The Civil War Parlor

”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.

Stories of Real Human Beings Make History Powerful. Photographs Make it Immediate- A Photo From “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” Created by Historians Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer.

"We wanted to imagine what freedom looked like for these people," says Willis, a North Philly native, a professor of photography and imaging at New York University, and a leading curator of African American images. "The people saving their money, going to a photographer’s studio, getting dressed and forming a biography - remaining themselves as free people."

The two men were soldiers from Wisconsin’s 22d Infantry Regiment, and they were escorting the escaped teenage slave - who had disguised herself as a boy - from Kentucky to Cincinnati in 1862. They’d been assigned to take her to an Underground Railroad safe haven. The photographer and abolitionist J.P. Ball posed the soldiers to hold their pistols high, symbolizing bravery in protecting their young charge.

"The images allowed us to show [African Americans] in a way that written sources don’t yield that same kind of complexity," says Krauthamer, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts. "When you see a picture of a washerwoman slave who got herself in the Union army, earned her freedom, and was part of the war effort, that’s deep."


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