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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    " Bury Me In The Morning, Mother ", Foster Composes War

    What seemed so maudlin, these wrenching memorials and more wrenching songs of the era were not. An alleged Victorian mania for all-things-death not withstanding, artists continually reminded us what we were doing to each other. Stephen Foster, from Hathitrust, in public domain AS usual...
  2. 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...
  3. John Hartwell

    Walking the Babies in Central Park

    [Photo credit: <a href=""></a>] The uniforms are, N.Y. Police.
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    " He Is But 16 Years Of Age ", Mother's Mail To Lincoln

    Letters addressed to President Lincoln came here, to the big, brooding house owned by all of us. Mothers sent their last hope to this address, stuffed in envelopes, now archived in time. There's a thread on a shattered, exhausted woman who showed up at the nurse's rest home, Washington, D.C...
  5. Cavalry Charger

    Women and War

    I have noted on a couple of occasions here that women may be perceived as the 'instigators' for men to fight during the period of the Civil War. Actively encouraging men to fight, they created an expectation that men should do their duty or potentially suffer 'rejection' (for taking what would...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Babies Between The Lines; The Buttinski Battles Over ' Hand Feeding '

    From LoC, this idyllic scene is awfully interesting. For one thing, a brand, New mother is portrayed as a semi-invalid resting by bed, and should be, not tossed back into every day life within 24 hours. Medicine may have progressed in the past 150 years; not noticeably in this area. Other...
  7. 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...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Mother's Week, War's 168 Hour Tribute

    Flowers for Mothers Day, because no one has figured out anything better. Over 150 years later, remembering mothers of the ACW will take awhile. Mother's Day? I don't think so! 620,000 mothers lost sons from 1861 to 1865. Give or take, since surely motherless sons marched to war. Daughters were...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Still In Hiding, " Hidden Mothers ", Or, If Bag, Curtains And Quilts Could Talk

    Zouave jackets were hugely popular for children during the war. I cannot tell if her cap is intended to mimic a military hat, maybe? Did this image make it to some father's camp, keeping him warm through a brutal war? It's one example of an unintentional genre, " Hidden Mother " photographs...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    " Dear Sir, I Humbly Pray You ", Mothers' Letters, Soldier Sons And Lincoln

    From a French print entitled " La Maison Blanc ", the Lincoln era Executive Mansion stares unblinkingly from Time. Easily dated by the pre-conservatory, 1857 tiny greenhouse Harriet Lane urged on Buchanon, vanished in an 1867 fire. To this address came letters innumerable written by mothers...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    6 Foot Sarah, Her Not Entirely Apocryphal Story Of 16 Soldier Sons

    Iconic, superb imagery encompassing the ideal by way of Patriotic Womanhood stood in for all that was ' noble ', the best we had, during the war. It turned up in several wars. You can't help but feel she's a composite. Mrs. Sarah Barker Brandon took her turn, sitting for the artist. Look harder...
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