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  1. luinrina

    Soldiers, Politicians, & Other Men - 2019 in review

    2019 ♂️ in REVIEW 🎆 pictures: public domain P.G.T. Beauregard and George B. McClellan – other than them having left West Point as engineers, having been generals during the Civil War and even both using Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, as headquarters (though most likely not at the same time...
  2. Eleanor Rose

    Mid-19th Century Life’s Best of 2019

    Drum roll please!!! These are the ten threads in Mid-19th Century Life that received the highest reaction score in 2019. Of course there are plenty of others that ranked almost as high. If you haven’t perused the Mid-19th Century Life forum, this is what you’re missing. And if you are a regular...
  3. lelliott19

    BEST OF 2019: Top Medical Care Threads & Thanks for a GREAT YEAR!

    🎆 MEDICAL CARE 🦴 BEST OF 2019 🎉 When I agreed to take the job of Forum Host for the CWT Medical Care Forum, @CivilWarTalk said, "Remember Laura, this is supposed to be a place where people can explore all kinds of Civil War medical topics. There's no need to filter or avoid graphic content...
  4. Eleanor Rose

    The Greenbrier: The Epitome of the Old South

    (The front entrance to the Greenbrier.) @Southern Unionist and I had the pleasure of stepping back in time to celebrate Christmas this year with a visit to the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. It's a magical place any time of year, but the holiday lights make it extra special...
  5. Jimklag

    December 30 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 30, 1818 James Cantey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Camden, SC. (d. 1874) December 30, 1819 - John White Geary, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania...
  6. Jimklag

    December 28 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 28, 1801 - James Barnes, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1869) December 28, 1822 - William Booth Taliaferro, Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in...
  7. lelliott19

    GRAPHIC 10 Civil War Soldiers Who Were Shot Through the Head and Survived

    Most Civil War soldiers who sustained a gunshot wound to the head did not survive. Corporal Andsell H Beam (I/26 MI), pictured here, was one of the lucky ones. He was wounded at "Farmville, Virginia, April 6th, 1865, by a conoidal ball, which made a ragged scalp wound to the right of the...
  8. Jimklag

    December 25 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 25, 1821 - Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts (d. 1912) December 25, 1823 - Preston Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in...
  9. alan polk

    Lamar Fontaine, the Confederate Scout Who Kept Vicksburg Supplied

    As a child, I had heard of Lamar Fontaine in connection with the siege of Vicksburg, but, honestly, forgot about him as time passed. In the meantime, I had become interested in how the garrison was supplied with percussion caps and how messages were passed between Pemberton and Johnston when the...
  10. lelliott19

    Origin of "Black Your Boots!" - Bucktails at Devil's Den

    Does anyone know the real origin of "Black your boots!" relative to the excerpt provided below? There's a "rumor" on some other sites that "black your boots" was 19th century slang for a sex act. I tried to search for other instances where the phrase was used in connection with the Civil War...
  11. Jimklag

    December 24 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 24, 1814 - Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812. December 24, 1861 - Raleigh Edward Colston, CSA, is appointed Brig. Gen. December 24, 1861 - Skirmish at Wadesburg, MO. December 24, 1861 - Federal...
  12. lelliott19

    "This is the Yanks' Christmas Greeting" - 155th Pennsylvania Pickets at Fredericksburg

    In 1911, writing for (or speaking to a reporter of) the Claysville Recorder*, W. A. Barry vividly describes a "picture in colors" of Union and Confederate pickets at Fredericksburg on Christmas Day, 1862. I do not know if the painting still exists, but I sure would like to see it! Barry names...
  13. lelliott19

    Act of Kindness: Friendly Pickets and Cancelled Execution at Falmouth, VA

    George Barry of Milton, Massachusetts shared this fascinating story of friendly pickets and a cancelled execution with the Boston Globe. The story was picked up in the Northern Wisconsin Advertiser, June 2, 1911 and other newspapers. ....When we were in winter quarters at Falmouth, Burnside...
  14. Jimklag

    December 22 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 22, 1803 - Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862) December 22, 1826 - James Scott Negley, American politician and Major General (Union Army)...
  15. Jimklag

    December 21 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 21, 1800 - Robert Barnwell Smith is born in Beaufort, SC. He will later become famous as Robert Barnwell Rhett. December 21, 1822 - As a result of the Denmark Vesey slave revolt, South Carolina passes a law...
  16. lelliott19

    Smith's Battery and Supports: Map by Major Thomas W. Bradley, 124th New York

    Smith's Battery has not received in history full credit for the heroic and valuable work done by its members at Gettysburg. I was at that time First Sergeant of Co H, 124th N. Y. I saw the battery come down Rock Run Glen. The guns were unlimbered at the foot of Rock Ridge and hauled up the steep...
  17. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Christmas Raisin Delights

    "Baking Day" by William Hemsley, 1893 (Public Domain) This old cookie recipe is delightful. Be prepared. It may bring back some fond memories of your Grandma. Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed brown...
  18. Eleanor Rose

    A Christmas Wish

    (Public Domain) A Christmas Wish "Had I power to give to you Many a rich and costly gem, Fit, in brilliancy of hue, To adorn a diadem, I'd bestow the jewels rare On some other friend less dear, While for you I'd breathe a prayer, Such as I do offer here. Many a merry Christmas, friend...
  19. Jimklag

    December 19 In Civil War History

    On this day in Civil War history Compiled by Mitchell Werksman and Jim Klag December 19, 1814 - Edwin M. Stanton born, Steubenville, Ohio. December 19, 1817 - James Jay Archer, Brigadier General , CSA, is born at Havre de Grace, MD. (d. 1864) December 19, 1819 - James Clifford Veatch...
  20. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Christmas Jam

    (Public Domain) In the days before refrigeration, an entire growing season's worth of fruit was preserved to enjoy throughout the winter. Favorite fruits were mixed with sugar to create jams which likely brightened many a morning's breakfast. Christmas jam is a popular gift in my neck of the...
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