Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Interesting that he would be holding a U.S. canteenR
I wonder if the canteen was a souvenir of the war. If so, it probably brought back some pretty grim memories for this old soldier. Of course, for all we know, it could be just a photography studio prop. Part of the appeal of these old photos, for me, is this sort of speculation.Another thing I like about this photo is that we finally see one with the Stars and Bars.
If you were finally waiting to see the "Stars & Bars" then I have bad news: this flag isn't it."Stars & Bars" is the nickname of the Confederate First National flag, which has white stars on a square blue canton, and a white bar between two red bars. The Stars & Bars looks a lot like the US Stars & Stripes--intentionally. The strong similarity of the two flags led to confusion in early battles of the war, which led to the adoption of a battle flag of an entirely different design; viz.white stars arranged along a blue saltire set on a red field.
Thanks for posting this weeks pictures of civil war soldiers. I really loved seeing all of the confederates soldiers. When you look at Civil War photos they are usually of Union soldiers or Southern prisoners. It is a nice change to see Confederates.
This photo says it all, there's nothing more to say.May the South rise again - I'll be there!!!
George and Anon:First of all, when two independent clauses are separated by a conjunction, the conjunction is preceded by a comma. However, when one of the aforesaid independent clauses contains a comma, then the comma preceding the conjunction becomes a semicolon.Secondly, I was fully aware that the first sentence in my post of Wednesday, November 4, contained three independent clauses. Since this is an informal forum, I did not bother correcting it.Like you, I detest the vernacular that I hear around me every day - whether it is in conversation or in the media. Your comments regarding the teaching and emphasis of proper English in schools are sadly true. I spent thousands of dollars to send my daughter to a private school so that she would be taught proper grammar, punctuation, and syntax, and I also made her study Latin. I can assure you that it has paid huge academic dividends.However, I stand by my previous comments. I do not believe that this blog is the proper forum for correcting the author’s (or anyone else’s) grammar and punctuation. PJM spends his personal time posting these wonderful old photos for our enjoyment, and readers’ comments should be primarily directed to same.If the two of you wish to correct everyone’s grammar (and discuss the Latin etymology of every big word you encounter), I respectfully suggest that you save those topics for cocktail and/or dinner parties. Our perhaps you should pursue careers as English teachers. In either case, I’m sure you’ll both be big hits.
SmartGirl, How many times did you post that last comment? Personally, I just ignore comments that don't relate to the topic.
Anon:For some reason, I have trouble with my browser. It jams and the comments post more than once.It's hard to tell where they're going to show up.Time for a new operating system.
I don't have any connection to the South so I don't understand why it would need to rise again. Can someone explain to me what that means? Is it more about personal alliances/ties to the south? Or do people really believe the South will once again form the CSA and become an independent country? I really am interested, I hope I'm not offending anyone.
Oh, I'm a good old rebelNow thats just what I amAnd for this yankee nationI do no give a damn.I'm glad I fit (fought) against 'er (her)I only wish we'd wonI ain't asked any pardonFor anything I've done.I hates the Yankee nationAnd eveything they doI hates the declarationOf independence too.I hates the glorious union'Tis dripping with our bloodI hates the striped bannerAnd fit (fought) it all I could.I rode with Robert E. LeeFor three years there aboutGot wounded in four placesAnd I starved at Pint (Point) Lookout.I coutch (caught) the roomatism (rheumatism)Campin' in the snowBut I killed a chance of YankeesAnd I'd like to kill some mo'. (more.)Three hundred thousand YankeesIs stiff in southern dustWe got three hundred thousandBefore they conquered us.They died of southern fever And southern steel and shotI wish they was three millionInstead of what we got.I can't take up my musketAnd fight 'em down no mo' (more)But I ain't a-goin' to love 'em (them)Now that is serten sho. (certain sure.)And I don't want no pardonFor what I was and amI won't be reconstructedAnd I do not give a damn.Oh, I'm a good old rebelNow that's just what I amAnd for this Yankee nationI do no give a damn.I'm glad I fought against 'er (her)I only wish we'd wonI ain't asked any pardonFor anything I've done.I ain't asked any pardonFor anything I've done...
Really impressive pics this week, I love civil war photos even if I'm from Europe. Hope we will see civil war pictures soon.
In looking at the soldiers in all these great photos this week many question, of course, come to mind. One that keeps coming to mind is whether all (or any) of the uniforms are original. I've read that most of the Southern soldiers were in rags by the end of the war. I'm guessing that a lot of them had uniforms made after the war.PJM: Thanks for putting these wonderful photos together. Excellent choices.
Norkio Your not offending anyone in the UK. European history is so old andcomplex that nobody really takesthis seriously any more.I was talking to a young German boya few days ago on Hastings beachwhile metal detecting, he was veryinterested in what I was doing.Eventually he asked me somethingand I replied, forget the wars, historically we are the same people. He nodded. He understood.I think PJM is playing with us. Itwould make no political or commercial sense to divide America.My metal detector is a Garrett Ace250, made in Texas.
Thanks for all the great photos that let us look back in our nations history. These men gave all when there was no other choice but to do so. You have served these men in a way with sharing there photos for new generations to see. Thanks for bringing history alive.
The unidentified man in this image is wearing the uniform of a fraternal organization, probably the United Confederate Veterans organized in 1889. The badges he is wearing were likely for reunion participation. The canteen he is holding was standardized by the U.S. Army in 1878 hence the "U.S." The evidence of the uniform and canteen places this image in the 1880-90s.