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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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”...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. lelliott19

    Avoiding "Presentational Arrogance" - Just for Reenactors & Living Historians?

    Dr. Curt Fields, who regularly portrays General Ulysses S. Grant, has coined an important NEW reenactor and living history term: presentational arrogance.* I like the term a lot and think it's important enough to warrant its own thread and, perhaps, be applied more broadly. I can find no prior...
  20. lelliott19

    Dispatch from General Grant: Living Historians Should Use the Microphone

    Dr. Curt Fields, who regularly portrays General Ulysses S Grant, addressed the Cadets at West Point on January 11, 2019. The following weekend, he made a visit to the Jackson County (AL) Historical Society in Scottsboro, Alabama, where he spoke before a group of 100+/- in the old train depot. At...
  21. luinrina

    Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacobs

    "Patient in tribulation, fervent in spirit serving the Lord" Part 1 Harriet Ann Jacobs was born on February 11, 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina. Her mother was Delilah Horniblow, her father Elijah Jacobs, a skilled carpenter. She had a younger brother named John. They were all slaves...
  22. lelliott19

    Reenactor Addresses Cadets at West Point Military Academy

    It's not everyday that a reenactor is invited to West Point US Military Academy. Dr. Curt Fields, who portrays General Ulysses S. Grant, was not only invited to visit, he was invited to address the Cadets of the Academy on January 11, 2019. My friend, Don Lay, who is a talented photographer and...
  23. DBF

    Mr. Lincoln's Drummer

    Photo from amazon.com (A book by G. Clifton Wisler targeting a young audience) This morning our local paper featured the story of William “Willie” Johnston the youngest person in U.S. history to receive the Medal of Honor. He was born in 1850 and in December 1861 he would journey with his...
  24. Pat Young

    The Best Book on Robert E. Lee is "R.E. Lee: A Biography" by Douglass Southall Freeman

    The Best Book on Robert E. Lee was an out-of-print classic R.E. Lee: A Biography by Douglass Southall Freeman. The four volume biography was published in 1934 and 1935. It won the 1935 Pulitzer Prize. Folks are invited to offer their thoughts on this massive biography.
  25. Eleanor Rose

    The Power of a Name

    Angel Oak Plantation, July 1849. Slaves typically remained nameless from the time of their capture until their purchase by American masters. To show contempt for Slaves, the captors used “Buck” and “Wench” for naming the genders till they became trade terms, like “Filly” and “Shoat.” Contempt...
  26. Eleanor Rose

    Jumping the Broom: Slave Ritual Meets Couture

    It is said that broom jumping comes from an African Tribal Marriage Ritual of placing sticks on the ground representing the couple's new home together. I have also read that the spray of the broom represents all of us scattered and the handle represents the Almighty who holds us together. Today...
  27. lelliott19

    Hospital Knapsacks Captured at First Manassas July 21, 1861

    On July 21, 1861, after the Battle of First Manassas, the Confederate Army took possession of abandoned Union supplies of all kinds. Among the spoils of war were some Hospital Knapsacks. It seems the CS Surgeon General wanted them sent to Richmond, possibly for duplication. This early version...
  28. luinrina

    Administrator, spymaster – Henry B. Carrington

    Civil War Training Camps Miifotos.com - Harrisburg Pa Civil War Henry Beebee Carrington was born in Wallingford, Connecticut on March 2, 1824 to Miles and Mary Beebee Carrington. His grandfather, James Carrington, was superintendent of the arms manufactory in Whitneyville, Connecticut from...
  29. Eleanor Rose

    Groundbreaking Cinema In 1898

    Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown embrace in the 1898 film 'Something Good-Negro Kiss.' (Courtesy of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.) 'Something Good‑Negro Kiss' is the title of an 1898 film that was just recently discovered. Dino Everett, an archivist at the University of Southern California...
  30. Eleanor Rose

    John Batdorff: A Life of Dedicated Service and Bravery

    John G. Batdorff Something about John Batdorff’s eyes (in the picture above) caught my attention and made me want to know more about him right away. Turns out he was a rather interesting fellow so I thought I would share his story with you. John was born in 1839 and raised by his grandparents...
  31. Eleanor Rose

    Period Pineapple Cheese!?!

    An 1866 newspaper ad from the Louisville Courier, published right after the civil war ended. What is pineapple cheese? Well according to Victorian Passage Into Time: “In 1808 a man named Lewis M Norton, from Goshen, Connecticut, was given a Pineapple cheese which had been brought from...
  32. Eleanor Rose

    Handwritten Letters: One of History's Finest Rituals

    "Yes or No?" by Charles West Cope, 1872. (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) During the Victorian era, there were clear rules for proper correspondence. Ladies were expected to use acceptable shades of paper and ink, proper wax seals and to write in the third person under certain circumstances...
  33. Pat Young

    Vote for "The Best Book on Robert E. Lee" (Voting Ends On February 7)

    What is the best book on Robert E. Lee? This is a new feature. We have received nominations for the best book on Robert E. Lee and now we vote on it. The "Best Book." This will finally and definitively be the Best Book on Lee forever, or until the next survey. The book can be a comprehensive...
  34. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Delmonico's Baked Alaska

    Baked Alaska at Delmonico's restaurant in New York City stays true to the original. (Photo of Delmonico's Restaurant) The name Baked Alaska originated at Delmonico's Restaurant in New York City in 1876. An Englishman, George Sala, who visited Delmonico's in the 1880s described it this way...
  35. lelliott19

    Mortality Rates at Confederate Hospitals in Richmond and Petersburg 1861-1862

    Below is a summary of the report of Samuel Preston Moore, Surgeon General CSA (left,) and Peter Evans Hines, Chief Surgeon at Petersburg (right,) originally published in the Richmond Examiner, reprinted in the Southern Recorder. (Milledgeville, Ga.,) October 07, 1862, p. 3. I did find it...
  36. lelliott19

    Railroad Accident at Ringgold, GA July 6, 1862: 12th Battalion Georgia Light Artillery - killed and wounded

    "...This sad accident occasioned the death of five men.....Nineteen are wounded and twenty-four bruised. The fortunate circumstance of having my horses in advance of the cars bearing the men, has saved me the pain of reporting a more terrible tragedy...Of my horses, but seventeen remain living...
  37. lelliott19

    Civil War Surgeons - Underrated?

    I'm going out on a limb here and making a claim that, given what they had to work with, Civil War Surgeons are probably vastly underrated. I'm not talking about hospital systems, ambulance corps, post-operative care, transportation systems, and supply logistics. Nor am I talking about those guys...
  38. Eleanor Rose

    Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!

    "The Proposal" by Knut Ekwall (1880s) A broken engagement was no small matter in the Victorian era. However, if an engaged couple discovered that they were incompatible, 19th century etiquette manuals strongly encouraged ending the engagement rather than entering into a miserable marriage. In...
  39. SWMODave

    I had no desire to go to Gettysburg this summer, I preferred to shed my tears at home.

    Pennsylvania Lt Governor John Peter Shindel Gobin former Brevet General Union Army Civil War Nurse Georgeanna "Georgia" Wade McClellan sister of Gettysburg civilian victim 'Jennie' Wade While stories of reconciliation give us hope and warm our hearts, the reality of war is not everyone can...
  40. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Green Tomato Chocolate Cake

    (Pinterest) Numerous historical references tell us that Americans consumed chocolate as a beverage until the 1830s or 40s. What Victorians would have considered as "chocolate cake" was simply a white or yellow cake intended to be eaten with a chocolate beverage. Ladies began adding chocolate...


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