Newsletter of the
Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary
Members of the 3rd
The Civil War was the first military conflict in which photography was widespread, and we tend to think of the thousands of soldier photos, battlefield pictures, fading stereographs as something almost commonplace. But to the people of the early 1860’s, photography was a new and exciting idea. Many letters, regimental histories, and memoirs recall the first time young soldiers “had their likeness made” by a photographer, and radiate with pride and emotion on being able to send these amazing technological mementoes home to loved ones. Just as the Civil War was beginning, photography was evolving from a difficult and demanding medium confined to a few “artists” to a standardized process that almost anyone could understand and set up as a small business. The process was still messy, difficult, and expensive, but hundreds of small photographic establishments soon sprung up across the land. In addition, the apparatus, chemicals, and photo-lab equipment were portable enough to be packed into wagons and actually follow the armies.
Literally hundreds of thousands of soldier portraits were made during the Civil War. As a long-time collector of Indiana Civil War photographs, Craig Dunn has amassed the largest single collection of images of Hoosier soldiers and personalities of that War—in excess of 2,400 photographs. At our March meeting, Craig will share some of the prize images from his collection —memories of the days of glory when young Hoosier men (and not a few old) stepped forward in record numbers to fight for their country, and on the way, to have their “likenesses” captured for posterity.
About Our Presenter:
Dunn is the author of two
outstanding books about
A 1975 graduate of
President: Anthony Roscetti
Vice President: Ray Shortridge
Secretary: Dr. Betty Enloe
Treasurer: Doug Wagner
Programs: Ray Shortridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity: Norris Darrall email@example.com
Preservation: Andy O’Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: Dave Klinestiver
PLEASE NOTE: So that everyone can attend the Exhibit opening at the Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum, we will not have our usual dinner gathering at Shapiro’s this month
The Indianapolis Civil War Round Table gratefully acknowledges the co-sponsorship of
for our Speakers Program during the 2004-2005 Campaign
At the February meeting, nominating committee representative Steve Hill presented the committee’s slate of candidates for ICWRT officers during the 2005-2006 campaign. The committee’s nominees were approved and elected by voice vote of the members in attendance. They are:
Ray Shortridge President
Douglas Rouch Vice President
Janet Mitchell Secretary
Doug Wagner Treasurer
Tom Krasean reported that editorial work on our forthcoming commemorative history, Indianapolis Civil War Round Table: The First Fifty Years, is nearing completion. The 112-page book should be available in time for our Golden Anniversary celebration at the April meeting. Anyone wishing to reserve a copy should return an order form, together with their full payment, to Treasurer Doug Wagner no later than March 16th. The cost is $20 per volume for the hardback edition and just $10 for the softcover version.
announced that the ICWRT annual field trip is set for
Nikki will also
be conducting a “Civil War Generals Tour” at
50th Anniversary Desk Caddies Still Available!
Don’t miss out on your
chance to buy a 50th Anniversary commemorative desk caddy. The black
leatherette caddies, which contain a notepad and compartments for pens and
other desktop miscellanea, feature the Soldiers and
Celebrate your membership in ICWRT on
its 50th Anniversary! Reserve your copy
of Indianapolis Civil War Round
Table: The First Fifty Years, TODAY!!
An order form is
included with this issue of HARDTACK. Remember---your order must be placed by celebration meeting in April
Celebrate your membership in ICWRT on its 50th Anniversary!
Reserve your copy of Indianapolis Civil War Round Table: The First Fifty Years, TODAY!!
An order form is included with this issue of HARDTACK.
Remember---your order must be placed by
celebration meeting in April
Upcoming ICWRT Programs
All of the following meeting dates are the second Monday of the month.
Preservation Update & Fundraiser
Calendar of Events
“Will Stott’s Civil War”: first person presentation by Dr. Lloyd Hunter
For more information, call Lloyd at 317-738-8221 (office)
Clay-Carmel CWRT: Morgan's Raid presented by Dick Skidmore
presented by Steve Jackson;
Madison Cty. CWRT: Civil War Geneology presented by Amy Johnson
CWRT of West
presented by Dick Skidmore
Greencastle, IN http://www.rose-hulman.edu/civilwar
Crown Hill Cemetery Civil War Generals Tour conducted by Nikki Schofield
$5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students
Enter Crown Hill by the
We recommend confirming all dates, times and locations for events not sponsored by the ICWRT
If you know of a Civil War-related event that may be of interest to ICWRT members, please send your information to Norris Darrall (email@example.com) and HARDTACK (HardtackEditor@comcast.net).
1. What unit was known as, “Jeff Davis’s Pet Wolves”?
2. What was the object known as, “Jefferson Davis”?
3. Why did the
to the rank of Brigadier General?
4. What was the Austrian Lorenz?
5. Where was Slaughter’s Field?
---Answers will be published in the April issue---
Answers to February’s Quiz:
1. What is a “bog-trotter”? Slang for an Irish soldier, used by both sides.
2. What is a “hospital bullet”? A substitute for anesthetic, literally biting on a bullet
3. Presidential slang used by Union troops to
describe hardtack. “
4. What was “robbers’ row”? Area of camp reserved for sutlers
5. Who or what was known as the “Provost Marshall”? A large shark that patrolled the moat at Ft. Jefferson
From the Bookshelf
A review by Dave Klinestiver
Looking beyond the myth, and seeking the historical “truth” of the matter, is fundamental to the task of every historian. Finding new meanings and interpretations in the events of the past, moreover, is rightfully the purview of each succeeding generation of historical commentators. There is no excuse, however, for any serious historian—and certainly not a professional scholar of academia—to claim to offer readers the “real” story of a man and his era when the writer has not bothered to master the essential facts of his subject matter.
This reviewer first became aware of Thomas DiLorenzo
and “The Real Lincoln” about a year ago, when Book-tv (on C-SPAN2) aired a talk given by the
author at a booksigning. When DiLorenzo
began his presentation by stumbling over—and then misstating—the years in which
this country was “engaged in a great civil war,” it was evident to me that the
author’s scholarly authority fell well short of the demands of his subject. As I listened that evening to DiLorenzo rave
The book itself only confirms those initial impressions. Rather than presenting his readers with a balanced, scholarly analysis of Lincoln’s political/social/economic principles and beliefs and how those views informed and influenced his decisions as president, DiLorenzo seems more intent on recasting Lincoln’s mythic image as the Great Emancipator to that of the Great Instigator of all Evils of post-Civil War America and, by doing so, to further his own Jeffersonian interpretation of American political-economic history.
As a professor of economics at the
One need only look at the book’s bibliography to see
the shortcomings of DiLorenzo’s scholarship.
Beyond the paucity of references to leading works in the Lincoln canon
(which one would expect to find in any academic work, whatever its ideological
bent), DiLorenzo actually cites Gore Vidal’s Lincoln, a pseudo-biographical work of fiction no less, as one of
his background sources! (the book itself is not mentioned in DiLorenzo’s text). It is not surprising that no leading Civil
Every year brings dozens of new books about
If you want to read a libertarian rant on the evils wrought by the Republican Party and the federal government during and after the Civil War, you will undoubtedly enjoy DiLorenzo’s book. If, however, you are in search of a fair and balanced view of the “real” Abraham Lincoln, you will not find him here.
Member-Authors Are Critiqued in DiLorenzo’s “The Real
By Nikki Schofield
The views of two members of The Indianapolis Civil War Round Table, Alan T. Nolan and Lloyd A. Hunter, are critically assessed in Thomas DiLorenzo’s book, “The Real Lincoln,” which is subtitled “A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War.”
In reference to “The Myth Of The Lost Cause And Civil War History,” co-edited by Nolan and Gary W. Gallagher, DiLorenzo writes that: “The book’s premise is that the doctrine of states’ rights had no real history but was fabricated after the war by disgruntled former Confederates to rationalize the secession of 1861” (p. 262). DiLorenzo specifically cites Nolan’s assertion that slavery—not the right of secession—was the fundamental cause of the War. DiLorenzo disagrees, accusing the authors of “spreading untruths and distorting history” and even “shoddy scholarship” (p. 263).
DiLorenzo also disputes Lloyd Hunter’s assertion that Confederate mythmakers “fabricated another supposed falsehood—“that the Constitution of 1787 had been a compact among equally sovereign states.” DeLorenzo argues that the Constitution was indeed a compact among thirteen sovereign states, several of which reserved their right to withdraw (p. 262).
According to DiLorenzo, “Lincoln
and the Republicans certainly had a cause: the cause of centralized
government and the pursuit of empire” (p. 263). DiLorenzo describes
Although DiLorenzo’s text does contain end notes that list sources, many of his statements are not cited to any specific authority. As a result, the reader is left to wonder as to the basis for many of the author’s bold and highly controversial assertions.
Revealing The Real
Anyone looking for the “real” Abraham Lincoln
would do well to read Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography by William Lee Miller (Alfred A. Knopf 2002)
515 pp. Published the same year as DiLorenzo’s “The
Like DiLorenzo, Miller is an academic but not a professional
historian. Trained as a social ethicist who has taught at
Following a generally chronological path, Miller examines
Despite a title that may suggest otherwise, this book is not an
uncritical, laudatory tome to the
On February 12th, the
Indiana Historical Society opened its new permanent exhibition entitled The Faces of Lincoln. Drawing on documents and images from three
significant collections acquired in 2003, the IHS plans to have revolving
displays of original materials tied to various themes relating to
Initially, the exhibition will focus on Lincoln and Politics, featuring political cartoons, lithographs,
patriotic envelopes and other period ephemera, as well as images of
The IHS has completed the scanning
of some 840 images from its
Andy Jacobs Speaks On
On the evening of February 21st—Presidents’
Day—a large audience gathered at the Glendale Mall branch library for a program
Congressman Jacobs is one of 15 members
of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, a body created by Congress to promote
the celebration of the 200th anniversary of
A number of other ICWRT members were also in attendance, including Alan Nolan, whose scholarship and contributions to Civil War history were recognized by Mr. Jacobs in his remarks.
Angie Gilmer, President of the
Abraham Lincoln Group of
The Abraham Lincoln Group meets six
times a year at the Nora branch library.
Their next meeting will be
The Annual Trip of The
Conducted by Nikki Schofield
Home phone: 317-328-8782
The Capital of the Confederacy is our destination this year!
Saturday, June 18, meet the bus at in the parking lot of the Ramada
stop on Saturday, about , will be the
19, we will drive to
June 20, we will tour
Ø Wednesday, we will tour Tredegar Iron
Works on the
will be a day of driving. As you know,
time on the bus is never wasted. We will
have videos to watch, Civil War music to listen to, and Civil War enthusiasts
with whom too talk. We also have an open
microphone, so you can share your favorite trip, CW personality, book review,
or thoughts on the trip, with your fellow travelers. We will stay in the Comfort Inn,
24, we will drive to
you do not need -- You
do not need to be a member of a Civil War Round Table in order to go on this
trip. Nor do you need any prior
knowledge of places or events in
Freedom Center 10.00
Stonewall Jackson House 5.00
Pamplin Park 12.00
Tredegar Iron Works free
Museum of the Confederacy
(including box lunch) 28.00
Jefferson Hotel chicken dinner 40.00
John Hunt Morgan House 5.00
Mail, phone, postage 5.00
This price is based on two people per room. If you want a private room, the cost will be higher. If you need a roommate, I will try to pair you up with someone, upon mutual agreement.
payment -- Please
make a down payment of $100.00 as soon as you know that you can go, and
the remaining $450.00 by
Cut-Off Date – May 18 is the cut-off date, because I have to give final numbers to motels and the places we will visit, one month before we leave.
We would be happy to welcome first-timers on our trip.
My new email address is: Nikki1942@sbcglobal.net.
Now, it’s ON TO
by Thomas Krasean
112 pages with index. Size 6 x 9 inches (Authorhouse Press 2005)
Our 50th Anniversary Celebration!!
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