Thursday, July 28, 2011

Page: Virginia United Daughters of the Confederacy erect monument to victims of Brown's Island explosion

This is from the site for the Virginia division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. In 2001, they erected a memorial to the female victims of the explosion on Brown's Island in 1863.
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Page: Historical Marker Database, Confederate States Laboratory in Richmond

Another great link from the Historical Marker Database about marking the place of the Confederate States Laboratory in Richmond. Sort of strange that Brown's Island, once a place of destruction and tragedy, is now a place for concerts and festivals.
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Page: Historical Marker Database, Women War Workers

The Historical Marker Database has an excellent page about the contributions of women war workers at Washington Arsenal (now Fort Lesley McNair) and in particular, the explosion there in 1864. It details what happened that day and where the marker can be found (inside the fort).
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blog: The Story of Sallie Ann Jarrett

This is a blog written by my sister a couple of years ago about the mascot of our adopted regiment, the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, Sallie Ann Jarrett. Sallie was a Staffordshire terrier (a.k.a. pitbull) who was given as a puppy to the regiment while they were training in the spring of 1861. She faithfully followed the 11th wherever they went, even into battle, even - sadly - to the death at Hatcher's Run in 1865. The men of the 11th remembered her loyalty to them on their monument at Gettysburg, where today, visitors leave doggie treats for her. The story of Sallie is one of the best known animal stories of the Civil War, and can still bring a tear to the eye.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

G&K Paranormal Group: Allegheny Arsenal

For those of you interested in all things paranormal, here is a page by the G&K Paranormal Group out of Butler, Pa. They recently captured a shot at dusk at the magazine of the Allegheny Arsenal, getting a human figure that wasn't there before. Hmm...
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Blog: Evangelicals, Republicans, and the Civil War

From the New York Times Opinionator blog, this blog talks about how evangelical Protestants made up much of the early Republican party. During the early to mid-19th Century, evangelicalism was undergoing a surge of popularity known as the Second Great Awakening. Many evangelicals were antislavery, anti-Catholic (as many arsenal workers were), and anti-Mormon, and ultimately, many of them joined what would become the Republican party. Of course, Abraham Lincoln, a moderate, became that party's first president, which many Southerners took as a sign that slavery - and their way of life - was about to be destroyed. However, there were many evangelicals in the South too, so we cannot say that they all shared the same views.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Some pictures from the Arts and Heritage Festival

This past weekend was our annual Civil War encampment at the Arts and Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park, Greensburg PA. Members from various other groups were represented as well: Knap's Battery, 1st West Virginia Light Artillery, 1st Virginia Cavalry, Blue and Gray Brigade, Keystone Regiment. Here are a few pictures from it, taken by my good friend (and cousin) Lee Miller. And as always, we had fun with our mountain howitzer, as you can see, as a tribute to the 11th's fallen captain.

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