John Logan with wife Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan, son Manning Alexander Logan, and daughter Mary Elizabeth Dollie Logan (c1870)

The love story behind our first Memorial Day (1955)

When the flowers are reverently placed on the graves tomorrow, there will be many indebted to a tall, dark-haired frontiersman-soldier-statesman, General John Alexander Logan. Through his efforts, encouraged by his loyal wife, Memorial Day was founded.
Southern fruitcake recipe (1921)

Southern fruitcake recipe (1921)

This old Colonial Southern fruitcake recipe is the real old-fashioned fruitcake prepared on all the Southern plantations for the holiday season before the war.

Who was Frederick Douglass? (1895)

Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave in Talbot county, Maryland, in 1817, was the one conspicuous anti-slavery agitator who spoke of the wrongs and cruelty of slavery from personal experience.

Civil war leaders (1863-1865)

These drawings come from 'A history of the Civil War, 1861-1865, and the causes that led up to the great conflict,' compiled from the official records of the War Department and published in 1912.

8 Civil War-era dresses for women (1862)

This style, made of heavy black silk, is among the most beautiful novelties of the spring mantillas. No description is required, as its mode is fully explained by the illustration.