5 must-read blog posts of 2014 for Civil War fanatics
From scary-looking dental devices to a highly symbolic stump, there were many Civil War blog posts you loved this year. Here are your favorites, readers.
Sherman is a fascinating figure—and not just because of his "march to the sea." You may be surprised to learn that he loved the South and was a California gold rush pioneer. This post was read over 11,000 times, a record-breaker among our Civil War posts!
It's been in Smithsonian collections for 126 years, but the Spotsylvania stump still looks like it was just removed from the battlefield.
Too bad Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby barely got to wear this dapper cape, lined in scarlet. Find out why in the post.
Spoiler alert: We aren't 100% sure if President Lincoln's assassin used these field glasses, which had a special setting for use in theaters. But the clues are enticing!
Many of the soldiers who participated in the Battle of Shiloh had probably lost a tooth at some point, but false teeth would have been relatively rare, especially a denture of this quality. We took the mysterious denture to our conservation lab for some analysis.
Next year, we'll bring you blog posts focusing on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln. Have an artifact or topic you want us to blog about? Share it in the comments!
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