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    Muzzleldrs Need help authenticating 1861 Springfield

    Have an 1861 marked Springfield, wondering if anyone can help authenticate. The eagle is barely visible and there are “U” marks on the bands that secure the barrel to the stock.
  2. Eleanor Rose

    The Philippi Covered Bridge

    The city of Philippi, WV was the site of the first land battle of the Civil War on June 3, 1861. Built in 1852, the city’s covered bridge was heavily utilized by both armies during the Civil War. During the battle, Union troops took control of the bridge on the Tygart Valley River and used it as...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Discussion July 4th, 1861, " Never Was It So Imperiled As It Is Now ", Freedom Celebrated

    " What our flag means ", from LoC. Within the context of the ACW it's almost startling seeing all of us together emblazoned on our most cherished symbol. Through time it's been discarded by some, usurped by others and used as a weapon against each other during various upheavals, strife and...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    First Bull Run Bull Run 1861 And A Missing Piece Of A Story, Help Please?

    The McClean House, Beauregard's HQ at Bull Run 1861. Civilian prisoners claimed as political prisoners were brought here before being sent on to Liggon's Prison, Richmond. The Henry House, Stone House, Sudley Church, Grigsby House and a few others remain well known at least in name. Does anyone...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Who Needs A Blockade? The Confederacy's May 1861 ' No Dolls And Toys ' Act

    From Frank Leslie's, Blockade runner Wando, first named " Let Her Rip " was finally captured by Union forced in 1864. " About 8 o'clock she opened on her at long range with the 100-pounder rifle and forward 30-pounder, and continued firing until 10:30 -- firing 98 shells -when the Wando...
  6. O' Be Joyful

    Classmates Divided

    Image from: The Smithsonian Museum of History https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/west-point-making-america-1802%E2%80%931918 On the eve of the Civil War differing loyalties sent some West Pointers north, others south, but their academy friendship survived the conflict. To our...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Would You Buy A Floating Battery From These Ladies? April 12th, 1861

    Faded, grainy and a little uninteresting at first glance, this photograph may look like an eyesore someone should have gotten rid of. It sure impeded the view at Charleston Harbor. You know. The one of Fort Sumter. South Carolina ladies had been a little busy, thanks to them Edmund Ruffin had a...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " About 3 Feet 6 High, Could Ride Anything on Four Legs.. ", Jimmy Dugan Vanishes Into The War

    Mysteries, marveling and bearing witness to History- trifecta with these old treasures. Bugler Jimmy Dugan, here in familiar early-war wear at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania in 1861 looks like he should have a skinned knee, sagging socks and soccer cleats. That bugle and uniform look like...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    " Women In The Army ", 5th Wisconsin Soldier Liked Having Us Around, 1861

    Women have been following men off to war since, well, war became something to go off to. Or they showed up by themselves, to the benefit of anyone already there. A soldier/correspondent from the 5th Wisconsin seems to have been awfully prolific, writing almost entire pages for his home...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Columbus Had No Clue Pudding, 1861

    Nutmeg recipes always get my vote- inclusion in this pudding , in some recipes makes it a little bit of a puzzle. ' Indian ' with spices grown in the West Indies or ' Indian ' because Columbus wouldn't budge on where he was? He was really certain the folks already here were residing in India...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Mrs. Frick's Boarding House Remembers When, 1861

    Boarding houses were a recognizable feature of life in the era, working folks having recourse to inexpensive lodging without household responsibilities. Long article, but a great glimpse inside a forgotten past. Despite our fascination with creaking Victorian mansions and our vague convictions...
  12. GELongstreet

    Staff of the 5th New York Infantry, 1861

    The staff, at least partial, of the 5th New York Infantry Regiment, also known as Duryée's Zouaves, on the porch of the Segar House at Camp Hamilton near Fortress Monroe, Virginia, 1861. The persons are identified, left to right, as: Maj. J. Mansfield Davies Asst. Surg. B. Ellis Martin...
  13. SWMODave

    To impel the people to passion there must be some illusion mingled with the truth

    Courtesy youtube The following research was inspired by a book written by a Kansas attorney, Bryce Benedict. While I am too cheap to buy new books, and the Missouri inter-library loan system I am a member of can not seem to find a copy, the parts of the book I could read on Google Books preview...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    "Simply Because They Are Friendless", Washington, DC's Scandal Of 1861

    A scene from the female block at Washington Prison published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, December, 1861. Scandal erupted, a nation, said Mass. Senator Henry Wilson, was dishonored. Black citizens had been imprisoned there, and a lot of them. Why? Transpired because they were black...
  15. Jimklag

    Northern Railroads in 1861

    Here is a pdf by Carl Russell Fish The American Historical Review on the Union railroads at the beginning of the war.
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    Help with Springfield Musket Cleaning

    MODERATORS: IF THIS THREAD IS IN THE WRONG AREA, PLEASE MOVE. I have a reproduction 1861 musket that I purchased second hand. It did not come with any cleaning jags. I am in need to purchase these but do not know what thread size to buy. I checked the barrel and it only says "Made in...
  17. chubachus

    Welcoming home the 1st Michigan after 1st Bull Run in Detroit, 1861

    Large crowd gathers around a group of men in front of building under bunting on August 2, 1861 to welcome the return of the 1st Regiment after the Battle of Bull Run. Also have print from negative. Handwritten on back of print: "C.I. Walker addressing 3 months men on return from 1st enlistment...
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