Here are our most recent "Pages of the Week!" What have you found recently?
Clara Barton sometimes pressed leaves and flowers in her diaries, like this ivy leaf between pages about her trip to Jersey City and Washington DC. https://go.usa.gov/xmRb5
An early Whitman favorite, an early draft of "Ashes of Soldiers", then titled "Ashes of Roses":
Dust of the dead/ ashes of blue & gray/ ashes of battle-pits/ solemn & strange cement
Page from a Red Cross staff diary entry about Turkish-Armenian relief mission in 1896 and provision of care "irrespective religeous preferences". Also a chance to learn to make the £ sign on US keyboards! .
I believe Edwin Booth voted for Lincoln.
This week's page of the week is brought to you by our Memorial Day Review Challenge, which is focusing on completing pages from the Lefthanded Penmanship Contest of our "Disabled but not disheartened" campaign in honor of those who have served and sacrificed.
On twitter, Historian Adam Rothman asked for By the People volunteers to review a contest entry by Robert Pinn, wounded during service in the U.S. Colored Troops. On this page Pinn writes of his experiences as a free black man and as a soldier fighting for his personhood:
I was born in the town of
Massillon Stark County State of Ohio.
where I experianced all the disadvantages
peculiar to my proscribed race.
Being born to labor I was not premitted
to enjoy the blessings of a common School
education, It is hardly necessary
to say that very little can be expected
of me, So far as correct composition
In '61, when the whole of the Loyal North
was aroused by reason of the cowardly
assault upon Fort Sumter, I was very
Eager to become a Soldier, in order to
prove by my feeble efforts the black mans
wrights to untrammeled manhood. I
was denied admission to the ranks of
the loyalists, on acount of my color
not being of that kind which is considered
a standard in this country
(text copied from current transcription, still in need of review!)
Ironically, I just worked my way up to R A Pinn's entries. I am at page 97. Should be there soon.
Don't remember the page but came across a soldier wounded at Chancellorsville who was wounded and then shot in the leg while lying in the field. He also claimed he was wounded on 5/2 and not removed from the field until 5/16.
Came across this poem by one of the soldiers. It is clever,witty and poignant. It is five pages but goes fast. You must read this. Start at this page and advance until finished. Pages 55-59