Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tromp Shot 7: Fort Sumter

Today's Tromp Shot: 

Confederate gunners await the star shell signal from James Island, soon to open on Fort Sumter and thus beginning the Civil War (150th). A pulsing, palpable, pregnant historical moment. 

(Patriots Point - Fort Sumter National Monument Park - Charleston, SC)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Breaking News!

Digging through a box bequeathed to me from my great-great grandmother, I was astounded to find this original document. Boy, does THIS change the ballgame!

Washington City, D.C.
Oct. 24. 1862

Majr. Genl. McClellan
                         I have just read your dispatch
about sore tongued and fatigued horses.
   Will you pardon me for asking what the
horses of your army have done since the
battle of Antietam that fatigued anything?
                                                   BFF 4 Life,
                                                       A. Lincoln

(Original, unaltered document from: Holzer, Harold and Joshua Wolf Shenk, eds. "Two Telegrams to Gen. George B. McClellan, May 1, 1862 and October 24, 1862." In Lincoln's Hand: His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans. New York: Bantam Dell, 2009.)


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tromp Shot 6: Harpers Ferry

Highly regretting an extended absence, I hope to ease the boots back on with this Tromp Shot.

October maple alights the scene over Harpers Ferry from Bolivar Heights.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (West Virginia, Maryland)