Click the above picture to see a slide show of rare Civil War pics
provided by the Associated Press on Yahoo! News.
As soon as I see an old black and white or sepia tone picture, my curiosity is instantly turned on and I have to check it out. I've never been a big Civil War historian, but I do find it amazing how these folks lived and fought and suffered.
I have a friend who is intrigued with the time period and reads
anything she can get her hands on pertaining to it.
When visiting friends in Kentucky a few years ago, I was able to tour a southern mansion. It sat out in the middle of nowhere...well, it seemed like nowhere to me because I had no idea where we were...and belonged to Cassius M. Clay...the original Cassius Clay, not the boxer...the visit really struck something within me...the amount of rich history jam-packed into once place...the beauty of the era...and the sadness. Very moving!
There was one room upstairs in Clay's "Whitehall" that we couldn't go into
(kind of like Graceland...boy was I disappointed! LOL!)
and it was so inviting. A velvet rope was strung across the doorway. At first I thought they may have been doing some restoration work, but it didn't look that way. The room wasn't like the others in the mansion...it had a low beam ceiling, small canopy bed...it wasn't furnished as decadent as the other rooms. Someone asked the tour guide (who was a lovely young woman decked out in full southern belle reagalia on a day in AUGUST so hot it seemed hard to breathe at times) why the room was off limits and she simply said "It's a special room...we can't go in there".
I am so thankful to the people who restore old houses in their period look...whether they be simple farmhouses or southern mansions. I understand that Whitehall was a mess for a long time. I had read somewhere that the house's massive grand piano served as a nest for chickens until it was rescued and restored. Whenever I learn of an old house being torn down it sure does make me sad. Yes...it is costly to restore these old places, but what treasures!