President Lincoln’s Call for Volunteers

President Lincoln’s Call for Volunteers

A Call to Arms! – President Lincoln’s Call for 75,000 Volunteers On April 15, 1861, President Lincoln issued the following proclamation: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A PROCLAMATION WHEREAS the laws of the United States have been, for some time...

Lincoln Assassination Witness Samuel Seymour

Samuel J. Seymour was present at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, the night that President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Samuel J. Seymour was born on March 28th, 1860, in Maryland, United States. He was five years old when his father took him on a...

Walt Whitman – Pensive On Her Dead Grazing

Walt Whitman wrote a stirring poem titled “Pensive On Her Dead Grazing” within days of the surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia. “Pensive on her dead gazing I...

A Civil War Basket Case

So this came across my Facebook feed recently.  It is a photo of a Civil war amputee carrying basket from 1861. According to the card on the image, the historical origin of the phrase ‘basket case’ came from Civil war veterans with amputated legs who were...

Civil War in Color Series – 2nd New York Artillery

Civil War in Color Series – 2nd New York Artillery My latest in my Civil War in Color series is of the Officers of Company F, 2d New York Artillery at Fort C.F. Smith.  The original image was taken in June 1865 by photographer William Morris Smith. Fort C. F....

Civil War in Color Series – Robert E Lee

Happy Birthday General Robert E. Lee Confederate General Robert Edward Lee was born on this day in 1807. He was the fifth child of Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee. In 1829 he was graduated second in his class at West Point without having incurred a single demerit in his...

Civil War Music – Rosin the Bow

Rosin the Bow  “Rosin the Bow” is an American folk song popular in the 19th century, probably of British or Irish origin, first published in Philadelphia during 1838. The song refers to rosining the bow of a violin, and the tune has been used in many songs...