Library displays Civil War dental kit

The Rosenberg Library Museum is displaying a rare dental surgeon’s field kit from the Civil War as the February Treasure of the Month.
This unusually large kit was manufactured by John D. Chevalier, the first dental supply house in the United States, established in New York in 1833.
The kit is believed to originally have belonged to [...]

One-man show highlights black soldiers’ role in Civil War

Robert Davis, 21st-century Civil War re-enactor and historian, wants people to know the role black soldiers played in that conflict and what they went through to attain freedom.
So he’s created a time machine, of sorts, to transform himself into Andrew Lewis, escaped slave and 19th-century veteran of Illinois’ 29th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops. The [...]

See Civil War through new eyes

One day in May of 1861, Washington County’s Ann Catron, 38, wrote her son:
“With all the timidity due to my sex, I am ready to offer you up in defense of your country’s rights and honor. and I now offer you, a beardless boy of 17 summers–not with grief, but thanking God that I have [...]

Illinois sets up website for Civil War anniversary

Illinois plans an online list of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will launch a website Tuesday and include a comprehensive events calendar from 2011 to 2015. It will be updated throughout that period. Agency director Jan Grimes says she hopes the website will become an officials guide [...]

Archives won’t display altered Lincoln pardon

A pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln, with a date altered to make it appear to be one of the president’s final acts before his assassination, will be taken out of circulation at the National Archives, which disclosed the tampering last week.
The document, which the Archives says was changed by a Woodbridge history buff to amplify [...]

Honor at Lincoln Memorial Shrine

It’s 1861 again, and a war is coming, at least at the Lincoln Shrine, a museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln and the bloodiest war in America’s history.On Sunday, the Lincoln Memorial Shrine will hold its 39th annual open house, which will feature new exhibits commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
“We’re [...]

Kansas Day: Patriot Flag flies over Fort Scott

“Happy birthday, Kansas!”
That exclamation by local veteran Jim Scott kicked off local events celebrating Kansas’ 150th birthday and a small ceremony associated with the raising of the Patriot Flag — a 30-by-58 foot, 60-pound United States flag — on Saturday at Skubitz Plaza near the Fort Scott National Historic Site. The flag flew in front [...]

East TN community restores cabin of last Civil War widow

Tucked away off a rural road in Grainger County, there’s a tiny, tin roof cabin that is easy to miss.
“The cabin is a little more than 200 years old,”says Del Morgan who lives in Blaine.
Aside from the red, white and blue paint, you’d never know it was home to one of the last Civil War [...]

Rebels in the deeper south

IT SOUNDS like the far-fetched plot to a swashbuckling pirate movie, but the tale of the CSS Shenandoah’s visit to Melbourne in 1865 is not even ”based on a true story”, as they say in Hollywood. It happened.
The Confederate ship created a storm when it sailed into Melbourne for repairs in 1865 towards the end [...]

This Day in the War: 2/1/11

Saturday, Feb. 1, 1862
Union forces began preparations for the actual assault on Ft. Henry and Donelson. As the Confederate navy had no forces to speak of on the rivers of Tennessee, the effort would be unopposed. Flag Officer Foote wrote to Washington that the cooperative command with the Army was working smoothly, [...]