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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    " Yellow Hospital ", Manassas, 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry At The Duncan House 1862

    LoC image, part of a series taken by Timothy O'Sullivan in July 1863 has more to offer than it's title " Yellow Hospital ". Officers and troopers of the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry were stationed in ' Bloom's Grove ', also aka ' The Duncan House ' at the time. That some families were also present...
  2. Buckeye Bill

    The Rose Farm (Black & White)

    * The Rose Farm : The farm of George and Dorothy Rose is about two miles south of Gettysburg on the eastern side of Emmitsburg Road. George Rose was a butcher from Germantown, Pennsylvania, who had purchased the farm from Jacob Benner in 1858 for a little over $8,000. Evidence suggests that...
  3. lelliott19

    Raccoon Ford, Virginia in the Civil War

    Artist Alfred R. Waud sketched this scene, which was published in Harper's Weekly October 3, 1863 under title "The Army of the Potomac - General Buford Attacking the Enemy at Raccoon Ford September 14, 1863." But Raccoon Ford was a pretty busy place all during the Civil War. Both Armies crossed...
  4. USS ALASKA

    Confererate Land Mines (Torpedo)

    Pic lifted from @Buckeye Bill 's post https://civilwartalk.com/threads/the-confederate-torpedo.103308/#post-936818 Sirs, been reading about Confederate land mines in 'Infernal Machines the Story of Confederate Submarines and Mine Warfare' by Milton F. Perry -...
  5. USS ALASKA

    Discussion History's Headlines: Civil War piano man

    History's Headlines: Civil War piano man By: Frank Whelan Posted: Jun 08, 2019 06:00 AM EDT Updated: Jun 10, 2019 07:47 PM EDT It was at roughly 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 1863 when the Williamsport, Pennsylvania telegraph in the local telegraph office began to pound wildly. The words it tapped out...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Where Every Day Was Father's Day, Camp Dad, 1861-1865

    Someone may know who is this family. That mothers packed up children and brought them to the war, to be with soldier fathers seems indicative of how precious each was to the other. We're left with quite a few images like these. Thanks to LoC we get to see these moments from a country at war...
  7. lelliott19

    Indigenous Plants Wanted: Medical Purveyor's Office, Macon, GA

    Wild ginger, Hops, Marsh Rosemary, Blackberry, Lavender, Slippery Elm, Wild Cherry, Potato Fly, Hemlock, Dogwood, Ginseng, etc. "The within named Articles, if carefully gathered and dried in the shade, will be purchased at the Medical Purveyor's Office in Macon, Georgia, By Order of the Surgeon...
  8. USS ALASKA

    Weirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller

    Trains and open waterways spurred an economic boom in the Antebellum, but they also drove down Americans' health. AP Photo An interesting view point... Weirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller Laura Bliss Aug 28, 2018 Why a transportation revolution had some...
  9. USS ALASKA

    Cemetery Schuylkill Frontier Girls complete project to repair Civil War veteran brothers' gravestones

    Schuylkill Frontier Girls complete project to repair Civil War veteran brothers' gravestones By Rachael Espaillat Posted: Jun 10, 2019 06:47 PM EDT Updated: Jun 10, 2019 06:47 PM EDT CRESSONA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY - (WBRE/ WYOU)- Back in March, we told you about an area organization and a funeral...
  10. USS ALASKA

    CWTrust More battlefield land preserved with NPS grant

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Champion_Hill#/media/File:Champion_Hill_Battlefield_Mississippi.jpg More battlefield land preserved with NPS grant By John Surratt Published 8:07 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019 The Mississippi Department of Archives and...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Why All The Mourning? Our Ancestors Process Death

    Currier and Ives sold a series you could buy for a loved on killed by the war. Pre-printed with dat ' 186x ' you filled in the blank, the name and battle. It wasn't stuffed away in a drawer. You hung it on your wall while saying a long goodbye. Something interesting on an SUV’s back window, a...
  12. lelliott19

    Act of Kindness: 132nd Pennsylvania & Lt. Col. Reuben B. Nisbet, 3rd Georgia Infantry at Antietam

    "He asked to be laid down in some sheltered place, for, said he, 'I have but a few moments to live.' I well remember his refined, gentlemanly appearance, and how profoundly sorry I felt for him." Before the Civil War, Dr. Reuben Battle Nisbet was a trained physician, but he enlisted in the...
  13. USS ALASKA

    Cemetery N.J. Civil War cemetery was forgotten until a woman stepped in

    (Barry Carter NJ | Advance Media) Tombstone of Andrew Jackson, a member of the 22nd United States Colored Troops. (Barry Carter | NJ Advance Media) N.J. Civil War cemetery was forgotten until a woman stepped in Updated Jun 5, 2019; Posted Jun 3, 2019 ...They were members of the 22nd United...
  14. USS ALASKA

    Discussion They Introduced the World to Songs of Slavery. It Almost Broke Them.

    The Fisk Jubilee Singers, 1875. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. They Introduced the World to Songs of Slavery. It Almost Broke Them. The Jubilee Singers were a global sensation. But an aggressive touring schedule would leave the young performers exhausted...
  15. USS ALASKA

    Map of United States military rail roads

    https://tile.loc.gov/image-services/iiif/service:gmd:gmd370:g3701:g3701p:cw0056000/full/pct:25/0/default.jpg Map of United States military rail roads, showing the rail roads operated during the war from 1862-1866, as military lines Cool, zoomable map at the LoC website... About this Item...
  16. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Another ' Labor Saving Device ' For We Girls, 1861

    From a New England farmer's newspaper, 1861 You know the ubiquitous butter churn? It's always seemed like yet another exhausting chore. Ever try it? Remember a teacher in elementary school hammering home the lesson by actually bringing one to school. Kids took turns using that thing and after...
  17. TSCLowe

    Thaddeus Lowe's Balloon @ Lincoln Days June 1 & 2, 2019

    Enjoy these pictures of Thaddeus Lowe's Balloon at the Lincoln Day's Civil War Battle in Pittsfield, Illinois June 1 & 2, 2019. Click on the picture below to view the album on my Civil War Balloon Corps Facebook page. Huzzah! TSC Lowe, Aeronaut Civil War Balloon Corps Living History
  18. lelliott19

    Left for Dead: Big Jim Jones, 3rd Battalion SC at South Mountain

    Writing of his "experiences in the late unpleasantness," Lieutenant Robert H Jennings of Company G, 3rd Battalion South Carolina Infantry included this amazing story of Corporal James A Jones (B/3dBattn SC) who was shot in the head and left for dead on the battle field at South Mountain. Jones...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Sherry Cobbler

    Sherry became affordable for Americans in the Mid-19th century. They relied on imported sherry as well as its fortified cousin, Madeira. In the 1840s, the sherry cobbler became very popular. Our Victorian friends loved the “exotic” ingredients and ice was still a novelty. While ice wasn’t new...
  20. lelliott19

    Fraser's Battery at Cold Harbor: Gallant Falligant & Alex Campbell's Ultimate Act of Kindness

    "Years later, Grant said—looking back over his long career of bloody fights—that Cold Harbor was the only battle he ever fought that he would not fight over again under the same circumstances." In Chapter XX, Four Years Under Marse Robert, Major Robert Stiles describes a significant, but...
  21. JPK Huson 1863

    Rosie The Riveter's Grandmother, The Tough Kept Going

    It may not have taken much effort watching that ' home washer ' being put to use, perhaps the point of this advertisement. Like it was easy. Most of our ancestors were the girls using those things. That's a load of sodden laundry next to it and ever hang a wet sheet on the clothes line? It's a...
  22. DBF

    “He Was Our Father, We His Boys”

    “And there grand old Chaplain Brown, now swift from the caissons springing, Rushes with rations of cartridge, feeding the patriots' guns; Now by the wounded and dying kneels down where the bullets are singing, Faithful to fight for his country or pray for the souls of her sons.” Extract...
  23. USS ALASKA

    American Railroad Mergers and Family History Charts

    https://www.railroadsignals.us/mergers/ For those interested in Ancestry and Family Trees, some excellent charts on the above web page of Railroad background. Cheers, USS ALASKA
  24. USS ALASKA

    CSS Georgia Casement Cross Section

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Ubn8APELYCY/Uo4scJGTWVI/AAAAAAAADW4/0_H1-SY2ifc/s1600/Casemate+Cross+Section.jpg Stumbled across this on @Phil Gast site http://civil-war-picket.blogspot.com/2013/11/mysteries-of-deep-upcoming-raising-of.html Is this an accurate depiction? Also, does anyone know the...
  25. lelliott19

    Act of Kindness: Sword of Capt. John S McDowell 77th Pennsylvania

    "Had a thunderbolt fallen from the clear blue sky, the Captain could not have been more astonished." The sword belonging to Capt. John Sands McDowell (F/77PA), which had been captured at Chickamauga in September 1863, was returned to him 37 years later, by a man who was not even born at the time...
  26. JPK Huson 1863

    The Fan ' Language ' Of An Over-Heated Era

    From NYPL, one of the era patterns you could use to create an elegant lady's fan. There are quite a few of these and such an outdated concept I once assumed the darn things were lampshades. Duh. Fan. Wrong can be a hobby if you're good enough at it. Also NYPL, undated but seems pre-war, maybe...
  27. Eleanor Rose

    The Moral Dangers of Reading Novels in 1864

    "Young Woman Reading" by Alfred Stevens, 1856. Do you enjoy reading a novel every now and then? Perhaps one set in the 19th century that represents people and events with some degree of realism. If so, beware! In 1864 the warnings below were published in a New York religious tract entitled...
  28. USS ALASKA

    Book Review The U.S. Navy and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex, 1847-1883 by Dr. Kurt Hackemer

    Author(s) or editor(s) first and last name(s) / Dr. Kurt Hackemer Title of book / The U.S. Navy and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex, 1847-1883 Year of publication / Copyright 2001 Place of publication / Annapolis, MD Publisher / Naval Institute Press Number of pages / 181 Price /...
  29. SWMODave

    I have never witnessed more sublime faithfulness unto death ....

    At the crisis of the battle we were stationed in Fort Magruder, as above explained, the key of our position. I was standing, sponge-staff in hand, awaiting the firing of my gun, the next piece to the left being a gun of the Fayette Artillery. As my eye fell upon it No. I was sponging out, No. 3...
  30. luinrina

    Composure in Crisis - Joseph Jackson Bartlett

    VI Corps assault at Crampton's Gap, Harpers Weekly From southmountaincw.wordpress.com Joseph Jackson Bartlett was born on November 21, 1834 in Binghamton, New York. His father, Joseph Bartlett, and uncle, Robert Bartlett, were gunmakers; they produced rifles for many years but went out of...
  31. lelliott19

    Substandard Shoes at Gettysburg? Peter Wellington Alexander Reports 10,000 Barefooted Confederates on the Retreat

    In this letter, dated Culpeper Court House, August 2, 1863, Peter Wellington Alexander reports on a significant shoe situation. No, not the one you're thinking of. :D Apparently, prior to the Gettysburg campaign, a large number of substandard shoes were issued to the Army of Northern Virginia...
  32. 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...
  33. SWMODave

    They called and begged for water, called for someone to come and kill them, and then end their misery

    In 2016, member chubachus posted this photo on cwt in period photo's here. The soldier in the middle is Corporal Jacob Heffelfinger ... and therein lies a soldiers story that needs to be told. (note - this is long and I realize many members do not like to read long posts. I edited this as much...
  34. 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...
  35. lelliott19

    Jefferson Davis: Once Celebrated, Later Imprisoned - at Fort Monroe

    In 1855, Jefferson Davis' visit to Fort Monroe was celebrated with fireworks and fan-fair. Ten years later he arrived as a prisoner, aboard the steamer William P. Clyde. The 1855 "fireworks and fan-fair" visit occurred while Davis was serving as US Secretary of War in the cabinet of President...
  36. lelliott19

    Re-dedication of Headstones at Yorktown National Cemetery: Four Soldiers Unknown No Longer

    Suffolk resident and senior vice commander of the local Sons of Union Veterans camp, Thomas Grund, Jr., spent months working to identify four soldiers who, for decades, had lain under tombstones marked "Unknown". The park service reviewed the claims and agreed that Grund's conclusions were...
  37. lelliott19

    Longstreet's Missed Opportunity at Chickamauga? Dave Powell weighs in on 900-yard gap in the Federal line between Snodgrass Hill and Kelly Field

    Dave Powell has been doing a regular feature called "Fridays with Dave Powell." The series originated on a Chickamauga group page on Facebook. I had missed the series until I ran across this one, from May 10, 2019, re-posted on Dave's blog. It details the activities of four of my favorites -...
  38. Pat Young

    The Woman Who Published "The Reconstructionist": Firebrand and Arson

    I am reading the new book The Impeachers and I can across a newspaper that I never heard of before, The Reconstructionist. Here is what author Brenda Wineapple says about the woman who ran the paper: Jane Grey Swisshelm was sacked from the quartermaster’s office mainly because, since 1865...
  39. lelliott19

    "We did not pause or hesitate a moment..." 9th Georgia at Gettysburg

    "I saw the cannon belching forth volumes of smoke all along its summit, but heard no report from them - the roar of musketry and the shouts of our men drowned every other sound. We did not pause or hesitate a moment....I saw the ground ploughed and torn by grape shot and shell - still I heard no...
  40. Eleanor Rose

    Kentucky Remembers Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park On our recent exploration of the Bluegrass State, @Southern Unionist and I particularly enjoyed passing through Hodgenville, KY and viewing their many tributes to President Lincoln. This place is definitely worth a visit for anyone who...


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