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forbearance was not their strong suit…

          In the December 21st, 1861 issue of Harper’s Weekly, the following article appeared on page 806, with images to accompany it. Despite the fact that anyone who has ever fired a large gun could tell you that the particular layout shown in the left-hand image would be…problematic, if you will…the […]

another poetic interlude

In the category of “whilst looking for something else entirely….” we give you the following ditty (and cautionary tale), straight out of Harper’s Weekly, from 150 years ago today: Fashion for the Fireside To Mrs. J. I give thee this fire-proof dress, my love. Wearing all that attire, It gives me the greatest distress, my […]

So, I called myself Pip…..

On this day in 1861, Chapters 48 & 49 of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations appeared in serial form in Harper’s Weekly. Harper’s also reprinted a poem from Punch magazine with the British view of the American war. O JONATHAN and JEFFERSON, come listen to my song; I can’t decide, my word upon, which of you […]

secession, transfers and a poem

On this day in 1861, Tennessee seceded with a majority vote. Governor John Letcher of Virginia officially transferred Virginia troops to the Confederacy. While this move put the commander of the Virginia Army out of a job, General Robert E. Lee remained as an advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. This poem, written on June […]

it pays to exercise….

The June 29th edition of Harper’s Weekly reported the following in its Foreign News column: “The death of the minister who in the space of nine years, has carried the prostrate monarchy of Piedmont to the rank of a first-class European power, is one of those events which, even in the pressure of our own […]

On The Character of the War…

The June 1, 1861 edition of Harper’s Weekly published the following in an editorial entitled “The Character of the War.” I find it interesting in that I just had a conversation with one of our volunteers about reading these old magazines and newspapers. We, in the 21st century, have the benefit of hindsight to understand […]