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" Jackson At Harper's Ferry " Imboden Writing For Century Magazine

Discussion in 'Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson' started by JPK Huson 1863, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. JPK Huson 1863

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    St John's Church overlooking Harper's Ferry Library of Congress image taken post war

    " Battles and Leaders of the Civil War ", again. Got hooked on it 4 years ago, listened to this on Kindle Audio first, finally loaded it in book form. Century Magazine's compilation and two editors' brilliant brainchild, Civil War luminaries were asked to contribute their recollection- anything, writer's choice. Century Magazine published these for years. " Battles and Leaders " is a ' Best-Of ' selection. Must read? Oh good gravy with goose giblets, yes. Crazy interesting, The War, from all 25 sides of some preposterous octogon's octogarronagon, you see what i'm getting at. What general, for instance, whose last name begins with Johnson had a feud with another leader who....? It's all there in livid, I mean living color. I mean black and white. That was some feud.

    Picked the beginning of this, then it's your read- and worth it. John Daniel Imboden, besides being kind of brilliant himself, could write. Well, unsurprisingly an attorney- we have had other experiences where attorney and wordsmith are interchangeable terms. ......And the whole book is free please do not buy it anywhere.
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    " Battles and Leaders Of The Civil War "

    Jackson At Harper’s Ferry pg. 111
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    John Daniel Imboden, Brig. General
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    TBC- page 111

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    Harper's Ferry Covered Bridge LoC

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    Lauden Heights LoC

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    Bridge ruins LoC

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    Very post-war, new bridge LoC

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    We all know whose ' fort ' this was..... John Brown's. LoC
     

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    I am a huge fan of Battles and Leaders myself.
     
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    I've read a few articles from B&L and they've been good reading. However, since they were written so long after the war, they aren't as factually accurate as I like. I think of B&L as akin to historical movies; they both sacrifice accuracy for the sake of drama/entertainment. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
     
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    Another potential "problem" with B&L. like much postwar writing, the authors generally had axes to grind and/or reputations to protect and defend. Things like this that are pretty straight reminiscences are more likely to be okay though.
     
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    Is this the same St. John's?
     
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    Is that a Sibley tent in the pic?
     
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    So funny. It was one of the first books I bought so went in at the deep end? Really not a great ' beginner' book but turned out to be fortunate because it really makes you do a lot of research, or the beginner's idea of research. Also got me hooked on that post war thing the vets did, of writing back and forth in newspapers? Endlessly interesting, battles from their perspective even though they spent a huge amount of time not agreeing on them.
     
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    The experts here would have to ' yes ' without question- it sure looks like a Sibley? Haven't seen another type which is that shape, and another name. LoC has a copy of the patent so maybe a tent this shape would have to a ' Sibley ' and nothing else?

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    Its interesting seeing the armory not burnt down. I dont think i have ever seen these pics before. Ty miss jpk.
     
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    I don't think so - I think THIS is what's left of it:

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    I only have this captioned ruin of the Episcopal Church here in my Harpers Ferry thread, but from the position of it high up on the slope in the period photo I believe it's the same. Besides, you can see the steeple of the Catholic church farther downhill and to the left in the photo, just like it is today (although the Church itself has been remodeled and re-styled):

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    The ruin can be visited by those willing to make the rather steep climb up a trail that leads from the Catholic church to the beautiful town cemetery which is situated on a plateau above the town:

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    According to signage, the Episcopal Church served as a hospital during the war and afterward was burned. I suppose since Harpers Ferry never recovered following the war there were probably few parishioners to take on the task of rebuilding it.
     
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    Battles and Leaders is useful as you get both sides writing about a campaign or battle but you do have to look out for the writing that is known "PYA".
     
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    Wow, very cool, thanks!

    Found this youtube video of a tourist visiting the ruins:

     

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