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Union And Confederate Officers, Arthur Lumley's Toast Among The Captured At Fredericksburg
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" The Union & Rebel officers taking the last drink after signing the papers (?) of parole and exchange of prisoners, Goodbye " Arthur Lumley, Fredericksburg, for Frank Leslie's Illustrated News

Full image, LoC
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Crazy good image of one of those moments frequently encountered during the war. We all know what Fredericksburg was, the slaughter, the awful graves, wounded past counting. Supposedly these civilized observances in the midst of horrifying chaos became unknown as war ground on- not so sure. IMO, made us more susceptible to a search for who we'd left behind, the human bond buried in shambles.

" Scene on the beach...

General Quincy A. Gillmore in front of his tent

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Morris Island, South Carolina. General Quincy A. Gillmore in front of his tent].
Haas & Peale, photographer.
[July or August 1863]
Photographer name from annotations on other negatives in this series (LC-B8156).
Title and date from corresponding photographic print in LOT 4196.
Forms part of Civil War glass negative collection (Library of Congress).

Hospital Knapsacks Captured at First Manassas July 21, 1861

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On July 21, 1861, after the Battle of First Manassas, the Confederate Army took possession of abandoned Union supplies of all kinds. Among the spoils of war were some Hospital Knapsacks. It seems the CS Surgeon General wanted them sent to Richmond, possibly for duplication.

This early version of the hospital knapsack in use in 1861, was adopted by the US Army in November 1859. Each knapsack was made of light willow wood and wicker-work, covered with enameled canvas cloth. According to A Practical Treatise on Military Surgery [Frank Hastings Hamilton, 1861, p. 115.] the knapsack was "...divided into four compartments or drawers and covered with canvas...

Administrator, spymaster – Henry B. Carrington

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Miifotos.com - Harrisburg Pa Civil War

Henry Beebee Carrington was born in Wallingford, Connecticut on March 2, 1824 to Miles and Mary Beebee Carrington. His grandfather, James Carrington, was superintendent of the arms manufactory in Whitneyville, Connecticut from 1800 to 1825 and then inspector of the United States armories in Springfield and Harpers Ferry.

Carrington was raised in an abolitionist environment. Both his mother and grandmother infused him from early on with their anti-slavery beliefs. His teachers in Torringford too were abolitionists. In school, he one day met John Brown, by...

Book Review Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America's Civil War

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Upon the Fields of Battle: Essays on the Military History of America's Civil War edited by Andrew Bledsoe and Andrew Lang, published by LSU Press (2018). $47.50 Hardcover, $37.29 Kindle.
The publication of a pair of essays by Earl Hess and Gary Gallagher in 2014 on "The State of Civil War Military History" prompted the publication of this collection of essays "just" four years later. Because of its origin story, I had some trepidation about forking over nearly forty bucks for the digital version of this book. I had read Hess's “Where Do We Stand? A Critical Assessment of Civil War Studies in the Sesquicentennial Era,” Civil...

Woman chronicling untold tales of black Civil War soldiers

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Corene McDaniel of Carbondale checks her research on black Civil War soldiers buried at Mound City National Cemetery.

For 50 years, Corene McDaniel has walked through the rows of graves at Mound City National Cemetery to visit her father, who lies in rest there alongside thousands of other veterans.

But it was only a few years ago that she noticed an abbreviation chiseled into some of the oldest white headstones: USCT.

It stands for United States Colored Troops, she learned — the name given to about 200,000 black men who fought for the Union in the Civil War.

Representing some 10 percent of the entire Union Army...

General Warren is just one of the staving best officers we ever had!

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When we came into the town it had been hastily deserted by many of its inhabitants. They supposed that their former activity in behalf of the Confederacy would subject them to arrest and punishment. Stores were abandoned with goods in them. Some of the boys would insist upon looking them through General Warren had properly given strict orders against their doing so.

One evening as he was walking along the street he found some of the lawless soldiers who had found a way through a back window into one of the deserted stores and were taking a look at the tobacco and other like goods. Instead of having them arrested General Warren dismissed...

February 5 In Civil War History

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On this day in Civil War history
Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag

February 5, 1861 - "Fort Sumter will not be surrendered" came from various people in the Buchanan Administration in response to a demand for surrender from South Carolina.

February 5, 1861 - Plans are being made in Montgomery, AL, for the inauguration of the Government of the Confederate States of America.

February 5, 1861 - Civil authorities of Texas appoint a commission to confer with the US officer commanding that military department there.

February 5, 1861 - The Peace Convention convening in Washington, DC, attempts to devise a means of settling this dispute...

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