Category Photographs

Civil War Journeys, Geography, and Photography

Here’s Garry Adelman giving a great presentation at Virginia Tech’s Civil War Weekend. The video’s description reads, “Historian Garry Adelman used stories and Civil War photography to talk about the ways people experienced the war depending on where they were and how they traveled. The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech University […]

Sacred Trust 2023

The Gettysburg Foundation posted the schedule for this year’s Sacred Trust series of lectures at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It kicks off with a musical program on the evening of June 30. The July 1 schedule is: 9:30 a.m. | “Small but Important Riots: The Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville – Thirty […]

2022 Lincoln Forum – Photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg

In this presentation from the 2022 Lincoln Forum, Christopher Oakley discusses the results of his analysis of where Lincoln stood when he delivered the Gettysburg Address. The video’s description reads, “Historian Christopher Oakley talked about how he used 3D technology with period photographs to reveal where Lincoln stood when he delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863. […]

Sacred Trust Talks 2022 | Dr. Kurt Luther

Here’s Dr. Kurt Luther of Virginia Tech with an excellent presentation on Civil War Photo Sleuthing and websites we can use. The video’s description reads, ” ‘Civil War Photo Sleuthing: Past, Present and Future’ by Virginia Tech Associate Professor of Computer Science and (by courtesy) History Dr. Kurt Luther People have struggled to identify unknown […]

A Lingering Gettysburg Battle: Where Did Lincoln Stand?

This article reports on research to determine where Lincoln actually stood when he delivered the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and 79 years ago this Saturday, Abraham Lincoln stood up in the newly dedicated cemetery for Union soldiers who fell at Gettysburg and delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history. The speech, which […]

Dedication Day and Remembrance Day 2022

This year Dedication Day, which is always on November 19 and commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Remembrance Day, which is always on a Saturday and marks the end of the reenacting season with a parade of reenactors, fell on the same day The day began with the Dedication Day ceremonies in the National Cemetery. […]

How Far Could Civil War Balloonists See?

Here is a fascinating look into how much balloonists in the Civil War could actually see. “From their launch point at Edwards Ferry on the Potomac River, Curt Westergard and his team from in Falls Church, Virginia, raised a small, tethered aerostat balloon—with a cluster of cameras, but no passenger, on board—to 800 feet. Then they […]

To Make Their Own Way in the World

This is a discussion between Professor Deborah Willis, Professor John Stauffer, Professor Sarah Lewis, and Ilisa Barbash on photographs of enslaved women. The video’s description reads, “New York University Photography Chair Deborah Willis, Harvard University African American Studies Professor John Stauffer, and Harvard University African American Studies Professor Sarah Lewis discussed 15 photographs of slaves from South Carolina that were […]

3-D Virtual Tours of Gettysburg Buildings

Have you ever wanted to get inside the David Wills House where Lincoln stayed the night before he gave his Gettysburg Address but haven’t had the opportunity? How about the Lydia Leister House where Maj Gen George G. Meade had his headquarters and was the site of the famous July 2 Council of War? What […]

Commemorating Soldiers in the Press

Here’s a pretty good panel presentation on how the press in the Civil War depicted and commemorated soldiers through artwork, photography, stories, and obituaries. The video’s description reads, “Scholars discussed how the Civil War press commemorated soldiers in newspaper illustrations, obituaries, prisoner of war accounts and solicitations to fund monuments. This session was part of an annual […]