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John J. Tobias – Obituary of a Donaldson Native

| December 1, 2017

The obituary of Civil War veteran John J. Tobias, who was born near Donaldson, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, appeared in the Mount Carmel Item, 19 February 1935: J. J. TOBIAS, CIVIL WAR VETERAN, DIES DUE TO INFIRMITIES Defender of the Union Answers “Taps” After Being Bedfast a Week; Military Funeral To Be Held on Friday Afternoon […]

Fake Lincoln Photos – Lincoln in His Coffin

| November 30, 2016

In April 1865, Abraham Lincoln‘s funeral train left Washington, D.C., on a three-week journey on its way to Springfield, Illinois. During the time that Lincoln’s body lay in state for viewing by thousands in New York City, a photographer, Jeremiah Gurney Jr., with permission of those responsible for security, took a photograph.   Secretary of War […]

Fake Lincoln Photos – Lincoln with the 5th New York Cavalry

| November 2, 2016

The photograph shown above was purportedly taken by O. Pierre Havens of Ossining, New York in either 1862 or 1863, of the camp of the 5th New York Cavalry.  In the center of the picture, seated, is a man wearing a top hat.  While many people have concluded that the man is Abraham Lincoln, Stefan […]

Fake Lincoln Photos – Changing Trains at Hanover Junction

| October 24, 2016

The photograph shown above is of the railroad station at Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania.  On his trip to Gettysburg on 18 November 1863, Abraham Lincoln had to change trains there.  There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether the man standing on the platform between the two trains is Lincoln. In his book, […]

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 […]