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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever ", But It'll Cost You

    Fashion extremes have had pens stuck in them since Eve found a couple cute fig leaves. With reason. This is decades pre-war ( 1829 ), lampooning the corset craze. 40 years later no one seems to have worried much. We still laced ourselves into disarranging ribs. One of my favorite images...
  2. John Hartwell

    Gen Porter in a Balloon

    [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Observation_balloon_RAE-O982a.jpg] The Bedford (Ind.) Daily Mail, of June 14, 1906, contains the story of Gen.FitzJohn Porter's close call as an aeronaut:
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    The War Artist Who Won Christmas, Santa Nast's Countdown To The Day

    A " US " belt slipped over Santa's arm and into this work by Thomas Nast succeeds is one of our indications the war and those who fought were Nast's subjects. He somehow managed to combine war with hope or at least let us know hope hadn't fled. Magic and Christmas was out there somewhere. This...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    " There Should Be No Enemies In This Place ", Lincoln's Handshaking Rebel

    Like every barn, house, shed and out building in an around Sharpsburg, Maryland, Smith's barn was a hospital after all the shooting stopped. President Lincoln visited shattered men in hospitals there , men who fought on both sides. What you have to love about President Lincoln stories is the...
  5. Mike Serpa

    Elizabeth Hansbrough Bell Smith's coin purse

    Coin Purse Belonging to Confederate General "Extra Billy" Smith's Wife, 3" x 2" x .75", ivory panels on front and back, applied silver elements on lid, lavender silk lining with four compartments. Scuffs to ivory, minor loss to one corner of silver decoration and fraying to interior fabric...
  6. SWMODave

    So who was Kitty Hodgman, the Cincinnati nurse?

    Martha and daughter Photo courtesy of open permission from [email protected] This story could be filed under Ladies Tea - but whether the soldier knew it or not, he may have been telling quite a scandalous tale. "Capt. Amos Hodgeman did much to discipline and make company H what it...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    USS Planter Sightings, A Photographic Trail

    CSS USS Planter at White House Landing, Sanitary Commission barge and tug Elizabeth in the background. Must be an 1864 image, basing that on when Elizabeth was in service with the Sanitary Commission's hospital transport services. Guessing there are more, taking these from those massive tifs...
  8. Mrs. V

    Ohio Regimental Ball/I’m singing!!

    Ohio Regimental Ball will be February 15th at the Sheraton Suites Hotel in Cuyahoga Falls. New venue. I’m going to be presenting my musical talent for 25 mins at some point during the day. I’m beyond excited.
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Clark Kent's Grandfather, Vermont's Bullet Proof Calvin Adams

    Recruiting posters are wonderful, the era idea of soldier-super hero a frequent illustration. They got them. public access Just made up the part about Clark Kent. Ok so he's made up too but his ancestry could look a lot like a Vermont soldier, Calvin Adams. If Calvin Adams of this story is who...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    For Better, For Worse- We're On Our Way Back, Who Knew?

    Between Ebay, LoC and NYPL we have endless old treasures like this image illustrative of who we were. Because divorce was rare ( for quite a few reason ) it's extremely probable this couple fulfilled the part in their wedding vows reading ' Til death parts us '. BUT get this- we're getting back...
  11. Mike Serpa

    Boys will be boys...148th PA Vols

    Practical jokes of the milder sort were indulged in, sparingly. The rougher kind were likely to be resented, with force of arms. The following example of a trick perpetrated on Comrade Benjamin Beck is a fair illustration of the coarser quality, which, though funny, might have ended with serious...
  12. Andy Cardinal

    Theodore W. Greig, MOH Winner

    Officers, 61st New York Greig was born on March 13, 1843 in New York. He enlisted in Company A, 61st New York and was a 2nd Lieutenant in Company C at Antietam. Under the command of Colonel Francis Barlow and then Lt. Col. Nelson Miles, the 61st (combined with the 64th) New York fought near the...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Sumptuous Repast ", Artists Send Home Thanksgiving At War

    Winslow Homer, 1864. Before Rockwell, Homer hooked us into scenes using the same sense of recognition evocative of tradition and drawing on connection with each other. That one answered a question I'd had too- how long have we been squabbling over that wishbone? And keep your thumb down, it's...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Discussion " Make Us Truly Thankful", Around The ACW Table

    Arlington House, GWP Custis's ungainly monument to our Founding Fathers depicted in Harper's, 1853. His daughter's marriage later made it home to RE Lee, probably the most recognizable symbol of how we once were so divided 620,000 men died. That it now is home to, and reminder of the sacrifices...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    How Has the Civil War Affected Your Life?

    (Gilbert A. Marbury, drummer, Company H, 22d New York Infantry - National Archives) "Some events so pervasively condition the life of a culture that they retain the power to fascinate permanently. They become the focus of myth and the anchor of meaning for a whole society." - Ken and Ric Burns...
  16. R

    Hallowed Ground; 111th Ohio Volunteers from Franklin at Stones River National Cemetery.

    At Stones River National Cemetery there is the earliest archectual memorial to Civil War Soldier. Haden's Brigade stood their ground & as the sunset December 31, 1862, Hazen's men had not taken a step back. Their fallen were gathered & laid together in a soldier's grave by their comrades...
  17. SWMODave

    ...and the new sorrow will again come to her - gone, forever gone!

    Mary Ann Webster Loughborough Anyone who knows a mother who has lost a child, knows that they are never the same person after. There exists with them a pain that can surface at any moment in uncontrollable bouts of grief, from a wound that never heals entirely. Amongst the death and destruction...
  18. Buckeye Bill

    Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, Tennessee

    * Lookout Mountain The Confederate Army followed up their victory at Chickamauga in September 1863 by pursuing the Union Army to Chattanooga. As Union troops prepared to defend the city, the Confederates encircled the city and prepared to lay siege. From early October through late November...
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    Dog Needs A Good Story! Spot, Andersonville Guard Dog From LoC

    OK, not as cuddly as some and you sure wouldn't wish to see him mad, coming for you. He's still a dog and like babies there's no such thing as an ugly one. Even the breed with snaggly teeth just makes you like one more. Hoping someone can fill in the blanks on Spot. Biggest crime here would an...
  20. Buckeye Bill

    Orchard Knob, Chattanooga, Tennessee

    * Orchard Knob: The Battles for Chattanooga On Monday afternoon, November 23, 1863, Union troops under the command of General George H. Thomas formed battle lines in an open valley between the city of Chattanooga and a rocky mound, known as Orchard Knob, to the east. Confederate soldiers...
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