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  1. AUG

    "Our Last Battle": An Account of the Battle of Bentonville

    By Sgt. Walter A. Clark, Co. A "Oglethorpe Infantry," 63rd Georgia Infantry, Smith's Brigade (led by Capt. J. R. Bonner), James A. Smith's (Cleburne's old) Division, Cheatham's Corps, Army of Tennessee. From his memoirs, Under the Stars and Bars; or, Memories of Four Years Service with the...
  2. lelliott19

    Cauterization & Cautery Irons

    http://www.txindependence.org/print_source.php?id=280 By the 1860's most Surgeons knew that a tourniquet was the preferred method to stop major bleeding and prevent exsanguniation (bleeding out.) They also knew that closing up a bullet wound by cauterizing it was a bad idea. When performing...
  3. DBF

    There Was A House In New Orleans

    "There was a house in New Orleans a mob approached to ruin. Tear it down!! she said to them, I’ll always be loyal to the Union." Thus begins the remarkable story of Mrs. Nellie Maria Taylor. Mrs. Taylor was born into a family named “Dewey”, in Watertown, New York in 1821. Her family would...
  4. lelliott19

    "Jeems, oh, Jeems, did you hear that ar shell?" - Troup Artillery Carlton's Battery Georgians

    "Jeems, oh, Jeems, did you hear that ar shell? Begolly, it went jest like a kivy of Georgia patriges." Two guns of the Troup Artillery [Carlton's Battery] were in the middle of the Telegraph road near Fredericksburg, Va., firing cannister [sic] shot at the Yankees who were very near and...
  5. lelliott19

    GRAPHIC Surgeon's Dilemma: Amputation vs. Excision

    "Of the varieties of gunshot wounds, none are more terrible in their effects than those that are produced by the peculiar bullet invented by M. Etienne Minié, of Paris….the effects are truly terrible; bones are ground almost to powder, muscles, ligaments, and tendons torn away, and parts...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    McSorley's: Where Our Victorian Friends Raised a Pint and You Can Too

    (Photo courtesy of Sarah Jacobs and Business Insider) It is rumored a lot of famous people walked through McSorley's doors during the 19th century, including President Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. More followed like Teddy Roosevelt, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, Babe Ruth and Harry...
  7. lelliott19

    Question about Georgia State Seal "Hat Brass" of Maj Gen Lafayette McLaws

    (Dimensions 3.5" high x 2.5" wide. Seal 1" in diameter) Did Lafayette McLaws wear this on his hat when he served as Major General in the Confederate Army? The item is in the collection of the Georgia Historical Society, along with a number of other articles donated by McLaws' family including a...
  8. lelliott19

    Physical Education for Women: Andrew Female College and a Confederate Veteran

    "There never was a more terrible lesson of the dangerous folly, not to say the criminal wickedness, of our civilization in trying to make women helpless, weak and defenseless creatures such as nature never designed them to be..." In 1874, when the Union and Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)...
  9. lelliott19

    Soldiers' Superstitions: Lucky Rabbit's Foot

    SOLDIERS' SUPERSTITIONS Confederates and Federals - Rabbits' Feet - A Steel Button From the Detroit Free Press As to whether the Confederate soldier was any more superstitious than the Federal, I neither admit nor deny, but I think the same superstitions in regard to battles probably prevailed...
  10. lelliott19

    On CSPAN: USS Monitor's Wartime Service, Sinking, and Recovery

    Today, March 9, 2019 at 6pm Eastern on C-SPAN 3 On the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, John Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center and author of “The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad," discusses the Monitor’s famous battle against the CSS...
  11. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic “Cathead-style” Southern Biscuits

    (Photograph by Taylor McBride) If they like biscuits in heaven, my grandma is probably making a big ol’ pan of her buttermilk biscuits every morning. There’s no telling how many biscuits she must have made in her long lifetime. She didn’t roll her dough and cut them out with a cutter. They...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Recreated Molasses Soda Bread

    (Photograph by Matt Hulsman) A slice of this nutty, slightly-sweet soda bread pairs well with butter and jam or molasses butter. It is also tasty covered with melted cheese. Beware! One slice may not be enough! Molasses Soda Bread Ingredients for bread: 2¾ cups whole-wheat flour ⅓ cup...
  13. luinrina

    Irish revolutionist – Thomas Francis Meagher

    From Wikipedia Thomas Francis Meagher was born on August 3, 1823 in Waterford City, Ireland. His father was a merchant and quite wealthy; he eventually retired from trading to go into the politics and was twice elected mayor of the city. His family's financial situation enabled Meagher to...
  14. lelliott19

    St. Patrick's Day in the Army of the Potomac March 17, 1863: Series of Sketches by Edwin Forbes

    On March 17, 1863, Edwin Forbes created a series of six sketches illustrating St. Patrick's Day festivities in the Army of the Potomac. Final versions of five sketches in the series were published as a collage in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on April, 25, 1863 under the title "The Irish...
  15. Pat Young

    Elizabeth Jennings Graham-African American Woman Who Began Desegregation in New York City to Be Honored With Statue

    Elizabeth Jennings Graham New York City will soon erect a statue to Elizabeth Jennings Graham, the African American woman credited with beginning the process of desegregating New York City's mass transit system in 1854. The ststue will, appropriately, be near Grand Central Terminal in...
  16. Eleanor Rose

    Dressed To Kill in the 19th Century

    "The Embroidress" by Georg Friedrich Kersting St. Patrick’s Day always has me searching my closest for something green to wear so I began to wonder how popular this color was with our Victorian friends. As it turns out, Scheele’s Green and Paris Green were the premier green pigments of the...
  17. lelliott19

    Recollections of Whitworth Sharpshooter: John "Kildee" West of the 4th Georgia Infantry

    https://www.guns.com/news/2013/09/09/whitworth-rifle-fit-queens-confederates-video "In '62, Gen Lee received thirteen fine English Whitworth rifles that were warranted to kill at 1,800 yards. These were the best guns in the service on either side. Thirteen of the best marks men in the army were...
  18. Pat Young

    Illustrations of Grant's First Swearing In March 4, 1869

    The Inauguration of President Grant, Mar 4, 1869 Harpers Weekly Mar 20, 1869
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Spotted Dog: A Traditional Irish Fruit Bread

    In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd post a recipe for an authentic, traditional, Irish fruit bread or spotted dog. It seems at the time of the year when the men were working particularly hard in the fields, the farmer’s wife would reward them with a richer, sweeter bread than...
  20. SWMODave

    Major General Frederick Steele and Staff

    I couldn't find this photo floating around on the net but it is taken from the Americana Magazine Vol 5 (1910), which is free on Google Books. This photo was owned by a family member of one of the men pictured in 1910. Steele spent most of his time in the Trans-Mississippi theatre and died...
  21. lelliott19

    Forrest on Fort Pillow: 1868 Cincinnati Commercial Newspaper Interview

    This interview with General Nathan B Forrest appeared in The Daily News and Herald. (Savannah, Ga.), September 12, 1868, page 1. It was reprinted from the Cincinnati Commercial and also appeared in The Louisville Daily Journal. (Louisville, Ky.), September 8, 1868, page 1. I searched some key...
  22. Pat Young

    Harriet Jacobs Describes Her Relief Work Among Liberated Former Slaves Near Savannah in 1866 WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

    Freedpeople in Charleston from Frank Leslie's April 25, 1865. Harriet Jacobs is today a well-known author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. In 1866 she was providing relief to freedpeople in Coastal Carolina and Georgia. Here is one of her letters describing the situation in which she...
  23. Pat Young

    Margarethe Meyer Schurz (wife of Carl Schurz) Started America's First Kindergarten WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

    Many of you have heard of immigrant Major General Carl Schurz, but nearly all of you benfited from an institution his wife brought to America: The Kindergarten. Margarethe Meyer Schurz was a young woman in 1833 toa family that encouraged the education of women. She and her sister were attracted...
  24. SWMODave

    Magazine Covers Pay Tribute

    Magazines covers pay tribute to elderly Civil War veterans - couple of these magazine covers are by the great Norman Rockwell.
  25. Pat Young

    Freedom Under the Confiscation Act: What the "Emancipation Paper" Said and What It Threatened -Black History Month

    Daily dispatch Monday, Sep 01, 1862 Richmond, VA Vol: 23 Page: 2 We all know that the March 1862 Confiscation Act allowed the Union Army to free slaves who had been employed in the service of the Confederacy. In this article from a secessionist paper is reprinted the "Emancipation Paper" of...
  26. Pat Young

    The Atlanta History Center Spent $35 Million to Restore and House the Atlanta Cyclorama-Was It Worth It?

    As many of you know, the Atlanta History Center opened a new exhibit in a specially built building exhibitting the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama. The entire project cost $35 million. About ten million dollars of that money came from a single donor, but the rest had to be raised. Here is the thread...
  27. DBF

    Start with “Bubbles”, Stir with“Spoon”; Watch It Mix and Go Ka-Boom!

    How did a gentleman born in France in 1822 become involved in an incident that would cause an international crisis during the civil war? Meet Charles Camille Heidsieck - - - - - **Photograph - Vinespair He was the son of a flamboyant champagne merchant and was a “chip off the old block”...
  28. Pat Young

    New York Times Gives Enthusiastic Review to Restored Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama

    The New York Times reviewed the restored Atlanta Cyclorama this week and today ot was listed as one of the week's "Top Reads." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/arts/design/confederate-monuments-cyclorama-atlanta.html As many of you know the Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama has been moved to the...
  29. Eleanor Rose

    They Found Their Voice Through Their Writing

    When we think of 19th century America, the Civil War and slavery come to mind. American slavery was designed to break the spirits of black people even as they worked to make America a global economic superpower. A key in the oppression of black slaves was the slave-owners’ deliberate attempt...
  30. lelliott19

    Period If the Guns Didn't Kill You, The "Hospital Diet" Might: Soyer's Food for fifty men

    Touted as the correct bill of fare for Hospital Diet in the Army, the tried and true recipes of Alexis Soyer were widely used in US Army Hospitals. It seems that Mr. Soyer's recipes may have been selected because they were simple, usually requiring only a few ingredients. Measurements were...
  31. Eleanor Rose

    Period Chocolate Mint Pudding

    Our Victorian friends were enjoying chocolate mints long before they became popular candy confections. Mint was often added to chocolate pudding during the early to mid-19th century to create a unique, refreshing, minty flavor. This recipe is adapted from The Cook's Oracle by William Kitchiner...
  32. DBF

    A NEK Warrior Princess

    Engraving by Adolf Vollmy (1889) In the night skies of November 12, 1833 a glorious sight was observed in what is now known as the “Great Meteor Shower of 1833”. It is estimated that a quarter of a million meteors were seen over North America that night. It was also the same night that in a...
  33. lelliott19

    Capt. Edward R. Outlaw 11th North Carolina & His Lucky Shirt? Unusual Confederate Battle Shirt

    Edward Ralph Outlaw describes the fatal assault on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg: "...in a perfect hail-storm of musketry, grape and canister, which made it a slaughter-pen, [we] succeeded in penetrating the Federal line, only to be promptly repulsed, leaving a large number of wounded and...
  34. wilkere

    Flag & canteen from estate sale

    Gents, Not sure about these as the estate had quite a bit of Civil War and Indian war era gear jumbled together. Any inputs would be much appreciated. Semper Fi, Bob
  35. lelliott19

    From Slavery to Union Soldier: Pleasant Whitely Escapes Slavery in Virginia to Join the Union Army 43rd USCT

    * "When I enlisted I gave my name as Philip Pleasant. My slave name was Pleasant Whitely. I took the name Philip from my uncle, who was named Philip Thompson. Since the war I have been known and called Pleasant Whitely." Pleasant Whitely was born in Bedford County, Virginia, around 1845. He...
  36. LoyaltyOfDogs

    The Discovery of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

    The federal facilities staffer who found the long-forgotten location of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office in Washington, DC, doesn't specifically say a ghost tipped him off to the discovery, but I'd say his experience qualifies as paranormal. He tells the story at 8:21 in this fascinating...
  37. SWMODave

    Seven stories of love and the Civil War

    Unidentified War Couples Love story #1 Albert P. Morehouse was born on July 11, 1835, in Delaware County, Ohio, the son of Stephen Morehouse, a native of Newark County, New Jersey, and Harriett Wood Morehouse, a native of New York and the daughter of Russell Wood, who also later settled in...
  38. JPK Huson 1863

    A Valentine's Day Twofer, Confederate Soldier's Love Poem And The Act Of Kindness Delivering It

    A Union camp may be depicted in this snip from a Harper's Weekly spread for Valentine's Day but it doesn't matter. A Confederate soldier wrestled with epistolary composition somewhere in another camp, hoping to convey the right sentiments to his sweetheart. He did an awesome job. The Union...
  39. Eleanor Rose

    Joseph Douglass: A Groundbreaking Musician

    Frederick Douglass with grandson Joseph. Circa 1893 from the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection. Joseph Douglass was a groundbreaking African-American concert violinist and the grandson of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. His talent is sometimes attributed to Frederick...
  40. Rene

    USS Choctaw, finally finished

    Hi there, well it is over 1 year ago, that I've posted a thread that I was going to build a large scale (1:72) all scratch build model (around 4 ft. long) of the USS Choctaw and here it is. If there are any questions concerning the model, just let me know and i will gladly answer all questions...


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