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A Race Set Free: 1906
... Group , erected in Park Square in front of the Providence Railroad passenger-station, is by Thomas Ball, and was a gift to the city by ... L.J. Peretti Tobbacconists . (The Gallery, Boston, Civil War, DPC) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/30/2012 - 8:27am -

A Race Set Free: 1906

Off the Rails: 1862
March 1862. "Manassas, Va. Orange & Alexandria Railroad wrecked by retreating Confederates." Wet plate glass negative by ... the Virginia Railway Express . (The Gallery, Civil War, Geo. Barnard, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/21/2012 - 9:17pm -

Off the Rails: 1862

Chattanooga Depot: 1864
... with Federal cavalry guard beyond. From photographs of the War in the West. Battle of Chattanooga, September-November 1863. Photograph ... the Chattanooga Choo Choo was a United States Military Railroad? Won't you choo-choo me home? It's the Chattanooga Choo ... Miller big band fame, that's for sure. (The Gallery, Civil War, Railroads) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/16/2008 - 8:04am -

Chattanooga Depot: 1864

Sherman in Atlanta: 1864
Union soldiers on boxcars at railroad depot next to offices of the Atlanta Intelligencer during the city's ... Alternate view here . (The Gallery, Atlanta, Civil War, Geo. Barnard, Horses) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2012 - 7:30pm -

Sherman in Atlanta: 1864

Culpeper: 1862
August 1862. "Culpeper Court House, Virginia. Railroad depot." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, Bull Run, second Battle of Bull Run. Wet plate negative, half of stereo ... missing a board on the right. - Dave] (The Gallery, Civil War, Railroads, Timothy O'Sullivan) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/25/2008 - 8:58pm -

Culpeper: 1862

Out and About: 1905
... Looking at the kids crawling over the gun (looks like a Civil War era smooth-bore) reminds me of family trips to Gettysburg, where my ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/30/2012 - 10:39pm -

Out and About: 1905

Cobb's Hill: 1864
... came very close to capturing Petersburg and ending the Civil War, before being bottled up on the peninsula." Heroic work It is worth ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2008 - 3:35am -

Cobb's Hill: 1864

The Portal: 1864
... River, Virginia. Pontoon bridge across North Anna below railroad bridge where a portion of the 2nd Corps under Gen. Hancock crossed, ... as depicted below: (The Gallery, Boats & Bridges, Civil War, Timothy O'Sullivan) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/01/2012 - 3:15pm -

The Portal: 1864

Bridge Out: 1865
... 1865. "Richmond, Va. Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg Railroad bridge." Span over the James River, burned by Confederate troops ... in Richmond in '65. (The Gallery, Boats & Bridges, Civil War, Railroads, Richmond) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/31/2013 - 1:24pm -

Bridge Out: 1865

Detroit Opera House: 1904
... was formed in May 1906 by Ohio native Henry M. Wright (a Civil War veteran as a member of Co. B, 85th Ohio Volunteers) and John Kay, who was ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/19/2012 - 10:23pm -

Detroit Opera House: 1904

Lafayette Lamb: 1898
... from his father Chancy. In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, young Lafayette oversaw a fleet of the company's steamboats that was used ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/26/2013 - 9:55am -

Lafayette Lamb: 1898

Bridge Out: 1864
... Destroyed bridge of the Richmond & Fredericksburg Railroad." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Timothy H. ... Library of Congress. View full size. (The Gallery, Civil War, Railroads, Timothy O'Sullivan) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 06/27/2008 - 12:15pm -

Bridge Out: 1864

Nashville: 1864
Fortified railroad bridge across the Cumberland River at Nashville, 1864. "Continuing his ... on December 15-16, in the most complete victory of the war. If the date borne on this photograph is correct, it was taken in the ... the articulated bridge. (The Gallery, Boats & Bridges, Civil War, Geo. Barnard, Horses, Nashville) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2011 - 8:29pm -

Nashville: 1864

Aunt Charlotte: 1900
... story. She is old enough to have been born before the Civil War. She might have traveled North on the Underground Railroad...or this might ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 11:06am -

Aunt Charlotte: 1900

Park Hotel: 1905
... "tenting tonight on the old camp grounds" during the Civil War. Gable Room These old buildings (of course it wasn't old then) ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/20/2012 - 4:21pm -

Park Hotel: 1905

Vicksburg Panorama: 1909
... how much of the construction along the waterfront is post-war. Vicksburg experienced quite a boom in population growth between 1860 and ... Falls City are buildings in disrepair, could they be civil war casualties? [From 50 years earlier? That's fire damage. - Dave] ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/25/2014 - 11:33am -

Vicksburg Panorama: 1909

Detroit River: 1900
... Dali's "Soft Construction with Baked Beans (Premonition of Civil War)"? Wow This photo is incredible. Very alive This ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/02/2012 - 3:18pm -

Detroit River: 1900

High Bridge Depot: 1907
... suspension bridge. But that project got cancelled by the Civil War. (And that's probably a good thing, since I don't think suspension bridges ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/06/2012 - 4:14pm -

High Bridge Depot: 1907

Back From Cuba: 1898
... his father before him served with the regiment during the Civil War. When they shipped home from Cuba the were landed at Montauk, ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/02/2013 - 9:36am -

Back From Cuba: 1898

Fort Ruby: 1868
... Matthew Mathew Brady, he took some of the most famous Civil War photographs (especially of war dead). Besides working on Clarence King's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/05/2009 - 10:22pm -

Fort Ruby: 1868

Traffic Channel Control: 1942
... a punch card machine. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size. Back when you could see the bits ... incinerated.) Yet here in America is this lady -- a civil servant almost certainly the descendant of slaves herself, now the master ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 10/22/2014 - 9:57am -

Traffic Channel Control: 1942

Old-Timer: 1937
... is in his 70s. That would put his birth at the end of the Civil War. The transcontinental railroad, the development of paved roads, the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/14/2012 - 6:28pm -

Old-Timer: 1937

Bonus Tracks: 1906
... buildings owned and managed by the Alonzo Ogilvie Bliss, a civil war veteran of the Tenth New York Calvary. Newspaper ads neglected to mention ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/14/2012 - 11:14am -

Bonus Tracks: 1906

Lemont Depot: 1902
... took them almost 100 years to start recovering from The War. The track structure is showing signs of modern evolution. Six-hole ... joint between rails. In earlier Shorpy photos from the Civil War era, two-hole joint bars were in use. But, the track engineers had ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 6:56pm -

Lemont Depot: 1902

York Village: 1908
... A 90-degree turn to the left, and you would see the Civil War memorial statue, which bears a striking resemblance to a Confederate ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/18/2012 - 11:45am -

York Village: 1908

Belle Isle: 1865 (Restored)
... after the fall of Richmond. Glass plate negative from the Civil War collection compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge. Restored ... 
 
Posted by caljaysoc - 05/10/2013 - 7:37pm -

Belle Isle: 1865 (Restored)
 
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