Portraits of Lincoln

Conflict: Civil War

Despite being considered a homely man by many, President Lincoln famously enjoyed having his picture taken. More than 130 of those photographs still exist. Walt Whitman, a well-known poet, became familiar with the president’s appearance as Lincoln passed by Whitman’s … Continue reading

Malingering On

Conflict: Civil War

Malingering—faking or exaggerating illness or disability—was a relatively common problem in Civil War hospitals. In addition to the age-old reason of malingering to avoid duty, faking illness or disability was especially common during the Civil War because of the bounties … Continue reading

Reburying the Dead

Conflict: Civil War

As bloody Civil War battles raged on a bigger scale than ever seen before, the army was hard-pressed to keep up with the mounting number of bodies. While some of the deceased soldiers were carefully buried as traditionally as possible … Continue reading