Say What Saturday: Words from those Who Dealt with the Horrors of War

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Illustration of the Field hospital (Second Corps) on the battlefield of Chancellorsville.

“Bearing the bandages, water and sponge,
Straight and swift to my wounded I go,
Where they lie on the ground after the battle brought in,
Where their priceless blood reddens the grass, the ground,
Or to the rows of the hospital tent, or under the roof’d hospital,
To the long rows of cots up and down each side I return,
To each and all one after another I draw near, not one do I miss.”


A Ward in Armory Square...

Period "Corporal's Kitchen"-Halloween Treats Oct. 2018

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Evan-Amos, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

There was no Halloween, as is presently known, during the Civil War years. However, some of the traditions were locally practiced, and Halloween was recognized to one degree or another, but these were mainly within discrete social, cultural and religious boundaries, and the sharing between communities had not begun yet.

There are few written accounts of Halloween in the United States prior to 1860, but reference to the celebration or activities do occur. The Peoria Morning Mail, on...

Discussion Halloween Cartoon: Jefferson Davis Reaping the Harvest

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Description Davis is portrayed with deathly eyes, reaping plants with skulls on them with a curved sword. Underneath him is a snake and above him is a twisted, bare tree with a crow perched on it and a noose hanging from it. Davis was viewed as the ultimate traitor and this cartoon suggests that he is death and will bring death.
Language English
Publication Harper's Weekly

Caption This! week 43 - 2020

" From Ghosties And Ghoulies And Long... Stalks Of Kale ", Scots Hallowe'en

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Supposedly a Cornish litany runs " From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us ". Who knows what the Welsh were up to- we Yanks spent the war years fascinated by we Scots- and our Robert Burns.

Halloween seems to have parted company with it's religious genesis quite early. Although cannot find one ad for emoticon costumes in a single paper between 1861 and 1865, ( go figure ) Halloween traditions galore, through those years. A surprising number? All about we Scots. There's a stalk of All-Hallows-Eve kale tradition ( yes, the terrifying...

Mary Todd Lincoln and Book Character day.

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Usually around Halloween at school, we do a “book character day” so that the kids can show off their Halloween costumes. It’s the way we get around the folks who get their knickers in a twist about the holiday...anyway, this year I am going as a subject of a Biography, Mary Todd Lincoln, as I have had a few people tell me that I look a smidge like her. So, going to use my new Mourning gown, and my Lincoln Cockade and the Whitby Jet cameo necklace that I got from an antique place. I’m going to wear my Mom’s black dangle earrings. No idea of the stone, other than it’s heavy! Possibly onyx?

Pictures on the morrow, I promise. I have to get...

True Story from 1862 - 22nd Regiment of the National Guard of New York - Halloween Story for the Forum

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Harper's Ferry 1865, National Archives Photo

This is your Halloween Story for the Hauntings Forum! Because I'm an election official, I won't be on the forums on Halloween as we are preprocessing ballots and I want to make sure I get this in.

I got this true story from the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Ranger Day put it in Facebook.

This story is from the History of the 22nd Regiment of the National Guard of the State of New York, by Wingate, who were stationed in the Ferry during 1862. The story involves a soldier named Harp who was afraid of ghosts and his pards, who wanted to scare him.

Harp, liked to...

Meme Winner week 42 - 2020

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Born: October 28, 1810

Birthplace: Gladden's Grove, Winnsboro, South Carolina

Father: William Minor Gladden 1787 – 1867
(Buried: Gladden – Powell Cemetery, Fairfield County, South Carolina)​

Mother: Jane Tidwell 1792 – 1829
(Buried: Gladden – Powell Cemetery, Fairfield County, South Carolina)​

Wife: Mary Elizabeth Gandy 1816 – 1854
(Buried: First Presbyterian Churchyard, Columbia, South Carolina)​


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