AL Coble Rock Carving in Gettysburg

Finding rock carvings is a great way to explore the Gettysburg Battlefield.  One of my favorites is the AL Coble rock carving in the area of Spangler’s Spring.  AL Coble was 20-year-old Augustus L. Coble of Company E of the 1st North Carolina Regiment.   On the...

Hands On Civil War History Projects

I have always been a fan of having kids “do history” and to think like historians. One way to do that is to get their hands dirty and create models of objects from the past.  With today’s 3D printing technology, models can be designed on a program...

The Civil War in Color

As many of you know, I love to colorize original Civil War era photographs as a way to relax.  I call them my “adult coloring books.”  I have also created two tutorial videos so you can learn to create your own colorizations. Learn to colorize Civil War...

Civil War Music – Jenny Get Your Hoecake

Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake by the 2nd South Carolina String Band  This song was written in 1840 by Joel Walker Sweeney. It was published with the title, “Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake Done, the Celebrated banjo song, as sung with great Applause at the Broadway...

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...