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Hairpin Pilfering

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Apparently there was a new craze in 1883 - hairpin pilfering. According to the Harrisburg, PA Telegraph newspaper in October of 1883, "The boys are all gathering hairpins." It seems the fad started off innocently enough with boys asking favored girls for hairpins as keepsakes, but a prominent Harrisburg gentleman told the newspaper, "But now the idea is to get them without the girl's knowing what you are about. I know fellows who have followed a girl for squares just because a hairpin was sticking out and looked as if it meant to drop soon."

The object of hairpin pilfering was to acquire as many hairpins as possible...

Say What Anniversary Special: Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg

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The writer was an eye witness to the charge of the Irish brigade at Fredericksburg. General Lee had, at the time, the finest army in history. Two formidable lines of battle were protected by a rock wall and defended by Cobb's and Kershaw's brigades of McLaw's division (one fourth of whom, I suppose, were Irishmen or of Irish extraction), and the famous Washington Artillery. In our immediate front one could walk on the dead for hundreds of yards. We were pained to see the noble fellows coming up in steady columns to be mowed down before our lines of solid flames of fire from our entrenched position behind the rock wall and the...

Happy Birthday Brig. General Joseph O. Shelby

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Joseph Orville Shelby

December 12, 1830

Birthplace: Lexington Kentucky

Father: Orville Shelby 1803 – 1835

Mother: Anna Maria Boswell 1808 – 1892
(Buried: Lexington Cemetery Lexington Kentucky)​

Wife: Elizabeth M. Shelby 1841 – 1928
(Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery Kansas City Missouri)​


Joseph Boswell Shelby 1864 – 1940​
(Buried: Forest Hill Cemetery Kansas City Missouri)​
John Morgan Shelby 1878 – 1951​

Trivia 12-12-19 The things they carried

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1)Who was Gottlieb Klobberyoss? (please give nationality and age)
2)What was the title of the story he told in a newspaper?
3)What is the connection between Alonzo Miller, who served in Company A, 12th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment of Blair’s 17th Army Corps and Gottlieb Klobberyoss's story?

credit: @FarawayFriend

Authentic Civil War Kitchen Soups

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Oyster stew
Kent Wang [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here are some soup recipes from "The Pennsylvania Memorial Home Cook Book" by Members of the Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Army of the Republic.

Oyster Soup by Corps. 82

1 quart oysters
1 quart milk
1 pint water

Strain the broth off the oysters and add to the milk and water. Let this come to a boil, skim, put in the pepper and salt to taste and a lump of butter. Add 1 dozen oyster cracker rolled fine, throw in the oysters and let boil until the...
Rebel Battery at Pensacola?
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I saw this posted to a Facebook group. The photo is allegedly a Confederate battery at Pensacola. There does appear to be a lighthouse in the left background. I don't know how far the Confederate batteries extended west of the Pensacola Lighthouse and Fort Barrancas in 1861-1862.

Do you think the photo is accurately identified, or is it from some other Confederate fortification?
Handguns H. Aston M1842 Pistol.
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This pistol does not belong to me at this point.

I am giving some thought to trying to acquire it.

I have a M1816 Springfield flintlock musket and a M1841 percussion rifle and M1842 percussion musket with an 1843 lock date but all of my Civil War handguns are revolvers.

Would it make sense to have this M1842 pistol in my collection?

The fellow that owns this pistol brought it to my house to photograph it some time ago.

It has the anchor stamped on the left side of the barrel. I think the lock plate shows an 1852 date.

What is it worth?

Thanks for any help.


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Confederate Button - Variant

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I wanted to put this out on this thread because I'm hoping someone can give me more insight into this button.
I found this button in Raymond, MS along with other civil war relics. As you can see, it was folded over (the back is missing) and it's not in the best condition. However, I've been told that it appears to be a variant of a Confederate officers button.
Variant buttons, I'm told, were ordered for specific units according to the customer's design specifications.
Regardless, I thought it was interesting and wanted to throw this out to the CWT group for any discussion or knowledge or positive i.d. on this one.

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