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The War Artist Who Won Christmas, Santa Nast's Countdown To The Day

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A " US " belt slipped over Santa's arm and into this work by Thomas Nast succeeds is one of our indications the war and those who fought were Nast's subjects. He somehow managed to combine war with hope or at least let us know hope hadn't fled. Magic and Christmas was out there somewhere.

This. Section from Nast's famous contribution to Christmas at war, 1863.
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From Nast's famous Harper's cover, 1863. Only Nast could reach into country at war and come up with this. He's been accused of romanticizing the war- I disagree. He was dragging hope out of all the blood, mud and death. And reminded us of that, too.

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Trivia 12-13-19 Fill in the Blank & Bonus

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Gettysburg is home to many historical markers, ranging from majestic bronze statuary to small humble plaques. One marker that is both prominent and yet easily overlooked states "President Lincoln passed by _____ _____ on November 19, 1863." Fill in the blanks.

credit: @LoyaltyOfDogs

Bonus:
I served with my father William and my younger brother Lyston. I received the Medal of Honor for delivering a message under fire - even though the message I verbally delivered contained a very serious error.

I later attended the Naval Academy, and then became a dentist in Missouri. I finally received my Medal of Honor in 1896.

Who am I and what was the error in my message...

Collection Assemblage of Vicksburg Artillery

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Here is an assemblage of artillery shells, cannister, and fuze devices from Vicksburg campaign sites and siege.
Vicksburg, because it was assaulted twice on May 19th and 22nd and under siege for 47 days, is known for its artillery shells.
One Vicksburger, after the war, commented that when the story of the Vicksburg siege is written, it will be commemorated with the statue of an Artillery Shell. It was the terror of the artillery shell that rained down upon the city unmercifully and forced citizenry into caves to live like moles.
This small sampling of light artillery shells (6 pounders, 12 pounders, and 3'' Hotchkiss) were common...
Why couldn't this be Gettysburg?
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This stereoview, "Battle Grounds of the Potomac Valley", by William Moody Chase has always intrigued me. The original is in the collections of the New York Historical Society and is identified as a Memorial Day observance at Antietam. If only a Gettysburg photographer had been this close to the speakers' platform on the day of the cemetery dedication. Let's hope that a discovery like this may someday be made.

Civil War Talk Throwback Thursday, 12-12-2019

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After last week's hiatus (I was attending Christmas Candlelight Tours at Jefferson, Texas https://civilwartalk.com/threads/jefferson-album-texas-civil-war-town.119905/ ), Throwback Thursday returns with another Centennial-era recording, this time by the redoubtable Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Usually thought of around the holiday season for their performances of Christmas music and appearances at important National events like the last Presidential Inauguration, in 1960 the Choir released their own album of Civil War music, Songs Of the North & South 1861-1865 on the Columbia Masterworks label; as the liner notes...

Victorian Christmas Kissing Balls are Back Bigger than Ever

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Not to be confused with hanging a mistletoe, Christmas Kissing Balls are medium to large size bunches of evergreens, holly and herbs placed in a spherical shape and hung in the doorways of a home. Some people may add pieces of mistletoe to them as well, as a more recognizable symbol to urge those that pass under to sneak in a kiss.

The history of Christmas Kissing Balls dates back to the time of the Middle Ages where people in villages would wind together twine and evergreen branches in the shape of a ball. They would then place a clay figure of the baby Jesus in the center and they were then known as holy boughs. The...

US Parrott, Robert Parker

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Robert Parker Parrott
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Born:
October 5, 1804

Birthplace: Lee, New Hampshire

Father: United States Senator John Fabyan Parrott 1767 – 1836
(Buried: Toscan Parrott Family Cemetery, Greenland, New Hampshire)​

Mother: Hannah Skilling Parker 1771 – 1850
(Buried: Toscan Parrott Family Cemetery, Greenland, New Hampshire)​

Wife: Mary Kemble 1799 – 1890
(Buried: Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, New York)​

Children: None

Education:

1820-1824: Cadet...​

MFR History of The West Point Foundry

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From: The Hudson, from the Wilderness to the Sea, by B. Lossing, 1866.
At Cold Spring, New York, was established by Gouverneur Kemble, who with others were incorporated under the name of the West Point Foundry Association. The first Works were erected in 1817, and were designed for the casting and boring of Cannon for the Navy and Army, requirements of the United States, official assurances of support and encouragement having been given should Ordnance for the government be satisfactorily made.

From the expiration of the time for which the charter of the Association was given...

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