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At the Battle of Chancellorsville, Lee and his most trusted general, Stonewall Jackson, daringly divided their army and attacked the flank of the Union troops lead by General Joseph Hooker, commander of the Army of the Potomac, defeating his superior forces. Unfortunately, following the battle, Jackson was accidentally shot by his own sentry and died soon after. On May 6, 1863, Lee issued an general order, or speech, suggesting a day of thanks. "General Orders No. 59" was published in the Harpers Weekly of May 23, 1863. Still hoping for Jackson's recovery, Lee ended the order with these lines:...
Created by: Guillaume, L.M.D.
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When the Civil War began, Lee was put in command of all of Virginia's forces, but once the Confederate States Army was formed, he was named one of its first 5 full generals. At first assumed too timid, he was termed "Granny Lee", but after the Seven Days Battles in 1862, his men revered him as "Marse Robert". On January 31, 1865, Lee was promoted to general-in-chief of the Confederate forces, but by then the South was clearly losing the war. After Lee's surrender on April 9, 1865, he discouraged his officers from continuing the conflict via guerilla warfare and...
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The descendant of Welsh farmers, William Floyd was born December 17, 1734 at Brookhaven, Long Island, New York. His father died when he was young, leaving him a moderate sized farm, but putting an end to his education. As an adult, he embraced the cause of independence, becoming a New York delegate to the first Continental Congress in 1774 and continued as a delegate to the Congress until 1782, in which capacity he was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. After the war, he was appointed major general of the Long Island militia. He married twice and...
Created by: Earl, Ralph E.W.
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Genevieve has a German bisque head with brown hair and blue eyes. She is dressed in the holiday costume of a frontier woman. The pattern on her cotton chemise is hand-blocked (an early version of calico); many patterned fabrics were made so by having patterns printed on them by woodblock rather than being actually woven into the material. Over this, she wears a red bodice with black lacings. She also wears a red and black cotton skirt in a typical design of the era, consisting of a front panel which attached to her corset by tapes and an overskirt which would have also tied at the waist....
Created by: Gray, Ruth Lewelling
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This beautifully delineated portrait with its play of darkness and light is by one of the great Northern European portraitists of the 18th century, Balthazar Denner. Though his birthplace was then within the Danish kingdom, it later became part of Hamburg and Denner is considered a German artist. The son of a Mennonite minister, he suffered an injury at age eight that left him lame for life. While convalescing, he began to sketch and copy paintings by Dutch masters which emphasized the chiaruscuro (play of darkness and light) popular in Rembrandts work. He eventually entered the Berlin Academy of Art...
Created by: Denner, Balthazar
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Frame has blue glass around picture with a row of rhinestones between picture and blue glass. Plaited hair under glass in back.
Created by: Ramage, John
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(1714-1727) Black basalt medallion. Kings and Queens of England. Impressed: WEDGWOOD and GEORGE I.
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Manufactured by: Wedgwood, J.
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(1727-1760). Black basalt medallion. Kings and Queens of England. Impressed: WEDGWOOD and scratched "George II". Purchased
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Manufactured by: Wedgwood, J.
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(1760-1820) Black basalt medallion. Kings and Queens of England. Impressed: WEDGWOOD 35.
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Manufactured by: Wedgwood, J.
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Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Written on paper glued to back of frame, "George Read-1733-1798 signer for Delaware"
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