”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.
Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
Of the thousands of monuments of granite and bronze erected in homage to the soldiers of the Civil War — those symbolic guardians of memory on battlefields, town squares and courthouse lawns — perhaps the best known is sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s magnificent tribute to the 54th Massachusetts Infantry and their commander, Robert Gould Shaw. Sitting ramrod-straight in the saddle, sword in hand and eyes fixed on an inescapable destiny, the youthful colonel is memorialized as the embodiment of idealistic service, and willing sacrifice. John Greenleaf Whittier thought him “as beautiful and awful as an angel of God come down to lead the host of freedom to victory,” while the twentieth-century poet Robert Lowell wrote, “He rejoices in man’s lovely, peculiar power to choose life and die.”