How many soldiers come home with secrets? How many with scars? Morphine, opium and laudanum, despite being blamed for much heartache, were in the 19th century seen as miracle drugs. The medical calamity of the Civil War was made more bearable by the massive use of painkillers.
Just some fun LINKS: CIVIL WAR BRO-MANCE PHOTOS CIVIL WAR COUPLES PHOTOS TWO CHILDREN OF THE US CIVIL WAR STILL RECEIVING PENSIONS (2013)
On the Departure Platform We kissed at the barrier; and passing through She left me, and moment by moment got Smaller and smaller, until to my view She was but a spot; A wee white spot of muslin fluff That down the diminishing platform bore Through hustling crowds of gentle and rough To the carriage…
LINK: A Filthy History: When New Yorkers Lived Knee-Deep in Trash
The doctor led Thankful and Buck through the short, cool hallway to the adjacent room reserved for hopeless cases. There lay the lieutenant asleep. “He’s not dead, is he?” Buck asked from the doorway, craning his neck to see. “No, Buck,” the doctor replied and turned to Thankful. “You may want to say your last…
***Featured Image: Knitting by Thomas Eakins
An interesting analysis of one of my favorite paintings by Winslow Homer on SPENCER’S PAINTING OF THE WEEK
LINK: THE LIES OF ‘THE CROWN’ AND ‘THE POST’ Image courtesy Vanity Fair
“Dr. Van Dyke is the kind of a friend to have when one is up against a difficult problem. He will take trouble, days and nights of trouble, if it is for somebody else or for some cause he is interested in.” Helen Keller said of him. There are some long-dead men who follow their…
New takes on old tunes.