Little Nemo in Slumberland

“A weekly fantasy adventure [ by Winsor McCay], Little Nemo in Slumberland featured the young Nemo (“No one” in Latin) who dreamed himself into wondrous predicaments[1] from which he awoke in bed in the last panel.[2] The first episode[a] begins with a command from King Morpheus of Slumberland to a minion to collect Nemo.[3] Nemo…

Don’t Believe The Hype

“One can’t judge till one’s forty; before that we’re too eager, too hard, too cruel, and in addition much too ignorant.” Henry James Hmm. The powers that be talk about internet security (control) and then there’s a bunch of cyber attacks . . . Why are be-headings worse than the more common gun violence in…

“Courage mattered. Loyalty mattered. Honor mattered. Personal Pride mattered. Soldiers, and their culture, defined these as masculine values. The Gilded Age substituted gain for cause and friends for comrades.” Richard White

Charles Francis Adams, despite being considered an authority on the management of railroads couldn’t keep the Union Pacific stable as its president. One of the reasons, according to Richard White in Railroaded,  was the boys–the young men too young to have fought in the war seemed “weak, unruly, willful and hard to control.” On July…

A Christmas Card For A Soldier

“A green wrinkled sheet of thick card in his empty money pouch caught John Weldon’s eye. He pulled it out between his two long fingers. Hand-drawn timorous trees in black ink dressed the card’s message from the only care package he had ever received that first Christmas of the war . . . Christmas ….

Forgotten Men and Mules Set To Music

Here’s what happens when you visit a military museum instead of going on a Christmas house tour in December: the usual melancholy of a fallen world. I promise next week will be all sweetness and light!

Books I’ve Known And Loved

I haven’t actually read this one yet, but my husband surprised me with the book and I know I’ll love it since it’s by one of my favorite historians, Oliver Knight, of Life and Manners of the Frontier Army fame (famous to me anyway). A book about the journalists who traveled along with the army…