Echoes Through Time

Echoes Through Time The ONLY Civil War Museum and Learning Center in Western NY. We have a large reference library for research, We do educational, history programs & tours

The ONLY Civil War Museum and Learning Center in Western New York.

Mission: To help Education those who are interested in the War Between the States era, and to help promote - Battlefield Preservation & awareness

06/09/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....

7) What 19 year old Sergeant took water to wounded enemies and became known as the "Angel of Marye's Heights?"

ANSWER ~ Richard Rowland Kirkland

06/08/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....

6) Jeb Stuart of the C.S.A. kept a banjo player on his Headquarters staff. As though ears filled with music were not enough to guarantee a win, he rode into Battle wearing an ostrich plume in his hat and gray coat lined scarlet.

06/07/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....

5) What Kentucky Born West Pointer served in the Artillery, the Infantry and the Cavalry?

ANSWER ~ Brigadier General Hylan Benton Lyon

06/06/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....

4) What Tar Heel Unionist enlisted as a private in the First North Carolina State troops, became a Brigadier General, then spent 23 post war years as a U S Senator?

ANSWER ~ Matt W Ransom

July 2019 PotM Accepting Entries!
06/05/2019
July 2019 PotM Accepting Entries!

July 2019 PotM Accepting Entries!

If you love to take photos at Civil War battlefields or Reenactments, you can now post your best shots in our Monthly Contest! Be sure to read the rules, some rules have been changed and we have…

06/05/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....

3) Who was the only General Officer to fight on both sides, as a U S Army Captain and as a C.S.A. Brigadier?

ANSWER ~ Frank C Armstrong

06/04/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....

2) Under the C.S.A., Furlough and Bounty Act 1862, How much cash did a soldier receive for a three year enlistment?
ANSWER ~ $50. in Confederate Money.

06/03/2019

So lets have 30 days of Trivia and facts that get overlooked....
1) Which General refused to use pepper on his food, saying it gave him pains in his left leg?
ANSWER ~ Lt. General Thomas (Stonewall)
Jackson

06/02/2019

American Civil War Interesting Facts

* During Sherman's March to the Sea, the Union soldiers would heat up rail road ties and then bend them around tree trunks. They were nicknamed "Sherman's neckties".
* After John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln, he jumped from the box and broke his leg. However, he still managed to stand up on the stage and yell out the Virginia State Motto "Sic semper tyrannis" which means "Thus always to tyrants".
* Clara Barton was a famous nurse to the Union Troops. She was called the "Angel of the Battlefields" and founded the American Red Cross.

Elmira Civil War Prison Camp
06/01/2019

Elmira Civil War Prison Camp

The Elmira Soldier Relief Association is making bed ticks for the barracks today. Simple bags of cotton ticking closed by 3 buttons and stuffed with straw will be added to the barrack building when finished.

06/01/2019

American Civil War Interesting Facts

* Many of the Southern men already knew how to shoot a gun from hunting. The Northern men tended to work in factories and many didn't know how to fire a gun.
* Bayonets were sharp blades attached to the end of rifles.
* President Lincoln asked Robert E. Lee to command the Union forces, but Lee was loyal to Virginia and fought for the South.
* After the war, General Lee was so appreciative of General Grant's terms and behavior when he surrendered that he would not allow a bad word said about Grant in his presence.

05/31/2019

American Civil War Interesting Facts

* Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address was only 269 words long.
* Stonewall Jackson, one of the South's greatest generals, was killed by friendly fire.
* Lincoln dreamed of getting assassinated only a few days before he was killed by John Wilkes Booth.
* Only 1 in 4 Southern farmers owned slaves, but it was the rich and powerful farmers who owned them.
* In the first few battles each side did not have regular uniforms. This made it tough to figure out who was who. Later the Union would wear dark blue uniforms and the Confederates gray coats and pants.

05/30/2019

American Civil War Interesting Facts

* Around 9 million people lived in the Southern states at the time of the Civil War. Around 3.4m were slaves.
* Sixty six percent of the deaths in the war were due to disease.
* In the Second Battle of Bull run many of the wounded were left on the battle field for 3 to 4 days.
* John and George Crittenden were brothers who were both generals during the war. John for the North and George for the South!

05/29/2019

American Civil War Interesting Facts

* The Union Army of 2,100,000 soldiers was nearly twice the size of the Confederate Army of 1,064,000.
* It was the deadliest war in American history. There were around 210,000 soldiers killed in action and 625,000 total dead.
* Thirty percent of all Southern white males between the ages of 18 and 40 died in the war.

05/29/2019

The Civil War Ends
General Robert E. Lee surrenders (April 9, 1865) - General Lee, the leader of the Confederate Army, surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at The Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

President Lincoln is Assassinated (April 14, 1865) - While attending the Ford's Theatre, President Lincoln is shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth.

Reconstruction of the South (1865-1877) - The South is occupied by Federal troops while state governments, economies, and infrastructure are rebuilt.

05/28/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

Sherman Captures Atlanta (Sept. 2, 1864) - General Sherman captures the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Later in the year he would march to the sea and capture Savannah, Ga. On his way he would destroy and burn much of the land his army passed through.

Aurora Town Historian
05/27/2019

Aurora Town Historian

EAST AURORA'S LAST CIVIL WAR VETERANS....A Dec. 30, 1937 letter from the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization for Civil War veterans, lists East Aurora's last four surviving Civil War veterans. There were five members on Memorial Day in 1935, when this photograph of the entire membership of Author Smith Post 506, G.A.R., posed for a photograph. John Buffum, on the left, died the following year. Also pictured, from the left of Mr. Buffum, are George A. Edwards, Joseph C. Kent, James B. Pattengell and Milford C. Brooks.

05/27/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

Emancipation Proclamation (Jan. 1, 1863) - President Lincoln issues an executive order freeing many slaves and laying the groundwork for the Thirteenth Amendment.

The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1, 1863) - A major battle where the North not only wins the battle, but starts to win the Civil War.

05/26/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

Many Battles of 1861 and 1862 - Throughout 1861 and 1862 there were many battles where lots of soldiers from both sides were wounded and killed. Some of the major battles include the First and Second Battles of Bull Run, The Battle of Shiloh, The Battle of Antietam, and the Battle of Fredericksburg. There was also the famous sea battle between the two ironclad battleships the Monitor and the Merrimac. These ships had iron or steel plates on their sides for armor making them much stronger and changing war on the seas forever.

05/25/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

Union Blockade (April 19, 1861) - Abraham Lincoln announces the Union Blockade where the Union Navy will attempt to keep supplies from entering or leaving the Confederacy. This blockade will weaken the Confederacy later in the war.

05/24/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

The Civil War Begins (April 12, 1861) - The South attacks Fort Sumter South Carolina and starts the war.

More States leave the Union (April 1861) - within a short period of time Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas all leave the Union to join the Confederacy.

05/23/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

The Confederation is formed (Feb. 9, 1861) - The southern states form their own country called the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis is their president.

Abraham Lincoln becomes President (March 4, 1861) - Now that President Lincoln is in office, he wants to restore the Union. In other words, get all the states back into the same country.

05/22/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

South Carolina Secedes (Dec. 20, 1860) - South Carolina became the first state to secede, or leave, the United States. They decided to make their own country rather than be part of the USA. Within a few months several other states including Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana would also leave the Union.

Vermont in the Civil War
05/21/2019

Vermont in the Civil War

The Soldiers Casket, a magazine published at least from January to September 1865, contained articles, poems, letters searching for missing soldiers, as well as lists explaining when and where they went missing. Some of them were repeated month after month, including the following originally published in the 1st (January 1865) edition:

Personal Department.

Inquiries.

HARVEY R. BUTTS, Compan E, First Vermont
Cavalry, Colonel Wells, Lieutenant of Company E, -- Butts was in the gallant rear guard that covered General Sheridan's backward march from Mount Crawford, in the Shenandoah Valley. On the 7th of October, the Rebel General Rosser attacked the rear guard. Since then nothing has been heard of Butts. Whether he was murdered in retaliation for the burning of barns, &c., by his captors, or carried to Richmond, his distresed (sic) parents do not know. He is their only son, and enlisted in August, 1864. (pages 185, 313 (identical entries)

Editorial Department.

Two old people write us from Vermont:

"Oh, sir, we wish to learn about our only son, Narvey. He was in Sheridan's rear-guard, when the Rebel General Rosser attacked it. The report is that he was, with many others, murdered because Sheridan ordered the barns to be burned. Then, again, it is contradicted. We have never heard one word from him, and we know he would write -- as he was a ready writer -- unless it was out of his power to do so. Now, if our son is living, it would be a great blessing to know it, and if death where he is buried -- if at all -- it would be some little comfort to his parents' aching hearts."

Here the father signs his name, and the mother evidently attempts to do so too; but after commencing with a trembling capital letter, hands the pen to her husband, and he finishes her signature.

Webmaster's note: further records show he was taken prisoner on that date at Columbia Furnace, was incarcerated in Libby Prison in Richmond and died there.

Period - Civil War Molasses Candy Recipe and Candy Pulls
05/21/2019
Period - Civil War Molasses Candy Recipe and Candy Pulls

Period - Civil War Molasses Candy Recipe and Candy Pulls

"Here comes a great paper of candy from Will C. I like it better than his company, for he has been to see me every day, and candy has not. " -Sarah Morgan in 1862 Civil War Molasses Candy Recipe and…

05/21/2019

American Civil War Timeline

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

Abraham Lincoln Elected President (November 6, 1860) - Abraham Lincoln was from the northern part of the country and wanted to put an end to slavery. The southern states didn't want him president or making laws that would affect them.

05/20/2019

American Civil War Timeline

The American Civil War was fought between the southern states and the northern states. The southern states didn't want the North telling them what to do or making laws they didn't want. As a result, many southern states decided to break away and form their own country called the Confederacy. The North, however, wanted to stay as one united country; and so a war began. The Civil War, and the major events leading up to the war, lasted from 1860 to 1865.

We are going to go over a few events leading up to and including the War over the next few days……

Harpers Ferry Raid (October 16, 1859) - Abolitionist John Brown attempts to start a slave rebellion by taking over the Harpers Ferry arsenal. The uprising is quickly put down and John Brown is hanged for treason. Many people in the North, however, consider him a hero

05/19/2019

Interesting Facts About the Weapons of the Civil War
Photography was invented not too long before the war. As a result, the Civil War was first major U.S. war to be documented with photographs.
Repeating rifles were mostly available to Union troops and gave them a distinct advantage over the South near the end of the war.
Future steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie was in charge of the U.S. Military Telegraph Corps during the war.
The most popular bullet used in the Civil War was the Minie ball which was named after its inventor Claude Minie.

05/18/2019

There were many different weapons and technologies used during the Civil War. Some of them were used in a major war for the first time. These new technologies and weapons changed the future of war including the tactics used on the battlefield and the way wars were fought.

Railroads

Railroads also had a major impact on the war. Railroads enabled armies to move large numbers of troops long distances very quickly. Again, the more advanced industry of the North gave the Union an advantage in transportation as there were more railroad tracks in the North than in the South.

05/17/2019

There were many different weapons and technologies used during the Civil War. Some of them were used in a major war for the first time. These new technologies and weapons changed the future of war including the tactics used on the battlefield and the way wars were fought.

Telegraph

The invention of the telegraph changed the way wars were fought. President Lincoln and the Union military leaders were able to communicate in real time using the telegraph. They had updated information on enemy troop strengths and battle results. This gave them an advantage over the South which did not have the same communications infrastructure.

05/16/2019

There were many different weapons and technologies used during the Civil War. Some of them were used in a major war for the first time. These new technologies and weapons changed the future of war including the tactics used on the battlefield and the way wars were fought.

Balloons

One interesting new technology used by the Union was the hot-air balloon. Balloonists would fly above enemy troops to determine their movements, numbers, and locations. The South soon figured out ways to combat the balloonists including camouflage and ways of shooting them down.

05/15/2019

There were many different weapons and technologies used during the Civil War. Some of them were used in a major war for the first time. These new technologies and weapons changed the future of war including the tactics used on the battlefield and the way wars were fought.
Submarines and Ironclads

New technology in naval warfare included ironclads and submarines. The Civil War was the first major war that involved ironclad ships. These were ships that were protected by steel or iron armor plates. They were nearly impossible to sink with conventional weapons and forever changed the way ships were used in battle. At the same time, the Civil War introduced submarines into naval warfare. The first submarine to sink an enemy ship was the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley which sunk the Union ship the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864.

05/14/2019

There were many different weapons and technologies used during the Civil War. Some of them were used in a major war for the first time. These new technologies and weapons changed the future of war including the tactics used on the battlefield and the way wars were fought.
Cannon
Cannons were best at destroying enemy fortifications. They could fire either a large solid cannon ball or a bunch of smaller iron balls. Some cannon could knock down a wall or other fortification from up to 1000 yards away. The most popular cannon on both sides was a French-designed 12-pound howitzer cannon called the Napoleon. It usually took a crew of four soldiers to operate a cannon.

05/13/2019

There were many different weapons and technologies used during the Civil War. Some of them were used in a major war for the first time. These new technologies and weapons changed the future of war including the tactics used on the battlefield and the way wars were fought.
Swords, Knives, and Bayonets

Sometimes the soldiers would end up in close hand-to-hand combat where they no longer had time to load their rifles. Much of the time they would use a knife-like spike that was attached to the end of their rifle called a bayonet. If they dropped their rifle, then they may have a large knife they would use to fight with. Officers often had swords or pistols that they would use in close combat.

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45 E Main St
Springville, NY
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Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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