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For more information on the American Civil War, see American Civil War on Wikipedia.

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The American Civil War was a significant event in the United States of America long before the Great War.


During the war, a draft was implemented, a poster of which can be found in the ruins of Washington D.C.[2] New technology also developed during the war; over one million .58 caliber percussion cap Type 1861 "Springfield" rifle-muskets were produced as the standard infantry armament.[3]

The Colonel Kelly monument commemorates the leader of the 1st Virginia Infantry, having been appointed colonel in May 1861 and being gravely wounded in the Battle of Philippi a month later.[4] This battle was the first land conflict of the war, taking place near Philippi, Virginia. On June 3, 1861, the Union planned a pre-dawn assault on the Confederates, which resulted in their retreat.[5] A battlefield cemetery was subsequently established on the site.[6] The Arlington Cemetery was also founded as a national cemetery for war casualties.

At the end of the war, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, and subsequently presented the Gettysburg Address. In Washington D.C., Hannibal Hamlin shares information about Lincoln and his role in the emancipation, when inquiring about the Lincoln Memorial.[7][8] In Appalachia, recreations of battles were held at Prickett's Fort. On the south wall of the Lincoln Memorial, there is an inscription mentioning the Civil War.[9]

In Point Lookout, Maryland, the natural bio-gas that is released from the ground comes from the bodies of soldiers who were buried and covered in lye during the Civil War.[10] Several war items can be found in the area, such as Confederate hats.


  • In the Pioneer Scout badge exam, one of the questions asks, "Which cipher, named for a French diplomat, was used by the Confederacy during the Civil War?" The specific cipher was the Vigenere cipher, named for Blaise de Vigenère.[11]
  • Ulysses indirectly mentions the Civil War when talking about the history of Ulysses S. Grant and his influence as a Union general.[12]



  1. Captain Maxson's diary
  2. Civil War draft poster
  3. Museum of Technology placard: "The Type 1861 "Springfield" Rifle-Musket was the standard weapon for the infantry soldier in the American Civil War. It was a muzzle-loaded weapon which fired a .58 caliber "Minie Ball" using percussion caps instead of the traditional flintlock. Almost a million of these weapons were manufactured for the soldiers during the war. On loan from the International Ordnance Museum, these cases display the various types of weapons and ammunition used by the military in past conflicts all over the globe."
    (Fallout 3 message box transcriptions)
  4. Appalachia audio tour stations; Colonel Kelly monument
  5. Appalachia audio tour stations; Philippi Battlefield Cemetery
  6. Appalachia landmarks - Philippi's Cemetery Battlefield
  7. The Lone Wanderer: "What is that stone head?"
    Hannibal Hamlin: "That's Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator. We don't know how it came to be here, but it's fitting, don't you think?"
    (Hannibal Hamlin's dialogue)
  8. The Lone Wanderer: "Sounds dangerous. Where is this place?"
    Hannibal Hamlin: "I want to move all my people to the Memorial site for the great Abraham Lincoln, but I need to know if it's safe. I've heard rumors of Super Mutants infesting that area though. We need to send someone to check that out first."
    (Hannibal Hamlin's dialogue)
  9. Lincoln Memorial
  10. USS Ozymandias terminal entries; Bysshe Co. terminal, ERROR:12XU_user_shell, <!> Confidential <!>
  11. Pioneer Scout camp terminal entries; Pioneer badge exam terminal, Codebreaker exam
  12. The Courier: "Ulysses. Not the myth. You're honoring history, not stories."
    Ulysses: "[SUCCEEDED] History. Yes. Ulysses walked a hard road. A general, like Caesar and Oliver. He was Brahmin-stubborn, gave him strength on the battlefield. He led his side to victory, turned two flags into one. That's when he lost - when the fighting was done, the sickness took hold. Lesson there, if history's to be believed. One you should heed."
    (Ulysses' dialogue)