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Kady Brownell enlisted with her husband in the 1st Rhode Island Infantry Volunteers the day after Fort Sumter fell. She fought openly alongside her husband in several battles, including the first Battle of Bull Run. At the end of their 3-month enlistment, Kady and her husband re-enlisted in the 5th RI Infantry. Robert was wounded in the battle at New Bern, North Carolina, and the Brownells were transferred to New York while Robert recuperated. Both were discharged in the winter of 1863.


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A great woman who helped others when they needed it, followed her dreams, and advanced the world in medicine- all while being told women shouldn't behave in such a way…Rita Levi-Montalcini

Annie Edson Taylor was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday, October 24, 1901, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She is pictured with the cat she sent over the falls in the barrel a few days earlier to test its strength.

Believed to be the only known photo of a North Carolina Civil War soldier in uniform with a dog. He is 3rd Lt. Jesse Furgurson, Co. C, 32nd Regiment, North Carolina Troops.

*NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST~Major General fromTennessee.JULY13,1821–OCTOBER 29,1877.A most polarizing figure of the Civil War era,born:July13,1821inChapel Hill TN.Forrest moved to the MemphisDelta+ eventually became a successful businessman +millionaire,dealing in cotton,land+slaves. BATTLES:Fort Donelson,Parker'sCross Roads,Brice's CrossRoads,Tupelo,Spring Hill,Franklin.At the outbreak of theCivil War,Forrest volunteered as a private before deciding to raise+equip an entire unit at his own…

Leaving Parkland Hospital after the death of the President, Attorney General and brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy right behind her. Several times Jackie was offered a washcloth and a change of clothes, but she said, “No. Let them see what they’ve done to Jack.”

Rare Civil War Photos Wives and children sometimes followed their husbands to war, particularly in the early period of the conflict. “(The soldiers) were in the camp, and the women and the kids were right there.

Edmund Ruffin fired the first shot at Fort Sumter, officially kicking off the Civil War. With Lee's Surrender at Appomattox, Ruffin committed Suicide, Shooting himself in the head. Hence, he is often associated with shooting the first and last shots of the Civil War. Picture ca. 1860-65

Robert Gould Shaw (October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863) was an American officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As Colonel, he commanded the all-black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which entered the war in 1863. He was killed in the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, near Charleston, South Carolina.

The only woman buried in the Special Forces cemetery at Fort Bragg, NC. Martha Raye

Frances Louisa Clayton enlisted in a Minnesota regiment as Francis Clalin, presumably to be with her husband. She served under General Rosecrans in Tennessee. Her true identify was discovered when she was wounded and she was discharged in 1863. She was on a train home to Nashville when the train was attacked. Robbed of her papers she decided to try again. Once back in the army she stood guard, went on picket duty, and fought in the field with the rest of her comrades.

William Matthews was so enthusiastic about the new First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry in 1862 that he was one of the first to volunteer. Matthews’ enthusiasm spread and he convinced a number of exslaves to enlist in the regiment. The Leavenworth businessman soon was appointed captain, the highest ranking African American officer in the regiment. He is probably wearing two pistols because if captured, he would be executed immediately.

Even before blacks were officially recognized as federal soldiers, many slaves like Nick Biddle escaped and joined Union lines. In 1861, he wore a uniform, traveled with his employee’s company to Baltimore to help protect Washington, D.C., after the surrender of Fort Sumter. Once there, he was set upon by a pro-Confederate mob, attacked with slurs and a brick that hit him in the head so severely it exposed his skull. Some consider him the first man wounded in the Civil War.