Friday, 17 January 2014 03:14 | Written by Compiled by James Johnson
Another movement has been started at Madison for the benefit of soldiers. Unfortunately for the reputation of the democracy, the credit in this instance is due to a republican — Senator Cameron. Hi» proposition is to erect an asylum for educating the children of the gallant men now defending our country's flag. We cannot doubt that the patriotic members of the legislature will hasten to secure the adoption of a proper plan and the immediate commencement of the pro. posed work. Wisconsin has sent nearly fifty thousand men to battle. They and their families, wives and children, have a right to consider themselves the dearest adopted children of the state. They have been made so by baptism of blood and fire. Between twenty and thirty thousand of these men already lie mouldering in the dust, or are destined to early death from disease ontracted in the field or on the march. To leave their orphan children to perish from want or to grow up in ignorance and crime, would be the refinement of cruelty and base ingratitude. Let the sacrifices of the fathers be remembered in a liberal care for the children left behind. Let this asylum, then, be built. With stately columns and burnished dome, let us rear a monument to the patriotic dead — a monument like that which Horace sings. " more durable than brass."
Friday, 17 January 2014 03:09 | Written by civilwarwisconsin
From West Tennessee The Memphis Buletin publishes a card signed by 300 citicens of the city, addresses to the people of Tennessee, upon the subject on the reorganization of the State and re-establishing relations with the National Government. It recommends immediate and and unconditional emancipation as the best and truest policy, and the only alternative, and calls upon all to support the same by attending the meeting on the 22d inst.
Sunday, 15 December 2013 03:13 | Written by Susan Johnson
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
In 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was compelled to write the poem "Christmas Bells" on Christmas Day. His oldest son, Charles Appleton Longfellow, had joined the Union Army against his wishes, writing his father "I have tried hard to resist the temptation of going without your leave but I cannot any longer. I feel it to be my first duty to do what I can for my country and I would willingly lay down my life for it if it would be of any good."
That was in March of the year. In November he was severely woulded. Beyond that, Frances, Longfellow's wife, had died in 1860. So on Christmas, he reflected on the state of his life and wrote:
I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Till ringing, singing on its way, The world revolved from night to day, A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men."
It was published in Febuary, 1865 and put to previously existing music in 1872. Charles injury was such that he was unable to return to his unit and spent most of the remainder of his life traveling. He died in 1893. His father had died in 1882.
Sunday, 15 December 2013 01:18 | Written by Susan Johnson
Fall and Winter Fashion, in Milwaukee, 1863
From Le Follet.
Foulard is still in favor. The shades in which it is made are beautiful—fawn drab; terres d'Egyple (a kind of reddish brown) with black stripes ; dove drab with white stripes, &c. For evening dresses there is a great variety ; white ground, with rose, blue, green, or Pompadour flowers. A plain white foulard,also, is suitable for an evening demitoilette. It is made of self-colors—light coffee color, bright gold, maize, wheat, straw, amaranth, &c. For peignoirs silk is very useful, and can be wadded and trimmed with wide bands of plush. and charming materials and velvets of lovely shades—terres d'Egypte, Napoleon blue, azur (Tea rose silk-, with velvet bouquets upon it ; moire antique, with small velvet dots over it—one of the most beautiful things that has been seen for some time. For negligee costume, taffetas; with very small checks, in all shades; alpacas of light colors, chine or plain ; but, above all, those with a white ground and small checks, or embroidered in wool or silk.
Woolen materials also, do not fail in variety. The new cassimeres for ladies' dresses are both light and warm, and made up very prettily, either braided or trimmed with fancy braids.— These ornaments are placed above the hem. The front of the dress is generally flat and cut with a point; and in this case the trimming is placed in brandebourgs upon the body and skirt. Some of these dresses have pelerine of the cassimeres, just reaching down to the middle of the back ; others are trimmed with an embroidery- imitating the shape of a Figaro veste. This season, buttons form one of the most important parts of trimmings.—Hanging buttons are even put upon wedding dresses. Lace is much used upon mantles, basques, or dresses of velvet.—One new kind of lace is very elegant; the ground is spotted, and the border, is festoons formed of leaves. Embroidery in satin stitch or braid is far from being abandoned. It is used upon plain dresses and always forms a distingue ornament. Ribbons, with bouquets of embroidered flowers, are admirable for dress trimmings, especially for foulards. These dresses may also be trimmed with a light passementerie, or with narrow quillings.
Thus a dress of Napoleon blue foulard with a pattern of the same color—the narrow flounce at the bottom of the skirt, and a rouleau of white taffetas upon it; the sleeves down the front of the body, and the long sash niched around with narrow white taffetas frills. Amongst the various styles of trimming, we remarked some which had a very pretty appearance. One was upon a dress of poppy-colored taffetas—five rows of black velvet, about six-eighths of an inch wide. Above and below these rows were two more of twice the width of the others. The upper one was headed by ruffles of twisted taffetas, and the lower one formed the heading to a bias four inches in width, forming a flounce. Also upon Upoil deJour dress, chine, was a velvet rather more than an inch wide, put on in the form of a long greque. This greque headed a pinked flounce of black tafletas..
The bottom of another dress of black taffatas was pinked in battlements,-and edged with velvet. This pinking hung over a very wide hem of violet taffetas on the biasis. . The bodies of dresses are made high and buttoned. By degrees we are returning to basques, The postillion basque is much approved of, above all for ladies with small waists. A style which is likely to meet with success is that of bodies made with small basque all round, one inch and five-eights wide, terminated in the front with a double point. Sashes are much worn. As an at-home costume we can recommend nothing more pretty and stylish than the Figaro vestes, which, for the winter, will be made of.velvet, either embroidered or trimmed with fur.
Under it will be worn a waistcoat of taffetas, moire, satin or even of fur. An elegant chemisette of muslin, or one of cachemire, either embroidered or trimmed with insertions of black guipure, makes a more simple and yet very charming finish. The last model is especially distingue. There is still the same make of sleeves, with a seam up the back more or less wide, with or without revers, opened, rounded, or square at the bottom. and the trimming, of-course, matching that of the dress. , Bonnets will still be worn high in the front, but much less exaggerated. Flowers are not much worn, the. principal ornaments being feathers for dress bonnets, or a simple trimming of ribbon or lace. Children's hats are made of black velvet, trimmed with feathers—black or even colored, if preferred the shape is the Montpensier. They are also made of black or grey felt.
Saturday, 14 December 2013 23:53 | Written by Compiled by James Johnson
Friday, December 25, 1863 The Milwaukee Sentinel
The Post Office will be open on Christmas Day from 2 to 3 P.M. Afternoon mails close at 3 P.M. Jno. Lockwood, P.M.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! ~ To Croesus J. Smith, who lives in the splendid large mansion on the corner, and drives along Spring Street in such magnificent style; to Lazarus Baggs, who dwells in the humble cot and eats his bread in the sweat of his brow; to young Napoleon B. and Grace Evangeline, children of the above Croesus, who are riding their new hobby horse or displaying their new toys of costly materials; and equally to the juvenile offspring of the above Lazarus, who is this morning blowing frantically his tin trumpet and "waking the echoes far and near;" ~ to all classes and conditions we wish a Merry Christmas, indeed. But if there's a rich man who has sat down to his holiday feast without doing something to make easier the lot of the poor, and in doing it voluntarily and unostentatiously, we hope his turkey may be tough, his meats unsavory, his Christmas pudding scalding hot, and his wine sour and stale. To the soldier, especially, as merry a Christmas as their rough life can afford them, and many of them will have it merry whereever they are, for after all we carry the materials for enjoyment within ourselves, and are indebted more to the inner than the outer world for whatever of cheer or gloom we experience throughout life. Go ahead, boys, make the best of it, as you have already well learned how to do, and rest assured you are not forgotten at home to-day. Every family, almost, has a 'vacant chair' at its table, placed for some absent one; absent, alas! perhaps 'in that land from whose bourne no traveler returns!' But sorrow must not be the prevailing emotion to-day ~ pleasure must abound. Sleigh bells must jingle, the voice of laughter ring out from the merry riders; skates must ring on the glare ice; music must sound to the measured motion of 'flying feet.' To-morrow we go plodding on as usual; to-day let us have a
MERRY CHRISTMAS! from the Federal Capital
Washington, Dec. 21, 1863 For the last few days we have been favored with pretty snug winter weather, a heavy rain on Thursday having been followed by a severe freeze, which has stiffened the mud very materially, and made good skating for the benefit of the juveniles.
December 26, 1863 SANTA CLAUS ARRIVED
Some very matter-of-fact people have always pretended that this fine old fellow was an entirely imaginary being; and that the stockings that were hung by the chimney corner at night and were found filled with good things in the morning, were not stuffed by old Santa Claus, descending through the sooty chimney, but that rather the children's minds were stuffed with nonsense by the same persons who had stuffed their stockings with gifts. Now we were always loath to give up the idea of a real, personal Santa Claus, and were glad to be confirmed in our original impressions by seeing, dashing down past the post office last evening, a strange looking equipage,
"With a little old driver, so lively and quick, We knew in a minute it must be St. Nick."
But his carriage is no longer drawn by "eight tiny reindeer." He has got reduced some way or other to a single donkey, and that a small one, but of good mettle, and he dashed bravely through the crowd, down to the Newhall House, and up the steps into the office, where Santa Claus dismounted and hopped briskly about the house with his huge basket of candies and other 'goodies' on his back, peering into the corners for stockings to fill with his favors. But he was evidently too early by several hours, and disconcerted at seeing so many present, and soon made his exit.
"He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle"