William Washington. More than likely, his is not a familiar name to you, but by the time of the Civil War he was a successful artist. An example of a “local boy made good,” Washington was born in Snickersville in Loudoun County, Virginia, on October 7, 1833.
By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator & Director of Collections
On May 2, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was accidently shot by his own men while on a night reconnaissance mission with a few members of his staff. Carried from the field, he died on May 10 after having his mangled left arm amputated. As one of Robert E. Lee’s best commanders, his loss was sorely felt among the Confederate leadership.
Prompted by Germany’s declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare, the United States entered “the Great War” on the side of the Allies in April 1917. While the U.S. government worried about the loyalty of millions of German-Americans, other “hyphenated Americans” went out of their way to demonstrate their support of the American war effort.
As visitors go through the White House of the Confederacy, one of their most common questions is, “What is that?” There are many items in the house, unique to the 19th century, the purpose of which is initially…illusive. There are three objects in particular that we will most certainly be asked about on almost every tour. If you have ever wondered which are the most asked about objects in the house, read on.
By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator and Director of Collections
Today we might call President Jefferson Davis a micro-manager. He took interest in a variety of aspects in the running of the war which probably could have been left to subordinates. On the mantel of his home office we find two prototype artillery projectiles. These wooden models (the actual projectiles were made of iron) were the type that served as patterns in the government’s Patent Office.