Archive for October, 2008

I just read about this, something I hadn’t heard of. During the American Revolution the 13 colonies formed the Commities of Correspondence to coordinate writings outside the colony. It formed like a political union between the states to help rally support or resistance to issues. It’s a little confusing for me to get a feel for exactly what it was but it says they spread messages on horseback and on ships and they also had members who were part of the secret Sons of Liberty, the underground patriot group who included Patrick Henry, John Adams, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and other prominent rebels.

Their first formal meeting was in opposition to the 1764 Currency Act. The committee stayed together for other important actions such as the Stamp Act Congress and the Gaspee Afair, the Tea Act. Hundreds of committees formed throughout the colonies. The First Continental Congress was planned in these Committies. Cool stuff.


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The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle in the American Civil War. 3 days of fighting in the Pennsylvania fields were the bloodiest in America’s history. Gettysburg turned the tide of the American Civil War in the North’s favor. Before Gettysburg the North was regularly beaten on the battlefields, at least tacticly. The battle of Antietam in the town of Sharpsburg was considered a Northern victory, but from most of books I’ve read, it was more of a draw with a political advantage going to the North. The Union troops had fought very hard but just did not make any ground until Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg campaign started in June of 1863 and lasted until August. The battle itself was 3 days, from July 1-3, ending one day before the 4th of July. General Meade was in charge of Union forces and General Lee was in charge of Confederate forces. Lee invaded the North in hopes of drawing Union armies into their own territory and wedging their Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) between Washington and Union forces. This would force Lincoln and politicians to make Meade charge no matter what position they were in. The plan did not work, in large part because Lee’s cavalry commander, Gen Jeb Stuart, had separated himself from Lee, which made Lee blind. Meade was able to catch up to Lee, and both armies met at Gettysburg. The next three days made history. 

Some stats of the battle of Gettysburg.

  • Total forces engaged 158,343
  • Union soldiers engaged 83,289
  • Confederate soldiers engaged 75,054
  • Estimated total soldier casualties 51,000
  • Estimated Union soldier casualties 23,000
  • Estimated Confederate soldier casualties 28,000

The height of the battle was the last day as 12,500 men, lead by Gen Pickett, charged over an open field into the center of the Union line at Cemetary Ridge. The charge failed and the battle was over. Lee’s long retreat began. Months later in November Pesident Lincoln came and gave the famous Gettysburg address. If you want to learn about the battle watch the movie “Gettysburg”. It’s a really great movie and I learned a lot from it. Have to run. See you later.

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Here’s a good site to learn history. It’s important to get the right perspective when it comes to learning history. Numbers are a great way to learn. Just things like learning population numbers can be useful. If you are trying to learn the history of Maine here’s a number I just pulled off the site. The population of New England in 1790 was 1,009,408 people. In 1990 the number was 13,206,940 people. Those numbers could help. I was reading a blurb in an article that talked about how much the docking industry had grown during the 1800s. Well the author didn’t mention the population stats or previous stats so it was hard to get a feel for whether that was considered good growth or not. So go there to check out some population numbers and historical census.

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I’ve never heard of Major General George Thomas so I did a quick search. It turns out I should have heard of him. He is considered by some to be one of the most important yet forgotten generals of the Civil War. George Thomas is the Union Brigade commander who became known as the “Rock of Chickamauga” as he held off Confederate General Leonidas Polk on Sept 19th, the first day of battle (the battle of Chickamauga). He moved back to LaFayette Road after repulsing the attack. Later, Confederate reenforcements commanded by Daniel Harvey Hill’s corps went after Thomas’s flank. Rosecrans and the other Union troops fled the field, only Thomas remained. The Confederates were victorious but their loss (killed/wounded/missing/captured) were 20,500 as compared to the National Army’s 16,326. Sorry for this really quick post. I got lost in reading and forgot the time.

Thanks to DBKing, who has full photo credit (Note: you may only use this photo if you give DBKing credit with a link)

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crazy albumin print

crazy albumin print

Here’s a cool looking exhibition I came across thanks to Marc Gauthier. The official name I believe is Québec City and its Photographers, 1850-1908. The Yves Beauregard Collection. From Marc’s site:

This exhibition offers a selection of approximately 400 photographs, ambrotypes, tintypes and other printing processes of light on a support.

There’s portraits, panaromic views, stereoscopes (3D viewers for old photos), and of course information about the photos and the subjects of the photos. I get the impression from reading the post and looking at Marc’s about page that he’s probably seen better museums. I haven’t been to too many museums myself though and I’m still pretty new so $15 would be a bargain to me. It’s a bummer for me because it’s in Canada, but maybe someone reading this lives nearby and would like to check it out. Here’s where it’s located. Please visit Marc’s review of Québec City and its Photographers for more info.

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Hello world!

I guess I have a post already! Well I might as well say hello. Hello! Um, not much to say right now. I did buy this stereograph from ebay not too long ago though. Check it out. It’s of Horseshoe Curve in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

I’m sorry for the bad picture. I took a photo off of ebay. It’s not mine, but it’s the same one. I didn’t expect it to be so bent but I guess that’s normal. My father taught me a little about Horseshoe Pass but to be honest I don’t know that much about railroading. I just thought it looked cool and I love looking at stereoviews. Oh, and mine says T10 at the top not 81.

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