We Have Struck our Flag…

24 Aug

Practically Historical

Captain Isaac Hull ordered extra sail… and the USS Constitution ran down the HMS Guerriere.  Broadsides were exchanged, and in 15 minutes, the engagement was over.  The gunners on board the British ship did minimal damage, watching in horror as many of their shots bounced harmlessly off the American vessel’s hull.  The US sailors cheered, “Huzzah!! Her sides are made of iron!!”

Raking John Bull Raking John Bull

When asked if surrender was his intention… British Captain James Dacres responded, “Well, Sir, I don’t know. Our mizzen mast is gone, our fore and main masts are gone – I think on the whole you might say we have struck our flag.” 

The Victor The Victor

The victory of “Old Ironsides”…was the first in a series of ship-to-ship triumphs for the tiny US Navy.  The American frigates were bigger and faster than any similar vessel in the British North American squadron.  British captains came…

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Antiquarian Appianus Romanarum Historiarum

24 Aug

Great video for understanding the components of antiquarian / vintage books. Stay tuned…

Ford’s Theater

24 Aug

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Ford’s Theater is the historic location where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated shortly after the Civil War ended while watching a production with his wife. He was immediately taken to a home directly across the street from the theater where he subsequently died. That location is now a part of the museum which contains interesting artifacts original to the event, including items from Lincoln’s casket & Oswald’s personal artifacts.

Unbelievably, it’s still a working theater. The architecture is interesting with its narrow corridors and ornate fixtures. I’m struck by the smallness & close proximity of the stage & boxes. I can’t imagine how treacherous it must have been climbing (or descending) such narrow, windy steps in a ball gown! I’m sure at one time this was the place where fashionable society regularly met.

This is reminiscent of the stacked books in the fictional Flourish & Blott’s bookstore in Harry Potter.


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Iron and Oak – A Boardgaming Life Review

24 Aug

Civil war naval battles

The Boardgaming Life

Game Design by James M. Day


Review by Mitchell Freedman

The box cover says Iron and Oak is a game of “ship-to ship combat during the American Civil War. “

The cover is far too modest. Its really a whole lot more.

Iron and Oak is a game of naval combat, with several  scenarios in the “brown water” rivers and bays where navigation can become a problem. So can the enemy forts that go on the edge of the map and can use plunging fire on the ships below.

Players might run into shoals and have to get their ship re-floated, or they could encounter mines or other obstructions, or powerful currents which can carry their ships where they don’t want to go. There are damage control parties, tables of critical hits, and – perhaps most important – die rolls which determine not only the results of…

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Resilience in the Face of Adversity: The Fate of Black Soldiers during the Civil War

24 Aug

Interesting learning from New York state.

Donning a Daycap for a Tintype Portrait

24 Aug

Tintype = art.

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This woman, born perhaps in the first decade of the nineteenth century, likely lived to witness the Civil War. As inexpensive tintype photographs gained popularity, so did ornate albums where families could collect photographs of loved ones and famous folk alike.1 This tintype, measuring 1.5 x 2 inches, is closest in size to what was considered a sixteenth plate. The embossed paper sleeve in which it was placed brings the size to that of a carte de visite, allowing the tintype to be slipped easily into a slot in an album.2 Paper sleeves such as these were common in the 1860s; while this example doesn’t have a patriotic design that would directly suggest a date during the Civil War, it nevertheless seems probable that it is of that same era.

The woman’s dress has full sleeves, a high collar with possible tatted detail, and a row of…

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Start Your Friday with this Awesome Civil War Graphic!

24 Aug

Great learning with graphs.

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Try to imagine: The Final Words of Tod Carter

24 Aug

150th anniversary coming November 30th.

Find Yourself in Our Story

NOTEBattle of Franklin 150 Logo150 years ago, a last-gasp charge at the Battle of Franklin spelled the end of the Army of Tennessee. Aside from the military heroics, the human story is one you can only try to imagine. Over the next 12 weeks we’ll be telling some of those stories leading up to the commemoration of the Battle of Franklin and the events surrounding the Sesquicentennial. For more information on the Franklin 150 Special Events, click here.

Try to imagine...

Theodrick “Tod” Carter was barely 21 years old when he joined nine other local boys to establish the 20th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. As the tenth child of Fountain Branch and Mary Carter, who operated a successful farm and cotton gin on Columbia Pike just south of Franklin, he set aside a budding career as a lawyer to join the war effort.

That was the early summer of 1861, and the next…

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Cleveland, Ohio, and Lincoln’s Assassination and Funeral

24 Aug


This is the first in a series of posts by Remembering Lincoln Digital Collection partner institutions, discussing the items they are contributing to the project and the impact of the Lincoln assassination in their localities.

Proclamation issued by Cleveland Mayor George Senter for citizens to gather in Cleveland’s Public Square to mourn President Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1865. Western Reserve Historical Society. Proclamation issued by Cleveland Mayor George Senter for citizens to gather in Cleveland’s Public Square to mourn President Abraham Lincoln, April 15, 1865. Western Reserve Historical Society.

Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 1865. The telegraph carried news of the President’s death almost instantaneously across the nation, following the previous night’s reports of John Wilkes Booth’s attack at Ford’s Theatre. In Cleveland, Ohio, Mayor George Senter, alerted to the telegraph news, issued a broadside at 9 a.m. that day, calling for businesses in the city to close and for the citizens of Cleveland to gather at 3 p.m. in Public Square, the ceremonial center of the city.

A large crowd gathered…

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Woman passes counterfeit Confederate bill in Utah

24 Aug

interesting old paper money.

The Cotton Boll Conspiracy

fake confederate money

It’s one thing to be duped by someone passing counterfeit legal tender, but it’s hard to have much sympathy for someone who takes fake Confederate currency in exchange for goods or services.

That’s what happened recently in Salina, Utah, where a woman paid for fuel at a gas station with fake $50 Confederate bill in late June.

According to Salina Police, an unidentified female driving a gold ’90s model Ford F-150 with California license plates convinced the attendant at a Premium Oil station to allow her to use the bill to purchase approximately $45 worth of gas, according to the delightfully named Richfield Reaper newspaper.

“After the employee turned on the pump, he was suspicious, so he took the bill to a local bank,” said Police Chief Eric Pratt. “They verified it was not legitimate.”

When the attendant returned to the station, the woman, not surprisingly, had already high-tailed…

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