Gunshot uniform of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, a 24-year old law-clerk and a friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Sent to Alexandria, Virginia, on 24 May 1861, the day after Virginia voted for secession - Ellworth was killed while removing a Confederate flag. He was the first Union officer to die in the war. Note the faded wool, the result of removing the bloodstains.
(A view of Grant's cabin from the side porch of Appomattox Manor). General Grant’s headquarters was at City Point, Virginia during the siege of Petersburg. Grant placed his tent on the property of Dr. Richard Eppes’ plantation, a prime spot along the James River. He could have taken up residence inside the manor house but chose to live as and among his troops. While Grant was away in Washington on official business, unbeknown to him, many tents were replaced by cabins.
On the morning of September 17, 1862, about 5:30 a.m., began the battle of Antietam. In the South, also known as the battle of Sharpsburg. By day’s end, the fighting would result in the bloodiest single-day battle in American History.