My first attempt at building a diorama was approx 15 years ago when I found a tree root whilst digging in the garden. I thought at the time it looked like a miniature tree and after just finishing a book about the battle of the wilderness I decided to build a diorama around it.
I set myself a challenge of building from scratch 4 figures in different poses, paint them and try my hand at groundwork.
Three generation's worth of Victorian women although they'll try ( and do ) confuse you. By 1890 or so ' Edwardian ' fashion appears and he wouldn't be king for another decade. Time's blip second from left is 1861.
Our Civil War took place inside what we've come to refer to as The Victorian Era, ' inside ' the operative word. It's important because the war took place on the backdrop of a specific time period. 1861-1865, a blink in a nearly 60 year span we've managed to lump into one handy ( albeit romantic ) designation, " Victorian ". With Queen Victoria looming large over her reign, six decades elapsed. That's an awfully long time- three...
After reading ' General Mouton's Regiment The 18th Louisiana Infantry', a book by Michael Dan Jones,I was determined to visit his grave whilst passing through Lafayette on our way to the CWT Vicksburg gathering.
Brigadier General Mouton's grave or to give him his full title Jean Jacques Alexandre Alfred Mouton.
Whilst talking to a groundsman he mentioned another Generals grave in the cemetery. When I walked over I found it was Major General Franklin K. Gardner which was quite a coincidence as our next stop was Port Hudson.
Currier and Ives, circa 1860's "...Flag of the 12th N. C. infantry, captured by Serg't E. D. Woodbury, 1st Vt. cavalry. The staff upon which this flag was fastened had evidently been a very excellent jointed fishing rod, and admirably subserved the purpose to which it had been applied...." [Evening Star. (Washington, DC), October 24, 1864, page 2.]
I posted this in another thread, but thought it worthy of its own thread here in the Uniforms & Relics Forum. Eri (yes, with an "r") Davidson Woodbury of the 1st Vermont Cavalry received the Medal of Honor for the...
I was a proud Minnesota infantryman, so proud that I had my name, encampment, battalion and regiment tattooed on my arm! Unfortunately, the tattooist misspelled my name!
Because of health issues, my service was short. I drifted from job to job, before settling in Colorado. I gained fame- or infamy- for a brutal crime, was convicted and imprisoned but ultimately pardoned. Late in life I took up a new lifestyle, one notably different from my past.
Who am I?
What was my crime?
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