1. schomburgcenter:

    Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, it was not enforced in the state of Texas due to a lack of Union troop presence and enforcement in the confederate state.

    However on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment  entered Galveston, Texas to override the resistance to the law and to enforce the Executive Orders. Union Major-General Gordon Granger read General Orders, No.3 to the people of Galveston. It stated:

    “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

    Since 1865 black Americans have regarded June 19th as the official emancipation day, and on January 1, 1980, the state of Texas proclaimed June 19 an official state holiday thanks to the African American state legislator Al Edwards.

    Should be a national holiday, I think! Happy Juneteenth!

  2. chicagohistorymuseum:

    Portraits of African American Civil War soldiers, c. 1863, Chicago, Illinois. Photographs by unknown. 

    Skokie found this great tumblr from the Chicago History Museum! Also check out these awesome images of some of the most badass men in history: black Union soldiers.

  3. todaysdocument:

Abraham Lincoln to Major General George B. McClellan: “You’re Fired”
Major General George B. McClellan snubbed and acted insubordinately toward President Lincoln on numerous occasions. Lincoln suffered the insults as long as McClellan produced results. But when McClellan failed to follow up his success at Antietam, despite Lincoln’s direct order, this general order announced to the U.S. Army that McClellan had been relieved of his command.

OH SNAP.

    todaysdocument:

    Abraham Lincoln to Major General George B. McClellan: “You’re Fired”

    Major General George B. McClellan snubbed and acted insubordinately toward President Lincoln on numerous occasions. Lincoln suffered the insults as long as McClellan produced results. But when McClellan failed to follow up his success at Antietam, despite Lincoln’s direct order, this general order announced to the U.S. Army that McClellan had been relieved of his command.

    OH SNAP.

  4. laphamsquarterly:

September 17, 1862:  Sharpsburg, MD
150 years ago today, the Battle of Antietam killed 23,000 soliders in the single bloodiest day of fighting in American history. 
Just weeks before the battle, Abraham Lincoln explained his determination to proceed with the war:

In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true, that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.


Thinking of Antietam today.

    laphamsquarterly:

    September 17, 1862:  Sharpsburg, MD

    150 years ago today, the Battle of Antietam killed 23,000 soliders in the single bloodiest day of fighting in American history. 

    Just weeks before the battle, Abraham Lincoln explained his determination to proceed with the war:

    In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true, that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.

    Thinking of Antietam today.

  5. hclib:

Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Soldier Ancestors2nd Floor, Doty Board Room, Minneapolis Central LibraryTuesday, Dec. 6, 7–8 p.m.
 Mark Anway has been researching his family genealogy since 1998. He has uncovered 16 relatives, including three great-great-grandfathers who served in the Civil War, and is currently writing a book about them. Learn about their lives and how you can discover your family’s Civil War era history. Questions? Call 612-543-8000.
The photo above is of Gus Plummer soon after his enlistment to the 1st Minnesota Regiment, circa 1862.

Hennepin County Library, you can research my Civil War family history any day. If you’re in the area, check out what sounds like an awesome event!

    hclib:

    Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Civil War Soldier Ancestors
    2nd Floor, Doty Board Room, Minneapolis Central Library
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7–8 p.m.

     
    Mark Anway has been researching his family genealogy since 1998. He has uncovered 16 relatives, including three great-great-grandfathers who served in the Civil War, and is currently writing a book about them. Learn about their lives and how you can discover your family’s Civil War era history. Questions? Call 612-543-8000.

    The photo above is of Gus Plummer soon after his enlistment to the 1st Minnesota Regiment, circa 1862.

    Hennepin County Library, you can research my Civil War family history any day. If you’re in the area, check out what sounds like an awesome event!