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"In Defence of the Union," Pennsylvania Volunteer Certificate, circa 1861

THUMMER, SAMUEL AMPUTATION OF ARM. [gangrene] Rank CPL, Company F, Regiment 209, State PENN, MOS, VOLUNTEERS, Battle PETERSBURG, VA [Civil War] Date of Injury 2 APR 1865

ca. 1870, [Tintype portrait of (Francis) Jefferson Coates, who lost both eyes at Gettysburg and was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor and the rank of Brevet Captain]

Union officer with "contraband", 1862...two months after this photo was taken President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

People sit on the curb amongst the confetti, tickertape and paper from the parade celebrating the end of WWII in NYC on VJ Day. August 14, 1945.

After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.

John Burns. Veteran of the War of 1812. On July 1, 1863 a Civil War battle - Gettysburg - started in his back yard. Grabbed his musket and joined the Union Army in the fight. Wounded three times but survived. Passed away at the age of 79.

1860 Young girls. Older girl still doesn't cover her hair and skirt hasn't reached the floor yet, but her dress pattern is similar to that worn by adults. Younger girl has no crinoline under her skirt and widely set small polkadots

Medical clothing worn during time of plague, 1819, Marseille. Plague Doctors would carry a stick or staff as part of their uniform to fend off any infected person who came to close.