Category Archives: Civil War

“BONNIE BELMONT” Book by Judge John S. (Salisbury) Cochran,1907 with history by John Bowman 2017

I believe this is a picture you will never see anywhere else…all three “BONNIE BELMONT” Editions together in one photo.   “BONNIE BELMONT A Historical Romance of the Days of Slavery and the Civil War” Cochran, Judge John S. 1907, Wheeling, W. VA. Press of Wheeling News Lithograph Co. BONNIE BELMONT is perhaps is the […]

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The “BATTLE OF BELMONT” Civil War Steamboat History by John Bowman

The “BATTLE OF BELMONT”, General U.S. Grant’s first CIVIL WAR Battle. Civil War Steamboat History by John Bowman November 7, 1861, in the Civil War’s “Battle of Belmont”, the following episode got quite a bit of notice (bad press). The Timberclads USS Tyler and USS Lexington escorted steamboat transports ferrying three thousand Federal troops to […]

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WHEELING CANNON “Old Garibaldi”

WHEELING’S “OLD GARIBALDI” Civil War CANNON by John Bowman “OLD GARIBALDI” was forged at Wheeling, Virginia’s La Belle Iron Works, Cut Nail Plant in 1861 and fired following the CIVIL WAR, the SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II, the KOREAN WAR, the VIETNAM WAR, and the PERSIAN GULF WAR. The Cannon, named […]

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CROCKARD & BOOTH STEAMBOAT AGENTS WHARFBOAT

CROCKARD & BOOTH STEAMBOAT AGENTS WHEELING WHARF BOAT Authentic scale model by John Bowman This Crockard & Booth Steamboat Agents wharf boat was built at Murraysville, West Virginia and delivered to John Crockard and Captain John K. Booth in 1889. The floating warehouse was purchased to replace “Booth’s Old Reliable” which had been in service […]

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Admiral Porter’s 1863 Civil War Gunboat Hoax

Admiral Porter’s 1863 Civil War Gunboat Hoax “Deluded People, Cave In.” Model by John Bowman Admiral Porter had observed that many of Vicksburg’s battery guns would burst while firing on his vessels. Logically, Porter deduced, the more vessels he could send past the batteries, the more guns would burst. February 24th, 1863, Porter launched his […]

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WHEELING or ROSECRANS CIVIL WAR AMBULANCE

              Civil War Style Ambulance to be Displayed June 6, 2013 By SHELLEY HANSON , WVweb Save | RAYLAND, Ohio – A replica of a Civil War-era ambulance once built and used in Wheeling is slated to be on display June 20 at the West Virginia Welcome Center on […]

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THE SECOND WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY

THE SECOND WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY By John Bowman The Second West Virginia Infantry was the first regiment in the state of Virginia / West Virginia that enlisted recruits for three years of service, and the first one mustered in under Governor Pierpont, Governor of the ‘Restored’ State of Virginia. Companies “A, D, F and G” […]

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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the USS Signal No. 8

USS Signal No. 8 A.J. Sweeney & Son for Capt. Campbell Sweeney built USS Signal No. 8, a 190-ton stern-wheel steam-powered packet “tinclad” river gunboat, in 1862 at Wheeling, Virginia. A Federal officer of the U.S. Navy requisitioned Signal-reaching Cairo, Illinois on her maiden trip. Campbell sold her to the U.S. Navy for the sum […]

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WHEELING BUILT STEAMBOATS the Liberty No. 2

Liberty No. 2 The side-wheel steam-powered packet Liberty No. 2 was built by the Wilson, Dunlevy & Wheeler Yard at Wheeling, Virginia in 1861 for Capt. Charles Booth. She replaced his 1857 Liberty, recently sold to the Mason City Coal Co. T. Sweeney & Co. of Wheeling placed her machinery. She was placed in the […]

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WALTHAM William Ellery 1863 Civil War Pocket Watch

“THIS” Waltham ‘William Ellery’ 1863 Civil War Pocket Watch was owned by Sgt. Salathiel Benjamin Rush. It was purchased in Nashville, Tennessee for $13.00 in March of 1864. Salathiel had “Peter”, his father’s name engraved in the case. Salathiel attached his pre-owned watch fob to this watch. Veteran Re-enlistee, Salathiel B. Rush, Sgt. “F” Co., […]

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