deployed self-propelled torpedo at the start of […]

The Panic of 1857

On August 24, 1857, the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company failed in the wake of fraudulent activities by its management. It was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, plunging the United States fully into what came to be known as the Panic of 1857. Ohio Life was a bank based in Ohio […]

First Cigarettes

Cigarettes have actually been around in crude form since the early 1600s and in recognizeable form since the 18th century.  Although they didn’t become widely popular in the United States until shortly after the Civil War, they were smoked during the Civil War.  Indeed, by 1864 the first federal cigarette excise tax had been imposed […]