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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Nation Will Have To Mourn... Lincoln ", A Prophetic Lament March 22, 1865

    Saying goodbye. Stripped of joyous, garishly displayed decorations of the Grand Illumination celebration dedicated to war's end a few days before these homes and business in our nation's capitol wore mourning and mourners April 19th, 1865. He'd been gone from us four days. Someone told us this...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    " Often A Malicious Mind ", Our Slow Slide Backward, Or, Gossip And Other Female Weaponry

    Post war by less than a decade, this 1873 painting by ( Bodini? ) may seem charming but should make your skin crawl. Title a giveaway, " Gossips ". Someone is being torn to shreds, only difference between then and now is we had to be in the same room. Paintings of we girls busy slandering each...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    " Discommoding Millions Who Have No Holes.....", Ground Hog Day, 1864

    You can't attach ' Happy ' to these critters although they make you laugh. Scooting out of sight you get the impression it's all they can do to roll all that flesh in one direction. They've eaten every, single baby watermelon and cantaloupe I've ever grown- and won all my respect being a LOT...
  4. luinrina

    The Last Ditch – or: The Adoption of a New Rebel Uniform

    Latest news! - "Cowardly behavior of the Head of Southern Chivalry." - "Jeff. Davis' Disguise." - "Capture in a woman's dress." On May 10, 1865 the 4th Michigan Cavalry landed the big coup – they caught the Confederate president Jefferson Davis at Irwinville, Georgia. Their reward? $100,000 in...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    " And We're Gonna Get Mar-ar-aried ", Soldiers Hope In News Print

    The point in using an illustration depicting a Regency era, instead of a mid-Victorian era bride is that we'd sure been at this whole wedding-dream thing awhile. With a war on decades later, men-en-mass proved a fertile hunting ground for anyone who slept with visions of tulle in their heads...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Wringers And Itches And Boots, Oh My! Ad-stravaganza, 1861-1865

    150 years later you can still buy hair crimpers. I'd still buy this one based solely on how beauteous one would be, as attested by Godey's, 1861. Little racey for the era, under clothing depicted in a newspaper read by men, too. But it worked- these corset slash help-hold-up- that 15 pound...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Soldiers, Turkeys And Pig Heads From Home, Thanksgiving Goes To War

    Sans linen, silver and Grandmother Alice, a Thanksgiving table in camp still brought the dog looking for scraps. And a family sharing the meal is a family sharing a meal, with Thanks. It's seriously wonderful how many articles you can find about Thanksgiving in camps from 1861 through 1864. We...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Robbing Sisters Of Mercy, Or, How To Get Beaten Up In Prison, 1863

    From Harper's Weekly, illustration memorializing service given so freely by Catholic Sisters. They healed body and soul in acts of compassion so numerous there's no hope we could thank all of them. There are scoundrels and there are baffling scoundrels. Our Sister were seriously revered during...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    " Frozen Charlotte ", Or, We Played With Weird Stuff

    Headlines read " A Corpse Went To A Ball ", storyline being a gentleman conveying his love ( Charlotte) to a ball in winter chill. And his surprise arriving there, not being able to hand her from the sleigh because she was dead. Charlotte re-died for decades in quite a few formats. It was a...
  10. 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...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    " From Ghosties And Ghoulies And Long... Stalks Of Kale ", Scots Hallowe'en

    Supposedly a Cornish litany runs " From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us ". Who knows what the Welsh were up to- we Yanks spent the war years fascinated by we Scots- and our Robert Burns. Halloween seems to have parted...
  12. JPK Huson 1863

    Dr. Augustus Hawkeye Hamlin's Flying Hospital

    OK, a little misleading, " Flying Hospital " not such a literal concept plus this is a post-war image ( NYPL )- but it is French. Dr. Augustus Hamlin based his life saving, early ' M.A.S.H. ' , Mobile Army Surgical Hospital on a French model, ' Hospital Voyans '. .As usual, looking for...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Halloween Comes But Once A Year? Not So Fast- Our Ancestors' Masquerade Balls, 1861-1865

    " Fancy Dress " costumes, not Halloween- for a children's Masquerade Ball. Let's see, a jockey, an entire ABC primer, a Bee Hive, Fairy and ( I think ) what was known as a Flower Woman? From Godey's Lady's Book, 1865, these illustrations are scattered through periodicals and ads for " Masquerade...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    November 12, 1863, The Wedding On 6th And E Streets

    Harpers helped satisfy American curiosity about the Chase-Sprague nuptials, giving us tantalizing glimpses like the Tiffany tiara, bracelet and earrings that floated down the aisle at 6th and E Streets, Washington, DC with Kate. By 1863 a war weary public greeted what amounted to an American...
  15. JPK Huson 1863

    Picket Stories, Enemies Who Quit For Awhile

    From Harper's Weekly, illustration of pickets meeting half way in a river. Harper's told this story, newspapers seem to have published every one they could get their hands on. Too many knowledgeable members to have a shot at what picket duty encompassed, would sound like an idjit. Given we're...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    The Battered Banquet, Toasting Ladies From Tin Cups, 1863

    Conditions in camps and on the front lines did not encourage anyone to imagine it was possible to replicate pre-war elegance in presentation or menu, when it came to civilized dining. Still, in dirt, heat, cold and bugs men and women did their best, sometimes recalling former days when civility...
  17. JPK Huson 1863

    A Gettysburg Woman's July 4th, 1863, Who Is She, Please?

    One of the most evocative post battle images, by Tyson Brothers, a disheveled Gettysburg. Letterman Hospital's white outline and a stench we're told lasted until the first hard frosts reminded citizens their town now had a ' before ' and ' after '. And July 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Love these accounts...
  18. JPK Huson 1863

    Gettysburg; Clouds On The Horizon, June 1863

    Baltimore St., from the square- that's ' C.W. From the photo taken here, close up? That's C. W. Spangler's Cheap Store You look at shots of Gettysburg, the town and they are incredibly similar to other mid state settlements. It's crazy. Two, not far from here could be Gettysburg, 1863 a-...
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    Dogs And Boys, The Hairy, Slobbery Friendships At HQ, 1864

    This may not be any army headquarters nor is this small boy in uniform. Nothing much changes in Doggie World, as Jerome Bonaparte Stillson reports in his 1864 article entitled simply " Dogs ", explaining " An army has its whims... " Boys and Dogs. They managed to find each other at war, too...
  20. JPK Huson 1863

    " American Ladies " And A Forever Marked Man, 1861

    In the midst of war, we had our fantastic, fantasy laden distractions. Images of an idyllic life out of some imaginary time, appeared with regularity in Godey's, Demorests and weirdly, Harpers and Leslie's, ' Paris Fashion ' next page over from war scenes. But we knew they were not real. Not...
  21. JPK Huson 1863

    " Wanted- A Wife ", Cupid's Hopeful Era Classified Ads

    Traditional ways of carrying off one's bride varied! This NYPL era image, a Russian wedding whereby groomsmen galloped off after the galloping-off couple, pretending to harass the groom who was pretending to have swiped his bride seems exhausting. But kinda fun. More sedate? Placing a...
  22. JPK Huson 1863

    History's Marked Man, Countdown To Tragedy At Ford's Theatre

    Evening Star, inserted April 14th, 1865, a few lines spared from the massive coverage swirling between joy and an old, old war's finale. From June, 1861, the Capitol view- marked are Trinity Church, Department of the Interior and City Hall, among others. Somewhere, Ford's new theater waits...
  23. JPK Huson 1863

    Would You Buy This War? Newspapers Ads, 1861-1865

    Ads promoting medicated soaps for unspecified ailments, in a lavishly decorated settings, could not for long claim the attention of a public immersed in a war., where medical needs began to be unfathomable. We tried, to be sure, to carry on. It's a delightful ad, in 2018. As is this, for...
  24. N

    Trove of Rebellion Newspapers

    This is more of a "public service" announcement than the opening of a conversation. Over the course of the recent sesqui, I spent every morning transcribing about a thousand words per day from period newspapers. While I chose the articles, these were not focused only on military and naval...
  25. Stiles/Akin

    Newest Additions to Georgia Historic Newspapers

    http://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=6842 Augusta Georgia Newspapers
  26. JPK Huson 1863

    Fashion To - Die - For, Or, An Era Dance With Death

    Since the era chemist issuing a warning on ball dresses - and death- to America was British, it's only fair a famous, British ( if ridiculously elite ) ball room be used illustrating the point. Almack's Assembly Rooms, London, had unbelievably survived a Regency popularity explosion and still...
  27. Andersonh1

    Brass Napoleon Award Black Southerners and the Confederate Cause--What the newspapers said: 1861-1865

    With all the discussion about whether black men served as armed soldiers in the Confederate Army, I wanted to start researching contemporary accounts from the war years, 1861-1865, and see what made the newspapers. Thanks to the Library of Congress, there are huge amounts of old papers online...


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