Saturday, 21 April 2012

Pictures from the American Civil War

On the website of The Atlantic is the first of three collections of photos taken 150 years ago. Amazing in their clarity and shocking in the frank way in which the conditions of the battlefields are shown. 
Many of our Fitzhenry forebears were affected by the war, from the Irish emigrants who escaped poverty and famine to find themselves actually involved in the conflict, to the families they left behind in Ireland, to the cotton mill workers in the industrial north-east of England who lost their livelihoods when the raw cotton was not harvested during the war.
Well worth a look.

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