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Statue in the Park

July 21, 2015

“John McDonald, Esq., “Chairman Pasadena Memorial Statue Committee: “Dear Sir: As per your instructions received from H. H. Kitson, sculptor, Boston, Mass., we have this …

Portrait of an Artist: How Research Happens (Part 2 of 2)

July 14, 2015

Once I finally dug up Ludwig’s military records, my theory fell apart. Julius Ludwig didn’t enlist until 1864 (not early in the war), and apparently …

Portrait of an Artist: How Research Happens (Part 1 of 2)

July 7, 2015

Several people have asked me how historical research is done, or other questions about the process of learning about the men and women featured in …

The Last Reunion – Gettysburg 1938

June 30, 2015

In central Pennsylvania in early July it’s either as hot as the devil’s front porch or raining barrels, with thunder and lightning to boot. If …

The Fife and the Drum

June 23, 2015

“The John F. Godfrey Post, G.A.R.’s “Drummer Boys of ‘61 ” met much applause. “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” was the song theme, and on …

E.S. Frost: Hooked Rugs and Photography

June 16, 2015

E.S. Frost spent his time in the Civil War in the 1st Maine Cavalry. He survived the bullets that flew around him at various major …

John Ransom: An Organized Man

June 9, 2015

John Ransom was an organized taker of notes as a young man. That got him his military assignment. At the age of twenty, he was …

The Singing Recruiter: James Gowdy Clark

June 2, 2015

From “Children of the Battlefield” by James Gowdy Clark, 1864: Upon the field of Gettysburg The summer was high, When freedom met her haughty foe, …

W.R.C. – The Official Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic

May 26, 2015

The Woman’s Relief Corp, founded in the late 1870s in New England, quickly became a national organization, and eventually the official auxiliary to the Grand …

Memorial Day: A Civil War Holiday

May 19, 2015

In May of 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina, the African American community decorated the graves of Union soldiers who had died while in a Confederate …