Category Photographs

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 […]

Photographs of Antietam Battlefield

Here’s Stephen Recker discussing photographs of the Antietam Battlefield, including some that haven’t been seen before. The video’s description reads, “Stephen Recker is creator of the book, Rare Images of Antietam – And the Photographers Who Took Them. Mr. Recker talked about how he became interested in collecting photographs of the Antietam battlefield, and shared stories […]

Typical Neoconfederate Dishonesty

You may have seen this article, as it’s been out for quite a long time now. As we’ve come to expect from neoconfederates, they’ve fabricated evidence of so-called “black confederates.” You may have seen this photo put forward to “prove” black men fought as confederate soldiers from the beginning of the war. It’s a lie. According […]

Abraham Lincoln in Art and Photographs

Here’s Professor Mark Pohlad of DePaul University, a professor of art history. He’s talking about how Lincoln was depicted in images, through art and photography. The video’s description reads, “DePaul University professor Mark Pohlad taught a class on representations of President Abraham Lincoln in art and photographs. He described how images of Lincoln might reach different audiences, such […]