Tag Archives: Civil War

Video: AAS’s Political Collection Explored

Check out this preview for the second segment featuring the American Antiquarian Society on C-SPAN3's American Artifacts program. This segment is led by James David Moran, our Director of Outreach, and Philip Lampi, chief researcher on the "A New Nation Votes" project. It will showcase some of AAS's political collections, including ballots, political cartoons and ...

An Old Union Man

“Did he say anything about politics?” “Not a word. We talked mostly about books.” “Books! What does he know about books?” From Henry Adams, Democracy One of the more enjoyable aspects of working with old books all day is having the chance to see what past owners have tucked away for safe-keeping in the leaves of those books. Just ...

Manhood in Civil War Cartoons

The Civil War Cartoon collection at AAS was donated by Dr. Samuel B. Woodward in 1934. It consists of over 600 newspaper clippings each containing a cartoon about any and all aspects of the Civil War. Because the cartoons were delivered to the Antiquarian Society as clippings, many of them are out of context and often ...

New Year’s on the Potomac

Over the past few months, we’ve been following our Civil War soldier Henry Joslin while his company was on picket duty on the banks of the Potomac.  Last we heard Henry and his Company were involved in a skirmish in late October.  Now in the New Year, 150 years ago, Henry is writing home to ...

Isaac and Ella

AAS intern Katrina Ireland (Simmons College GSLIS program) recently came across a wonderful letter as she was processing our collection of Isaac Shepard Papers.  Shepard (1816-1889) was a Harvard graduate and a commander of the 52nd US Infantry during the Civil War.  In addition to his military life, Shepard was also a poet, author, and a ...

Henry Joslin on the Banks of the Potomac

Last week, Henry left us, and his mother, hanging.  His regiment encountered a skirmish, and although he was not harmed, Henry could not share the details until a few days later.  On Sunday, October 27th, he tells his mother about the encounter, and his swim to safety.  Below are some highlights.  You can read the ...

150 years ago this week: The saga continues

A few weeks ago, I shared a letter from Henry Joslin, a Civil War Corporal from Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  On October 20th, 1861, Henry was again writing home to his mother.  Below are some excerpts from the letter.  You can read the full transcription here. I suppose that before you get this you will have received the ...

150 years ago this week…

...a young man named Henry L. Joslin, from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was writing home to his mother on September 24th. Henry, born in 1843, was serving in the Civil War and was working picket duty in Poolsville.  In his letter he describes his camp, what guard duty was like, and gives updates about his health, and other young ...

Ads during the Civil War Years

Civil War era newspapers were more than just sources of information regarding current events.  In the Boston Daily Advertiser, for example, nearly half of any given issue was devoted to advertising.   It was certainly not alone in this, though it was at least honest enough to include the word “advertiser” in its name.  Goods and ...