Civil War veterans on review in the center of Ortonville, Minnesota for the Fourth of July, July 4, 1880.
The USS Hunchback’s officers and crew on deck in the James River, Virginia, 1864-65. One man is playing the banjo in the foreground, another is holding a small white dog, while others are reading newspapers. Men seated in center appear to be peeling potatoes. Many crewmen are wearing their flathats in the style of berets. […]
Photograph is of officers of 3rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Heavy Artillery while stationed in Washington, D.C. in 1865. The regiment was composed of companies already mustered but, at this time, were unattached to specific regiments. From the spring of 1864 until the end of the war, the men were stationed at garrisons around Washington, D.C. […]
Nanci Edwards, a Smithsonian Project Manager, shared a letter from her great-great uncle Vidal Thom that he wrote on Thanksgiving to his brother (Edwards’ great-great grandfather) William “Willie” Thom. Vidal Thom was only 19-years-old when he enlisted with the Union army on Christmas Day, 1861 in Nashua, New Hampshire. In this Thanksgiving letter* from Vidal to […]
The 13-inch seacoast mortar called the “Dictator” is shown above in front of Petersburg, Virginia in October 1864. The seacoast mortar weighed around 17,120 pounds and, due to it’s weight, was transported by railway truck along the railroad track. It fired a 200+ pound shell with a charge of 20 pounds of powder. The angle of […]
The following letter is from nurse Clara Barton to her cousin, Vira on the eve of major fighting during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Head Quarters 2nd Div. 9th Army Corps-Army of the Potomac Camp near Falmouth, Va. December 12th, 1862 – 2 o’clock A.M. My dear Cousin Vira: Five minutes time with you; and God […]