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"
Saturday, 14 December 2013 23:44 | Written by Compiled by James Johnson
The La Crosse Republican Nov. 20, 1863
The custom of smoking by women has recently been introduced into England. The "Court Journal " says " Ladies belonging to la crème de la crème of society have introduced cigarettes. We could mention the names of many of England's aristocratic daughters who openly indulge in mild Latakia"
In his last essay, Agasiz throws out the following opinion on this interesting topic. "It is difficult to be specific when describing the fossil human bones so much discussed recently, because the evidence is, at present, too scanty to admit of any decisive judgment concerning them. It becomes, however, daily more probable that facts will force us sooner or later to admit that the creation of man lies far beyond any period yet assigned to it and that a succession of human races, as of animals, have followed one another upon the earth. It may be the inestimable privilege of our young naturalists to solve this problem but the older men of our generation must be content to renounce this hope: we may have some prophetic vision of its fulfillment; we may look from afar into the land of promise but we shall not enter in and possess it."
The next draft We last week copied a short statement from an exchange in regard to the next draft to the affect that it would be "exclusively from the second class- composed of married men between the ages of 35 and 45 years." This was an error. Solicitor Whiting defines the matter as follows: "Those of the second class shall not be called out until those of the first class shall have been exhausted. As between the first and second classes, the law (Sec.3,) requires "that the second class shall not in any district be called into the service of the United States until those of the first class shall have been thus called in."
The World With in- Each heart is a world. You find all within your self that you find without. The world that surrounds you is the magic glass of the world within you. To know your self, your have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you.-- Lavater.
The Pacific Railroad - It is understood that the President, in compliance with the terms of the law of the last Congress, decided that the Northern Pacific Railroad shall start from a point on the Missouri River nearly opposite Council Bluffs in connection with the Mississippi and Missouri and the Rock Island Railroads.
A man in Pebbleshire was in the habit of praying nightly in a field behind a turf-dyke and on one occasion exclaimed that if the dyke was that moment to fall upon him he would be justly punished for his sins. It did fall instantly being pushed over by a concealed acquaintance and Jock sung out from among the ruins. "Heck sirs! it's an aufu' world this , a body canna say a thing in a joke but it's ta'en in earnest."
Another Female Soldier Lizzie Compton, a bright young lady of sixteen arrived in the city yesterday from Barnstown where she had been encamped with her regiment, the 11the Kentucky cavalry , of which she had been a member for several months past. Her history during the past eighteen months is strange and romantic. She has served in seven different regiments and participated in several battles. At Fredericksburg she was seriously wounded but recovered and followed the fortunes of war which cast her from the army of the Potomac to the army of the Cumberland. She fought in the battle of Green River Bridge on the Fourth of July last and received a wound which disabled her for a short time. She has been discovered and mustered out of the service seven or eight times but immediately reenlisted in another regiment She states that her home is in London Canada West and that her parents are now living in that place. This young girl has served a term of eighteen months in the army and were it not that she spreads the annoyance of being detected and mustered out she would enter the service again.
She was sent to this city by the officer in command at Bardstown to be again mustered out, and is now at Barrack No. 1, awaiting orders-Louisville Journal
La Crosse Democratic Journal Dec. 30, 1863 A Rebel taken at Chickamauga said of our artillery that he "didn't think the Yanks would use them big guns much longer." Why not? inquired the Feds. "Because" said he. "The Confederacy is getting so narrow that you'll fire clear over it and hit your men on the other side."