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Trump's recent comments about the Civil War weren't his first historical flub


In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner, President Trump befuddled many when made a claim about the Civil War and President Andrew Jackson. Trump questioned why the issues that triggered the war "could not have been worked out." He further added that Jackson was “was really angry that he saw what was happening in regard to the Civil War.”

Except Jackson died 16 years before the Civil War began. 

The interview with the Examiner wasn't the first time Trump flubbed when it comes to American history. In fact, according to the New York Times, one of Trump's plaques on his Virginia golf courses marks the so-called "The River of Blood."

Here's the plaque's inscription: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ”

However, historians noted the inaccuracy of the plaque.

“No. Uh-uh. No way. Nothing like that ever happened there,” said Richard Gillespie, the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, a historical preservation and education group devoted to an 1,800-square-mile section of the Northern Virginia Piedmont, including the Lowes Island site.

“The only thing that was remotely close to that,” Mr. Gillespie said, was 11 miles up the river at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861, a rout of Union forces in which several hundred were killed. “The River of Blood?” he added. “Nope, not there.”

In a phone interview regarding the issue, Trump played down and disputed the historian's claims.

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