One of the rare items I'll have at my exhibit at the upcoming Chicago Civil War Show on September 29 is this field desk used by Lieutenant Samuel D. Hays, the quartermaster for the 110th Pennsylvania Volunteers. This would be a great piece for displaying small Civil War relics or photographs. It's a little rough around the edges, but has some interesting details. Normally, these are hinged along the bottom edge, so that the door becomes a writing surface. You can see along the bottom of this piece that the door indeed used to be mounted there, but it gave way at some point and the desk was reassembled with the door swinging to the side. It also has small holes in the top where a carry handle used to be. The 20th Maine desk from the Chamberlain estate had nearly this identical configuration. There are many pencil notes and tabulations on the inside of the door. There are also several remnants of markings on the outside, including the stamp of the government workshop in Washington that built it. Come see us at the show!
The Grand Hotel Casino Ain Sofar was built in 1892 and, for decades, one of the most famous hotels in the Middle East. Kings, Emirs, artists, socialites and diplomats from across the world came here not merely for rest but mostly for song, dance and poker. The hotel was a victim of the civil war, suffering severe damage, and it's closed since then. Now it reopens to host an art exhibition that depicts the memories of these abandoned spaces, by @tomyoungart.
My hometown of York, PA, was the first town founded west of the Susquehanna River. As this old map State’s, it was “Founded in 1741 by the Honorable John, Thomas and Richard Penn, at the suggestion of Baltzer Spangler.” (The Penns we’re brothers, sons of William Penn, the founder of the Colony of Pennsylvania, aka “Penn’s Woods.” Thomas Cookson was the surveyor. Ulrich Whisler and Baltzer Spengler (or Spangler) were the chain bearers.
Spangler is buried in Prospect Hill cemetery (in the northern part of the city). His tombstone states (translated from German): "Here Rests The Dust of the Sainted Baltzer Spenger, Born 1705, Fell Asleep in the Lord 1770 ..." About 120 years later the large park, Penn Park, seen on this map, would serve as a the site of a U. S. Army General Hospital during the Civil War.
This map was photographed, hanging in the Barnett Bobb Log Home, which is part of the York County History Center - Colonial Complex.
#OnThisDay in 1863, in one of the bloodiest battles of the war, the Confederate Army of Tennessee drives the Union Army of the Cumberland back into Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Chickamauga Creek in northern Georgia. ⠀
At noon on September 20, northern General Rosecrans ordered General Thomas Wood to move his division to plug a gap in the Yankee line. Although no such gap existed, one was created when Wood moved his division. southern General Longstreet’s troops were now able to march through the gap, and the Union line collapsed in chaos, retreating back to Chattanooga.⠀ The Confederates besieged the city of Chattanooga until Union reinforcements arrived in late October. One of the largest battles of the war, Chickamauga resulted in 18,500 Confederate casualties and 16,100 Union casualties.⠀ The 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI), including many men from Hancock County were at the battle of Chickamauga.⠀ #ThrowBackThursday#TBT#HancockCountyOhio#Ohio#OVI#CivilWar#AmericanCivilWar#Army#Union#Confederacy