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this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Palmito Ranch Ends (1865)


Battle of Palmito Ranch Ends (1865)

More than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, ending the American Civil War, fighting continued in other regions. The Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought in Texas on May 12-13, 1865, and was the last major clash of arms in the war. It ended with a Confederate victory, with 118 Union soldiers killed and a few dozen rebels wounded. Who was the last casualty of the battle—and likely the last of the war? More… Discuss

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picture of the day: Happy Days Photographer Gertrude Kasebier



Happy Days

Photographer Gertrude Kasebier captures a portrait of her grandson, Charles O’Malley, surrounded by girls (holding wildflowers and a kitten) in Newport, Rhode Island in 1902.

Photo: Library of Congress

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today’s image: Grant’s Commission On March 9, 1864,



Grant’s Commission On March 9, 1864,

President Abraham Lincoln officially commissioned Ulysses S. Grant the first Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army since George Washington. In the face of repeated defeats on the eastern front of the war, Grant had been a consistent source of good news — and good generalship — in the West. ‘I can’t spare this man,’ Lincoln said, ‘he fights.’

Photo: Library of Congress

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Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto Nr. 3 in D minor , op.30 (1909) – Horowitz/New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Metha,Conducting: Great compositions/performances


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: SCHUYLER COLFAX (1823)


Schuyler Colfax (1823)

Colfax was the 17th vice president of the US, serving under Ulysses S. Grant. A prominent newspaperman, he helped organize Indiana’s Republican party and was elected to the House of Representatives in the 1850s. He retained his congressional seat until 1869, when he moved on to the office of vice president. With a combined age of 91, Grant and Colfax were the youngest team to enter the White House until Bill Clinton and Al Gore over a century later. What scandal ended Colfax’s political career? More… Discuss