There is, or has been a narrow gage RR from the town of Port Gibson to the landing at Grand Gulf. The bluffs back of the village and landing were selected for our batteries, and three siege guns, and four ten pound parrot guns, were placed in position and were soon ready for any...
If you were a Civil War veteran returning to Gettysburg or an early tourist, you might have taken this home as a souvenir of your visit. Now it’s in the artifact collection at the Gettysburg National Military Park. What is it?
This week's throwback is only to last year and my marathon "excursion" to most of the major battlefields of the war, in this case Vicksburg NMP, Mississippi. This seemed appropriate since yesterday was the anniversary of U. S. Grant's last attempt to take the city by assault, and like the previous try on May 19...
While reading Mary Randolph's 1860 "The Virginia Housewife," I ran across this mention of kosher butchers.
It's obvious that any place with a substantial Jewish population needs a Jewish butcher. I wonder how widespread they were, and how many gentile housekeepers of the war era went to Jewish butchers for their meat?
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The American Civil War
The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.
glad you liked my post, not everyone did. i got carried away and strayed from keeping it within historical bounds. it's a hot button issue with
me. i'm sorry to those who were offended and thank those who weren't.
ps. central pa, amish? i'm from the northeast coal region, which has quite a history of it's own.