On this day: American Civil War Propaganda

This poster was printed in Lexington, Kentucky on the 9th of October, 1862. Issued by Confederate supporter and politician Lt. James B. Clay, son of prominent politician Henry Clay, the poster urges the people of the state to resist the Union forces.


Printed broadside issued by Henry Clay's son, Lt. James B. Clay, in which he makes a plea for Southern sympathizers to defend their homes from Yankee invasion. Lexington, Kentucky. 9 Oct


On this day: The Battle of Mill Springs in 1862

The Battle of Mill Springs, was fought in Wayne and Pulaski counties, near current Nancy, Kentucky, on January 19, 1862, as part of the American Civil War.

Part of the American Civil War, the Battle of Mill Springs was fought in Kentucky on the 19th of January, 1862.

The battle, also known as the Battle of Fishing Creek in Confederate terminology and the Battle of Logan’s Cross Roads in Union terminology, was the first significant defeat for the Confederates.

Though soon eclipsed by more famous battles in the press, the Union victory was widely celebrated at the time.

London 1862

View of Camille Silvy’s photographic studio, 38 Porchester Terrace, circa 1862.

I love this picture. It’s so rare to see average everyday street scenes from Victorian London, particularly this part of Victorian London – the suburbia of those with enough to live comfortably.

I lived nine (yes, I counted them!) streets from here back in 2001-2002. It’s funny how little has changed. Sure, the clothes are different, and there’d be cars parked on the sides of the streets, but really this picture could as easily be from yesterday as from152 years ago.

NPG Ax58944; View of Camille Silvy's photographic studio, 38 Porchester Terrace by Camille Silvy