ca. 1861, [Private Japhet Collins, Confederate States Army]
(For everyone who’s already seen this post, I hope I’m not annoying you completely! I’ll reblog this a couple times before the end of the giveaway so everyone has a chance to participate if they’d like.)
In celebration of over three years posting to Historical Indulgences, I’m setting up my very first giveaway. I absolutely love you guys and thought you should know. My first inclination is naturally gratitude via gifts — I figure everyone loves gifts?
However, this giveaway is not going to be the typical reblog sweepstakes, it’s going to be based on the best 19th century photograph, or Ulysses S. Grant related ephemera, posted to Tumblr and submitted to the #Historical Giveaway tag, from the web or your own collection: as long as it’s awesome (—also this is important: images must be sourced, and preferably dated)! You may submit as many photos as you’d like.
Starting today and ending on Grant’s 190th birthday, (Friday, April 27th), at 12pm EST the most interesting photo posted with the #Historical Giveaway tag on Tumblr wins. I’ll reblog my favorite post as the winner that afternoon.
The prize: A copy of “The Daguerreotype: Photography at the Musee D’Orsay” photo book, a print of your choice from Toothsome Prints (featured), and two antique photographs from my collection (more choices will be updated shortly).
Anyone into it? Questions?
ca. 1860, [Victor Prosper Considerant (attributed)]
ca. 1897, [group of children infront of U.S. Grant’s tomb], Robert Bracklow
ca. 1890, “Where Ignorance is Bliss”
ca. 1900, “St, Luke’s Hospital—Norrie Pavilion—Drug Room”
ca. 1860-65, [Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, officer of the Federal Army], Brady National Photographic Art Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
After McClellen was removed from command of the Army of the Potomac, Lincoln named Burnside as his replacement. Burnside reluctantly accepted, and then, like McClellen before him and Hooker after, failed to be the aggressive leader Lincoln so desperately needed.
Fortunately for him, his legacy continues in a less embarrassing manner than military defeat as the namesake for the facial hair style of the “sideburn”. Burnside’s facial hair was unusual for his time, but was popularized later in the century. The term was then corrupted from the original “burnside” to the now recognizable “sideburn”.
ca. 1850, “Dr. John Collins Warren”, Josiah Johnson Hawes and Albert Sands Southworth
ca. 1895, [Three men toasting and smoking pipes], H.D. Klenke
ca. 1872-75, [Six seated men looking at photograph], Louis de Planque
ca. 1861-65, [Ulysses S. Grant, dried flowers]
On his deathbed, U.S. Grant wrote a note to his doctor:
“I do not sleep, though I sometimes doze a little. If up, I am talked to, and my efforts to answer cause pain. The fact is, I think I am a verb instead of a personal pronoun. A verb is anything that signifies to be; to do; or to suffer. I signify all three.”
On July 23, 1885 at the age of 63, he died.
Historian Adam Goodheart on the Civil War’s 50th anniversary: “In 1913, there was an anniversary celebration at Gettysburg — the anniversary of the 1863 battle — and they brought these Northern and Southern veterans together and the Confederate and Union vets embraced one another. There are some wonderful photographs and they’re holding Union flags and Confederate flags and Woodrow Wilson went and gave a speech, saying that the ‘old quarrel has been forgotten.’ Well it’s very symbolically significant that excluded from that reunion were the black veterans. They were not even invited to participate. That part of the Civil War history was, for a long time in this country, simply pushed aside and erased almost completely.”
ca. 1861-65, [Unidentified soldier in Union first sergeant’s uniform with child on lap]
"Until the handkerchief of history covers us with its Times New Roman black and white post script..."
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