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Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Musings

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all our Rosen-readers. Since Memorial Day began as a holiday to remember and decorate the graves of the Civil War dead, it seems appropriate to remind everyone of our ongoing Today in the Civil War blog, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with objects from our collection.

Here are a few images, taken from Today in the Civil War, of those who lost their lives in the great conflict.

AMs 811-2_1 Ellsworth photograph (Large)
Matthew Brady, carte de visite photograph of Col. Elmer Ellsworth. 1860. AMs 811/2.1
 Elmer Ellsworth, one of the first casualties of the war.

J.W. Everett & Co., carte de visite of John Reynolds. New York, n.d. Rush V:42:03
John Reynolds, killed on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg.

Cash & Godshaw,carte de visite of Adolph Rosengarten. Louisville, Kentucky, 1862. Rush V:42:03
Adolph Rosengarten, killed at Murfreesborough.

This might also be a good place to note an interesting recent study by J. David Hacker (published in 2012) which revised the number of Civil War dead upwards from the previously accepted 620,000 to around 750,000. The study used the "two census method" to determine the increase in male mortality due to the war.

Of course, Memorial Day is also about the start of summer, which in Philadelphia means the shore. So here are a few shots of Rosenbachs at the beach.

Reproduction of Rosenbach family photograph. 2006.2506.006  Gift of Joan Keiser

Moses Rosenbach (A.S.W. and Philip's brother) with his wife and an unidentified woman.

Reproduction of Rosenbach family photograph. 2006.2506.007  Gift of Joan Keiser
Dr. Rosenbach as a beach-front hot dog cook.

Reproduction of Rosenbach family photograph. 2006.2506.006  Gift of Joan Keiser
Carrie Price (on the right) and Frankie Marshall at Dr. Rosenbach's shore house. 

Have a great weekend

Kathy Haas is the Associate Curator at The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia
and the primary poster at the Rosen-blog.

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