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The Civil War Poetry of Herman Melville

| September 9, 2016

Herman Melville was born in New York City on 1 August 1819.  His most famous work, Moby-Dick, was a novel that was published in 1851 and was based on his own experiences at sea in the 1840s.  But by 1857, he stopped writing fiction and turned to other endeavors.  His 1866, his first book of […]

Civil War Church Preserved Amid Tallest and Newest Buildings in Philadelphia

| December 9, 2015

This photo essay shows a Philadelphia Civil War-Era Church, the Arch Street Presbyterian Church, preserved and still used amid some of the tallest buildings in the United States and Pennsylvania. The Arch Street Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of 18th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, is surrounded among what are currently the tallest building […]

Poems of the Civil War – Memorial Day 2015

| May 25, 2015

For Memorial Day, 2015 —   OVER THEIR GRAVES Henry Jerome Stockard (1858-1914) Over their graves rang once the bugle’s call, The searching shrapnel and the crashing ball; The shriek, the shock of battle, and the neigh Of horse; the cries of anguish and dismay; And the loud cannon’s thunders that appall. Now through the […]

Events of April 1865

| April 30, 2015

April 9.  Confederate States Army General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the American Civil War. April 14. U.S. Secret Service is created to fight counterfeiting. April 14 (Good Friday). Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: President of the United States Abraham Lincoln is shot while attending a […]

Events of March 1865

| March 31, 2015

March 3. Opening of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group. This bank was founded by Scottish bankers to help facilitate trade between China and Europe. Hong Kong was a British colony during this period.             March 13. Jefferson Davis signs a bill […]