Category Archives: american-history

Abraham Lincoln and Friends – Abraham Lincolns Illinois friends &Abraham Lincoln in DC

http://www.mrlincolnandfriends.org/ Next month marks Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to delve into this wonderfully researched guide to the characters that surrounded the man.

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http://www.brightcove.com/title.jsp?title=1119147737&channel=714332816 This is a neat animated map showing the course of the US Civil War as it related to major engagements and army movements. While it cannot capture any of the social or economic factors that contributed to the downfall of the Confederacy, troop movements have always been the hardest thing for me to visualise. […]

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Mr. Lincolns T-Mails | The T-Mails

http://mrlincolnstmails.com/tmails.php I don’t know about the premise of the book, focusing on Lincoln’s telegraphic proclivities to “win” the Civil War, but it’s quite a thrill to see some of the famous Lincoln wit in its original, handwritten form. I could do with more of these scanned memos!

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http://www.aphillcsa.com/n3.html A terrific account of Confederate General A.P. Hill’s romantic misadventures. Hill was what Shelby Foote termed “the fightingest” of Lee’s corps commanders, but the excerpts from his letters here provided show a man of enormous sensitivity and good humour. I’ve long had an affection for Hill without having read too much about him, so […]

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The Best in Civil War Photography! www.VirtualCivilWar.com

http://www.mikelynaugh.com/VirtualCivilWar/New/Originals/Album1.htm Thanks again to Funky for this link (I should add that to my common pastes file – I’ve stolen a lot from her recently!) Lots of fantastic, rare Civil War photos on this site, but this one in particular elicited a big, geeky squee from me. May I present Confederate irregular par excellence, J. […]

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Life And Adventures Of Calamity Jane – Marthy Burk

http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/gsr/lacajane.htm Thanks to Cordelia for this great Stumble; a brief yet action-packed autobiography by Calamity Jane. There are few women alive today that can say they’ve experienced as much as she did.

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HarpWeek: Explore History

http://www.harpweek.com/ Harper’s Weekly archive, 1857-1912. Another fantastic Civil War resource to browse (thanks for the Stumble, FredBear!)

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http://www.monitorcenter.org/preserving/ A nicely put-together website to document the history and preservation of the USS Monitor. I’m a Civil War freak, due in large part to the tremendous leap in innovation from the start of the conflict to its end. In four years, firearms went from muskets to repeating rifles (and the first ever machine gun, […]

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Heralds reviews – StumbleUpon

http://herald.stumbleupon.com/review/3469850/ Herald points to the story behind Lincoln’s beard, but I’ll wager he hasn’t heard Dave Barry’s far more entertaining version: When Lincoln assumed the presidency, he was clean shaven, but one day he got a letter from a little girl suggesting that he grow a beard. So he did, and he thought it looked […]

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Behind the Stonewall – 360 Degree Panoramic Images From Civil WarBattlefields (Gettysburg/Chickamuaga/79th PA Infantry)

http://www.jatruck.com/stonewall/index.html A worthy idea, though a little disappointing in its execution. The Gettysburg panoramas are very small, don’t pan up or down (in the instance of the Angle, it’s hard to orient yourself properly without being able to see the stone wall) and were taken on rather a dreary day. Still, beggars can’t be choosers, […]

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