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Tattoos and the Civil War

Tattoos and the name Martin Hildebrandt go hand in hand. Hildebrandt set up New York’s first tattoo shop on Oak Street in lower Manhattan where he tattooed soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War. He tattooed military insignias and the names of sweethearts. His daughter Nora Hildebrandt at age 22, became the first tattooed woman to be exhibited in America. 

In 1870, Hildebrandt established an “atelier” on Oak Street in New York City and this is considered to be the first American tattoo studio. 

From “Corporal Si Klegg and His Pard” (page 303): How They Lived and Talked, and what They Did and Suffered, While Fighting for the Flag (Google eBook)  “As a matter of fact the army did get pretty thoroughly tattooed during the war. Every regiment had its tattooers, with outfits of needles and India-ink, who for a consideration decorated the limbs and bodies of their comrades with flags, muskets, cannons, sabers, and an infinite variety of patriotic emblems and warlike and grotesque devices … Thousands of the soldiers had name, regiment, and residence tattooed into their arms or legs. In portions of the army this was recommended in general orders, to afford means of identification if killed in battle.”  (Book is written by a Civil War veteran, who served in the Ohio 65th Volunteer Infantry)

Sources: http://www.vanishingtattoo.com/tattoo_museum/united_states_tattoos.html



From The Civil War Parlor on Tumblr

The pipe

The Pipe

My brother in law cleans up old houses, left by people that died and have no family.
In one of them he found some shoemaker stuff. And he knows I do some leather making. So the box ended up in my shed.This autumn I had to get some paint and the box fell,revealing some interesting things.

First I
 found a wooden kepi that looked a little "civil war-ish" to me. A mouthpiece and a wooden face followed in this treasure search. I cleaned  it and it all fitted together. The next step was of course  to "google" my find!! Came out it was a" Civil War soldier carved briar tobacco pipe, 19th c., with porcelain eyes and hinged kepi lid. "

I don't smoke,but if I would I could see the smoke through the nose of this wooden soldier. Asked my brother in law what he knew of the house, and he told me that in the second world war it was a house where they treated wounded American soldiers.

So let your fantasies roll free I guess...

But to me the pipe is a treasure to show off with, on re-enactment camps for years to come!

Alphons Schoots



The General Lee – Bo and Luke Duke’s vehicle of choice from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard‘ – is a classic and instantly recognizable Hollywood car. But it’s about to get a little less recognizable as Warner Bros., the studio that owns the theatrical, DVD and licensing rights to ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ has decided to remove the confederate flag from all future versions of the car.

The news has reportedly been floating around the hobby community over the past few days as ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ collectors became aware of a new regulation. A collector on HobbyTalk.com was told by a representative at ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ toy company Tomy:

Starting January 1, 2013 all Dukes of Hazzard General Lee vehicles will not be allowed to be produced with the Confederate Flag on the top of the vehicle.

According to the toy rep, the word came directly from Warner Bros. who no longer wants to endorse an item that has the Confederate flag printed on it.

As of now, this directive only expressly includes merchandising but Warner Bros. is developing a new ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ movie with Jody Hill directing and if they’re being this strict about licensing issues, they could very well enforce the same policy with the upcoming film. But what is a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ property without the General Lee with the flag painted on top?

What do you think? Is it a smart move for a company like Warner Bros. to distance themselves from the symbolic nature of the Confederate flag or do you think it’s an overly PC kneejerk reaction.

Originally posted at Screen Crush by Mike Sampson

Who stole Civil War portrait over urinal?


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Another Civil War related theft has hit the historic Kennesaw House in Marietta.

The first was in 1862 when some Union spies stole a steam engine parked in front of the hotel and lead Confederates on what became known as "The Great Locomotive Chase".

Now 150 years later, someone has stolen a Civil War portrait from what is now the Marietta Museum of History.

"Unfortunately somebody walked into one of our major rooms here and lifted a portrait, which I consider a dastardly thing to do," museum founder Dan Cox told 11 Alive News on Thursday.

Not just any portrait, but General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Union commander famous and infamous for cutting Georgia in two and burning down much of Atlanta.

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Groundhogs Steal Flags at Civil War Cemetery


Police in Hudson, N.Y., have solved the mystery of who was stealing American flags from the tombstones of Civil War veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic section in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Around 75 flags were reportedly missing in the days leading up to the Fourth of July. In one night alone, 17 flags were swiped.  So the Hudson police set up cameras to catch the culprit.

Turns out it was an ambitious woodchuck snacking on Old Glory. Mayor Bill Hallenback said he’s glad the bandit didn’t turn out to be a resident of the area.

“I’m glad we don’t have someone who has taken it upon themselves to desecrate the stones and the flags in front of them,” Hallenback told the Register-Star.

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Lincoln Presidential Library Decides To No Longer Sell John Wilkes Booth Bobble Head Doll. Good Move or Denial of History?


The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield Illinois announces it will no longer be selling The John Wilkes Booth bobble head dolls according to Museum spokesperson Dave Blanchette.

The decision came after the Gettysburg National Military Park pulled the dolls from its stores earlier this week. 

Blanchette told the Chicago Tribune that even though the museum’s administrators had not received any complaints about the dolls that they agreed that they were in bad taste and not appropriate for sale. He went on to say that they took a hard look at having these items for sale. The dolls with Booth holding a handgun were removed from the Shelves of the Gettysburg shop on Saturday. 

The Booth Dolls, Which are about 7 inches tall and are packaged in boxes that look like the inside of the theater which Lincoln was killed in. The Dolls were sold online for $20.00 each. The Doll is oddly popular having already sold 150 of the 250 that had been made. According to Sales Manger or BobbleHead LLC Matt Powers more of the doll will be made at the Kansas City, Mo. Plant. The company sells dolls of many controversial figures, for example Kim Jong-il Powers went on to say “There’s a market out there, We like to let the customer decide if it’s a good item or not.”

From: Sodahead

Forever stamps issued for the sesquicentennial

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VIENNA,Va., March 7, 2012 — The first stamps of the four year Civil War sesquicentennial have been unveiled by Post Office officials in Charleston, S.C.  Stamps will be issued annually in commemoration of the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War, which raged from 1861–1865, beginning when the opening shots were fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

The site of the new stamps is within earshot of the place where the attack took place, having the honor of being the first stamp. Its companion stamp shows the fighting at the Battle of First Manassas or Bull Run as it was called in the North. The accompanying description of the battle fails to state that the Southern troops won the battle, saying only that while the Northern Army had hoped to “crush the rebels,” instead they witnessed “fierce resistance from Southern troops and a preview of the long war to come.” Translation: the South won.

The stamps will be issued on a two-sided sheet, six of each design on the front, and a description of what they portray on the reverse. It is anticipated that a large number of the stamps will not be used for postage, but will become collectors’ items.

Read more at the Washington Times

The Real John Carter


I've waited 50 years for this movie.

This weekend Disney releases, John Carter, the first movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars.  As a young reader in the 1960s I was intrigued by the main character. John Carter was one of the few Confederate heroes in adventure fiction.  

Carter, a Confederate captain is transported to Barsoom (Mars) where he becomes embroiled in another Civil War; not one of his choosing. But like our Civil War, the war on Barsoom  could be rightly called, "a rich man's war and a poor man's fight." Carter becomes embroiled in a struggle that changes the future of his new world.

As unique as John Carter is there have been a hand full of Confederate movie heroes.  from Cold Mountain, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and even Birth of a Nation, Confederate soldiers have been portrayed as both noble and broken.  see more at  Screen Junkies.

But lets not forget the real John Carter:

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