Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Today we feature a picture of Civil War drummer boys. The picture shows the Bealeton Virginia Drum corps, 93d New York Infantry. The picture was made in 1863. It always amazes me how children sometimes as young as 9 or 10 years old marched into combat in the Civil War.
Friday, September 28, 2007
This is a picture of Allan Pinkerton on Horseback. It was taken on the Antietam Battlefield in 1862. Pinkerton was a body guard for President Lincoln, and actually foiled an assassination attempt on Lincoln in 1861. After the war, Pinkerton founded the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency, and chased outlaws like Jesse James and Cole Younger. He died in 1884 from an infection resulting from him biting his tongue.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This is an old picture of President Woodrow Wilson. He is riding in a carriage in the Armistice Day parade. The picture was taken in 1921. Cars were popular by this time, but apparently Mr. Wilson still rode in a carriage on occasion.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Today we feature a picture of Harry Longabaugh. Harry was born in Mont Clare Pennsylvania in 1867. In 1887 he was convicted of horse theft, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Sundance, Wyoming. Thereafter, he became known as "The Sundance Kid". After being released from prison, he met up with Butch Cassidy, and formed the outlaw gang the "Wild Bunch". Over the next ten years, the group pulled off the longest string of successful bank robberies in Old West history.
With increasing notoriety, and attention from the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Longabaugh and Cassidy moved to South America. It is reported that they were killed in a shootout in Bolivia in 1908 after robbing a mining company. Some believe that they staged the shootout, and that they returned to the United States to live out their lives.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Children fought in the Civil War in the Navy as well as the army. Above we show a photograph of a Civil War "Powder Monkey". A powder monkey was a boy sailor assigned to keep cannon crews supplied with gunpowder and cannon balls. These boys would be key players in any navy battle, and would be in the thick of any Navy Battle.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of William Barclay "Bat" Masterson. Bat was a notorious figure in the old west. He was a buffalo hunter, army scout, and frontier lawman. He is perhaps most famous for serving with Wyat Earp as a Deputy in Dodge City Kansas. This picture of Bat was taken later in life, as he was working as a sports editor for a New York City newspaper. I am always sort of amazed to see pictures like this of people who were famous in one era, but lived on into another. It is hard to picture Bat Masterson getting into a car and driving to work at a newspaper office.
Friday, September 21, 2007
We often think of Cowboys and Indians . . . as if they were always separate groups. This is a picture of a man that was both a Cowboy and an Indian. The photo was taken in 1905 by Edward Curtis. Curtis called the man the "Jicarilla Cowboy".
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This picture shows a moonshine still from back in the days of prohibition. The still is surrounded by G-Men, who had recently captured the still. The picture was taken in 1922 in Washington DC, and this still was reported to be the largest one captured in Washington.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of the Battle of Antietam, fought on this day (September 17) in the year 1862. The picture shows some of those who fell in battle. This was the bloodiest single day in United States history, with over 23,000 casualties in one day.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of a Chain Gang in rural Georgia in 1941, The picture was taken in Oglethorpe County. A group of black Convicts are seen chained together, working on the road, under the watchful eye of the prison warden.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Today we feature a portrait of Texas Patriot Sam Houston. Following the Alamo, everyone wanted the Texas army to attack Santa Ana. Houston realized that his army was no match for Santa Anna. With a small and poorly equipped army, Houston began a long series of withdrawal movements. He continued to retreat, and stay one step away from Santa Ana's Army. Houston realized that his small army had one battle in them, and he was determined to pick the spot for the Battle. Houston got his chance as he found the Mexican Army napping in an open field near San Jacinto. Houston realized that this was his opportunity, and he attacked. He routed the Mexican Army in 18 minutes, and secured Texas Independence.
It was on this day, September 5, in the year 1836, that Sam Houston was elected to be the first President of the Republic of Texas.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Today we feature a photograph of Renegade Apache Chief Geronimo. Geronimo led numerous raids against both US and Mexican interests in the years between 1858 and 1886. At one point, over 5,000 US troops were assigned to capture Geronimo. This represented about 25% of the entire US army at the time. He and his band of warriors were among the last group of Native Americans to submit to US government authority. This last vestige of Native American independence came to an end on this day (September 4) in the year 1886 as Geronimo surrendered to General Nelson Miles near Skeleton Canyon, Arizona.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
It was on this day (September 2) in the year 1864 that General William Tecumseh Sherman occupied Atlanta. City officials wrote Sherman an impassioned note pleading for mercy on the city. Sherman replied, "War is cruelty, and it can not be refined." With this he proceeded to burn and sack the city. This photograph shows some of his troops as they destroy a railroad. The smoke of the burning city can be seen in the background. Sherman then proceeded with his famed March to the Sea, in which he destroyed everything in his path from Atlanta to the Ocean.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Today we feature a nice photograph of the Wright Brothers Airplane. Orville and Wilbur were both armature photographers, and they took lots of pictures of the development of their flying machine. You can see a complete collection of their work at Wright Brothers Pictures.