You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Did you know?’ category.
New statistics reveal many more deaths in Civil War than previously estimated.
Up til now, most historians estimated some 620,000 deaths attributed to the Civil War. That number has now been revised upward, by a lot. There is widespread belief now that as many as 750,000 people died from the Civil War. That means that instead of the previous estimate of one in thirteen dying in the Civil War, historians now believe that as many as one in ten did.
J. David Hacker recently published an article “A Census-Based Count of the Civil War Dead,” in Civil War History (Vol 57 No 4, December 2011).
Chart source: Winter 2011 issue of The Civil War Monitor
I found a really neat web site today, HistoryPin.
It allows users to load up photos, old or new, on to the site to show what a street or a building looked like a long time ago in it’s modern-day context.
There’s even a section where people are loading up pictures related to Civil War sites. Some images of sites, like St. Michael’s Church in Charleston, allows the user to see a street level view of the church.
Check it out.
I bought my copy in Barnes and Noble. Review points below.
Here’s my initial impressions:
What I like?
- Paper quality
- Typography of headlines
- Use of period photos
- Serious use of end notes
- Original artwork on the cover
- Not seeing another Civil War painting on the cover
- Promise of a decent complimentary web site (we’ll see)
- An article from Jim Lighthizer of Civil War Trust
- The Primer section with nice pictures of Civil War headgear
What I don’t like so far?
- More pop culture over-exposure of Gettysburg (see pages 6-8)
- Starting out quarterly. Give us more.
- Emphasis on Eastern theater. The top headlines pub Bull Run and Gettysburg
- Another ad for a Robert E. Lee statue, knife or presentation plate
- Another glossy cover from a famous contemporary Civil War painter (don’t they all just look alike?)
- Really bad graphic design by a wanna-be Photoshop artist
- A ten page excerpt – read extended commercial – from the latest and greatest Civil War book from a top historian
Inside the first issue:
- The Men & The Hour: Lincoln, Davis and the Struggle to Avert War, by Russell McClintock
- The Work That Remains: Even after the fighting stopped, women waged their own battles to bring the bodies of their loved ones home by Judith Giesberg
- Run Aground at Sailor’s Creek by Derek Smith
- Captive Memories: Union Ex-Prisoners and the Work of Remembrance by Brian Matthew Jordan
- “Babylon is Fallen”: The Northern Press Reports Sherman’s March to the Sea by Silvana R. Siddali
- Casualties of War: Clara Harris Rathbone by Stephen Berry
- Battlefield Echoes: Blood-soaked Reality at Bull Run by Clay Mountcastle
- In Focus
- Books & Authors
South Carolina was the first slave-holding state to secede from the Union December 20, 1860. Why did South Carolina secede?
Read the full declaration of causes for why SC seceded from Wikipedia.
One can read the complete declaration and sufficiently conclude that South Carolina seceded over what her politicians felt was the right to maintain slavery as an institution.
I’ve excerpted out the statements related to slavery.
DECLARATION OF THE IMMEDIATE CAUSES WHICH INDUCE AND JUSTIFY THE SECESSION OF SOUTH CAROLINA FROM THE FEDERAL UNION.
But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution.
….the current of anti-slavery feeling has led her (New York) more recently to enact laws which render inoperative the remedies provided by her own law and by the laws of Congress….
The right of property in slaves was recognized by giving to free persons distinct political rights, by giving them the right to represent, and burdening them with direct taxes for three-fifths of their slaves; by authorizing the importation of slaves for twenty years; and by stipulating for the rendition of fugitives from labor.
For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the Common Government. Observing the forms of the Constitution, a sectional party has found within that article establishing the Executive Department, the means of subverting the Constitution itself. A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, and all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of the United States whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the Common Government, because he has declared that that “Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,” and that the public mind must rest in the belief that Slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction.
Harper’s Weekly, November 23, 1861
In Georgetown, Charleston, Colleton, and Beaufort Districts are several parishes, in which more than 90 per cent of the inhabitants are slaves. In Lower All-Saints parish, Georgetown District, the population is reported to be 222 whites, no free negroes, and 6468 slaves. In the parish of St. Luke, lying west of Broad River, in Beaufort District, the population is 88 slaves to 12 whites. In the city of Charleston the colored population was 53 per cent., six-sevenths of which were free colored people. Only 53 per cent. in the city reduces the percentage of the whole District to 65 per cent., although in the parishes of St. James, Santee, St. Thomas, St. Andrews, and St. Johns, which lie toward the coast, more than 90 per cent. of the inhabitants are slaves.
One of my favorite places to vacation is in the South Carolina lowcountry area, more specifically, in Beaufort. This little sleepy town of 11,000 residents is picturesque and harkens back to antebellum days.
Beaufort, founded in 1712, is perfectly situated within an hour’s driving distance of Savannah or Charleston. If you visit Beaufort you must stay at the Rhett House Inn.
The Inn is a 17 room classically restored Southern Antebellum structure. They offer everything you’d expect from a first-class bed-and-breakfast.
The Rhett House Inn is a AAA four-diamond BnB offering complimentary services like a full Southern breakfast, afternoon tea and pastries, evening hors d’oeuvres, nightly homemade desserts and unlimited use of bicycles, beach chairs and beach towels.
Here are some pictures of the Rhett House Inn from a recent stay.
One of my very favorite places to vacation in the South is Beaufort, South Carolina. These pictures speak for themselves.
If you love American history – especially Revolutionary War and the American Civil War – then a visit to historic Charleston, South Carolina must be on the top of your list. I vacation there frequently and it is very hard for me to go back home. Here’s a photo gallery of some of my recent historic Charleston pictures.
This past spring I was able to attend the Abraham Lincoln Exhibit hosted by the New York Historical Society entitled “Lincoln and New York“. It was expertly done and had some superb artifacts. It was everything one would expect in presentation, quality and exhibition by a world-class museum. Here are some pictures of the exhibit that ran from October 9th, 2009 through March 25th, 2010. I went the last day it was open.