Battle of Sterretts Gap

In June 1863, the Confederates Army was advancing up the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania and was lead by a cavalry brigade under General Albert G. Jenkins. Jenkins and his men arrived in Carlisle on June 27, then continued east toward the town of Mechanicsburg....
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...

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...