Friday, January 23, 2015

American Civil War exhibit at the National Library of Scotland

Deed of sale of slave-woman and child, Edgecombe County,
North Carolina, 1829. [NLS shelfmark: H.S.632 (3)]
Yankee cries and Rebel yells is an exhibit on the American Civil War drawn from the collections of the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh. The exhibit runs from January 21 to March 22, 2015. A number of items can be viewed on-line. Check it out here

Regarding the document above, the NLS site reads: "This document states that planter Theophilus Parker, having sucessfully bid $278, owns Lettice, and her child Whinny. Children born into slavery often were separated from their mothers. While it is recorded that Parker's sons entered the Confederate States Army, the fate of Lettice and Whinny is unknown."

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

the Rebel Yell

Civil War Veterans Come Alive in Audio and Video Recordings
Deep in the collections of the Library of Congress are ghostly images and voices of Union and Confederate soldiers
Read the full Smithsonian article here