Group of officers in training gathered around their chief, Major Albert Myer, who is seated in the center wearing the field officer’s double row of brass buttons, at Signal Corps’s Georgetown camp in 1861. Myer is known as the father of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Ulysses S. Grant embarked on a two-year world tour after his second term in office ended in 1877. Rest and relaxation was on his mind. After all, his reputation and presidency was damaged by corruption within his administration and party. He also hoped, if people in other countries showed their admiration for him, Americans would […]
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). […]
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 […]