Of the 900 men who mustered into the 95th Illinois Infantry in 1862, only 153 were still in the regiment by the end of the Civil War. Albert Cashier was one of them. And that’s historic - because Albert was a woman. He was born Jennie Hodgers on Christmas Day of 1843, in Clogher Head, Ireland.
A piece of Civil War history has made its way to Springfield. An original flag that was carried during Civil War campaigns by a regiment from northern Illinois is on display at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Many are marking the occasion. But Chicago’s City Lit Theater may put other plans to shame. The company plans to stage a Civil War-themed production every April, until the year 2015.
The political crisis in Ivory Coast has plunged the West African nation back into civil war. Since last November, Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo has refused to accept that he lost the presidential election to his rival, Alessane Ouattara.
Each Thursday on Global Activism, we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place. Kenneth Elispana left Sudan in 1992, fleeing from the civil war and the ongoing persecution of Sudanese Christians.
The civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009 after 26 years of conflict. Both sides – the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils – committed countless acts of terror and violence. The ruthless final push by the Sinhalese army went largely unseen by independent observers.