Category Archives: Civilian

Fence Friday – Stone and Rider

Continuing our series on fences, you know the ones you see on numerous Civil War battlefields, today we tackle rail & rider fences, also known as stone & rider. If you missed the first installment in this series, Virginia worm … Continue reading

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Amasa Converse, the minister who fled South after the Lincoln administration suppressed his Philadelphia newspaper (cameo appearance by Edgar Allan Poe), Part Two

Converse’s difficulties with the slavery issue were temporarily superseded on July 5, 1854, when the offices of the Christian Observer were destroyed in a fire. Converse thought all was lost and that his subscription books had been burned (the equivalent … Continue reading

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Loyalty in a Lighthouse on the Confederacy’s Fringe

Loyalty consistently emerges when studying the U.S. Civil War. Would someone remain loyal to the United States or support the Confederacy? Would they join their native state or family? Would they honor sworn oaths? For many, what side to support … Continue reading

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Amasa Converse, the minister who fled South after the Lincoln administration suppressed his Philadelphia newspaper (cameo appearance by Edgar Allan Poe), Part One

Rev. Amasa Converse, during his lifetime, managed to move from the North to the South, back to the North, and then – quite hurriedly, during the Civil War – back South again. He found time during all this to officiate … Continue reading

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A Pensacola Refugee

It may be easy to forget sometimes that there was no hard border between the North and South during the Civil War. Citizens of both sides could find ways to migrate for the purpose of evading a war zone. Those … Continue reading

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Book Review: A House Built by Slaves

A House Built by Slaves offers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as seen through the eyes – the usually-but-not-uniformly-sympathetic eyes – of black visitors to the White House. The narrative also combines accounts of these visits with accounts of the … Continue reading

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Fighting for Time Along the Monocacy

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John Burns: The Cantankerous Neighbor

John Burns of Gettysburg seems to have several images in Civil War memory. The grim-looking fellow seated in a rocking chair when his photograph was taken. The old, oddly-dressed man who appears alongside enlisted Union volunteers with an ancient musket, … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Memoirs and Scrapbooks in Kenosha’s Civil War Museum

When Ruth Painter Randall wrote her biography of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, published in 1960, many of the primary sources she used were scattered over museums and historical society collections in Illinois and Wisconsin. Luckily for me, by 2016, all this … Continue reading

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Captain Barton: Advising His Daughter To “Serve and Sacrifice”

For Father’s Day Clara Barton wanted to make a difference. She wanted to go to the battlefield and camps to care for the sick and wounded. For long weeks of 1861, she had been laying her plans, strengthening her political … Continue reading

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