Tag Archive: American Civil War

Christmas In The Confederate White House





” The wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis wrote this article describing how the Davis family spent the Christmas of 1864 in the Confederate White House. It was published in The New York World, December 13, 1896 and has since been reprinted often. This excerpt was obtained via the website “The American Civil War, 1861-1865.”  The article can be seen on the following website. “









From Brandon Smith At Personal Liberty




” The idea that our government has indeed run economic collapse scenarios, found the United States in mortal danger and done absolutely nothing to fix the problem is bad enough. I have my doubts, however, that the Pentagon or partnered private think tanks like the RAND Corporation did not run scenarios on dollar collapse before 2009. In fact, I believe there is much evidence to suggest that the military industrial complex has not only been aware of the fiscal weaknesses of the U.S. system for decades, but they have also been actively engaged in exploiting those weaknesses in order to manipulate the American public with fears of cultural catastrophe.

History teaches us that most economic crisis events are followed or preceded immediately by international or domestic conflict. War is the looming shadow behind nearly all fiscal disasters. I suspect that numerous corporate think tanks and the Department Of Defense are perfectly aware of this relationship and have war gamed such events as well. Internal strife and civil war are often natural side effects of economic despair within any population.

Has a second civil war been “gamed” by our government? And are Americans being swindled into fighting and killing each other while the banksters who created the mess observe at their leisure, waiting until the dust settles to return to the scene and collect their prize? Here are some examples of how both sides of the false left/right paradigm are being goaded into turning on each other.”



    The signs are ominous . Anyone who strives to keep themselves well-informed should have cause for concern . There are certainly strong indications that our present course is leading us ever-closer to class warfare , civil strife and yes , maybe even civil war . Is it intentional ? Is it Alinskyite ? Cloward-Piven







The Civil War In COLOR For The First Time: Painstakingly Remastered Images Of A Divided America That Recreate Era In Amazing Detail


General Robert E. Lee

Robert E Lee


” A Danish colorist has combined his skills with photographs with his fascination for the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. 

Jordan Lloyd says he’s been ‘in love’ with the American Civil War since he was 12 and his colorized and restored pictures bring history to life in a way no black-and-white photographs can.

With amazing attention to detail, the pictures that Lloyd has skillfully rendered in color paint a picture of the era and its characters, heroes and villains. 

Regard the face of Major General George Armstrong Custer – who was reportedly so enamored of himself that he would wear his own personalized uniform that displayed the same ‘Austrian Knots’ that the Confederates used, a bright red cravat, and underneath his shirt, a sailor shirt with his rank stars sewn on, even in the presence of officers of superior rank.”



Major General George Armstrong Custer

Major General George Armstrong Custer

” Custer’s flamboyance was much noted in his time, and his arrogance may be explained by the fact that he was a fearless leader who was promoted to General at the tender age of 24.

His demise in 1876, which would become known as Custer’s Last Stand, was due to the failure of his fellow commanders and not for lack of Custer’s courage.”




Lots more photos at the link & at the link below .



See more of Lloyd’s amazing work at Photo Chopshop and Colorized History.

















Medal of Honor Belonging To Civil War General Joshua Chamberlain Is Discovered Hidden In Old Book At CHURCH SALE

” The medal of honor presented to Joshua Chamberlain for his role in the Battle of Gettysburg has been returned to the Civil War General’s hometown after being found at a church sale. “

Civil War find: General Chamberlain's Medal of Honor has been returned to a museum devoted to him

” The medal, awarded in 1893, three decades after the historic battle, was returned to the Brunswick museum housed in the General’s former home by an anonymous person who found it in a book. “




” Its return is timely, arriving back in Maine in time for the 150th anniversary of the famous civil war battle.

After being examined by experts from the Smithsonian and the Army, it was revealed as the General’s medal, which had been presented to him by President Grover Cleveland for ‘distinguished gallantry’.

Chamberlain fought in at least 24 battles during the Civil War, was wounded six times and had six horse shot from under him.

He is best remembered for the battle of Little Round Top, on the second day of Gettysburg, when he helped Union forces hold off a rebel attack.







Conservation For Big Guns That Opened Civil War



” Preservationists are using computer sensors and other high-tech methods to protect massive iron Civil War guns at a fort in South Carolina that fired on Fort Sumter to open the war in April 1861.

The sensors and modern rust-fighting epoxy coatings are being used to preserve historic siege and garrison guns, some of which were used to lob shells at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor when the war erupted. Union forces surrendered 34 hours after the bombardment started as the nation plunged into a bloody, four-year war.

Ten massive guns from Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island, which is part of the Fort Sumter National Monument, were recently conserved as part of an ongoing program to protect the historic pieces from the salty, humid air. The guns were cast in foundries both in the North and South a century and a half ago.

The last of the guns, a 7-ton Union rifled Parrott gun suspended in a yellow sling held by a crane, was slowly jockeyed into place onto a new concrete base last week. It completes what the fort refers to as Cannon Row, where seven of the heavy guns are lined up next to each other.”










First Day At Chancellorsville Virtual Tour





” In addition to preserving Civil War battlefields, the Civil War Preservation Trust is also actively engaged in working to improve the public’s understanding of the great events that occurred on these fields of combat.

This online exhibit will follow a battlefield tour of the First Day at Chancellorsville installed at the Chancellorsville battlefield.”

For more information on the Battle of Chancellorsville, please visit:www.civilwar.org/chancellorsville







A Soldier’s Long-Lost Civil War Ring Is Returned To His Family In Pennsylvania




” Who knows how Pvt. Levi Schlegel lost his identity ring?

The finger ring bearing his name, company and regiment — a Civil War version of a dog tag — was found near Fredericksburg, a place Schlegel had only passed through on his way home a month after the war ended.

Did he misplace it in camp there? Or discard it — divorcing himself at last from the butchery he witnessed in the closing weeks of the war?

On Tuesday, 148 years after the war ended and 81 years after he died at the age of 91, the ring that married him to the conflict was returned to his family in a modest ceremony at his grave in Reading, Pa., where he had lived.

It was handed over by John Blue, 40, a heavy equipment operator and veteran relic hunter from Manassas, to Ernest Schlegel, 49, a candidate for Reading City Council, who believes he is a distant cousin.”






Guns of the (Union) Grunt: 1863



Spencer Repeater Carbine



” Some 150 years ago, the US Army was in the midst of the most brutal war it would ever be a part of, the Civil War. In five years of open combat more than 620,000 Union soldiers died from a population of just over 34-million Americans, nearly 2% of the total population. If these figures were adjusted against today’s population, this would be nearly 6-million killed. These are the weapons they carried into combat against other Americans, those under a Confederate flag.

The Springfield 1861 Rifle

Some 2,213,363 men served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and by 1863, most Yankees carried a Springfield Rifle. While many other longarms were carried by the army and militia including the Pattern 1853 Enfield, the Austrian Lorenz rifle, and the legacy Springfield flintlocks of previous wars, it was the 1861 series Springfield Rifle that armed the majority of bluecoats. It was also the first mass-produced US-made rifle manufactured in large quantities. In fact, more than a million were built not only by Springfield but also by nearly two dozen subcontractors to supply the largest army seen in North America up to that time.”



Civil War’s A-Brewin’




” A pretty, young, auburn-haired woman – mid-20s – drove down a lonely country road somewhere in Oklahoma. Appearing in her rearview mirror, at the back windshield, were two menacing orbs of light floating amid ashen dusk. The guttural roar of a souped-up big block shook the tiny Volkswagen Rabbit as a van-load of inbred thugs lurched left and drew alongside her. A ponytailed passenger taunted inaudibly and blew foul kisses between crude hand gestures. He pointed for her to pull over as the van repeatedly swerved dangerously close.

Inside the car a man, asleep in the reclining passenger seat, was startled awake by the commotion. He rose and darted his head about, calmly assessing the situation. This only spurred the evil-bent goons. As they ramped-up efforts to run the car off the road, the man reached in the glove box, withdrew a military-grade, semi-automatic handgun – an “assault weapon,” if you will – and, with intentionality and great theatre, leaned across his young bride, pointing the gun out the open bay and directly between dirt bag’s booze-flushed eyes.

Van vanished amid a plume of gray smoke as wheels locked, tires screeched and “assault vehicle” fishtailed – jerking to a halt with taillights aglow skyward from the ditch.

Not a shot was fired.

Back at the couple’s rural farmhouse, two boys – boys who would not be orphaned that night – played. We most likely played – my brother Pete and I – with assault rifles fashioned from sticks. I always love to hear Dad retell the story. He does it with an ornery, satisfied grin. “No one’s taking my guns,” he’ll say. “



Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints



[Brandy Station, Virginia]. Carpenter, wheelwright and harness shops. Headquarters, Army of the Potomac

Brandy Station, Virginia. Carpenter, wheelwright and harness shops. Headquarters, Army of the Potomac


 ” This online collection provides access to about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath. The images represent the original glass plate negatives made under the supervision of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as well as the photographic prints in the Civil War photographs file in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These negatives and prints are sometimes referred to as the Anthony-Taylor-Rand-Ordway-Eaton Collection to indicate the previous owners. The Library purchased the negatives in 1943.

Search tip for this collection: Try putting in very few search terms, particularly when searching for people (for example, try just the person’s last name). For more information, see the Arrangement & Access section.

Many additional Civil War images are in other collections, including drawings, prints, and photograph albums to name a few.”