15. When I was 10 years old, Morse envisioned my future with the addition of a transatlantic cable. The cable doesn't succeed until I am around 30. A major question that needed to be answered was how to insulate the wires that will be underwater and under pressure. The answer was Gutta Percha, a latex type substance from trees in Asia. The gutta-percha was wrapped around the copper wires and suddenly communication was possible.
This picture was taken in a Civil War Camp near Washington DC in 1862. Interesting thing is that it shows a soldier with his wife and children. It is hard to say if the woman had just come to visit her husband, or if she was living there in the camp. Either way, it makes an interesting picture.
Between July 13-18 1863 large and bloody riots raged in New York City over the draft and racial tensions. The Emancipation Proclamation had been enacted in January of 1863 and had raised the ire of poor German and Irish immigrants who stated that "[we] are sold for 300 [the price of exemption from war service] whilst they pay 1000 for negroes." Draft offices were burned the ground, union soldiers attacked and African-Americans lynched in the 5 days of mayhem.
The small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland lies in the narrow strip of the state between Virginia and Pennsylvania. Just east of the town winds a small stream known as Antietam Creek bordered by farms. This patch of farmland would forever change when the Confederate and Union Armies clashed one September day in 1862. The Battle of Antietam became known as the bloodiest day of the Civil War with over twenty three thousand men dead or wounded in a single day and many those souls, still linger.
Bloody Lane Battle of Antietam, 1862; Confederate dead at Bloody Lane, looking northeast from the south bank; the Union soldiers looking on were likely members of the 130th Pennsylvania, who were assigned burial detail Photograph by Alexander Gardner
Only known authentic death photo of Lincoln. It shows him lying in state in New York City Hall, ten days after his assassination. It was taken by Garvey and Son, New York photographers. They later destroyed the original plate and all prints of it, except for one. Army did not allow pictures of Lincoln to be taken in his casket.