”The dead continue to live by way of the resurrection we give them in telling their stories” -Stories of Real Human Beings Make History Powerful, Photographs Make it Immediate.
A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
Every effort is taken to remember the men and women of the Union and Confederacy equally with dignity and respect.
The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
Although the Gettysburg Address is now considered by some as one of the greatest speeches every written, not everyone thought so at the time. Even Lincoln himself, as he stepped down from the podium said "That speech won’t scour. It is a flat failure."Some newspapers printed comments like "We pass over the silly remarks of the president…"and “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame”.
One of the lines in that famous speech is “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”.In that, Lincoln was wrong because in fact most Americans know more about the speech itself than they do about the importance of the battle it commemorates.