August 3rd, 2013: Member Submission: Charles W. Griest

Civilians in Gettysburg and surrounding area were impacted greatly by the war 150 years ago. Much has been written about Jennie Wade and John Burns, two citizens of Gettysburg, but few know about Charles W. Griest.


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July 6th, 2013: Member Submission: Thomas Edgerly Mitchell

150 years ago, with the country in turmoil, armies were made up of not just seasoned soldiers, but everyday citizens who were driven to defend what they believed in.  They came from many backgrounds and from different stages of life but all fought for what they believed in. Today we’ll discuss Thomas Edgerly Mitchell, as soldier in the 5th New Hampshire Infantry who 150 years ago today could mark his 32nd birthday.  Thomas’ descendant, Friends member Linda Myers of Wolfeboro, NH, was kind enough to send some information on his life and service, which we used to share his story today on Great Task. Read More...

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July 4th, 2013: Member Submission: Dr. William F. Osborn

Imagine the chaos 150 years ago after the battle raged around Gettysburg and casualties were strewn throughout the countryside in houses, barns and fields.  Physicians were ill prepared for what they faced in the beginning of the conflict and as time and the war progressed became better able to rise to the many challenges they were presented.  One of those men was Dr. William F. Osborn, an ancestor of Friends member Janet Oakley. Read More...

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July 3rd, 2013: Member Submission: Benjamin Franklin Lane

150 years ago family members could find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict either due to their location or their beliefs. John Fuller Lane and Permelia Cynthia Miller Lane were born in Tennessee and moved to Indiana.  When the war started they had a son who fought for the Union and relatives who possibly fought for the South.  This is the story about one of their sons whose regiment, the 14th Indiana Infantry, found itself on Cemetery Hill 150 years ago today. Read More...

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July 2nd, 2013: Member Submission: Patrick Farrington

150 years ago today on July 2, 1863, a soldier named Patrick Farrington was engaged in the defense of the fragile Union center along Cemetery Ridge against ferocious Confederate assaults.  Patrick was the great great great uncle of Friends member Daniel Orr, who submitted his ancestor for the Great Task project. Read More...

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July 1st, 2013: Benjamin Franklin & Jacob Crabill

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Great Task will feature Friends member submissions on the dates of the fighting, and many others throughout July to discuss the aftermath and other battle experiences.  Today we will feature brothers Benjamin Franklin and Jacob Crabill of the 25th Ohio Infantry.  Benjamin Crabill was the great great grandfather of Friends member David E. Wilkins of Findlay, Ohio.  Many thanks to David for submitting his ancestor. Read More...

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June 21st, 2013: Member Submission: Joseph Hemphill Wilson

Joseph Hemphill Wilson believed in the preservation of the Union and helped to organize troops within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to protect both his home state and the country.  He was also one of the many casualties of the war, but not of enemy lead.  He was felled by a far more elusive enemy – disease. Read More...

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May 15th, 2013: 17th New York Independent Battery in Washington, D.C.

While the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia recovered from the Battle of Chancellorsville, a Union battery of artillery took the time to have some photos made.  The 17th New York Independent Battery was recruited in August of 1862 in northwestern New York State, and assigned to the XXII Corps in the defenses of Washington, D.C.  By the spring of 1863 they had not seen action yet, but were on standby should a Confederate force assault the capital.  Today we’ll examine the photos taken around 150th years ago today and meet some of the men featured in them. Read More...

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May 8, 2013: Member Submission: Enoch Eubanks

150 years ago today, a young man of 20 could mark the one year anniversary of the survival of the first of three battle wounds he would receive and live to tell about.  Enoch Eubanks had quite a life and just a few stories to tell. Read More...

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October 2nd, 2012: John A. Clark

For thousands of families across the North and South, 150 years ago today was another day for the losses the country suffered at the brutal Battle of Antietam to sink in.  Families would have found out through newspapers and letters from the loved ones lost, and reminders would have been constant.  For the family and comrades of Lieutenant John A. Clark there was a reminder, if they ever saw it, that would have better conveyed the chaos that their relation experienced at Antietam than anything else.  This took the form of a photograph taken in the days following the battle that clearly showed the initial resting place of John Clark, along with a Confederate whom he had fought against. Read More...

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August 22nd, 2012: Rappahannock Station

150 years ago today the Union Army of Virginia and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia were engaged in skirmishing along a relatively wide front near the Rappahannock River as they began a collision course that culminated in the Battle of Second Manassas.  Photographers were in the area and captured glimpses that can tell us much about what is was like to be a soldiers involved in the Northern Virginia Campaign 150 years ago this month.  Today we will examine a photograph take of a Union encampment near Rappahannock Station, Virginia. Read More...

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August 21st, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is a rather simple, but relatively uncommon full-length one of a soldier standing at a position similar to "charge bayonet." Read More...

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August 20th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

The 34th Indiana was organized in September of 1861.  The uniform of the regiment was an unusual variant of the popular zouave style, as we'll see in today's portrait of a man from that unit. Read More...

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August 19th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

The New Yorker who is the subject of today's portraits post was armed with an Enfield rifle musket when he sat for his portrait.  We can tell he is a New Yorker by the "SNY" on his belt buckle, which stands for State of New York.
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August 18th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

A man who has been identified as a Confederate artilleryman is the subject of today's portraits post. Read More...

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August 17th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Our portrait for today is of a typical Union soldier.
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August 16th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of two Confederate soldiers who are great examples of what many of the common soldiers in the ranks would have looked like 150 years ago today. Read More...

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August 15th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

There were many interesting uniform variant's during the Civil War.  Today's portrait shows an unusual Confederate uniform, which has been identified by the Library of Congress as a rifleman's coat.  Rifleman or not, it's an interesting example of what some men in the armies looked like in the early part of the war. Read More...

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August 14th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Our portrait for today is of a Confederate soldier probably taken in the early part of the war.  The weapon he is holding is a conversion musket, meaning it had originally been a flintlock but was converted to percussion sometime before the war. Read More...

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August 13th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of a mounted Union soldier, presumable a cavalryman.  It was taken in front of what looks like a winter quarters camp, and white the photographer was taking the image the soldier's horse moved slightly, causing it to blur. Read More...

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August 12th, 2012: Aftermath of Cedar Mountain

The Battle of Cedar Mountain is often overlooked along with the period of the Civil War in which it took place.  Early August of 1862 was the end of the period of relative quiet in between the end of the Peninsula Campaign and Second Manassas.  There is some great documentation of this time period as we've seen in the past couple of days, and today we'll look at a photograph taken in the wake of Cedar Mountain with some fascinating details. Read More...

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August 11th, 2012: Cedar Mountain Aftermath

The photographs taken of the Cedar Mountain battlefield in the days following are fascinating.  They are a precursor to those taken at Antietam and Gettysburg, and the fact that they shed light on a rather overlooked event is even more intriguing.  Today we will look at a photo of a group of buildings that came under fire from Union artillery during the battle. Read More...

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August 10th, 2012: View of the Battle of Cedar Mountain

150 years ago today, the battlefield near Cedar mountain was strewn with dead soldiers and animals.  The scene would have been incomprehensible to anyone who did not witness it.  Civilians on the homefront wanted to know what the war looked like, and newspaper men and photographers showed up to supply them with visuals.  Today we will look at a sketch made of the actual battle, which shows some of the brutality of the battle. Read More...

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August 9th, 2012: Charles Winder

150 years ago today an often overlooked battle took place near Culpeper, Virginia.  The Battle of Cedar Mountain was a prelude to the Second Manassas Campaign and marked the shifting of the focus of the war in the east to Northern Virginia.  Cedar Mountain was also the site of the death of an often overlooked Confederate commander, Charles Winder. Read More...

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July 30th, 2012: Views into the Civil War

One aspect of soldiers life that gets overlooked quite often is the time that men spent not on duty while sick.  Today's view will show a hospital tent from the Union camp at Harrison's Landing about 150 years ago today, and gives a glimpse into what was an unfortunately common scene in all Civil War camps. Read More...

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July 29th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of a young Confederate infantryman, probably taken fairly early in the Civil War, who was armed with an antiquated smoothbore musket. Read More...

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July 28th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's photo is of an unknown VMI cadet, who more then likely served in the Civil War. Read More...

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July 27th, 2012: Views Into the Civil War

At the beginning of the week we showed a view of the left flank of the Army of the Potomac 150 years ago, now we will shift to the right.
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July 26th, 2012: Views Into the Civil War

Today we will continue our focus on the transformation of the landscape around Harrison's Landing from a picturesque Virginia tidewater farm area to the camp of the largest army then in existence in the Western Hemisphere. Read More...

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July 25th, 2012: Views Into the Civil War

Today we will bring you more camp scenes from Harrison's Landing, where the Union Army of the Potomac was based for much of the summer of 1862. Read More...

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July 23rd, 2012: Views Into the Civil War

The caption of today's view is "The birth place of Wm. Henry Harrison now used as a general hospital."  The Harrison Mansion and the family that lived there gave Harrison's Landing its name, and 150 years ago today housed many sick and injured soldiers as well as featured what maybe a signal on top of one of the chimneys.
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July 23rd, 2012: Views Into the Civil War

Today's view will show us what some of the Union positions looked like around the Army of the Potomac's camp at Harrison's Landing.  The AotP had been idle at Harrison's landing since the conclusion of the Seven Day's Battles.  While the focus of the war in the east shifted to Northern Virginia once again the men still on the Peninsula were largely doing what some of the soldiers in this sketch are doing, not much at all. Read More...

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July 22nd, 2012: Civil War Portraits

This image was taken of a soldiers in the 33rd Missouri Infantry at Camp Baxter in St. Louis, Missouri. Read More...

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July 21st, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of a very young Confederate soldier. Read More...

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July 20th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

There are many imgaes of people taken around the time of the Civil War that with hindsight are profound in some someway.  Today's image of a civilian however, may well have been taken with some symbolism in mind. Read More...

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July 19th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of a soldier in the 26th New York, the 2nd Oneida Regiment, which suffered heavily during the war.  Over the course of their two years of service between May of 1861 and May of 1863 they lost 5 officers and 101 enlisted men killed in action.  This soldier is unidentified, so we have no way of knowing if he made i through his service. Read More...

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July 18th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of a young Confederate who is a good example of what many Confederate soldiers would have looked like in 1862. Read More...

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July 17th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

The image of a U.S. Army officer we have today might have been taken before the war.  The young man is unidentified but we would be very interested to know what he did during the conflict. Read More...

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July 16th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait shows some soldiers displaying some activities that many enjoyed when they could while on campaign- drinking, smoking and playing cards. Read More...

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July 15th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's image could just as easily be of a group of European soldiers of the mid-19th century than of American.  They are wearing French inspired zouave uniforms and reenacting a battle scene. Read More...

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July 14th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today’s image is a rather rare one of a group of artilleryman,probably serving in the Western Theater, standing around their 6 pounder gun.

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July 13th, 2012: James W. Davis

150 years ago today a small battle occurred in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The fight occurred between Confederate cavalry under Nathan Bedford Forrest and a Union force of infantry, cavalry and artillery under Colonel Henry C. Lester of the 3rd Minnesota Infantry.  At the end of the day Forrest had humiliated the Union force and captured many prisoners, resulting in the later dismissal of Col. Lester for his rout at the hands of Forrest.  Among the Union soldiers in the fight that day was James W. Davis, a Welsh born coal miner.  The confusion of the battle hampered the Union officers’ ability to notify families of the fate of their loved ones, and Davis’ family would be ignorant of what happened to him for many months. Read More...

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July 12th, 2012: Views into the Civil War

Similar to yesterday’s post, today we will look at a collage of scenes from the Union Army’s activity in the summer of 1862. Read More...

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July 11th, 2012: Views into the Civil War

150 years ago many people on the home front were anxious to know more about what their sons, brothers and husbands were experiencing while soldiering.  Northern newspapers provided valuable glimpses into what was going on along the front, and for those of us who still today are anxious to know about soldiers’ life the images they produced are very valuable. Read More...

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July 10th, 2012: Camp Near Bull Run, Virginia

Today we’ll share another fascinating image of what life was like for hundreds of thousands of Civil War soldiers 150 years ago today.  Candid photos of camp scenes are not all that common, but occasionally you find one that gives a great view into 1860’s soldier’s life.  One such image was taken near Blackburn’s Ford along Bull Run in July 1862. Read More...

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July 9th, 2012: Officers of the Irish Brigade

150 years ago in July of 1862 the men of the Army of the Potomac found themselves with extra time on their hands as they lay mostly idle at Harrison’s Landing on the James River.  Around that time a few officers of the famous Irish Brigade sat for a photo, and among them was a man whose statue you’ve probably passed many time on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Read More...

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July 8th, 2012: Civil War Potraits

Today's portrait post will feature another Confederate photo. Read More...

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July 7th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

A Confederate artilleryman will featured on today's portrait post. Read More...

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July 6th, 2012: Civil War Portraits

Today's portrait is of a young Confederate, who was probably an infantryman. Read More...

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July 5th, 2012: Alfred N. Duffie

150 years ago today the Army of the Potomac was settling in into was would become several weeks of relative idleness at Harrison’s Landing on the James River.  It was a time of replenishment and rest, and gave many soldiers the opportunity to be photographed while not on the move.  One officer who had his image taken in July of 1862 was Alfred N. Duffie, a French born officer with an interesting history. Read More...

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