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  1. Belle Montgomery

    Gen. Thomas Jordan's 10/1865 Harper's Weekly Article Criticizing Jefferson Davis Blaming Him for the Loss of the War in it's Entirety

    Lots of things in here to discuss and debate including Jordan's criticism of his former boss. Enjoy!:
  2. JPK Huson 1863

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

    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...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Ok, NOW You Can Cry, Harper's, 1865

    We have a lot of these because war made widows. There's a column of Union soldiers marching off in the distance, a weeping widow by her husband's grave. War seems to have toned down social strictures on crying as the recourse to pain but we remained a little adamant over it objections across the...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    USS Dunderberg, William H Webb's Thunderous Mountain

    From LoC, print of USS Dunderberg , William H. Webb's lavishly designed and expensively built ironclad. It was to have been the most formidable war ship afloat, the Union navy's ultimate weapon. Someone described Dunderberg as a huge, two masted version of CSS Virginia. Please move to the...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    We've Come A Long Way, Baby- Ladies, Voting And That Time New Jersey Lost It's Mind

    Last time for around a century and a half women saw their voice counted, illustration represents New Jersey's temporary inclusion of we ladies in our democratic process. It wasn't until 1920 the 19th Amendment unlocked those doors, not for lack of trying in between. As usual, sticking to...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    " Disagreeable Girls ", A Harper's Weekly Lament, April, 1865

    The most legendary girls, disagreeably-wise, in all History ( albeit fictional ), Cinderella's stepsisters embody those skewered so well in Harper's print. The ' or else ', seems to follow along with what happens to those in fairy tales, too. So funny. End of war news, Lincoln's death, funeral...
  7. Wellwords

    Where are the Harpers Weeklys? (Especially for the 1860s...)

    I know Harpers Weekly was a very widely read, popular paper before and during the Civil War (and for a long time after). But I've only found a few pages of Harpers Weekly here and there, in the Library of Congress and other places. It seems like it's such an incredible resource, there ought to...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Valentine's Day, The War And Cupid's Deferment

    " No Blessing has the fairest life, Unless your heart can share it: But bitterest we, were I your wife, O! joyfully I'd bear it. " A card to a soldier, no word how it went. We are unsure what it means except for the words " Were I your wife ". You just know the recipient, away at war, heard...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    The " Nashvilles' " Blues, The Story Of Several Ships And A Healing Ark

    One of the Federal " Nashvilles ", a veritable, 3-story arc, filled with healing, comfort and swift passage for wounded men. In service by late March, 1863, the steamer rivaled Red Rover in size and technology it carried to the benefit of wounded. Late February and March, 1863 was a weird time...
  10. James N.

    Thomas Nast, the "Inventor" of Santa Claus

    From the Time-Life series American Country volume A Country Christmas comes this description of the "inventor" of Merry Old Santa Claus - or at least his popular image above, dating from 1881 - Thomas Nast: "Without Thomas Nast, our vision of Santa Claus might be very different. A political...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Time Out In Huntsville, General Logan's Unlikely Ball

    From Harper's Weekly, a deceptively peaceful military occupation of Huntsville, Alabama during General Logan's tenure, snip from the larger image below. Beset by gunboats, skirted by Sherman's Army, new home to Union troops making uneasy peace during war. What you have to love are the ' war...
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