On July 1, 1878, the United States War Department hired Marcus J. Wright (1831-1922) a former Confederate brigadier general from Tennessee, as an agent to help collect records relating to the Civil War. Wright sent a copy of the circular announcing the appointment to his former commander-in-chief, Jefferson Davis, who responded with this letter on July 18, 1878.
It seems that many people have a natural attraction to or curiosity about small figurines. We see a bust or carved figure and we become curious about whom we’re looking at. There also is a natural joy in seeing a bust or figurine of someone from history that we know and admire.
By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator & Director of Collections
The painting of dogs playing poker is as much a part of American popular culture as Elvis or the Golden Arches. Before the pipe-smoking, beer-drinking dogs there was the popular Currier and Ives print “My Little White Kittens Playing Dominoes.”
I have no idea how to play Cribbage. I don’t know anyone that knows how to play Cribbage. I have always viewed it as one of those games that has well known paraphernalia, but no one really knows how to play. But I may be wrong.