Category Archives: Material Culture

Supporting the Cause: Union and Confederate Patriotic Envelopes

ECW welcomes guest author Leon Reed About three years ago, my cousin, Jim Reed asked if I’d like to see a scrapbook that had been kept by a civil war ancestor of his. What I got was an incredible collection … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/20-4/26/20

Let’s hear some true stories… Have you come across a mystery Civil War artifact in your research or a museum collection? Have you discovered what it was?

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Saving History Saturday: Civil War Recruitment Flag

The Ellicottville Historical Society has had a mystery and material preservation task on their hands. And it involves a flag from the Civil War era! The preservation saga began in October 2018 with the question: “Would you like your flag … Continue reading

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History in Pieces

History comes in many pieces. My good friend Hal, a retired navy captain, collects Civil War naval artifacts. He acquired items that caught his eye over the years without any particular theme in mind only to find threads and connections … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Museum at Gateway Arch

The St. Louis Arch is an iconic monument and symbol in the United States, a celebration of frontiers, vision, and courage. But as I entered the museum (which is located underground, below the arch itself), I wondered what type of … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: President Lincoln’s Bible Donated to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

This week, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois announced its latest acquisition: one of Lincoln’s Bibles. At a fundraiser for wounded soldiers in Philadelphia on June 16, 1864, the Ladies of the Citizens Volunteer Hospital of … Continue reading

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Richmond Reports on General Stuart’s Ride Around McClellan

One of our editors was poking around Newspapers.com the other evening and stumbled across announcements of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart’s famous (or infamous) ride around McClelland during the Peninsula Campaign. Occurring between June 12 and 15, 1862, the ride gathered … Continue reading

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Podcast Additional Resources: “Making Civil War Maps”

Last week we released the podcast episode with Edward Alexander, Dan Welch, and Chris Mackowski talking about Civil War cartography in the 1860’s and the modern era. Edward has recently launched his own business, creating historical maps. He shares about … Continue reading

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On This Day: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Did you know…? On June 5, 1851, the first installation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin appeared in The National Era – an abolitionist paper. The story would run for forty installation, and in 1852, it was published in book form. Harriet … Continue reading

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“Strew the fair garlands where slumber the dead”

I have always loved ephemera—those bits and pieces of printed paper, originally meant to have only short-term popularity. I particularly like old postcards from the end of the 19thcentury up through the 1920s. Commercial artists like Ellen Clapsaddle and lithographers … Continue reading

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