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When the war began Kentuckian Cassius Clay, newly appointed minister to Russia, organized troops to guard the White House.  Members of the Kansas Frontier Guard camped in the East Room.

When the war began Kentuckian Cassius Clay, newly appointed minister to Russia, organized troops to guard the White House. Members of the Kansas Frontier Guard camped in the East Room.

Civil War Vintage Photos / Artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury, Washington, D.C. May 1865.

Civil War Vintage Photos / Artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury, Washington, D.C. May 1865.

Clara Barton. Like me, she was only 5 feet tall and had a birthday in December! She forced her way onto Civil War battlefields to nurse wounded soldiers (Army brass didn't want a woman on their sacred ground--even if she brought desperately needed food, medicine, and supplies). She went on to found the American Red Cross, and served as its president for 25 years.

Clara Barton. Like me, she was only 5 feet tall and had a birthday in December! She forced her way onto Civil War battlefields to nurse wounded soldiers (Army brass didn't want a woman on their sacred ground--even if she brought desperately needed food, medicine, and supplies). She went on to found the American Red Cross, and served as its president for 25 years.

Why our keyboards look so strange. Also, the placement of the keys helped to prevent jamming when frequently used letter combinations with common letters caused the heads of the type bars to jamming together.

This is why our keyboards are so screwed up…

Why our keyboards look so strange. Also, the placement of the keys helped to prevent jamming when frequently used letter combinations with common letters caused the heads of the type bars to jamming together.

Original photographs from the Civil War

Original photographs from the Civil War

Above we show a vital photo of Atlanta, Georgia  General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7.  These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864.

Above we show a vital photo of Atlanta, Georgia General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864.

The Lee Mansion at Arlington, Virginia, with Union troops, 1864.  The state of Virginia’s position in the American Civil War echoed that of the state’s most prominent citizen during this turbulent era, one whose name would become synonymous both with the state and the war: General Robert E. Lee. Like his home state of Virginia, Lee had been an important part of the Union before the war; he counted among his family’s antecedents no less than George Washington.

The Lee Mansion at Arlington, Virginia, with Union troops, 1864. The state of Virginia’s position in the American Civil War echoed that of the state’s most prominent citizen during this turbulent era, one whose name would become synonymous both with the state and the war: General Robert E. Lee. Like his home state of Virginia, Lee had been an important part of the Union before the war; he counted among his family’s antecedents no less than George Washington.

View of the north wall of the second-floor corridor of the White House during the renovation. The truss work in the walls of the North Hall have been removed. (National Archives)

View of the north wall of the second-floor corridor of the White House during the renovation. The truss work in the walls of the North Hall have been removed. (National Archives)

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