Left: Julia Ward Howe, pictured during her honeymoon in England. Right: Her husband, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe. He would soon prove controlling of every aspect of her life, including what she ate. The Yellow House Papers: The Laura E. Richards Collection, Gardiner Library Association and Maine Historical Society, Coll. 2085, RG10, F6; Samuel Gridley Howe, 1857. Courtesy of Perkins School for the Blind Archives. hide caption

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Walt Whitman's Letter For A Dying Soldier To His Wife Discovered

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Feb. 1 marked the first day of a historic trial in which Mayan women have accused two former military officers of systematic sexual violence during Guatemala's civil war. Moises Castillo/AP hide caption

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In Historic Trial, Mayan Women Accuse Ex-Military Officers Of Sex Slavery

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Soloman Howard performs as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton's Appomattox. Scott Suchman for WNO hide caption

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With More Story To Tell, Opera 'Appomattox' Gets An Update

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was opened on Feb. 26, 2008. Carved into the Arctic permafrost and filled with samples of the world's most important seeds, it's a Noah's Ark of food crops to be used in the event of a global catastrophe. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Gendron carries the remains of Army Sgt. Charles Schroeter, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in an 1869 battle during the Indian Wars. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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A cypress tree swamp in Byrnes Lake, part of the more than 200,000-acre Mobile delta. It's the most biologically diverse river delta system in the country. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

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Protesters close their eyes in silent prayer as they stand on the South Carolina Statehouse steps during a rally to take down the Confederate flag, Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. Rainier Ehrhardt/Associated Press hide caption

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'Balm' Looks At Civil War After The Battles, Outside The South

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An African-American Army cook at work in City Point, Va., sometime between 1860 and 1865. Food played a critical role in determining the outcome of the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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The ill-fated Sultana in Helena, Ark., just before it exploded on April 27, 1865, with about 2,500 people aboard. Most were Union soldiers, newly released from Confederate prison camps. Library of Congress hide caption

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The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

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Re-enactors re-create the Battle of Appomattox Court House as part of the 150th anniversary of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Discovery Gives New Ending To A Death At The Civil War's Close

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

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