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  1. lelliott19

    "Stand by the Union" Flag of the 16th Michigan Captured at Gaines Mill

    LOC "...The Confederates had now charged us and were in our ranks. Some of our men stooped down to recover the fallen flag, and he, too, was shot down and the flag captured by Col. Jenkins' Palmetto Sharpshooters. On our right hellish deeds were being enacted on both sides. Screeching demons...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    What Will We Learn?

    (Public Domain) In the 19th century, infectious disease ravaged the globe. Typhoid, cholera, the bubonic plague, and tuberculosis, just to name a few, besieged people around the world in epidemics and pandemics. Hundreds of thousands died. A New Orleans newspaper printed in 1878 read, “There...
  3. lelliott19

    On Dangerous Ground: Did Longstreet Really Say This About Lee?

    ON DANGEROUS GROUND In October 1895, as General James Longstreet was putting the finishing touches to his manuscript, he visited Lippincott Publishers in Philadelphia about the new book "From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America." Either while he was there, or on his way...
  4. luinrina

    The Swamp Fox of the Confederacy – John Jackson Dickison

    When reading up on Civil War activities in Florida, you will eventually hear this name: John Jackson Dickison, the Swamp Fox of the Confederacy. And that Floridians regard him like Virginians regard Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. So who is he and what makes him so remarkable to the Civil...
  5. Eleanor Rose

    History Nestled in the NC Sandhills

    The Holly Inn in Pinehurst, NC This story begins in 1895, when Boston Philanthropist James Walker Tufts purchased 5,800 acres of ravaged timberland in the Sandhills region of central North Carolina. This land, which cost Tufts about $1 per acre, was a barren, sandy wasteland. Nothing remained...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

    (Wikipedia Commons) I think many folks may have them – questions about our Victorian friends that we never quite knew how or where to ask. Well now’s your chance. Throw caution (but not common sense) to the wind and pose your question(s) here. I’ll do my best to answer or call on my fabulous...
  7. lelliott19

    New Recruits 1861: What to Bring From Home

    LOC On September 2, 1861, a Georgia soldier serving in a regiment of what would become the Army of Northern Virginia, then encamped at Sangster's Crossroads, Virginia, writes the Columbus, GA Weekly Sun. "Recruits arrive here daily," he says, as the 'veteran' proceeds to advise new recruits on...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    The Story of a Fallen Woman with a Twist!

    The Awakening Conscience by William Holman Hunt - 1853. (Public Domain) William Holman Hunt’s painting, The Awakening Conscience, attempts to address the common Victorian narrative of the fallen woman. The young lady appears to be a stereotypical, a young unmarried woman engaged in an affair...
  9. lelliott19

    What Outcomes Should the American Civil War Museum Measure? 2020 Annual Survey of Museum Goers

    Snip from the homepage of https://acwm.org/ <no CR notice> What Outcomes Should the American Civil War Museum Measure? I recently received an email link to the Richmond, Virginia American Civil War Museum's "Annual Survey of Museum Goers." We've been there several times over the last five years...
  10. lelliott19

    The Latest on Chattahoochee River Line Historic Park: Six Miles of Johnston's 1864 Entrenchments

    South Bank of the Chattahoochee, Ga., George N. Barnard, 1864-1866. Public Domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:South_Bank_of_the_Chattahoochie,_GA_(8170377251).jpg...
  11. lelliott19

    Unit Designation on Cap: 4th North Carolina Vols/ 14th North Carolina Infantry

    LOC ...He was taken sick, and was sent to the boat landing to go to Richmond, and that is the last that has been heard from him. His cap had the letter D and the figure 4 on it. Any information of him, whether dead or alive, will be thankfully received. I'm not a reenactor, but I've read where...
  12. lelliott19

    Museum Lee's Pocket Watch and an Unusual Watch Chain (Lee Chapel & Museum, Lexington, VA)

    Robert E. Lee's pocket watch, exhibited at Lee Chapel & Museum, Lexington, VA. What can you tell us about it @CW Watch Collector ? Anyone want to guess what this second one is? When we visit museums, it seems I am often attracted to strange or unusual items in the collection. Last time we were...
  13. Eleanor Rose

    A Woman’s Place is in the Home: The 19th Century Separate Spheres

    Early stereoscopic image entitled, "The New Woman, Wash Day " mocks reversal of the separate spheres. The New Woman.—Wash Day.” American Stereoscopic Company, 1901, stereograph. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. In the 19th century gender roles were looked upon as separate spheres. A woman's...
  14. lelliott19

    Sleep Walking Non-combat Death of Thomas Carleton Billups

    "In sadness we heard of his walking in his sleep from the cars in motion. We hoped that he would recover from his injuries; but an inscrutable yet all wise Providence ordained otherwise...." Hundreds of thousands of soldiers died during the Civil War. Most historians estimate that about...
  15. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Pink Pancakes

    The name “pancake” became standard in 19th century America. Previously, they were called Indian cakes, hoe cakes, johnnycakes, journey cakes, buckwheat cakes, buckwheats, griddle cakes and flapjacks. Thomas Jefferson loved pancakes so much he sent a special recipe to his hometown from the White...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Rhodes Hall: A Mansion in Atlanta Showcasing the History of the Confederacy

    Rhodes Hall Thanks to the Longstreet Society, I just discovered Rhodes Hall in Atlanta, GA. Per their website: “The interior of Rhodes Hall is one of the finest intact expressions of late Victorian architectural design in the city. The grandest feature is a magnificent series of painted glass...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Leap Year and the Victorian Ladies’ Prerogative

    Victorian Leap Year humor, as part of an advertisement for thread. (Public Domain) In the 19th century, Leap Year provided the opportunity for the reversal of roles between the “fairer sex” and gentlemen. On February 29th, a lady had the prerogative to propose marriage to the man whom her heart...
  18. lelliott19

    GRAPHIC "Flesh Eating Bacteria" aka Hospital Gangrene from an Unusual Cause

    Public Domain. Pl. No. 1 of Dr. Jones' papers : Hospital gangrene : Case of W.J. Black. No. VII. New York Public Library. Link Confederate Army surgeon, Dr. Joseph Jones, is generally credited with providing the first modern description of "necrotizing fasciitis." Back then it was called...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Mardi Gras: When Victorians "Let the Good Times Roll"

    (Public Domain) Mardi Gras has traditionally been marked by debauchery, even in Victorian times. The engraving above done by B. West Clinedinst for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in 1893 was entitled, "Promiscuous Maskers on Canal Street, New Orleans Mardi Gras." It depicts men and...
  20. Eleanor Rose

    Discussion "Which Historic Homes or Plantations Do You Recommend for Visits?"

    (Photograph taken by @Southern Unionist) Based on responses to an earlier thread, it seems most of us would visit a plantation and many of us have. So, which plantations would you recommend for others to visit? I have a bunch, but I'll start us off with Longwood, an octagonal antebellum home...
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