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  1. JPK Huson 1863

    Nashville ' Spectators ' Photographs, Write Their Description Please?

    LoC photograph from a kind of series from Nashville. Cropped to isolate the main scene, this is one of several. Everyone in them except a small girl in a doorway are intent on something transpiring in the distance. A man by an outhouse and a woman apparently in her yard, both transfixed...
  2. SWMODave

    It's criminal to expose your cotton

    During the late war, a feminine rebel, a Memphian, and a widow, who shall go by the name of Mrs, C——, was going up the river on one of the Cairo packets, when she got Into an excited discussion with Col. S—. on the subject of the war. “You may overrun the whole South," said Mrs. C——, “you may...
  3. JPK Huson 1863

    Painted Backdrops To The Bloody Backdrop Called War, 1861-1865

    One of far too many portraits employing a painted backdrop to keep track of, this one is marvelous. Like most, the slightly primitive quality enhances History IMO. It was an awfully primitive war- as are all wars. OK, after some ( a LOT ) of futile searching, ( and please note it's searching...
  4. JPK Huson 1863

    When Camp Mascots Are A Bad Idea, Or, An Unsurprising Series Of Events

    We've had a problematic relationship with the animal world since Day One. Fascination with our wild things of the woods resulted in trying to rub elbows with them far too frequently. Ads like this one of performing bears in a traveling circus, 1862, may have given these soldiers some idea the...
  5. JPK Huson 1863

    Discussion A Life Carved In Stone, Epitaphs Through Time

    We don't frequently see genuine epitaphs carved on headstones of those recently buried. I'm not sure when these inscriptions went out of vogue but they were around from the time anyone thought marking permanent graves with stone was a good idea. I've known people who refused any marker...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    " A Kiss Is Just A Kiss... ", When We Did A Lot More Of It

    ' Our ' era, around mid-century 1800, unblushingly committed itself to kissing. No one had discovered how ' iew ' it was to let someone know they were lovely, or loved, or respected or cherished. So we kissed kinda a lot. NYPL Could be we've become a lot more conscious about kissing since...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    " And We're Gonna Get Mar-ar-aried ", Soldiers Hope In News Print

    The point in using an illustration depicting a Regency era, instead of a mid-Victorian era bride is that we'd sure been at this whole wedding-dream thing awhile. With a war on decades later, men-en-mass proved a fertile hunting ground for anyone who slept with visions of tulle in their heads...
  8. Cdoug96

    "The Awful Shock and Rage of Battle"

    I found a journal article from the peer-reviewed journal, War in History, titled, called ‘The Awful Shock and Rage of Battle’: Rethinking the Meaning and Consequences of Combat in the American Civil War, about the consequences of war on the individual soldier in the Civil War, written by Eric T...
  9. JPK Huson 1863

    Electing History, Voting Day 1864

    Harper's and Leslie's did wonderful spreads on the 1864 election, giving us an historic bird's eye view. The soldiers' vote was a huge topic- underlined by illustrations like this of a wounded vet helped to the polls by a vet from the war of 1812. Remember Dad telling us Voting Day when he was...
  10. JPK Huson 1863

    Before You Go, My Love; Portraits Of Goodbye

    A family portrait which has always gotten to me, sons, brothers, husbands, sweethearts? Guessing a combination here, two soldiers dear to them going off to war. " I left my home Oh! who can tell, The anguish felt at parting With those who tears like rain-drops fell Upon their boy when starting...
  11. John Hartwell

    Walking the Babies in Central Park

    [Photo credit: <a href=""></a>] The uniforms are, N.Y. Police.
  12. Belle Montgomery

    200,000 Irish-born soldiers fought in American Civil War; largest contingent from Cork

    One of the country’s leading battlefield archaeologists says 200,000 Irish-born soldiers fought in the American Civil War, with the largest contingent from Cork. Damian Shiels is currently researching pension files and letters written by those who both fought and died in the 1861-1865 conflict...
  13. JPK Huson 1863

    Recruit Me! Following Images To War, Poster Art

    From a recruiting poster for the regular cavalry, no one could feel lied to by this image of a dashing officer sweeping into battle, sabre at the ready. Risk of death is clear, since no one sweeps into battle unless the other guy has a businesslike sabre, too. Still, seems to have worked. Same...
  14. JPK Huson 1863

    Mother's Week, War's 168 Hour Tribute

    Flowers for Mothers Day, because no one has figured out anything better. Over 150 years later, remembering mothers of the ACW will take awhile. Mother's Day? I don't think so! 620,000 mothers lost sons from 1861 to 1865. Give or take, since surely motherless sons marched to war. Daughters were...
  15. JPK Huson 1863

    " The Sight Of Lovers Feedeth...", Soldiers' 1864 Contagious Bridal Disease

    And we thought this a mere Godey's illustration, selling wedding dresses? Well it is. According to a ' study ', published in Feb. 1864, it could have been any Saturday that year and entitled " Waiting our turn in the minister's parlor. " " The sight of lovers feedeth those in love.” —William...
  16. Belle Montgomery

    2018 "Remember the Sultana" movie out now!

    Available to stream on Amazon!
  17. Cdoug96

    Chris Douglas' Civil War Ancestors

    Here are my Civil War ancestors. I will start with my direct ancestors first. Direct Ancestors Pvt. William Douglas (circa 1818 - 1897) Relationship: great, great, great, great grandfather Regiments: 4th Regiment Illinois Cavalry (Company D) and 12th Regiment Illinois Cavalry (Company L)...
  18. Crud_Taylor

    Portrait Submitted in a Desertion Trial

    While I was digging through court martial dockets of California regiments I found this picture in the records of a convicted deserter from the 11th Ohio Cavalry (I forgot to note his name unfortunately). The 11th Ohio included 40 some "Galvanized Yankeers" and was stationed throughout the...
  19. Z

    Civil War Popular Culture

    My apologies if this already has a thread. I’m a big fan of the television show Generation Kill (for those who haven’t seen it, Generation Kill tells the true story of the Recon Marines during the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. It’s by the same guy that made The Wire, David Simon). While watching...
  20. Z

    Soldiers and Photographs

    I've seen ridiculous numbers of personal photographs from the war, and I'm sure everyone here has heard the famous Amos Humiston story, but what I'm wondering is where the soldiers would have carried photographs on their person. I doubt they would have placed it in their haversack with their...
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