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CNN just posted this sample slideshow of LoC Civil War photographs, some of which are positively haunting. Just thought the Civil War buffs around here would be interested.

I did chuckle a bit at the second one: "Union Gen. Herman Haupt crosses the Potomac River on a one-man pontoon boat he invented..." It must have taken him ages to perfect the design of "two floating devices upon which sits a plank of wood."

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CNN just posted this sample slideshow of LoC Civil War photographs, some of which are positively haunting. Just thought the Civil War buffs around here would be interested.

I did chuckle a bit at the second one: "Union Gen. Herman Haupt crosses the Potomac River on a one-man pontoon boat he invented..." It must have taken him ages to perfect the design of "two floating devices upon which sits a plank of wood."

Water displacement, load balance, center of gravity, etc., I give Gen. Herman some props for his invention, however, I do wonder if he received and patent for it.

I think my favortie shot coupled with the backstory is of Johnny Clem. Most boys his age tag along on fishing trips and business deals but, at 9 years-old, Johnny chose to tag along with the 22nd Michigan Regiment and eventually retired a General.

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I think my favortie shot coupled with the backstory is of Johnny Clem. Most boys his age tag along on fishing trips and business deals but, at 9 years-old, Johnny chose to tag along with the 22nd Michigan Regiment and eventually retired a General.

Well, he was doing something right even then. He's fourteen in the picture and already a sargeant!

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