Category: 1861

Corpus Christi procession in Warsaw, 30 May 18…

Corpus Christi procession in Warsaw, 30 May 1861.

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Elsberg-Amberg wagon train, Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Date: 1861?

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Officers of the Union’s 69th Infantry Re…

Officers of the Union’s 69th Infantry Regiment of New York , 1861

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Portrait of 12-year old John Lincoln “Jo…

Portrait of 12-year old John Lincoln “Johnny” Clem after being promoted to Sergeant. He ran away from home in May 1861 to join the Union army but found the army was not interested in 9-year-old boys. More background in comments.

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In May of 1861, 9 year old John Lincoln “Johnny” Clem ran away from his home in Newark, Ohio, to join the Union Army, but found the Army was not interested in signing on a 9 year old boy when the commander of the 3rd Ohio Regiment told him he “wasn’t enlisting infants,” and turned him down. Clem tried the 22nd Michigan Regiment next, and its commander told him the same. Determined, Clem tagged after the regiment, acted out the role of a drummer boy, and was allowed to remain. Though still not regularly enrolled, he performed camp duties and received a soldier’s pay of $13 a month, a sum collected and donated by the regiment’s officers.
The next April, at Shiloh, Clem’s drum was smashed by an artillery round and he became a minor news item as “Johnny Shiloh, The Smallest Drummer”. A year later, at the Battle Of Chickamauga, he rode an artillery caisson to the front and wielded a musket trimmed to his size. In one of the Union retreats a Confederate officer ran after the cannon Clem rode with, and yelled, “Surrender you damned little Yankee!” Johnny shot him dead. This pluck won for Clem national attention and the name “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga.”

Clem stayed with the Army through the war, served as a courier, and was wounded twice. Between Shiloh and Chickamauga he was regularly enrolled in the service, began receiving his own pay, and was soon-after promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was only 12 years old. After the Civil War he tried to enter West Point but was turned down because of his slim education. A personal appeal to President Ulysses S. Grant, his commanding general at Shiloh, won him a 2nd Lieutenant’s appointment in the Regular Army on 18 December 1871, and in 1903 he attained the rank of Colonel and served as Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired from the Army as a Major General in 1916, having served an astounding 55 years.

General Clem died in San Antonio, Texas on 13 May 1937, exactly 3 months shy of his 86th birthday, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Damage to the fortress of Gaeta, one of the la…

Damage to the fortress of Gaeta, one of the last three strongholds of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, after the end of its siege by the Piedmontese Army, February 1861.

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Private Japhet Collins, Confederate States Arm…

Private Japhet Collins, Confederate States Army, 1861

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How to deal with female traitors (1861)The captions:“Let them…

How to deal with female traitors (1861)

The captions:

  • “Let them See but not touch all the latest novelties in Hats, Dry Goods, etc.”
  • “Send them to the Alms House to nurse refractory babies”
  • “Have the fashionable intelligence read in their hearing to their intense aggravation”
  • “Make them wear very unfashionable uniform as e.g. the above”
  • “Let them do Housework under the Superintendence of Biddy”

A Birkenhead widow in mourning, circa 1861.

A Birkenhead widow in mourning, circa 1861.

US Capitol dome under construction at Abraham …

US Capitol dome under construction at Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural. 4 March 1861

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Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard, who on th…

Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard, who on the is day in 1861, ordered his Confederate troops to fire on Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor which was defended by Major Robert Anderson, once a teacher of Beauregard’s at Westpoint.

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