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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    " Yellow Hospital ", Manassas, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry At The Duncan House 1862

    LoC image, part of a series taken by Timothy O'Sullivan in July 1863 has more to offer than it's title " Yellow Hospital ". Officers and troopers of the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry were stationed in ' Bloom's Grove ', also aka ' The Duncan House ' at the time. That some families were also present...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Where Every Day Was Father's Day, Camp Dad, 1861-1865

    Someone may know who is this family. That mothers packed up children and brought them to the war, to be with soldier fathers seems indicative of how precious each was to the other. We're left with quite a few images like these. Thanks to LoC we get to see these moments from a country at war...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    A Photographer's " Unpleasant Duty " , Respecting A Family's Worst Day Ever

    Breaking a hard and fast personal rule of mine to post this. I never knowingly use post-mortem photos on the grounds someone's worst day ever isn't our business in 2019. There's a point to this and no other way to make it, hopefully this family will forgive the intrusion. Intent is not to...
  4. Tom Elmore

    Largest Single Family Mortality at Gettysburg

    Numerous instances of multiple men in the same family joining the war effort are recorded – brothers/brothers-in-law, fathers/sons, uncles/nephews and cousins. I have encountered well over a hundred instances of four or more family members who served at Gettysburg, in either the same or...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Who We Held Dear, Our Ancestors' Mute Testimonials

    This child's face is worth any 1,000 words glued together. She seems a little pre-war or at least very early, man in photo may not be a soldier. Little girls lost fathers, more between 1861 and 1865 than we'd ever conceived when all the flag waving started. This practice associated with mourning...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Baby-O-Rama, Or, Mid Century Wee Bairn Worship, What War?

    From LoC, entitled " Young Housekeepers ", this series from a popular press included images of this couple during courtship, a wedding, etc. Their penultimate, finale - the introduction of ' Baby ' Thanks to @John Hartwell 's thread on PT Barnum's baby ' exhibit ', one result of our country's...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    North Carolina Steps Up For The War Widows

    Conveying her raw pain to us over the span of a century and a half, this mourning photo is evocative, if we allow it, of what ' War ' meant to thousands. Is she Southern? Northern? Does it matter? Her husband is dead. Neither side could be said to have placed importance on the welfare of...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    History's Best Smilers, We've Been Practicing For Awhile

    Hands-down favorite smiler-in-era photographs, a few ancestors couldn't help themselves. She must have been a delight off camera, too. Noticed in another thread how surprising it seemed that someone was smiling in an era photo? No photography expert, but for whatever reason we do see mostly...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    War's Vanished Children, Lost In Time

    One of the typically endearing illustrations during the war, a pampered, treasured child surrounded by wealth, symbolically protected by a large dog. It's a sweet image made bittersweet by a Dickensian under current we do not speak of 150 years later. A simply hair raising story, related in a...
  10. LoyaltyOfDogs

    Gettysburg Winter Lecture Series 2017 Begins Today!

    Today at 1:00 p.m. Ranger Matt Atkinson will lead off the 2017 Winter Lecture Series at the Gettysburg National Military Park with a discussion of Longstreet's counter-march. You'll find the lecture schedule -- and a winter-long list of other presentations and special events -- here. The...
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