Civil War in Color Series – Secret Service Officers

During the first two days of fighting in the Battle of Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces attacked General George G. Meade’s Army of the Potomac. Shortly after nightfall on the second day, General Meade assembled a Council of War at the...

The Civil War in Color Series – Samuel Abbot Cooley

Samuel Abbot Cooley was born in Hartford Connecticut, he was the son of Dr. Abial Abbot Cooley.  Prior to the Civil War, he was living in Beaufort, South Carolina and working as a photographer.  By 1863, he was living next to the Arsenal and had a photographic studio...

Civil War Music – Buffalo Gals

The song Buffalo Gals is a traditional American song that was popular during the Civil War.  According to the Library of Congress, the song was originally called Lubly Fan Will You Cum Out To Night? and was written in 1844 by the blackface minstrel John Hodges, who...

The Civil War in Color Series – Gettysburg Dead

Recently a friend of mine asked me to do a Then and Now overlay of some dead Confederate soldiers who were buried in the Rose Farm at Gettysburg.  Based on some previous research, he was seeking out the original location where these brave soldiers were buried and...