Tag Archives: war

Song of the South

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. During the course of the American Civil War “generals planned to hear the course of the struggle — and, in some cases, the sounds never arrived. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Ena

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am doing a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. All quotations are from that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Benjamin Bathurst

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 25, 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst was preparing to leave the small German town of Perleberg. He stood outside the inn, watching his portmanteau being loaded onto the carriage, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One Foot In The Grave

Just a quick reblog today. I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “When a surgeon took off Lord Uxbridge’s leg after the Battle of Waterloo, a local resident asked permission to bury the limb in his garden in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Charlotte’s Web

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. The original source was the Foreign Quarterly Review (Jan 1844). Though perhaps not a true story, the Review “reports the case of Quatremer Disjonval, a Dutch adjutant-general whom the Prussians had incarcerated in a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Death by Nostalgia

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Noodles”). In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, nostalgia was considered a disease, and was only declassified as a disease (I assume they mean universally? Or perhaps just in the UK … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Medical Duty

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “Secessionist Roger A. Pryor was visiting Fort Sumter just before the outbreak of the Civil War when he accidentally drank a bottle of poison. A Union doctor named Samuel Crawford pumped … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment