November 19th, 1863
Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Though the oration was merely two minutes long (far shorter than the other talks of the day) and he was not the main speaker, the address has come to be known as one of the greatest speeches in history. (x) (x) (x)
man I hardly use this blog anymore
ah my goodness
I’m so sorry
I still love all you guys so much x
Union and Confederate Civil War veterans shake hands at the 1913 Gettysburg reunion.
Civil War Reenactment - makes you wonder if in a hundred years someone will be reenacting our wars
I am so sorry. I was watching Ken Burns’ The Civil War and then this happened just after “If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time.”
Save the Colours by Keith Rocco
The United States Army began accepting freedmen to fight in the Civil War in 1863.
Letter from Robert E. Lee to Gen. Winfield Scott
Written: 20 April 1861
Collection: Rosenbach, Civil War Documents
“Arlington, Washington City P. O.
20 April 1861
Lt. Genl. Winfield Scott
Commd the Army
Since my interview with you on the 18 Inst: I have felt that I ought not longer to retain my Commission in the Army. I therefore tender my resignation, which I request you will recommend for acceptance.
It would have been presented at once, but for the struggle it has cost me to separate myself from a Service to which I have devoted all the best years of my life [and] all the ability I possessed.
During the whole of that time, more than 30 years, I have experienced nothing but kindness from my Superiors [and] the most Cordial friendships from my Companions. To no one Genl have I been as much indebted as to yourself for uniform kindness [and] Consideration, [and] it has always been my ardent desire to merit your approbation.
I shall carry with me to the grave the most grateful recollections of your kind Consideration [and] your name [and] fame will always be dear to me. Save in the defense of my native State, I never desire again to draw my Sword.
Be pleased to accept my most earnest wishes for the Continuance of your happiness [and] prosperity [and] believe me most truly yours
R E Lee”
I know everyone freaks out over Supernatural’s casting bUT WHAT ABOUT THE 1993 GETTYSBURG MOVIE
THAT CRAP IS SPOT ON
Oh my word you need to watch the movie and look at the pictures against their acting to fully understand hOW CRAZY THE CASTING WAS
Check out these Colorized Civil War photos!
Color photography may not have been invented until the 1930s but that hasn’t stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black and white images.
Two of the most prolific users, Mads Dahl Madsen and Jordan J. Lloyd (who has since started Dynachrome, a digital image restoration agency), have done United States history a favor by taking a large amount of the Civil War photographs available at the Library of Congress and turning them into realistic and beautiful looking color.
As photography was not invented until the mid-1800s, the Civil War was the first war to be captured on film. Famous photographers such as Matthew Brady and his apprentice Alexander Gardner made it their duty to capture the country’s tragic war for posterity, with a variety of portraits of officers and soldiers and scenes of daily life and the aftermath of battles. At the time, cameras were not able to accurately capture motion so there are few, if any, photos of actual battles in action.