Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘Civil War’


Thaddeus Lowe: Daredevil Balloonist

Thaddeus Lowe: Daredevil Balloonist
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Thaddeus didn’t just do things, he was a “daredevil.” His actions or “derring-do” were called bold and brave “exploits.” These descriptions of Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe and his actions formed as a result of his role as a civilian aeronaut, a balloonist for the Union Army, engaged in aerial surveillance during the Civil War. Curator […]

Civil War Medicine

Civil War Medicine

As a result of massive casualties during the American Civil War, a sea of hospital tents sprung up around Washington D.C. Walt Whitman called them “grim clusters.” Grim might be too tame of a word. At the start of the war in 1861, the “ways” of medicine was just coming out of what’s called the […]

When Johnny Came Marching West

When Johnny Came Marching West

On April 9, 2015 local churches, schools and public buildings can partake in a national observance. A nationwide commemoration of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Confederate Army—150 years ago—will be observed on Thursday.¹ Locations with bells will ring them for four minutes beginning at 3:15 p.m. EST—one minute for each year of the […]

Moments in Time

Moments in Time

Last week I went to see Pasadena Museum of History’s companion exhibits Pasadena Pursuit and Mystery History for the third time. Fascinating historical facts, artifacts, and photographs fill two galleries. Fun, informative, and interactive! The curator of Pasadena Pursuit, Dan McLaughlin, set up a kiosk in the North Gallery where you can search Pasadena Public […]

Pasadena’s Progressive Spirit Began With Abolitionist Pioneers

Pasadena’s Progressive Spirit Began With Abolitionist Pioneers

Awhile back, we wrote about abolitionist John Brown’s three children and son-in-law, who settled in Pasadena in the 1880s. Though certainly the most famous, they were far from being the only abolitionists in early Pasadena; nor were they the only ones with connections to John Brown. The city’s ties to the pre-Civil War antislavery movement were […]

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