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  1. SWMODave

    Discussion Want a Confederate First National Flag with stories to tell?

    Courtesy Southern Memorial Association Not personally affiliated with this Northwest Arkansas organization, but when I saw what they were doing to raise maintenance funds, I thought it was worth passing on. As you probably know anyone can order an American flag flown over the White House from...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    The State Fair was a Victorian Affair Too!

    National Fairground and Circus Archive There’s a nip in the air and the smell of candied apples and cotton candy is not far away. This can only mean one thing. It must be time for the state fair! State fairs were organized in the United States as far back as 1841. Elkanah Watson, a wealthy...
  3. Eleanor Rose

    So How Would You Like That Cooked?

    (Photo courtesy of David Handschuh/New York Daily News 2013.) That question may have been asked for the first time at beefsteak banquets and chophouses in mid-19th century New York City. Beefsteak banquets were “primarily men-only political affairs, held as candidate fundraisers or to celebrate...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    Period Victorian Baked Camembert

    In 1890, an engineer, M. Ridel, devised the emblematic balsa wood box that was used to transport the cheese known today as Camembert to America. Our Victorian friends loved it and it became extremely popular. These balsa wood boxes are still used today. They protect the cheese, but also allow...
  5. GELongstreet

    Gettysburg (1993) covers & posters

    Today 1993s masterpiece that is Gettysburg is exactly 26 years old - it premiered in US cinemas on this very day! So why not use the day to show some covers and posters? Back then at the theatrical release there were posters and when if was released for home entertainment systems there came the...
  6. GELongstreet

    Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker and staff

    Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker (1814-1879) with some of his staff officers at Falmouth, Virginia in June 1863. While still in command of the Army of the Potomac; within the month, on June 28th, he'd be replaced by George Meade. Standing, left to right: Cpt. Cyrus B. Comstock (Engineer) Cpt. John B...
  7. luinrina

    Martin Luther Smith - the Confederacy's most accomplished engineer?

    Reading up on the Vicksburg Campaign, I became interested in learning more about this gentleman: Martin Luther Smith was born on September 9, 1819 in Danby, New York. In 1838, he entered West Point and graduated 16th out of 56 four years later. His class would furnish 22 Civil War generals...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Granny Witches

    Photo by BlueRidgeKitties So when exactly did witches get such a bad reputation? In the mid-19th century, nearly every mountain top and “holler” in the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina had their local...
  9. lelliott19

    English-Made Sword with a Very Shiny Scabbard and a Kerr Revolver

    Interesting English-made sword with a very shiny scabbard distributed by Halfmann and Taylor of Montgomery, AL who financed the manufacture of swords and buttons in England that were shipped through the blockade. This particular sword was carried by James Nicholas Gilmer, (20 March 1839 - 16...
  10. lelliott19

    Say What Saturday: James Longstreet Quote that Should be Famous But Isn't

    Recitals of such bravest deeds are perhaps usually confined to active battles, where by the touch of elbows and the sense of comradeship, and amid the inspiration of horse artillery and the rattle of musketry, and the cheers of comrades, soldiers are deeply moved to do and dare for country... I...
  11. lelliott19

    The Old Soldier's Memory: Longstreet's Power of Recall

    In the corridor of his hotel, the white-haired old man encountered United States District Attorney Henry S. Foote, whom he had not seen for more than thirty years. The last time they had met General Longstreet was in command of a division of the southern army at the battle of Chickamauga. Foote...
  12. lelliott19

    Appeal to Ladies to Grow Poppies for Opium: Confederate Surgeon General's Office 1863

    "I have been instructed by the Surgeon General to request you to interest yourselves in the culture of the Garden Poppy, and thus render the sick soldiers of the Confederacy essential service.... the juice which exudes from the incised capsules or pods when sufficiently hardened, should be...
  13. SWMODave

    It was not an unnatural or unreasonable conceit, considering the facts.

    I note here in passing, that this Spottsylvania business was a “white day” for the cavalry. When the army came to know of what the cavalry had done, and how they had done it, there was a general outburst of admiration, - the recognition that brave men give to the brave. Stuart and his men were...
  14. lelliott19

    Edged Wpns Model 1840 Artillery Sword: Abel D Streight's Surrendered Sword

    This Model 1840 Artillery saber belonged to Colonel Abel D. Streight, 51st Indiana Infantry. On May 3, 1863, Streight surrendered his command - and the sword - to Nathan Bedford Forrest near Cedar Bluff, AL. A bluff indeed beat a Streight. 😉 Forrest later gave the sword to Henry Churchill...
  15. lelliott19

    Uniforms Alabama Militia Accoutrements: Montgomery True Blues

    The Montgomery True Blues was an independent militia company organized in 1836. This painting by Joseph Thoits Moore hanging in the Alabama Department of Archives and History depicts the Montgomery True Blues on parade down Market Street (now Dexter Avenue) in Montgomery, Alabama. I had a...
  16. USS ALASKA

    Admiral Franklin Buchanan Birthday

    https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/OnlineLibrary/photos/images/h61000/h61161.jpg Born on 17 September 1800 A collection of some threads to commemorate the date... https://civilwartalk.com/threads/admiral-franklin-buchanan.142174/ https://civilwartalk.com/threads/franklin-buchanan-csa.102950/...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    St. Michaels, Maryland - Where Frederick Douglass Said He Became a Man

    @Southern Unionist and I recently enjoyed a visit to the town of St. Michaels, Maryland. Frederick Douglass lived in St. Michaels between 1833 and 1836 as a slave of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Auld. This family also owned his sister. Two years older than Frederick, Eliza was her brother’s friend...
  18. lelliott19

    5th Texas at Sharpsburg: Bravest Act I Ever Witnessed

    "...not because the hero was the bravest man I ever saw, but because this act was uncalled for and showed an indifference to death that might rank it with devil-may-care exploits rather than cool deeds of deliberate daring, where there was a duty..." When I first ran across the article below...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    The Powhatan Confederacy

    On a recent trip to Virginia @Southern Unionist and I enjoyed a visit to the Jamestown Settlement, a living history museum that recreates life in the original Jamestown colony. I was especially drawn to the re-created Powhatan Indian village and enjoyed learning more about their way of life...
  20. SWMODave

    I arise and sit on the trail of my gun and watch the doomed infantry.

    by William Brooke Thomas More of our acquaintances drop in—men hunting for their regiments, regiments that are practically annihilated. I lie and smoke and talk to such men as are inclined to talk, and see that they are all tired of charging earthworks—that they are all discouraged. The...
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