Monthly Archives: January 2012

Quilts: 19th through 20th Centuries

On December 31, 1839, in McDowell County, North Carolina, Hannah and Pharoah, age twelve, were given as wedding presents by John and Rebecca Logan to their daughter Margaret Ruth and her husband, Thomas Young Greenlee. Taking their new owners’ surname, … Continue reading

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AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS: Robert Shaw Memorial, c.1884–1897

The Robert Gould Shaw and the Fifty-fourth Regiment Memorial, a monumental bronze relief sculpture standing at the edge of Boston Common, was begun twenty years after the end of the Civil War and not completed for another fourteen. It was … Continue reading

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ALEXANDER GARDNER : Abraham Lincoln, c. February 5, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to use photography for political purposes. During his first presidential campaign in 1860, some thirty-five portraits of the candidate by the photographer Mathew Brady were circulated throughout the country. The immediacy of a … Continue reading

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Winslow Homer: The Veteran in a New Field, c.1865

After General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April 1865, the Union and Confederate armies were peacefully disbanded. The soldiers who had survived the ordeal were free to go home and resume their pre-war occupations. The Veteran in a … Continue reading

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