Our Native Daughters »

I noticed this story on the Smithsonian page today, and clicked kind of idly. A few seconds into the first linked video, I was hooked. Rhiannon Giddens and some of her fellow black women banjo players have created a moving and haunting CD of music inspired by and based on slave tunes.  It really is […]

“Camp Followers” »

The “camp followers” are an aspect of the war that don’t get a lot of press. Along with women offering different kinds of comfort (ahem), there were wives and – in this case – sometimes children accompanying their loved ones behind the armies. This is a pretty astonishing story! “She got a notice from the […]

‘The Widow Lincoln’ at Ford’s Theatre »

How is Ford’s Theatre marking the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s assassination?  It’s staging a play about Mary Lincoln.  Hope the Secret Service are keeping the Obamas far, far away from this one. The moment is just one of many pathos-crammed sequences in “The Widow Lincoln,” the doleful historical monument of a play at Ford’s Theatre. Written by […]

Vinnie Ream »

A short documentary on Vinnie Ream, the sculptor of Lincoln and lover of Tecumseh Sherman.  If you can ignore the overblown soundtrack, this is a neat insight into a young artist’s life.  The sculpture is lovely. ▶ Abraham Lincoln’s Young Sculptor – YouTube.

Podcast #16 – “The Belle of the North and the Boy Governor” »

It was on this day in 1863 that Kate Chase married William Sprague.  It was the social event in Washington during the Civil War era, but there was no fairy tale ending for the beautiful politician’s daughter.  To listen to Kate’s story, click here.  

Podcast #14 – “Soothing the Gallant Soldiers” »

Life has conspired to keep me away from my blog and my podcasts.  I wanted to make an effort for this week’s, though, as I find the Sanitary Commission a fascinating topic in the Civil War. The podcast can be downloaded here.

Podcast #7 – Anna Ella Carroll »

This was an auspicious date for Maryland advisors to President Lincoln!  Anna Ella Carroll died and Frank Blair was born on February 19th.  In the end, I had to pick between them, and I thought the Carroll story seemed interesting.  It’s hard to leave the powerful Blair family behind, though, so I’ve got it in […]

Civil War Podcast #5 – The Fiery Gospel »

I’m in over the wire this week, but hey – it’s still February 5th somewhere, so I’m counting it anyway! This week, I celebrate the anniversary of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, published this day (or yesterday, if you want to get technical) in 1862. You can download the podcast by visiting the February […]

Woman With Flare »

Disunion discusses a rare duck: Lady scientist of the 1860s, Martha Coston.  Nice to see that the Coston name remained tied to the product, though I wonder how many flare users were aware that the Coston in question wore petticoats? Coston made her mark in history because she needed to survive, after her husband´s untimely […]

‘Mary Lincoln Insanity Case’ Podcast »

I haven’t yet listened to this, but it’s an intriguing podcast offering.  Mary Lincoln’s last years were even more troubled than her earlier ones, the poor lady, and her only remaining (and least loved) son trying to get her institutionalized was the final blow life dealt her. The star-studded April 16 Statehouse discussion of the […]