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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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Unidentified Soldier of Laurel Brigade Virginia Cavalry Regiment with Tobacco Pouch
Confederate soldiers had more access to tobacco than Union troops. While opposing troops were on picket duty, it was common for Union soldiers to trade their coffee for tobacco from the Confederate soldiers.
- Digital ID: (digital file from original item) ppmsca 32470 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.32470
- Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-32470 (digital file from original item)
- Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Drawings of Confederate Soldiers -Bleak House Tower Drawings ca. 1863
This drawing, found on the interior plaster wall of the tower of Bleak House—Confederate Memorial Hall on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, is purported to represent three Confederate sharpshooters who killed Union General William P. Sanders on the afternoon of November 17, 1863 as he accompanied soldiers marching up Kingston Pike. The central figure has been identified as Corporal William Raines, 9th Georgia unit. During the siege of Knoxville, Bleak House was being used as Confederate General James Longstreet’s headquarters. The home’s residents, Louisa Franklin Armstrong and her daughters, remained in second floor quarters, emerging for meals during periods when hostilities allowed.
Behind the Scenes with the Band Fun with “Some Nights” & the Civil War reenactors from the Video.
Shot overnight in upstate New York with director Anthony Mandler, dozens of Civil War reenactors and over 7 minutes of tangets. “Some Nights” has been a sleeper hit, spending approximately seven months on the Billboard Hot 100 before reaching a peak of number three in the week of September 29, 2012.
Rare Confederate Photo: Possibly the 20th Tennessee, Hidden for 150 years
Photographs of Confederate soldiers are very rare, photo found on different sites. No owner identified. Information on the men in this photo can be found here http://www.confederateplanet.com/desolation-and-despair-the-story-of-the-20th-tennessee-infantry.html
Confederate veteran reunion, Washington, 1917.
The vets of the Civil War are long dead, but the taxes on the people to support them are still in place.
The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them. Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on its license plates, officials never stopped collecting a property tax that once funded the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home, which closed 72 years ago. The tax now pays for Confederate Memorial Park, which sits on the same 102-acre tract where elderly veterans used to stroll reports NPR. READ MORE HERE: http://thefederalist-gary.blogspot.com/2011/08/civil-war-veterans-tax-is-still-being.html
Six officers from the 26th Missouri Infantry.
The 26th Missouri infantry organized from September to December 1861. The regiment fought at New Madrid, Island No. 10, Iuka, Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg, and Missionary Ridge, and participated in Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and the Carolinas Campaign. The 26th Missouri Infantry was mustered out on August 13, 1865.
Photographed are six officers from the 26th Missouri Infantry; listed left to right: James M. Dennis, Edward H. Stoddard, William H. Mengel, John W. Maupin, Robert B. Denny, and John T. Crow.
CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF COMPANY D, 3RD GEORGIA INFANTRY. (MC)
Kepi, (hat) 4th Virginia (Stonewall Brigade)
Lee Chapel, Washington & Lee University
Originally designated the 1st Brigade, the unit became the Stonewall Brigade after its commander, General Thomas J. Jackson, distinguished himself at First Manassas.
CURRENTLY ON EXHIBIT http://www.tredegar.org/theexhibit.aspx
Two people still receiving pensions from their fathers Civil War Service in 2012!!!
Records from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs show that two children of Civil War veterans, as of September, 2012 are receiving pensions from their fathers’ service.
Department of Veteran Affairs spokesman Phil Budahn says the VA last checked in on the benefits recipients in the fall. Both were alive, but in poor health. This is partly due to the Great Depression, as there were a number of May-December weddings in the 1930′s between Civil War veterans and their much younger nurse caregivers.
The last verified Civil War veteran, Albert Woolson, died in 1956 at age 109. The last widow, Gertrude Janeway, died in 2003 at age 93.
Budhan says he respects the request for privacy, but would be fascinated to learn about the lives and memories of the last two people receiving pensions from the Civil War.
Two Civil War Soldiers Kickin’ it in Brandy Station, Virginia.
It was taken in 1864.
Emblems of the Civil War
Painting by Alexander Pope Jr
American artist , b.1849 d.1924
Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic
Henry Ossain Flipper
Born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856, Henry Ossian Flipper was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1873. Over the next four years he overcame harassment, isolation, and insults to become West Point’s first African American graduate and the first African American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.
Photograph of Lt. Henry O. Flipper, Photo by Kennedy, ca. 1877; Center for Legislative Archives; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives; National Archives and Records Administration (Reproduced with the permission of the U.S. House of Representatives)
J.E.B Stuarts Hat (James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Stuart)
Museum of the Confederacy Richmond, VA.
J.E.B. Stuart was also famous for his uniform, in that he won a plumed hat and cape. During the Second Bull Run Campaign, Stuart lost his famous hat and cape when he was being pursued by Union troops. In somewhat of a retaliatory move later during one of his raids, he managed to overrun Union General John Pope’s headquarters, capturing Pope’s full uniform. In this raid he also was able to obtain valuable Union orders which he turned over to General Lee.
Another story about his hat: In flight from union soldiers.. was the loss of his haversack, his red velvet lined cloak, and worst of all, his new plumed hat. Adding to his discomfort, he wound up wearing a bandana around his head the rest of the day and was constantly subject to “Where’s your new hat, General?” questions from his men, who were teasing their general because word of his near capture and inglorious flight had spread instantly. When the story reached the Northern papers, they would add to Stuart’s mortification with cartoons and jokes.