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Two Years of Grim War

Posted By on February 1, 2011

(Part 3 of 12).  Contents of Volume II of The Photographic History of the Civil WarTwo Years of Grim War. (also part 4 of ongoing series on the Battle of Gettysburg).

The year 1911 was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.  In a memorial to the war, a ten volume set of books was published entitled The Photographic History of the Civil War. This series attempted, through photographs, to do what no other books had previously done – to bring the war close and personal through previously unpublished and unavailable photographs.  The series was edited by Francis Trevelyan Miller.

This post is part 3 of a 12 part series and will focus on the contents of Volume II, Two Years of Grim War. Since this volume also contains a main section on the Battle of Gettysburg, it can be considered part 4 of an ongoing series on that battle.

Contents of Volume II of the Photographic History of the Civil War.

Text by Henry W. Elson

Part I:  The Rise of Lee

“Cedar Mountain – Pope’s Advance is Checked.”  “The Second Battle at Bull Run.”  “Antietam – The Invasion of the North.”  Fredericksburg – Disaster for a New Union Leader.”  “Chancellorsville and Jackson’s Flanking March.”

Part II:  Opening the Mississipi

“Baton Rouge – An Arsenal Recaptured.”  “The Assault on Corinth – Rosecrans Holds Firm.”  “The mid-Winter Combat at Stone’s River.”  “The Sieges of Vicksburg and Port Hudson.”

Part III: The Crisis

“Gettysburg.”

Part IV:  Along the Tennessee

“Chickamauga – The Bloodiest Conflict in the West.”  “The Battles on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge.”

Part V:  “Engagements of the Civil War from August, 1862, to April 1864, Inclusive,” George L. Kilmer.

Some photographs that are pertinent to this Civil War Research Project are reproduced below:

The above picture is captioned:  “Ready to Cover the Rappahannock – the 150th Pennsylvania, Three Weeks Before the Battle of Chancellorsville.”   More information is sought on a James H. Haskins who served in the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry and was married to a woman named Adella P.   Did this James Haskins have a connection to the Lykens Valley area?  Information is sought on James Haskins as well as any others from the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry who should be included in the project.

The above picture shows General George G. Meade and his staff.  Previously posted in part 3 of the series on Gettysburg were photos of memorials to Gen. Meade as well as his home in Philadelphia and portrait of him.  The picture of the general and staff is one of many such pictures throughout the ten volumes of The Photographic History of the Civil War – posed photos taken of the military leaders of the war for both the Union and the Confederacy.

Many gruesome pictures accompany the section on the Battle of Gettysburg and it is not the intention of this post to show them here.

For a free download from Google Books, click here and select “PDF” in the upper right corner of the page.  When the “PDF” file opens in your reader, save the file to disk.  Use of the file is subject to restrictions that are spelled out on the first page of the PDF.  Essentially, the restrictions specify that the digital book may be used for personal, non-profit use only and that the Google Books “watermark” should not be removed from the pages.

Tomorrow, part 4 of this series will examine Volume III, The Decisive Battles.


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