One of the most recognizable African-American soldiers of the Civil War, this young soldier has represented the nearly-200,000 USCTs who served in the Union armies. Standing in front of the famous “Benton Barracks backdrop,” he has also been the face of former Trans-Mississippi slaves who risked their lives to fight for freedom. Around 8,000 of … More Who Is This Benton Barracks Soldier?
Every day I am amazed by the number of primary sources that I have never stumbled upon before, especially with Missouri Civil War-related sources. To be fair, though, I have only been digging around for this kind of material since I started working at the Missouri Civil War Museum in 2011. Nonetheless, I am familiar … More A Rare Sight of Union Troops Drilling in Missouri
For over two years, renowned Union volunteer surgeon Reed Brockway Bontecou photographed hundreds of wounded soldiers – both Federal and Confederate – while serving as the chief surgeon of the U.S. General Hospital “Harewood” in Washington, DC. With the unprecedented number of wounded and sick, as well as the variety of grotesque combat injuries, Bontecou … More A Wounded Missourian Photographed by Surgeon Reed B. Bontecou
One of my favorite series of photographs from the Civil War era were the ones taken of the Western Armies by Mathew Brady at the Grand Review of the Armies on May 24, 1865 in Washington, DC. Marching down Pennsylvania Avenue with the U.S. Capitol dome and over 200,000 visitors watching over, these men marched … More Missourians at the Grand Review