Veterans of the Hornet’s Nest Brigade at a Civil War reunion in Ottumwa, Iowa during June 20-21, 1923. The Hornet’s Nest Brigade included members of the 2nd, 7th, 8th, 12th & 14th Iowa Infantries who served during the war.
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 […]
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 […]