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Bjorn

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  1. April 8 "Living Images" program

    Bruce and Mona - don't kill Old Abe off so easy. He was alive when Clark Mills made that mask. Put plaster on the Prez's face, let it dry and popped it right off. Straws in the nose so he could breath. Then he used the mold to create a bronze bust. That was approximately January, 1865. There was no death mask made of President Lincoln.
  2. April 8 "Living Images" program

    Thanks, Bruce. I succeeded in downloading the file from here, but if anybody has problems they can contact me. I will try my best to get you the file. The program is designed to include digital images loaded on an electronic device. Some folks might be able to share, and those without tablets might be able to look at someone else's iPad. I will bring the file with me on a thumb drive, so people will be able to load the file right up until show time, barring interference from digital gremlins. I will not be providing any printed version of the slide show.
  3. Howdie from Afghanistan

    Here Here, Mike! Thanks again, Stan.
  4. Drawings

    Gents, I don't know if I pointed this out before, but the Becker Collection at Boston College owns a whole lot of the original drawings made by Civil War artists for the weekly illustrated mags. Henri Lovie was the artist traveling with Grant's army. His drawings were used in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and those wood cuts are reproduced often. The first wood cut Jim featured is from Lovie. It is worth looking at the original sketches. i think they look better, but they also include Lovie's directions to the wood cutter. I don't know if these are the only eye-witness drawings made of the battle while in-progress, but I do know there are precious few. In unrelated news, Dr. Gentsch and I have submitted program proposals to SNMP. They should be scheduled and posted pretty soon. Looking forward to April. Best, Bjorn
  5. I am back :)

    Stay safe, Stan, and many many thanks!
  6. Hike Report (with video): Sherman's Outposts

    Here here, Grandpa! Many thanks, Perry. Also, thanks for so many fine shots of my rear flank. It is the best of two bad choices.
  7. Hike Report (with video): Sherman's Outposts

    Belle, I only learned the New England pronunciation myself a minute before the video started recording. That's why I kept going back and forth. We also laughed at the fact that this program featured a history lesson about Mr. Peabody and Sherman, along with the fact that the actor who voiced those classic roles was named after Edward Everett who delivered the keynote address at Gettysburg before President Lincoln made his "few appropriate remarks." Goes to show both the age and maturity of the SDG Regulars on this very serious anniversary! Bjorn
  8. Stuart vs Chalmers

    Thanks, Tony! I love how Allen describes Stuart's stand as "A Chamberlain moment," referencing Joshua L. Chamberlain's stand with the 20th Maine on Little Round Top at Gettysburg - also a desperate defense of a Union left flank. Apt thought he comparison may be, I must grin at the idea of the disgraced, philandering Chicago lawyer, David Stuart, playing the role of Shiloh's "Chamberlain." Bjorn
  9. Woody Harrell has been a fantastic superintendent, and he leaves behind ample physical evidence at Shiloh and at Corinth of his success. This article lists some of his most visible and long-lasting achievements. The Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center is one of them, but the resurrection of Corinth as an important national Civil War site might be the biggest. People are starting to get that you have to understand Corinth to understand Shiloh. They also need to understand that you have to visit Corinth to understand Corinth (just as Shiloh). They need to schedule that extra time in their trip, and my personal observations indicate that folks are starting to do that. Woody, along with the community of Corinth, have given people something to see when they go. Now the park has a new movie after 55 years. I am looking forward to seeing the final cut. Bjorn
  10. The 72nd OVI at Shiloh

    Tom, This is much more convenient than going down to the Newberry Library and reading it, for which I condemn you in no uncertain terms. Don't take away my best reason for playing hooky from work!
  11. The 72nd OVI at Shiloh

    Wow. Great stuff. The R. B. Hayes Center is supposed to have great stuff, including the largest James B. McPherson collection available. Lemmon is the best source for the April 4 fight around the Chambers place I have found. B
  12. Bye for a while

    Stan, A thousand thanks for your service. It would be great to see you at the hikes, but maybe next year. We'll think about you on April 7 when we discuss the 4th Alabama Battalion's fight with 1/15 Infantry north of Duncan Field. Bjorn
  13. Interview with Woody Harrell

    Jim, I haven't gotten to the battle of Corinth part yet, but can I assume that just treatment if the 16th Wisconsin for you would read something like: "The 16th Wisconsin came up and won the battle, thus saving the Union, emancipating the slaves, giving the vote to women, putting the Kaiser in his place, overthrowing Hitler and Tojo, inventing the Internet, saving the economy, and giving everybody a 15% raise this year." B
  14. Interview with Woody Harrell

    Tim Smith's new book, Corinth 1862: Siege, Battle, Occupation is due in May from University Press of Kansas. I'm getting a chance to preview it now. It will be a fine, comprehensive view of Corinth's role in the war through the battle of October, 1862. No doubt Shiloh was the battle for Corinth, but it was also Johnston's great attempt to destroy Grant's army. Johnston did not see his role as strictly defending Corinth. He saw a chance to strike a blow that could help win the war, and he "rolled the iron dice of battle." In the end both Johnston and Halleck were wrong. No single blow, be it capturing an important point on the map or fighting a single Waterloo-style battle would win the war. The future was grim, and the war would not end until Shiloh was pushed well down the top 10 list of Civil War Horrors. Needless to say, we will be selling this book.
  15. Birge's Sharpshooters

    Jim, If you already feel confused and messed up over the 14th Missouri, go look at their monument again. It's a State of Illinois monument. Ron already gave us the information that explains that. Most of the men were from Illinois (at least one company came wholly from southwest Michigan), and their official identity eventually boiled down to 66th Illinois. You will also notice that the 13th Missouri has an Ohio design for their monument. They were re-designated 22nd Ohio. In both cases the explanation is complicated, but the short version is that Illinois and Ohio both filled their recruitment quotas, leaving these large bodies of disappointed patriots unable to get into the army. Missouri still needed recruits, so they travelled to St. Louis and joined there. That was 1861. Eventually, the Union realized that they needed every volunteer they could get and then some. These two regiments reverted to identities of the state of nativity for most of the men. Additionally, the 9th Missouri was made up of Illinois men, and later became the 59th Illinois. They weren't at Shiloh. They were at Pea Ridge. Bjorn
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