Tag Archives: Oliver Wendell Holmes

Veterans Day: “Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire”

“But, nevertheless, the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset … Continue reading

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Felt As If a Horse Had Kicked Me

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Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

I must admit, they sat breathless as I spun the tale about two young men aboard the ship HMS Minden, traveling from Baltimore under a flag of truce to see if they could free their friend Dr. William Beanes from … Continue reading

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“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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Mr. Gardner and the Erosion of the “Good Death”

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author James Brookes. Alexander Gardner’s images of the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam were the first serious attempts of their kind to document the true carnage of conflict. Prior to the … Continue reading

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I Wish I Had Been in the Case: Portrait Photography, Federal Soldiers, and the Home Circle (part one)

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author James Brookes. This is the first of a two-part series. In April 1855, the English photographer Roger Fenton wrote to his wife from the Crimean Peninsula to update her on his progress … Continue reading

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Hood Remembered: Meg Groeling

It is not two years since the sight of a person who had lost one of his lower limbs was an infrequent occurrence. Now, Alas! there are few of us who have not a cripple among our friends if not … Continue reading

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