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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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 -...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. lelliott19

    No Time Now to Talk of Fatigue: Doles' Georgia Brigade at Gettysburg

    In his official report of the Battle of Gettysburg, Brigadier General George Pierce Doles credits his July 1, 1863 success to his subordinates, listing them by name. It seems that Doles himself deserves some of that credit. On that day, Doles' brigade, comprised of the 4th, 44th, 12th, and 21st...
  8. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Beaumont Inn's Cornmeal Batter Cakes

    Cornmeal cakes pictured with beaten biscuits. (Courtesy of Jane Ammeson / Herald Palladium food columnist) I mentioned Cornmeal Cakes in another thread so I thought I'd share the recipe. The Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, KY is famous for them and sells the cornmeal in their gift shop. Cornmeal...
  9. lelliott19

    Daily Schedule: Calls of 1st Massachusetts Cavalry

    One of our boys received a letter from his sweetheart, and she wondered what the soldiers could find to occupy their time -- "no balls, no parties, no corn-huskings," as she expressed it. Her soldier boy inclosed a copy of the list of calls for our every-day existence in camp, and when we are...
  10. Eleanor Rose

    Tussie-Mussies

    When I first came across the tussie-mussie, I expected it to be a reference to a Southern belle throwing an old-fashioned hissy fit. I was wrong! The tussie-mussie is a small flower arrangement compiled of fragrant herbs and blooms and was originally created to ward off body odor and poor...
  11. lelliott19

    Ruth S. Mayhew 3rd Corps Nurse on the Aftermath at Gettysburg

    "...I wish those who send such nice things, could see how they are appreciated; it would repay them I think for all their labors and sacrifice. There seems to be a need for everything that is sent..." ...At nine o'clock in the morning we left in cattle cars for this place, seated on the boxes...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Original Shaker Lemon Pie

    Well you know Eleanor Rose couldn't visit the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill without getting a recipe. Sadly the Shakers at Pleasant Hill, KY, didn’t write about what they ate, but Shaker Hill still maintains the original prolific vegetable gardens on the property and operates the Trustee's...
  13. lelliott19

    Isabella M. Fogg: 5th Corps Nurse Reports on Aftermath of Gettysburg

    "I want you to write to my mother and tell her that I die for my country and if I had another life to live I would freely give it." ....On consulting Dr. Letterman I thought it advisable to continue my services to the 5th corps, as our men there, had suffered severely, and I learned that there...
  14. DBF

    What In The Name Of Sam Hill Is Going On?

    General Simon Bolivar Buckner http://www.jfepperson.org/henry.htm During the Civil War General Simon Bolivar Buckner would be the first general to surrender to General Ulysses Grant. General Buckner was sent to Fort Warren prison in Boston, and in August of 1862, he was exchanged and returned...
  15. lelliott19

    Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe (Hampton, Virginia)

    The Casemate Museum is housed in the casemates - fortified chambers within the walls - of Fort Monroe, the largest stone fort in the United States. The fort was built to protect the important navigation channel between the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads known as "Hampton Roads." Construction...
  16. Culper Bell

    Club Life

    The Athenaeum Club, ca. 1830 Rather than adhering to the definition that leans toward boisterous music, drunken singing, and promiscuous dancing, British clubs in the 19th century were more akin to today's fancy country clubs where your important parties and receptions are held - but even that...
  17. lelliott19

    Stonewall Jackson: The Gory Details of May 3-10, 1863. His Wound, Evacuation, Transport & Medical Care

    "Captain R. E. Wilbourne, provides a much more detailed account of the actual wounding, and severity of Jackson's injuries. Wilbourne states that Jackson's entire party, with the exception of himself and a member of the signal core, lieutenant William Win, had been killed, wounded, or dispersed...
  18. DBF

    Who Is Leonard Jerome and How Did He Change The World?

    Leonard Walter Jerome (1817-1891) - Photo Public Domain Leonard Jerome was born November 3, 1817 on a farm near Syracuse, New York. Through his paternal grandmother he was distantly related to George Washington. He attended the College of New Jersey (today known as Princeton University) but...
  19. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Varina Howell Davis' Pound Cake

    Varina Howell Davis (Library of Congress) This recipe is from the personal collection of Varina Howell Davis, Jefferson Davis' wife. Her original recipes were given to Beauvoir by her daughter, Margaret (pictured below). Varina Howell Davis' Pound Cake Ingredients: 12 eggs 1 lb. sugar 1...
  20. Culper Bell

    Dentifrice for Healthier Teeth and Redder Gums

    Seeing as a thread hasn't been posted about pre-fluoride toothpastes and especially what was done during the 1860's in terms of oral hygiene, I thought I might as well share what I know about the topic. Though the definition has changed over time to encompass all fluid and paste products used...
  21. Culper Bell

    Meteorology with Leeches - Meet The Tempest Prognosticator

    You've probably heard of blood letting practices with leeches and perhaps even modern medicinal usage for leeches. But did you know that leeches were a relatively effective way to predict storms? British inventor George Merriweather utilised the leech's natural ability to feel the changes in...
  22. lelliott19

    Maj. Robert Moorman Sims on General Longstreet

    Sketch by Alfred R Waud; Custer receiving the flag of truce--Appomatox [sic]--1865 (Library of Congress) In describing his relationship with General James Longstreet, Maj. R. M. Sims attested "I... never heard a thing disreputable to him; his character was the highest as a brave and unselfish...
  23. lelliott19

    Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, and Fort Wool (Hampton, Virginia)

    Fort Monroe was named in honor of President James Monroe, and became the largest stone fort in the United States. Surrounded by a moat, the six-sided bastion is also the largest fort, by area, ever built in the United States. Construction began in 1819 and was complete in 1834. The stone walls...
  24. DBF

    Repeat After Me: This Is Not About A Rifle

    "Month after month passes, year after year; Thinking, Thinking, Thinking; Jeered at and ridiculed, thought of as “queer”; Thinking, Thinking, Thinking." ********** An excerpt from the poem “The Inventor” written by Christopher Miner Spencer {1} Christopher Miner Spencer Inventor of the...
  25. Eleanor Rose

    Duties of Husbands and Wives

    (Getty Images) Duties of Husbands and Wives (From Hill's Manual of Social and Business Forms, 1891.) The Husband's Duty A very grave responsibility has the man assumed in his marriage. Doting parents have confided to his care the welfare of a loved daughter, and a trusting woman has risked...
  26. lelliott19

    Letter to Owner of "Riddick's Folly" - Suffolk Headquarters of Brigadier General John J. Peck

    "I've no doubt a better acquaintance would make me a more admirer of the talents which you evidently possess...I hope to meet you on friendly terms in more peaceful times and enjoy you socially." These words were part of a cordial message written by Lieut. Amos M. Thayer inside one of the books...
  27. Mississippi Jim

    "New Albany Grays" 21st Mississippi Infantry, Company K

    Charles Rudolph Martin (Left) and Alfred B. Jarvis (right) stand in front of their Company flag “New Albany Grays”. The 21st Mississippi Infantry, Company K. Martin and Jarvis were the last two survivors of Company K. Martin was 16 years old and Jarvis was 17 when they pledged their support to...
  28. Pat Young

    Vote for "The Best Book on William T. Sherman" (Voting Ends May 4)

    What is the best book on William T. Sherman? We have received nominations for the best book on William T. Sherman and now we vote on it. The "Best Book." This will finally and definitively be the "Best Book on Sherman" forever, or until the next survey. The book can be a comprehensive...
  29. USS ALASKA

    Heavy Item Rail Transportation

    The 20-inch bore of a Rodman gun could fit a man inside. This Rodman was en route to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1864 when it stopped long enough in Harrisburg, Pa. for a photo. Photo: Ken Turner Collection https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Rodman-RR-car.png...
  30. Pat Young

    Thomas Francis Meagher Resigns As Commander of the Irish Brigade May 8, 1863 "That Brigade no longer exists"

    Thomas Francis Meagher bust, Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY. Brig. Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher had organized the Irish Brigade in 1861. On May 8, 1863 he tendered his resignation as its commander. Daily National Intelligencer Friday, May 15, 1863 Washington (DC), DC Vol: LI Issue: 15830 Page: 2
  31. Eleanor Rose

    Period Chicken Salad Sandwiches in 1884

    If you're planning a picnic, consider taking these sandwiches along. This recipe is adapted from "Anna Maria's Housekeeper," by Mrs. S.D. Power, 1884. Our Victorian friends loved them! Chicken Salad Sandwiches 1 pound cold cooked chicken (about 2 boneless breasts) 6 tablespoons chopped...
  32. Eleanor Rose

    Ingredients for a Victorian Picnic

    It was in the mid-19th century that picnics first became popular. Once our Victorian friends discovered them, they became a favorite pastime for many during the spring and summer. Late 19th-century church or social association records frequently mention huge picnics organized by women’s...
  33. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Raspberry Vinegar Beverage

    Ladies’ magazines in the 19th century often included menus and recipes for a successful outdoor picnic. Godey’s Lady’s Book offered some elaborate and delicious recipes — not your everyday fare — for their readers in 1879. The recipe below caught my eye. Raspberry Vinegar Beverage...
  34. Eleanor Rose

    We Can Thank the Victorians for These Easter Traditions

    By the mid-19th century, Easter had become a celebration period – a time of Easter fairs and various other fun-filled traditions. Here are a few of the most popular traditions and a little about their connection to our Victorian friends. Egg rolling is a traditional game played by many at...
  35. Eleanor Rose

    A Recovering Southern Belle

    Angelina Emily Grimké Weld Here is Angelina Emily Grimké Weld, a recovering Southern belle of South Carolina, in 1837, in her own words: "Multitudes of the Southern women hold men, women and children as property. They are pampered in luxury and nursed in the school of tyranny; they sway the...
  36. AUG

    The 44th Indiana Infantry at the Battle of Shiloh

    Period sketch of the 44th Indiana Infantry in action at Shiloh by artist Henry Lovie, who was working for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and was present at the battle. (Source) Description: "The woods on fire. The 44th Regt. Ind. Voltr. Col. H.B. Reed commdg. Left Wing near the Peach...
  37. luinrina

    From Private to Major General - Francis Channing Barlow

    An elderly Sanitary Commission officer tenderly asked, "My dear boy, are you badly wounded?" Barlow's reply? "I am not a boy, I am a Major-General of the United States Army!" Francis Channing Barlow was born on October 19, 1834 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a Unitarian minister. When...
  38. O' Be Joyful

    CBS Sunday Morning: Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history.

    This was broadcast on CBS Sunday Morning today, 4-7-2019, and I recommend for all. It is well done. Reconstruction, one of the most misunderstood chapters in American history Call it the original "Great Escape." On May 13, 1862, just over a year into the Civil War, an enslaved man named Robert...
  39. DBF

    May to December and a Love to Remember

    From the moment of his birth there never was a question. What he’d do in his life? there'd be only one direction. But first his parents had to meet, fall in love and wed, and that’s exactly what happened when this lady met her “Reb”. (The National Historical Society, 1896) {1} White Sulphur...
  40. lelliott19

    Soldier Remains at Manassas - Airing on CSPAN

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?457702-10/soldier-remains-manassas David Coles, Professor in the Department of History, Political Science, & Philosophy at Longwood University, introduced Brandon Bies, Superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park. Bies discusses interpretation of field...


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