The most popular subjects of sketches by Civil War soldiers were their camps – no doubt a product of the amount of time they spent in those camps. Highlighted here are two such sketches from the Museum’s collections: a simple pencil and ink sketch of a simple camp at Neil’s Dam, Virginia, 1861, by Pvt. Kennedy Palmer of Company H, 13th Virginia Infantry, and a more elaborate sketch of the more elaborate winter quarters of an artillery battalion in Albemarle County, Virginia, 1863-1864.
Prompted by Germany’s declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare, the United States entered “the Great War” on the side of the Allies in April 1917. While the U.S. government worried about the loyalty of millions of German-Americans, other “hyphenated Americans” went out of their way to demonstrate their support of the American war effort.
“Time heals all wounds and banishes all differences to naught. But the memory of men and deeds – men who gave their lives in deeds for a cause in which they honestly believed – goes on into indefinite generations.”
One hundred and fifty years ago this month, an estimated 300,000 southerners, white and black, faced the real prospect of famine. The immediate cause of the crisis was not the effects of civil war and emancipation, but drought and crop failure during the 1866 growing season. The Federal government, through the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands – the “Freedmen’s Bureau” – budgeted $500,000 in aid, and private organizations mobilized throughout the United States to raise and distribute money, food, and clothing.
One hundred fifty six years ago this month the American people were coping with the results of a contentious presidential election.
The people – more accurately the adult white male population – of Botetourt [pronounced BOT-a-tot] County in the Valley of Virginia held a mass meeting to discuss what could and should be done in the wake of Republican Abraham Lincoln’s election. This rare printed broadside broadcast the reasoning and suggestions of that mass meeting.