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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Discussion Bull Run 1861 And A Missing Piece Of A Story, Help Please?

    The McClean House, Beauregard's HQ at Bull Run 1861. Civilian prisoners claimed as political prisoners were brought here before being sent on to Liggon's Prison, Richmond. The Henry House, Stone House, Sudley Church, Grigsby House and a few others remain well known at least in name. Does anyone...
  2. AUG

    Col. Micah Jenkins at the Battle of Seven Pines

    Having done a thread on Micah Jenkins at the battle of Glendale, I thought I should also do one on his actions in the battle of Seven Pines/Fair Oaks, which I think ranks among the best small unit actions of the war. For a rather large and bloody battle, Seven Pines is very overlooked in...
  3. AUG

    A Flag Raised in the Battle of Pickett's Mill

    (Postwar illustration of the battle of Pickett's Mill by Alfred R. Waud. From The Mountain Campaigns in Georgia by Joseph M. Brown) This account is from the memoirs of Pvt. William J. Oliphant, who was at this time serving in the 6th & 15th Texas consolidated, Granbury's Texas Brigade...
  4. BTWhite61

    A Sharpshooter Adjutant at Gettysburg

    Captain Seymour F. Norton, Co. E (VT) 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters. Norton was a 20-year old teacher in Burlington, Vermont when he joined Berdan's Sharpshooters in 1861. He was the first man to enlist in that company and was appointed to the rank of 1st Sergeant. In September 1862 Norton was promoted...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Playing War, Images Of Childhood Interrupted

    Era photos can tell us a lot of what our society was going through at the time. It can be useful when dating orphaned photographs, like this ferociously garbed small boy. Rifle, sash and Zouave pants? Bet a lot of money this is from early in the war, 1861, maybe 1862. Time to play the war his...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Tomatoes Au Dinner, 1864

    LoC image, isn't it a wonderful advertisement? First thing I thought of when coming across this recipe. The Food Forum has had some wonderful discussions about fried green tomatoes. We don't seem smitten by them up here in PA unless I'm missing it. We had them growing up but it may have been...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Remembering Our Fallen, Your Ancestor On Memorial Day

    Using Becker's eye witness image from November, 1863. The National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Adams County Pennsylvania was dedicated before all those fallen the previous July could be interred there. Men were still dying elsewhere and violent death continued for another full year plus. We laid...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    " Beauty Itself Doth Itself Portray ", Our Ancestors' More Do-able Ideal

    Currier and Ives did and endless series of prints where fictional women were presented as ideals, this one entitled " Phoebe ". That 1860's neckline vanished along with the hoops just a few years later. The famous post war bustle drew attention elsewhere and er, larger parts of one's anatomy...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    War's Most Terrified Men Flee An Offensive, Cooper Union's Coup De Girl 1861

    Harper's published this image of the massive ladies meeting held in Cooper Union's ' Foundation Building ", April 1861. According to accounts 4,000 women attended a mass discussion about what would be their role providing relief and supporting men engaged in this war. A few men came. For awhile...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Is This Boy A ' Real ' Drummer? Opinions Please?

    We've had several discussions on exactly how young were drummers of the war. This tiny fellow seems so young as to have to be one of the small boys who played dress-up. Maybe 5 or so, given factors we'll never know like heredity and nutrition. That his mother is probably missing from his life at...
  11. east tennessee roots

    3 Land Brothers Born In Kentucky, Two Yanks & 1 Reb

    I Found these three Civil War Veterans years ago while researching my Kentucky ancestors. They may or may not be part of my family tree, but I thought their story was interesting and worth telling. The brother on the left and the one in the center fought for the Union. The one on the right was a...
  12. DBF

    A Friendship Blooms through Depths of Gloom

    Mary Jane Hale Welles June 12, 1817 - February 28, 1886 (Photo Public Domain) Mary Jane Hale was born June 12th, 1817 in Lewiston, Maine. She was the daughter of Elias W. Hale who came from a prominent Glastonbury, Connecticut family. Her father was an attorney in Lewiston and at the age of...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Belle Plain, The Landing War Passed Through

    You can see where an Army doc would describe the wharf at Belle Plain(s) Landing as of the rudest variety- heck, those planks are wonderful, no trimming, just get them down. It doesn't look very even either, bumps and warps must have made it a dicey ride. ( I'm always distracted by this uneven...
  14. east tennessee roots

    Union Private John Henry Land 4th Ky Infantry

    Been trying for some time to confidently graft this fine-looking Kentucky "Home-Grown Yankee" into my family tree but to no avail ! He may indeed be a distant cousin to my Land ancestors in Kentucky. Two lines of my Land family left Wilkes County, NC decades before the Civil War. One ended up in...
  15. Forks of the Ohio

    Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh

    Last year, I took a guided tour of Allegheny Cemetery. This cemetery is on the National Register of Historic places. I returned today and photographed several markers related to the American Civil War. Here is the Soldier's Lot; most of the graves here are Union Civil War Soldiers: - - -
  16. Waterloo50

    Pickett’s charge, Lee should have used cold reasoning.

    Picture:https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/george-edward-pickett It’s been said that Lee believed in his own hubris, that he was over confident and relied on vintage Napoleonic tactics. He supposedly placed to much faith in the potency of his men. An intresting article written...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    General Longstreet's Comments at the 1888 Gettysburg Reunion

    In his own words: @lelliott19, @War Horse, @FarawayFriend, and @GELongstreet
  18. infomanpa

    Meade and Pemberton eternally together

    I had thought that Major General Gordon Meade was the highest ranking general to be buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, but I was wrong! Not only is there a lieutenant general buried in that cemetery, but he was a Rebel! Yes, Lieutenant General John Pemberton, the defender of...
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    Pausing By Our Unknown Dead, Memorial Day 1861 To 1865

    Maybe this photograph of men remembering this fallen soldier has an ID somewhere. I can't find it and we can't see what is written on a rough headboard. There's what looks to be a well trodden path leading into this field, what looks to be a camp far into a field across the road but we don't...
  20. east tennessee roots

    "My Dear & Affectonate Little Son"

    Confederate Private Alexander Bailus West married my 4 x 1st cousin, Nancy Land in Wilkes County, NC; Feb.4, 1857. On November 26, 1858, their son, Thomas Harvey West was born. Alex mustered into Company K 53rd NC Infantry on 4/30/1862. His Captain and 1st Lieutenant were his cousins, William...
  21. JPK Huson 1863

    Forgotten Casualties, Tiny Prisoners In A Big War, Or, Our Sisters Remember Galiot Street

    Someone has to. Remember Galiot Street, I mean. We're still enchanted by era images of children. Easy enough to misunderstand images like this from Godey's 1862. Or ignore the other pages in our abysmal history where children's stories stopped before they were old enough to yell. This wasn't...
  22. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Nectar Of The God(ey)s And Other Cool Stuff, 1862

    No botanist or entomologist, always assumed ' nectar ' was the stuff butterflies enchantingly drank from flowers. Toga togged gods and goddesses floating around some fig and roasted ox laden table drank it too. Someone brought it down to earth for we mortal humans, who knew? In 1862 you made it...
  23. Robert Gray

    Four Corporals from Battery C, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery.

    Four Corporals From Battery C, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery at Miner's Hill, Virginia during the winter of 1861-1862. Image: The Medford Historical Society & Museum Battery C was organized at Providence and mustered in August 25, 1861. It was consolidated with Battery G, 1st Rhode Island...
  24. JPK Huson 1863

    10 Pretty True Things About Mother's Day

    Yes, it's a kind of gooey image but that's ok. Our ancestors were nothing if not emotive, whether in writing or art and that's ok too. We're just, plain allowed to be gooey about mothers one day a year. Mother's Day seems to have popped up any time a society twigged to the notion that without...
  25. Robert Gray

    Private Richard L. Cramer.

    Portrait of Private Richard L. Cramer of Company I, 4th Michigan Infantry, and Company A, 1st Michigan Cavalry. Cramer was the subject of one of the most widely known Mathew Brady photographs. He enlisted in Company I of the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry on June 20, 1861, at Adrian, Michigan...
  26. JPK Huson 1863

    " Longstreet's Charge " And Other Mysteries Left Us By July, 1863's Eyewitness Edwin Forbes

    ' Longstreet's Charge ', as documented by eye witness Edwin Forbes. We don't have Forbe's 'key', the numbered positions he used to write of the scene. Love to fill in so many questions from this eye witness document. What is Forbe's indicating by those numbers and why do era artists and writers...
  27. JPK Huson 1863

    The Gettysburg Homestead, Testimony To Who We Can Be

    " The Homestead ", unrecognizable from how it looks today, in 1866 as it was dedicated. Grant is supposedly one of the officers although Meade was there that day too. The building served as O.O. Howard's HQ 13 years before. Guessing he's in this indistinct image somewhere in the center clump...
  28. John Hartwell

    Nurse Hyatt was a Cheerful Soul!

    You just can't judge from a photograph! This lady, Elizabeth A. Hyatt, a nurse who marched off to war with the 4th Wisconsin Regiment in 1861, was something of a card. She always made it her business to spread cheer and good spirits, as well as careful nursing among the men under her care...
  29. JPK Huson 1863

    " Do You Know The Muffin Man? " Jobs We Never Heard Of

    An 1864 article from New Orleans spends a column bemoaning match makers. It get confusing. 150 years ago there were people making wooden sticks capable of producing fire and women whose jobs were finding suitable husbands for young women. Those sticks you can buy by the hundreds now at any...
  30. SWMODave

    ... "skirmishing" with 12-pounder Napoleons.

    Buck Miller The General then went on to say that last evening, a little after dark, he rode along our skirmish line near the peach-orchard, where he came across a battery of artillery. He was surprised to find it so far in advance of our line of infantry, and inquired whose it was. A tall...
  31. SWMODave

    This was the greatest feat ever known in the history of the world

    USS Hartford There is, or has been a narrow gage RR from the town of Port Gibson to the landing at Grand Gulf. The bluffs back of the village and landing were selected for our batteries, and three siege guns, and four ten pound parrot guns, were placed in position and were soon ready for any...
  32. JPK Huson 1863

    Sew Off To War We Go.... Quilting Comfort

    White House Landing, Sanitary Commission ' agents ' posed aiding wounded ( and the woman on the left isn't Julia Wheelock - she was there, it's just not her ). Two examples of dozens of donated quilts are displayed on Michigan's relief tent, " Flying Turkeys " and a striped quilt. It'll be...
  33. John Hartwell

    Surgeons who Gave their Lives in Service to the Suffering

    Dr Luther Vose Bell, M.D., L.L.D Dr Luther Vose Bell was born in Francestown, New Hampshire, in December 1806, the son of N.H. governor and U.S. Senator Samuel Bell. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine (1823). Among his classmates at Bowdoin was a future governor and Senator from Maine...
  34. RobertP

    Who knew all the cloth types!

    I have an old composition book that belonged to my Uncle Charlie with the title “Industries of Man.” It looks, by the handwriting to have been put together by him at about 10 years of age which would make it around 1920. I am guessing it was a school project. Here are two pages on fabrics...
  35. Tom Elmore

    Skirmish Duty of the 61st Virginia from July 3-5

    It was not until sunset on July 3, in the aftermath of the failed Confederate charge against Cemetery Ridge, that the 61st Virginia finally assumed an active role in the battle. Deployed as skirmishers in front of Long Lane, the 350 or so officers and enlisted men in the regiment took an...
  36. JPK Huson 1863

    Tiny Faces Beneath Kepis, Or, Armed And Eight Years Old

    From a fairly well known photo " Tasting the soup ", in public access on LoC, this kid isn't the main subject - it's adults tasting soup. He's scraping something from a tin pot, an unreadable expression on his face. And wearing a uniform. Must be around 10 or 11. From the photo of Christian...
  37. Andy Cardinal

    The world will never know its loss; but his friends will never forget theirs.

    (Photograph from John Banks's Blog) The greatest "what ifs" of the Civil War -- or any war -- occur when we consider the promise and potential of those whose lives were lost. An excellent example in reverse occurred at Antietam when Captain Oliver Wendell Holmes of the 20th Massachusetts was...
  38. SWMODave

    Is this woman who she claims?

    This article appeared in the Sacramento Union, Volume 165, Number 45, 14 June 1912. I have been unable to verify "any" part of the Civil War history given here. I thought I would share it and see if any history sleuth's can find something that I can't. Note - there is no evidence that any...
  39. JPK Huson 1863

    What A Messy, Boring Affair War Can Be

    It didn't take much browsing through this public access LoC image from City Point to catch a whole lot of mess. Between the disorganized dockside arrangements, supplies apparently tossed randomly onto barges, what looks like a floating homestead someone threw away and someone's compacted...
  40. Tom Elmore

    Lost and Found

    Part I At dawn on July 4 [5?], a passing Confederate handed a book to Mrs. John Shank, who was standing near the road at the hamlet of Seven Stars. In it, Mrs. Shank found the name of the original owner, Carrie [Caroline] McMillan, daughter of David McMillan, as well as the most recent owner...


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