April 20, 1864

After a three-day assault, Confederate forces under Major General Robert Hoke capture Plymouth, North Carolina.

April 17, 1864

In the aftermath of the Fort Pillow massacre on April 12, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant orders Major General Benjamin Butler, who was negotiating prisoner exchanges with the Confederacy, to demand that black prisoners had to be treated identical to whites, a demand that was later rejected.

Return of “150 Years Ago Today”

I’m aware I haven’t had a lot of “150 Years Ago Today” posts of late.  I’m going to have new 150 Years Ago Today posts starting tomorrow.  Enjoy!

“The Address” by Ken Burns on PBS

“The Address,” a 90-minute documentary by Ken Burns, airs this week on PBS.  Check your local listings, but many stations should have it Tuesday (tonight) at 9:00 pm.  The show tells the story of a school in Putney, Vermont, where each year students memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.  For more information, see http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-address/home/.

Peace Monument Postcard

Peace MonumentPeace Monument postcard. Divided back postcard, date unknown, but possibly ca. 1910. The back of the card reads:

5072.—The Peace Monument, by Franklin Simmons, is “In memory of the Officers, Seamen and Marines of the United States Navy who fell in defense of the Union and Liberty of their Country, 1861–1865.” The figures are of America weeping; History with record tablet: “They died that their country might live;” Victory with laurel wreath, and Peace with Olive branch.

Beautiful Washington Quality Series.

[B. S. Reynolds Co., Washington, D. C.]

The Elements of “Democracy” Classified: Potsdam Courier-Freeman, March 30, 1864

The Elements of “Democracy” Classified

Petroleum Nasby classifies the various cliques in the democratic party as follows:

1. Them ez would nominait Mick Lellon on a war platform.

2. Them ez would nominait Mick Lellon on a peese platform.

3. Them ez would nominait Vallandygum on a peese platform.

4. Them ez would nominait Vallandygum on a war platform.

5. Them ez would favor the war if slavery cood be let alone.

6. Them ez opposed to the war in any shape.

7. Them ez in Kanady in consekens of the draft.

8. The betwixed and betweeners, who are ashamd uv our party, and ain’t sootable for any other. They air with democracy ez the Michigander is with his itch—ood like 2 git rid of it but can’t.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, New York City

Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, New York City

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, New York City. Divided back postcard. The back of the card reads:

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, New York City.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is situated on Riverside Drive near 89th Street. It is built of beautiful white marble, about 90 feet high. The columns in the center, of which there are 10, being 35 feet high.