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  1. LoyaltyOfDogs

    Fightin' Felines and Other Civil War Cats

    Two kittens with members of General Ulysses Grant’s staff at City Point. Familiar companions of home and farm, cats were among the favorite pets of Civil War soldiers in Blue and Gray. Though they only rarely appear in photographs with their soldiers, many cats survive in soldiers' memoirs and...
  2. JPK Huson 1863

    Girl Talk, Or, Our Bilingual Ancestors

    " You're shaking like a blancmange my dear creepmouse. I assure you, passementerie tassles on that dress would put you in a bad box. You can't gammon me your new husband isn't a banging big-bug. I don't see him cutting his stick before the ceremony at sight of you, with or without...
  3. Jimklag

    January 21 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 21, 1813 - John C. Frémont born, Savannah, GA January 21, 1824 - Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson born, Clarksburg, Virginia (today, West Virginia). January 21, 1861 - All but 6 of the delegates to Georgia's...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Will You Handcuff, I Mean Marry, Me?

    Woman Wearing a Bracelet by Alfred Émile Léopold Stevens Gold bracelets and bangles were popular throughout the Victorian era just as they are today. They came in a variety of styles with some adorned with jewels. However, in the late 19th century, a new style entered the scene in the form of...
  5. Jimklag

    January 20 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 20, 1812 - Ralph Pomeroy Buckland, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born Leyden, Massachusetts (d. 1892) January 20, 1813 - Jacob Gartner Lauman, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in...
  6. Jimklag

    January 19 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 19, 1807 - Robert E. Lee is born, Westmoreland County, Virginia. January 19, 1820 - John Haskell King, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1888) January 19, 1861 -...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Most Astonishing ACW Ship Afloat 1861-1865 ? Your Pick

    We had some great ships. It's like designers held a meeting and things got competitive " Oh yea? Well beat this. " Then Choctaw was born ( above I think ), and Chattanooga and Maratanza and those gunboats like Rattler that look like an ironclad and a transport steamer had a kid. We never saw...
  8. 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...
  9. Jimklag

    January 18 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 18, 1782 - American orator and politician Daniel Webster (1782-1852) was born in Salisbury, New Hampshire. January 18, 1815 - James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), Senator, husband of Mary...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Aunt Hannah's Folk Medicine, Beaufort, 1862

    Lavender has made a comeback as remedy for everything from headaches to inflammation to healing one's soul. At one time these herbals were mainstream medicine, by the 1860's were already considered archaic as medicine ' progressed '. Mostly. August, 1862 Little convinced there's a ' folk '...
  11. Jimklag

    January 17 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 17, 1824 - A plan for the gradual emancipation of slaves, approved by the Ohio legislature, is sent to all the states. January 17, 1856 - Georgia Democrat Alexander Stephens debates Tennessee Know-Nothing Felix...
  12. luinrina

    His father's aide - George Gordon Meade, Jr.

    George Gordon Meade, Jr. was born on November 2, 1843 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as second child and son of (future General) George Gordon Meade and his wife Margaretta Sergeant Meade. Following his father's footsteps, George entered West Point in 1860 but left again after only two years on...
  13. Jimklag

    January 16 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 16, 1821 - John Cabell Breckinridge born, near Lexington, Kentucky. January 16, 1825 - General George E. Pickett born in Richmond, VA. January 16, 1847 - John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Winter Camp, Or, Where We Parked Armies For Awhile

    Cropped from the LoC tif below, image is a little hysterical. Beyond the winter camp's we see a chilly, fur bedecked woman whose quarters are apparently under construction. Probably an officer's wife, husband one of the men posed importantly front and center on horses while men who were doing...
  15. Jimklag

    January 15 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 15, 1815 - Henry Wager Halleck born, Oneida County, New York. January 15, 1821 - Lafayette McLaws, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, GA. (d. 1897) January 15, 1857 - Massachusetts holds a...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    Worst Mourning Photograph Ever- Below A New Row Of Tiny Graves

    Dislike intruding on this family's pain but posting it as a factor in so many lives before medicine progressed to vaccines and antibiotics. We see rows of tiny graves in cemeteries- these four have theirs somewhere. Bless all of them. Found while looking for something else. Pretty self...
  17. JPK Huson 1863

    Habiliments Of Mourning; What Color, Death? Virginia 1861

    Festooning ourselves, especially widows in yard upon yard of black fabric as a social norm after the death of a loved one seemed an accepted practice so embedded in our culture we never question it.' Widows weeds' was the insouciant term, maybe an indication this ' norm ' was not as popular as...
  18. Jimklag

    January 13 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 13, 1807 - Napoleon Bonaparte Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1883) January 13, 1808 - Salmon P. Chase born, Keene, New Hampshire. January 13, 1815 - William...
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    So How Prudish Were We, Really? Cupids Notwithstanding, A Genuine Question

    Eternally clad in white, playing with cupids and adorned with flowers this image of feminine purity permeates our 2019 ideas about expectations of women in the era. Maybe take another look, without cupids getting underfoot. From naked table legs to some kicking necklines, this Godey's image...
  20. Jimklag

    January 12 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 12, 1792 - Robert Patterson, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in Cappagh, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1881) January 12, 1812 - 1st cargo arrives in New Orleans by steamship, from Natchez...
  21. luinrina

    Colonel at 19 - Henry K. Burgwyn

    Henry "Harry" King Burgwyn, Jr. was born on October 3, 1841 at his mother's ancestral home just outside Boston, Massachusetts. He was the second child and oldest son of Henry King Burgwyn (Sr.) and Ann Greenough Burgwyn. He grew up on the Burgwyn plantation "Thornbury" in Northampton County...
  22. JPK Huson 1863

    Julia Wheelock's " Depot Of Misery ", Camp Convalescent, Alexandria 1863

    Cropped image from the " Sanitary Commission, Camp Convalescent, Alexandria " LoC photo below, nurse Amy Bradley, an officer and wife, seated nurse and other staff pose in front of a neat HQ surrounded by tents. Relief organizations like the Sanitary and Christian Commissions plus state efforts...
  23. Waterloo50

    Civil war dioramas.

    As the title says. I was just looking at the thread ‘Add your Burnside Bridge’ and there’s a fantastic museum diorama. I absolutely love that sort of thing and I was wondering if any of our members have either made a civil war diorama or have photos of dioramas that they have made, perhaps we...
  24. LoyaltyOfDogs

    Dogs In Camp, Or Can You Spot The Dog?

    Some of the dogs who accompanied soldiers in the Civil War are well-remembered today, thanks, in part, to their portraits. Dog Jack of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was the subject of several CDVs, for instance, or General Rufus Ingalls’s handsome Dalmatian, who appears in a series of...
  25. Jimklag

    January 10 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 10, 1811 - Louisiana slaves rebel in 2 parishes. January 10, 1843 - Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), born in Clay County, Missouri (d. 1915) January 10, 1861 - Fort Jackson & Fort...
  26. JPK Huson 1863

    The Gibbons Girls, Faces From Fredericksburg , 1864

    Abby Hopper Gibbons, parasol, poses next to daughter Sarah both part of the Sanitary Commission's relief efforts, nursing at Fredericksburg, 1864. Rev. J.A. Stone may be in this photo, too ( I think I know who he is, another thread! ), the minister so famously reading funeral services in the...
  27. Jimklag

    January 9, In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 9, 1816 - John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the Interior under Lincoln during US Civil War (1863-1865), born in Brookfield, New York (d. 1889) January 9, 1861 - Artillery fires on the Star of the West from Morris...
  28. JPK Huson 1863

    " Select Female Seminary ", Where Brains And Lace Shook Hands

    This elegant notion combining fashion and ' equestrian exercise ' was considered an ' accomplishment ' de rigor for young ladies hopeful of adorning society's upper realms. Image appears to be British ( unless anyone is aware of a castle around here with beach front access, as in this landscape...
  29. Jimklag

    January 8 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 8, 1811 - January 10, 1811 - Slaves revolt in Louisiana, led by Charles Deslondes. January 8, 1818 - Missouri petitions for statehood. January 8, 1818 - Yearly increase in manufacturing in USA drops nearly 80%...
  30. SWMODave

    I swore on her grave that I would kill the first Yank I could draw bead on, and you're my meat!

    “Git up!" It was in 1864, down in front of Grant's army, and I was a mile or so outside of the Union pickets, having been on a scout. In making my way back I had been followed pretty closely by half a dozen Confederates, and had eluded them by hiding in a thicket. After an hour's rest I was...
  31. JPK Huson 1863

    A Fur Coat At Bermuda Hundred, 1864

    Warmest soldier in the army, dog in his fur coat on what looks to be a chilly day. AND, why is there a metal bed pan on a pedestal in their front yard? If that is a soldier's idea of a bird bath in the middle of a war I'll be delighted all day long. Could not reconcile it with my conscience...
  32. grace

    Tidbits from Mrs. Beeton

    I don't know how many of us have heard of this woman, but she was quite the authority back in the day! I found her "Book of Household Management" today (dated 1861), and I'll be sharing tidbits. If anyone is curious or would like to follow along, here's the free link...
  33. Jimklag

    January 7 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 7, 1800 - Millard Fillmore born, near Summerhill, New York. January 7, 1817 - Second Bank of the United States begins to do business. It continues generally expansionary monetary policies in effect at most state...
  34. Jimklag

    January 6 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 6, 1811 - Charles Sumner born, Boston, Massachusetts. January 6, 1827 - John Calvin Brown, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Giles County, Tennessee (d. 1889) January 6, 1832 - New England Anti-Slavery...
  35. Jimklag

    January 5 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 5, 1794 - Southern agriculturist, writer and nationalistic leader Edmund Ruffin born, Prince George County, Virginia. January 5, 1804 - The Ohio legislature passes 1st laws restricting free blacks movement...
  36. JPK Huson 1863

    So What's A Nice Confederate Privateer Doing At Conway Landing, Anyway?

    It's a long way from the deck of pirate ship headed to St. Thomas, a crew in chains and captained by a woman to Conway Landing on the York River. It's what happens when you start poking around in Time. Crazy stuff flakes off. Why Ladies Tea? Hang on. Innocuous enough image of supply train...
  37. Jimklag

    January 4 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag January 4, 1789 - Abolitionist Benjamin Lundy born, Hardwick, New Jersey. January4, 1822 - Joseph Jones Reynolds, American engineer, educator, and Major General (Union Army), born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky (d. 1899)...
  38. JPK Huson 1863

    An Army In Motion Crossing Pontoon Bridge, James River 1864

    You could see where a photographer on the spot found this scene breathtaking enough to record. It's an army on the march and one of the best images of troops en mass, at war, I've seen barring those camp photos from 1861. Someone years ago said the ships were probably aiding the bridge's...
  39. Jimklag

    January 2 In Civil War History

    This date in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag. January 2, 1831 - "Liberator", abolitionist newspaper, begins publication in Boston. January 2, 1835 - Charles Russell Lowell Jr, American railroad executive and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston...
  40. Robert Gray

    Men who shod a million horses.

    MEN WHO SHOD A MILLION HORSES PART OF THE GIGANTIC ORGANIZATION OF THE FEDERAL CAVALRY This photograph presents another aspect of the gigantic system whereby the Union cavalry became organized and equipped so as to prove irresistible after 1863. In the fiscal year 1864 the Union Government...


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