”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.
The Civil War and American Art- May 27–September 2, 2013-Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo: Private Gid White, Company F, 108th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, 1865-
Throughout the four-year war, photography studios in the North and the South accommodated a wounded populace seeking solace and an escape from the psychic threat caused by the turmoil of the times and the instability of the culture. What is uncertain is whether the desire to sit for a portrait was driven primarily by the hope that the little photograph might help the subject and family survive the war or by the fear that the sitters and their relatives would not live through the next battle. Regardless, the belief in the power of the photographic image during this period is astounding and comes across in the faces of privates and officers alike, Confederates and Unionists, men and women.