1. John Hartwell

    Telling War Stories, 95 years ago

    [Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.] G.A.R. vets P.R. Barker and John Houder from Fitzgerald, Georgia, tell war stories to kids on historic Boston Common in August, 1924. The 58th National Encampment of the G.A.R. was held in Boston that year, August 10-15. Over...
  2. Waterloo50

    Discussion The only known veteran of the Civil War and WWI

    This Civil War veteran served all the way through World War I. The two photos are of Peter Conover Hains. Were there others that witnessed and served in both conflicts? I guess that most CW veterans would be considered too elderly to enlist during WW1 but considering that many young...
  3. Pat Young


    The blog Muster has an interesting article by Susannah Ural titled TEACHING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR THROUGH THE EXPERIENCES OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS. It can be found here:
  4. connecticut yankee

    Post Your Favorite Reunion Photo Here

    There are many Union & Confederate reunion photos on the web. Find your favorite and post it here. To get started here's one of mine: Confederate Veterans at the Gettysburg 50th Reunion in 1913
  5. copley

    GAR Sword, etched with Post name

    Thought I would post a few pics of a GAR sword I recently acquired, as it is a neat piece of memorabilia from the CW veterans era. I have seen pictures of a nearly identical sword on page 110 of "Plates, Belts, and Swords of the GAR and SUV of the Civil War," by Douglas Roussin, which is a great...
  6. Pat Young

    National Military Asylum Cared for 4.000 Disabled Soldiers in 1868

    New York Times Dec. 12, 1868 page 4 I don't like the news that the rules were changed to require the "strictest economies" in the facilities.
  7. Pat Young

    Is the Claim that Civil War Soldiers Were Traumatized by Killing "Presentism"? Did they want to kill

    As you may know, I am interested in Veterans Studies as an aspect of Post-Civil War History. There is increasing focus in academia on the impact of war-related trauma on veterans. At a recent conference of the Southern Historical Society there was a panel on Civil War trauma. You can read a blog...
  8. Pat Young

    Visiting a Confederate, and several Union, Graves in Patchogue on Long Island, NY

    @John Hartwell asked me about Confederate veterans buried at a cemetery which apparently no longer exists. According to a clipping from the 1890s, a Confederate Veterans post in NYC had arranged for a Confederate veterans plot at "Willow Grove Cemetery" on "Long Island." A friend told me that...
  9. Jimklag

    Veterans Day - November 11, 2018

    From the Railroads and Steam Locomotives forum, we would like to say to all the men and women who have served in our armed forces:
  10. P

    Veterans Day Parade Auburn, WA 10 Nov

    Veterans Day Parade in Auburn, Washington State, Saturday November 10th It is the largest Veterans Day Parade west of the Mississippi. There will be Civil War reenactors, unitd from the US Army from Joint Base Lewis-McCord, USAF, US Navy and Marines, USCG, Veterans groups, etc. Also, the...
  11. Pat Young

    Oct. 24, 1927 A Visit to the Old Soldiers at the Confederate Home in Missouri

    I saw this account of a visit to the Missouri Confederate Home on Oct. 24, 1927, exactly 91 years ago today.
  12. Belle Montgomery

    1928-1934:Recollections of the US Civil War Video including from 96 yo Union Army Nurse

    This condensed time stamped footage includes interviews with people like 96 and at age 100 year old Union Army nurse Margaret Hayes, NC Congressman former Confederate Major Charles Stedman and others. Some even knew and talk about Robert E Lee. It is truly amazing.
  13. M

    Veterans at Gettysburg?

    Picked up this photo in a PA antique store. What struck me immediately about the photo is that it appeared to be a group of veterans visiting an old battleground. If you look closely you can see that the third man from the left is wearing a GAR medal and a canon or two can be seen in between...
  14. LoyaltyOfDogs

    A Civil War veteran and his patriotic dog

    Since this portrait was taken at least five years post-war, it's possible, and maybe even likely, that the dog did not accompany this veteran during the war. But from their pose, it's safe to say that this soldier would have appreciated having a dog -- especially a patriotic dog -- with him. The...
  15. Pat Young

    Book Review Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans by M. Keith Harris

    Across the Bloody Chasm: The Culture of Commemoration Among Civil War Veterans by M. Keith Harris published by LSU Press (2014) Hardcover $42.50 Kindle $26.49. This book explores commemorative traditions developed by Union and Confederate veterans after the Civil War. The author, Keith Harris...
  16. Pat Young

    Southern Responses to Federal Civil War Pensions

    I am reading an interesting article on the changing ways former Confederates viewed pensions for Union veterans. It is in the March 2005 issue of Civil War History. I will post about this article later today. Redefining Reconciliation: Confederate Veterans and the Southern Responses to Federal...
  17. JPK Huson 1863

    Memorial Day Where Those Who Came Home, Remembered, Tamaqua, PA, 1910

    Tamaqua, Pennsylvania's GAR Memorial Day Parade, one of their veterans bringing up the rear ranks. Circa 1910, an astonishing number of Civil War veterans from the astonishing number Schuylkill County sent to the war, were alive. And ensured the next generations remembered the fallen. Lost at...
  18. John Hartwell

    Discussion His Sword Returned

    There are many stories of officers' swords, lost during battle, being returned to their owners many years later. Here are a few of them: Col. C. N. Cadwallader, 112th Pennsylvania Volunteers: [Philadelphia Inquirer Feb. 2, 1902]