Back to Joel's Passover! With some creative foraging, no doubt, Joel and his intrepid band of neo-Israelites not only talked the sutler out of seven barrels of flour to make matzoh, they found chickens and eggs, lamb, some cider, and a weed that was bitter enough to substitute for horseradish. They even came up with enough apples and nuts to make charoset[Note; recipes for the latter vary but the basic ingredients are chopped apples and nuts, grapes, and wine or grape juice. This was to represent the mortar used while they were slaves in Egypt.]
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
My Spring Break starts today. It isn't politically correct to say "Easter" any more, so "Spring" will have to suffice.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
The sketch to the left is by Forbes, and it is one of my favorites, because the soldier in the greatcoat is playing a fiddle made out of a cigar box! I have had this sketch on my desktop for a bit, because of the cigar box, and didn't even know it was a Forbes.
The whole homemade instrument deal is fascinating to me. I did some small amount of research, and WOW! Daddy Mojo, Bluesboy Jag, and Red Dog Guitars make cigar box guitars, and Adventurous Muse and Carolina Fiddle make cigar box violins, among others.
There are YouTube videos of everyone, including Joni Mitchell, with cigar box instruments, and they sound wonderfully funky and soulful. There is even one with a professional violinist taking a turn on the strange looking box. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TujVCn_83c4
This deserves much more thought on my part. . .
Sunday, March 18, 2012
After working together to recapture the Federal guns on Henry House Hill, Confederate reinforcements showed up just as the men were wiping the sweat from their brows and thinking that maybe it wasn't a wash after all.
Terrible fighting ensued, the guns were lost again, and the Union Army was in retreat by 4:00 that afternoon. Small bands of soldiers, including the 11th New York, reformed at the Sudley Road cut and tried one more time.
Ahead of the remnants of the 11th, the 69th was standing and fighting. Their flag went down--that beautiful, distinctive banner of Irish green silk! Immediately Zouave Captain Jack Wildey, who had once been Colonel Ellsworth's aide-de-camp, rushed forward. He ran toward the place he had last seen that emerald banner, and grabbed it from Southern hands. He was joined by members of the Irish Brigade, and they gallantly hoisted their banner skyward once again.
New York men, fighting together, all for the Union.
Friday, March 16, 2012
We were working so hard because Steve first posted the clip above in his blog, and I was very taken with it. I truly wanted to share it with my readers, and so . . . here it is.
When Elmer Ellsworth went to New York in 1861 to raise a regiment for Lincoln and the Union, he was not alone. Many others were fired with the same patriotic fervor, and the city of New York was electrified by it all. Job discrimination at the time was responsible for many men of Irish descent being either under-employed, or unable to find work at all. The opportunity serve in the Army meant a regular paycheck, decent clothes, and wholesome food, and there was a certain pride in serving, as always.
The 69th New York was primarily made up of Irishmen, and led by Irishmen (mostly). They arrived in Washington, D. C. at the same time as Ellsworth's Fire Zouaves, a unit with a lot of Irish b'hoys as well.
This short series will look at the 69th from a Fire Zouave perspective--and enjoy the Wolfe Tones!
(ummm--you might want to look up Wolfe Tone--just sayin').
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I was busily researching Mr. Alfred Waud for emergingcivilwar.com when I found this link: http://at.bc.edu/beckercollection/
It is a link to the Becker Collection, which is an art collection at Emory University that has part of it dedicated to the sketches done by Civil War artists in their capacity as "Special Artists" for a variety of newspapers, Mostly Harper's & Frank Leslie's.
The good folks who manage the collection have put together a site which contains several sketches by Alfred Waud, and by drawing the cursor from left to right, you can see how the sketch morphs from what the artist sent to what the newspaper reader sees.
An example is to the right, although the site has much, MUCH better ones, not divided into two parts as this one is.
If you don't know much about Mr. Waud, check ECW Monday for my post. If you do know about him, at least check out the Becker website. Maybe the link will work this time, but if not, just copy it to your browser.
Even if you are an expert on Waud, check out the link--it is so well done! Hmmm--and check out my ECW post anyway. It helps the blog, it is interesting, and hopefully AJ will be on it. If you don't know who AJ is, check First Fallen, March 3. DO IT!!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
A Light Exists in Spring
A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here
A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human nature feels.
It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.
Then, as horizons step,
Or noons report away,
Without the formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay:
A quality of loss
Affecting our content,
As trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a sacrament.
by Emily Dickenson, 1864
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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