Mining a Mystery–Poor Ellen Smith, pt. 2

Aoife O’Donovan This is the second in a series of posts on “Poor Ellen Smith.” Read the first one here. Our posts here at Murder Ballad Monday are just a few small additions to the numerous reviews, ruminations on, and histories of “Poor Ellen Smith.” In all of the sources … → read more

“The Cumberland and the Merrimac”

The Sinking of the “Cumberland” by the Ironclad “Merrimac“, off Newport News Va. March 8th 1862 – Currier and Ives, 1862 Introduction This week we return once again to the American Civil War for some music that might make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.  Any … → read more

“The Southern Girl’s Reply”

Unidentified girl in mourning dress holding framed photograph of her father as a cavalryman with sword and Hardee hat – tintype, ca. 1870, Library of Congress IntroductionEvery spring I teach a unit on the American Civil War, after which my colleagues and I take our 8th graders to spend three days exploring the … → read more