In 1861, happenstance brought together young Carrie Deppen and her soldier love, George W. Ladd. And, 154 years later, a chance discovery has reunited them. On Aug. 29, 1862, Ladd,Continue readingLove Found and Lost
The 5th Massachusetts Cavalry was the only black cavalry regiment from Massachusetts. Its veteran commander, Col. Henry S. Russell, had distinguished himself earlier in the war with two Bay StateContinue readingMen of Nerve
When we attempt to understand history, we often find that empirical truths unfold alongside significant symbolic moments. And, to make things even more complicated, it is not at all unusualContinue readingThoughts on Private Booth
Few people would dispute the accepted fact that battlefield photographers of the Civil War sometimes included props—even human beings—in their photographs. Alexander Gardner famously moved corpses in his photographs atContinue readingArmed to the Teeth?
Of all the photographs of Robert E. Lee, one stands out as favored above the rest: the gray-coated general seated on his faithful mount, Traveller. According to tradition, theContinue readingLexington, Not Petersburg