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...