Denver’s Civic Center Park

The Civic Center in Denver, at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway, is the beating heart of Colorado, stretching from the Colorado Capitol to Denver City Hall.  The statue on the west steps of the Capitol Building is a Civil War cavalryman, dismounted with rifle in hand, in Memorial of the Colorado soldiers who fought […]

Jefferson Davis Captured—May 10, 1865

Irwinville, Georgia Confederate President Jefferson Davis ran until he could run no more.  Early in the morning on the 10th of May, 1865, the First Wisconsin and First Michigan Union cavalry caught up with the remaining Rebel leadership in camp in Irwin County, Georgia.  Davis had covered himself with his wife’s overcoat in the cold—when […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—May 4, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, Davids’ Island, New York Thursday–May 4th We lay anchor till 10.30 AM when the Hospital Boat Thomas PWay came alongside took us on board and at 11 AM we were on our way for Grant, U. S. Hospital situated on Davids Island 20 miles up east river from N.Y. City. We […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—May 3, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, Off Jersey City, New Jersey Wednesday–May 3rd When I first got up this morning I could not see land in any direction but we came in sight of Burgham Poart Light House at 7 AM and have been nearing the coast ever since. We passed the Barneygat Light House at 10.30 […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—May 2, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, At Sea off the Maryland Shore Tuesday–May 2nd I got up this morning and about the first object of note that met my eyes was three of Uncle Sams Monitors two single Turrit and one double. They were quite a curiosity to most of the soldiers. We find the hand on […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—May 1, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, off Hampton Roads, Virginia Monday–May 1st When I got up this morning I found myself in sight of Ft. Clark on Hattarass Inlett. The boat just haulted long enough for the Pilot to land and then we pulled out onto the broad Atlantic,there was quite a thunderstorm came up about 8 […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—April 30, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, off Cape Hattteras, North Carolina. Sunday–Apr. 30th We had quite a shower of rain in the night but it came off pleasant this morning. Those men that were examined yesterday were sent off this PM myselfe with the rest. We got aboard of the ocean steamer Kennebeck at the city of Newberne […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—April 28, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, New Bern, North Carolina Friday–Apr. 28th I feel rather unwell after my trip to the City and I think that I have taken some cold. There was about 50 men left here for the front this morning. The day has been very warm and sultry. I read 4 Chapts. today. On […]

Diary of Orrin Brown—April 27, 1865

Diary of Orrin Brown, New Bern, North Carolina Thursday–Apr. 27th The weather still holds out fine beautifull growing weather. I got a pass and went down to Newberne today. The whole City was trimed in mourning even to the collored people they show great respect for their diliverer from bondage. I went to the Christian […]