The stories on the following pages examine that question, looking at new revelations and lesser-known subjects of the Civil War. For example, the H. L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine raised off the coast of South Carolina almost seven years ago, continues to divulge new facts about its sailors. Or Elizabeth Keckly, the slave who bought her freedom and became Mary Todd Lincoln's closest confidant, yet has disappeared from the pages of textbooks. Sure, these are the tales of history. But America always has been a nation of explorers. What better way to prove that than by unearthing our own past.
By Kenneth Terrell