Union soldiers on the Mason’s Island (Theodore Roosevelt Island) guarding the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. in 1861. Behind them is the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge and Georgetown University on top of the hill. During the Civil War, the island served as a storage and distribution site, and also as a training camp for Union troops.
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Union Army troops occupying Courthouse Square in Huntsville, following its capture and occupation by federal forces in 1864. The soldiers reportedly tore down the North Alabama College to construct their winter quarters using brick from the college. The Old Northern Bank of Alabama is visible in the left of the photograph.
Joseph Clovese, G.A.R. veteran, at the 83rd and final G.A.R. reunion held in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 28, 1949. This was the first Civil War reunion for the former Union soldier who had been born into slavery 105 years earlier. Born January 30, 1844 on a plantation in St. Bernard Parish, LA, Clovese deserted his master […]
Officers of the gun boat – the USS Mendota – in 1864. From the day of her commissioning in 1864, Mendota was assigned to the James River Division, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The first ten months she served as a picket ship near Four Mile Creek. Her guns were used to prevent the establishment of […]
Scouts and guides of the Army of the Potomac at winter quarters at Brandy Station in March 1864. Standing, left to right: James Doughty, James Cammack (?), unknown, Henry W. Dodd, unknown, unknown. Seated: John M. Irby, Lt. Robert Klein (probably Sergeant Milton Cline), Dan Cole. On ground: Dan Plew, Lt. Klein’s son, W. J. […]
Gen. William T. Sherman, leaning on breach of gun, and staff at Federal Fort No. 7 in Atlanta Georgia. George N. Barnard, photographer, 1864. This photograph of Sherman was taken after three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting. Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy in […]
Leading up to the holiday season, I’m highlighting gift ideas for the history buff on your list! Civil War General t-shirts: Yesteeyear (Etsy) Pickett’s Charge drum puzzle (425 pieces): Gettysburg Heritage Center Replica Civil War Napoleon cannon: The American Civil War Museum The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters By […]
View on USS Monitor deck looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the James River, Virginia on July 9, 1862. Officers at right are (left to right): Third Assistant Engineer Robinson W. Hands, Acting Master Louis N. Stodder, Second Assistant Engineer Albert B. Campbell (seated) and Acting Volunteer Lieutenant William Flye (with binoculars). […]
Union Army brass band posed and playing atop Lookout Mountain in 1864. The Tennessee River is in the background. Lookout Mountain was the home of the 1863 Battle of Lookout Mountain during the Chattanooga Campaign. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker led the Union forces in an attack against Confederate forces commanded by Maj. Gen. Carter L. […]