Tag Archives: Newspapers

“An Especial Prize to the Boys:” Union Soldiers and the Illustrated News (Part 1)

This is the first of two posts regarding the relationship between Union soldiers and the emerging illustrated press during the Civil War. The Union soldier of the Civil War had an insatiable hunger for newspapers. Joseph C. G. Kennedy, head of … Continue reading

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Book Review: “War With Mexico! America’s Reporters Cover The Battlefront”

Looking for a unique, historical angle on the Mexican-American War? Ever wondered when American war journalism “began”? “War With Mexico! America’s Reporters Cover The Battlefront” by Tom Reilly, edited by Manley Witten is an excellent book to add to your … Continue reading

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Reports of Hood’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated…

[Note: Last week, Steve offered new insights about the location of Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood’s amputated leg. Today, he follows up with more about Hood’s operation and the erroneous report that he died during surgery.] After the battle of … Continue reading

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Thomas Nast’s Divided Christmas

On this day in 1863 Thomas Nast’s Christmas Eve forced the readers of Harper’s Weekly to confront the hardships of a war-torn wintry season. Though drawn in 1862, the image occupied a double-page spread in the January 3, 1863 edition … Continue reading

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