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  1. Yankee Brooke

    The story of Wesley Culp.

    A family trajedy is one of the saddest stories of the Battle of Gettysburg. Wesley Culp was a native of Gettysburg. As a boy, he played in the streets of Gettysburg and hunted in the woods of Culp's Hill which belonged to his uncle, Henry Culp. When Wesley became a teenager, he went to work in a...
  2. Andy Cardinal

    "We Know That You Were Carrying Out Orders": The Burning of the Mumma Farm

    The first Mummas in America emigrated from the Rhine River Valley in 1732, arriving in Philadelphia and settling in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In May 1796, Jacob Mumma purchased 324 acres along Antietam Creek and moved his family to the Sharpsburg area. Jacob purchased a 151 acre property that...
  3. 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...
  4. John Hartwell

    Period Confederate Receipt Book, 1863

    Confederate receipt book. A compilation of over one hundred receipts, adapted to the times (Richmond, 1863) Besides "Culinary Receipts," there are recipes for "Beer & Vinegar," for "Soap & Candles," "Remedies," and "Miscellaneous Receipts." I'm not quite sure about this one ... or even why:
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Bloomers And Corsets And Hats ( And Garters, Stockings, Fans, Sontags, Scarves, Shoes... ) Oh My!

    Ever live in an old house? The one we lived in when I was kid had one, teeny closet per bedroom. In 2019 we're all the way up to walk-in closets to store the comparatively miniscule amount of clothing typically worn in a day. It takes around 5 minutes toil to cover oneself adequately before...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Post Your Favorite, Era Food Fairy Recipe!

    Meet the Food Fairy. This image from a late 19th century children's book always makes me think of our ancestors and their ability to whip up dinner using an apparently magical ability to create something from nothing and a stick. We can include any recipe lacking those instructions we see in...
  7. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Period Cherry Ice Water

    As it's the dog days of August I thought a lovely 19th century recipe for cherry would be a perfect addition to the Food Forum. This is from The Book of Ices by AB Marshall who I mentioned in the Victorian Ice Cream making post. I'm unsure of the freezing method used as the book was written in...
  8. JPK Huson 1863

    Healing The Wounds That Bind Us, Our Daughters Of Charity Blueprint At St. Francis Xavier 1863

    St. Francis Xavier, top right, first church to open its doors to wounded around noon, July 1st. The church sustained so much damage, much from blood dripping from boards laid over pews, it could not reopen until 1864. Union and Confederate surgeons worked here together on Union and Confederate...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Drawing War, Patent Office Art

    Portable Tent/bed/knapsack. I'm pretty sure this one wasn't produced. All-in-one head-tent and knapsack, it's possible the army passed because only having one's head sheltered left the rest of the body exposed. Period artwork encompasses a huge range. It had to. Photos weren't commonly found in...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Duff Green's Row Washington, DC, " Is This Freedom? ", 1862

    Crowds gathered outside our Capitol Building, 1865. The event bringing them there is President Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration. I ' think ' the street running directly behind this image was known as ' 1st Street ' for awhile. If so, this photographer included a shot of Abraham Lincoln's...
  11. Buckeye Bill

    Fort McHenry (American Civil War)

    * During the American Civil War, Fort McHenry served as a Federal transfer prison camp for Southern sympathizers and confederate prisoners of war. Usually, prisoners were confined at the fort for short periods of time before being transferred to such larger prisons as Point Lookout, Fort...
  12. Buckeye Bill

    The Pratt Street Riot of 1861

    The Baltimore riot of 1861 (Pratt Street Riot) was a conflict which occurred on April 19, 1861, in Baltimore, Maryland. This conflict occurred between antiwar "Copperhead" Democrats and other Southern/Confederate sympathizers and members of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania state militia...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Ice, Our Ancestor's Summer Kill Or Cure

    " Summer ", from a pre-war children's primer. As idyllic as they make it look, inside the house was all the ice needed to off set all the sun. It was in the medicine cabinet albeit with a black box warning. Remember the ubiquitous ice man, meaning the guy who drove a cart and horse up to the...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Emily And Lewis, To Death Parted, An Ebay Wedding Photo Coughs Up It's Story

    Emily Dudley Webb, age 20, daughter of a Baptist minister from Oswego, New York. This is probably a photo taken at the time of her wedding, her life and hopes ahead of her. You can find the best stuff on Ebay. I don't mean the used sneakers you can get for 1/10th the store price, I mean you...
  15. SWMODave

    More Friends Who Didn't Play Well Together

    Thomas C Hindman So many men from Arkansas followed Hindman to war, his oversized force was called Hindman's Legion. Many were soon moved to smaller units. Soon after reaching Greenville, the adjutant of Hindman’s regiment was taken sick and I was temporarily assigned to that position. I found...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    USS Dunderberg, William H Webb's Thunderous Mountain

    From LoC, print of USS Dunderberg , William H. Webb's lavishly designed and expensively built ironclad. It was to have been the most formidable war ship afloat, the Union navy's ultimate weapon. Someone described Dunderberg as a huge, two masted version of CSS Virginia. Please move to the...
  17. Buckeye Bill

    Ashland : The Henry Clay Estate

    On October 8, 1862 Confederate forces were defeated at the Battle of Perryville (Chaplin Hills) and shortly thereafter began an exit of the state of Kentucky. Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan began conducting attacks in an effort to distract Federal forces to the rear of the Confederate line...
  18. Buckeye Bill

    Camp Nelson National Monument

    The Camp Nelson National Monument tells the story of the African-American military service in the Federal Army during the American Civil War, as well as the difficult transition to freedom during the Reconstruction era. This camp began as a supply depot and hospital for the Federal Army...
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