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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    ".... The Harvest Of The Camp Followers Commences "

    Not the army commissary, a sutler's row at Petersburg. " Cigars Oysters Soda Water ", one sign. The traveling tail attached to both armies included an awful lot of commerce and those who engaged in it. There are no photographs of the gamblers, pillagers, swindlers and less savory elements making...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Behind The Snake Oil, Or, The Hazards Of Being A Toad

    Hope is never a bad thing. It tends to keep us ticking over and is the walking stick on which we lean when scaling so many of those mountains life throws across our path. It's also a handy tool for those wishing to sell us that stick. Why the toad? We've been picking on toads since witches threw...
  3. lelliott19

    Pennsylvania Newspaper: The Waynesburg Messenger, Greene County, PA

    The Waynesburg Messenger., Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania. (1849-1901) Searchable issues of the Waynesburg Messenger.
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    Discussion Under The Flag Of Truce, Tenuous Lines Of Hope In Print

    Waud's image of a flag of truce exchange, " Southerners being to Confederate boats, Norfolk, Virginia ", " Flag of truce " written below. Flag of truce could mean a lot of things to a lot of people, really important things. The war tore this country to shreds, figuratively and literally. It...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Making Stuff Out Of More Stuff, Era Recipes, Not What's For Dinner

    You cooked recipes on stoves like these AND had recipes you whipped up to make it black again after that pancake batter disaster. Recipes- making stuff out of other stuff. In a day when we didn't just go to the store for nearly every household item, we either did without ( and didn't know we...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    156 Years Ago Today, June 28th, Gettysburg Before History Found It

    In late June 1863 Mrs. Peter Thorn, Elizabeth, was a pregnant immigrant mother caring for two small boys and left sole caretaker of Evergreen Cemetery while husband Peter went to war. Her parents could help, their home in the other side of teeny living quarters. If you've been to PA you'll...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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