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 history & the period in cultural history that began just after the Civil War. The historical info, photos and documents on 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, values, politics, ethical values of today to the people of the 1800's.
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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
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“The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted."― D.H. Lawrence
The Riderless Horse- Represent’s a Fallen Leader Looking Back On His Troops For the Last Time.
Abraham Lincoln was the first president of the United States to be officially honored by the inclusion of the caparisoned horse in his funeral cortege. When Lincoln’s funeral train reached Springfield Illinos his horse Old Bob, who was draped in a black mourning blanket, followed the procession and led mourners to Lincoln’s burial spot.
This marks the first time we have photographs of the riderless horse participating in the funeral of an American president
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Traditionally, simple black riding boots are reversed in the stirrups to represent a fallen leader looking back on his troops for the last time.
The custom is believed to date back to the time of Genghis Khan, when a horse was sacrificed to serve the fallen warrior in the next world. The caparisoned horse later came to symbolize a warrior who would ride no more. Others suggest that this tradition hailed from over a thousand years before Genghis Khan, when the Afghan people represented the Buddha as a riderless horse.
Photo: Washington, D.C. (Jun. 9, 2004) - Symbolic of a fallen leader who will never ride again, the Caparisoned horse is led down Constitution Ave., following the Caisson carrying the body of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan Source: Wiki
Enthusiastic Members of The Crowd at Lincoln’s Second Inauguration
The Library of Congress discovered unseen photos of President Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration. They’d been housed at the library for years, hidden by an error in labeling.
More Photos here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19094867
A Famous Figure Lost to History- James Tanner, Army Stenographer was an amputee who lost both legs in Battle of Second Bull Run (Manassas)
Without This Man We Would Have No Comprehensive Record of the Night Lincoln Was Assassinated.
Tanner studied stenography and worked at the War Department in Washington. On the evening of April 14, 1865 he hurried to Ford’s Theater on hearing that President Lincoln had been shot. He remained there throughout the night with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and took a complete shorthand notes as the search for the assassin was planned and carried out. His record of events that evening at the Peterson House (across from the theater) remain the most comprehensive record of the events that followed the President’s shooting. He later founded a Veteran’s organization and spoke at the dedication of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.
James Tanner died at Washington, D.C. on October 2, 1927 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.
National Geographic Channels The scene following the shooting of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in the television film “Killing Lincoln,” which is based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly.
Early Photo of Abraham Lincoln?
In 1977 Albert Kaplan purchased the daguerreotype receipted as “Portrait of a Young Man” from an art gallery in New York.
The substantial number of identical characteristics of the young man of the Kaplan daguerreotype and those of Abraham Lincoln include,
- Identical horizontal and vertical facial bone structure;
- Identical soft tissue landmarks including the appearance and implantation of the hair, the height of the forehead, the robust nose, the well marked philtral columns of the upper lip, the pouting lower lip, and the shape of the ear with its free-hanging, detached lobe;
- Identical congenital anomalies including his rare bilateral ptosis, and prominent ears;
- Identical acquired facial sequellae of his childhood head trauma including exophoria of the left eye. Dr. Kempf described Lincoln’s other trauma-induced facial deformities: “The right side of the chin is larger than the left ….”, and “The left half of the upper lip is somewhat thicker than the right ….”, and “His cheek bones were unusually high and prominent. The right was larger than the left, and the right orbital ridge and lower jaw were more heavily developed than the left, giving the whole face a decided morphological curve toward the right. This deformation becomes distinctly visible when the full face photographs are turned upside down.”
Accordingly, the poster concludes that the Abraham Lincoln of the early 1840s is, without the possibility of misidentification, the very man of the Kaplan daguerreotype.
Mr. Kaplan waives all copyright restrictions. Non profit and commercial use
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“I long ago made up my mind that if anybody wants to kill me, he will do it. If I wore a shirt of mail and kept myself surrounded by a bodyguard, it would be all the same. There are a thousand ways of getting at a man if it is desirable that he should be killed. Besides, in this case, it seems to me, the man who would come after me would be just as objectionable to my enemies — if I have any.”
Abraham Lincoln to journalist Noah Brooks in 1863
Wanted Poster Describes the Physical Characteristics of John Wilkes Booth
Nate Orlowek and Dr. Arthur Chitty each spent years independently studying the Lincoln assassination. According to Dr. Chitty, they arrived at the same conclusion:
“The most persuasive evidence to me, at Garrett’s Barn, that the man in the barn was not Booth is the fact that his friend David E. Herold came out of the barn and the first thing he said was, ‘The man in there is not Booth.’”
According to Nate Orlowek, other eyewitnesses also refuted the government’s identification of the man killed at Garrett’s Farm:
“Lieutenant William C. Allan worked for the United States Secret Service in 1865. In August of 1937, his widow, Mrs. Helen Allan, told a journalist that her husband had told her that he saw the man at Garrett’s farm who had been killed and that the man had red hair. And that the government knew that that man was not Booth, but they were determined to foist this man on the nation as Booth.”
Every historical account says Booth’s hair was jet black. Eyewitness testimony about the red-haired man was supported by two other Union soldiers: Joseph Zisgen and Wilson Kenzie. Nate Orlowek says the men were friends with Booth in New Orleans.
General Frank Blair and His Staff
Francis Preston Blair, Jr. (middle) Ended Up Being the Democratic Party’s Nominee for Vice President in 1868. And A Post War Witness to Murder.
He had an odd minor notoriety, when on July 29, 1870, he was an accidental witness to an incident in a famous homicide case. Staying at the then famous Fifth Avenue Hotel, facing West 23rd Street off Fifth Avenue, Blair woke up to cries of help from across the street. He watched from his hotel window as two men ran out of a brownstone mansion across the street. They were two of the sons of Benjamin Nathan, the Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange, who had been bludgeoned to death the previous night. There was a series of hearings, and even suspicion towards several people, but the mystery was never solved.
Click Photo to Enlarge-Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cwpbh.03120. CALL NUMBER: LC-BH831- 575[P&P]
Grant writes his memoires in 1885 within weeks of his death from throat cancer. Mark Twain published Grants writings and was able to give Mrs. Grant the largest royalty check in history.
In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to Lieutenant General, a rank previously held by General George Washington
He led the 533,000 men of the Union Army, the largest in the world. Three years later, he was made President of the United States.
Carte de visite portrait of Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, 1865. Grant was commissioned Lieutenant General by Abraham Lincoln in March 1864. The black armband hanging from his sleeve may be a mourning band for President Abraham Lincoln who was assassinated on April 14, 1865.
Image Title »Grant, Ulysses S. (03)Source »Ohio Historical SocietyNumber »P 397, AL04543Collection »Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Collection
O Captain! My Captain! Walt Whitman had envisioned Lincoln as an archangel captain, and reportedly dreamed the night before the assassination about a ship entering harbor under full sail.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) wrote this dirge for the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865. Published to immediate acclaim in the New York City Saturday Press, “O Captain! My Captain!” was widely anthologized during his lifetime. In the 1880s, when Whitman gave public lectures and readings, he was asked to recite the poem so often that he said: “I’m almost sorry I ever wrote [it],” though it had “certain emotional immediate reasons for being.”
Items in Lincoln’s Pockets the Night He was Shot at Ford’s Theatre
When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, and a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note and nine newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the president and his policies.
Bronze Cast of the 1865 Life Mask of Abraham Lincoln
Bronze cast of the 1865 life mask of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Clark Mills in February, 1865 in Washington, D.C., bronze, national collection.
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Abraham Lincoln Photographed in 1858
Original caption: Reveal new Lincoln photograph. Lincoln, Nebraska. previously unpublished, this photograph of Abraham Lincoln is considered of great importance by Lincoln experts because of its clear and well-preserved detail. The photograph, made in Beardstown, Illinois, in 1858 by Abraham Byers, was presented to the University of Nebraska by Byers widow. It is believed to be one of the last photos made before Lincoln grew a beard.
Stock Photo ID:U861429ACME Corbis
President Abraham Lincoln-Photographed: May 20, 1860
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
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brettsherratt asked: Y did booth shoot Lincoln?
Because he was a massive racist and fanatical southern sympathizer, he saw Lincoln as the greatest enemy of the South. His main issue was with Lincoln’s Emancipation proclamation. John Wilkes Booth blamed Lincoln for the favoritism he imagined African Americans were receiving in the North like voting rights for African-Americans. He was at odds with the rest of his family, all of whom were Unionists. ”This country was made for white men” was a common saying that Booth would recite and shout in the streets of the Union. He thought for sure that his deed would earn salutes from his beloved South. So, he was brought newspapers after the assasination. He was sorely dissapointed. Contrary to what he had thought-he was condemned, for the most part, for what he had done. In fact, he became upset by what he read.Journal entry after he shot Lincoln: Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment. After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and last night being chased by gunboats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every man’s hand against me, I am here in despair. And why? For doing what Brutus was honored for. What made Tell a hero? And yet I, for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew, am looked upon as a common cutthroat.
Read the rest of his Diary entry post murder here: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/lincolnconspiracy/boothdiary.html