The camera, that is:
Western Barracks and Parade, Fort Sumter, April 15, 1861 (Civil War Photograph File, PR 164)
Southern photographers took very few of the thousands of photographs that document the Civil War, especially as the war dragged on and union blockades cut off Southern access to the necessary photographic supplies. However, with the camera, no less than the cannon, the South was the first to shoot.
Fort Sumter, April 15, 1861 (Civil War Photograph File, PR...Read More
If not quite a household name, George Templeton Strong enjoys a certain notoriety among historians as a pungent observer of 19th century New York. His 2250-page diary, held by the New-York Historical Society, has been described as "the greatest of American diaries, and one of the world's great diaries," and has been cited or quoted in countless works of history. "As a chronicler of contemporary events," commented one reviewer, "Strong was to nineteenth century New...Read More
This post is by Jonah Estess, Digital Project Intern in the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.
In the New-York Historical Society library collection is number one, volume one of Prison Times, a newspaper devised and edited by prisoners at the Union Army prison at Fort Delaware, Delaware. The document itself is handwritten and well organized, ready for the eyes and minds of Confederate prisoners of war being held at the Union fort.
Its mission statement strikes an inoffensive tone:...Read More
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