When Lincoln was invited to make his speech, Americans were still trying to recover from the shock of 51,000 casualties incurred at the battle of Gettysburg a few months earlier. Lincoln did not scribble the speech on the back of an envelope as later mythologized, but had instead written it a week or two earlier on White House stationery, and then polished it at Gettysburg the night before the event.
At 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 19, 1863, 15,000 people listened as Edward Everett delivered a rousing two-hour patriotic speech. In contrast, when Lincoln arose, attired in a new black suit, he delivered a surprisingly brief speech. It consisted of 272 words and required no more than two minutes to deliver. He was interrupted by applause only twice, but his audience knew when he finished that they had witnessed an epic event.
This painting depicts the charges of Wade Hampton and George Armstrong Custer on the East Cavalry Field on July 3, 1863. The two forces charged headlong at each other at about 3:30 in the afternoon. The Union charged northeast and the Confederates southwest, accounting for the sunlight coming from behind them from the west. They hit with such force that the impact of horses and men was heard a mile away, tumbling them end over end. Wade Hampton, the South Carolinian and chief lieutenant of J.E.B. Stuart, led the charge of the Confederates and was badly wounded in the ensuing melee.
Charles Dew's unsurpassed Ironmaker to the Confederacy tells the story of the South's premier ironworks and its intrepid owner, Joseph Reid Anderson. Dew masterfully describes Tredegar's struggle to supply the Confederate nation with the weapons of war and is a seminal study of southern manufacturing and industrial slavery. This revised edition includes a new preface by the author, additional illustrations, and redesigned maps of the ironworks based on new site research and archeology.
This piece is an example of a commonly used household item. It is not a reproduction of an artifact. Each piece was hand-blown in Virginia and is one of a kind. No two pieces are identical. This piece measures approximately 3 ¾ high.
The natural color of glass is green, because sand has iron oxide or rust in it naturally. To change the color, a metal must be added.
Centered on the stories of leaders of the Confederacy,such as Robert E. Lee and Thomas Stonewall Jackson, the Legends in Gray 2015 Wall Calendar features the magnificently detailed and meticulously researched paintings of Mort Kunstler, America's foremost contemporary painter of the Civil War. The images are paired with commentary by James I. Robertson, Jr., noted scholar on the American Civil War and professor at Virginia Tech. 12 full-color calendar images with brass hanging grommet to prevent calendar tear.
Why did many Irish Americans, who did not have a direct connection to slavery, choose to fight for the Confederacy? Taking a broad view of the subject, Gleeson considers the role of the Irish southerners in the debate s over secession and the formation of the Confederacy their experiences as soldiers, the effects of the Confederate defeat for them, and their emerging ethnic identity, and their role in the rise of Lost Cause ideology.
Taking a "freakonomics approach to Civil War studies, each contributor uses a seemingly unusual story to cast a new light on the nature of the war itself. Collectively the essays remind us that the war is always about damage. Here are those who profited and lost by the war.Here are the cowards, the belles, and the scavengers. Here are dark topics like torture, hunger and amputation. Here, in short, is "war."