Red Streetcars Uptown #StreetcarSaturday

Red Streetcars Uptown #StreetcarSaturday

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Red streetcars uptown aren't as common a sight as they used to be. Red streetcars uptown David Mora (@davidmora on Twitter, @davidnola on Instagram) shares some absolutely wonderful photos of New Orleans. He always posts stuff that lifts my spirits, like this photo of NORTA 2022, inbound on Carondelet Street. He's right when he says, "You don’t see a red...
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Stephen Massicot 1898 #BOSHSunday

Stephen Massicot 1898 #BOSHSunday

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Stephen B. Massicot was a "promising young Orleanian." Stephen Massicot Obituary for Mr. Stephen Massicot (click for a PDF copy), who passed away on June 4, 1898. This column ran in the Daily Picayune on Wednesday, June 8, 1898. Massicot graduated from St. Aloysius College in 1897. St. Aloysius in 1898 St. Aloysius opened in New Orleans in 1869. The...
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St Aloysius Academy 1875 @BMHSCrusaders

St Aloysius Academy 1875 @BMHSCrusaders

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St. Aloysius Academy advertises in the Daily Picayune in 1875. St. Aloysius Academy Ad in the Daily Picayune, 19-September-1875, for St. Aloysius Academy. The school opened for the 1869 school term in 1869. The first campus was a house on the corner of Chartres and Barracks in the French Quarter. The ad Here's the text of the advertisement: St. Aloysius...
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New Orleans Map 1764

New Orleans Map 1764

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This New Orleans Map 1764 shows the city as the Spanish took over. New Orleans Map 1764. "Plan de la Nouvelle Orleans," published by Jacques Nicolas Bellin, Paris, 1764. Given that the map was published in Paris, it was likely drawn in 1763. This puts it at the end of the Seven Year's War. France turned Louisiana over to Spain,...
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Amtrak Northbound Advertisement 1984 #TrainThursday

Amtrak Northbound Advertisement 1984 #TrainThursday

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Amtrak Northbound Advertisement 1984 in the Loyola Maroon Amtrak Northbound Advertisement 1984 Ad in the Loyola Maroon, 3-February-1984, promoting travel to Jackson, MS and Memphis, TN, by train. The route isn't mentioned in the ad, but one travels to Jackson and Memphis on the "City of New Orleans." Amtrak acquired the route from the Illinois Central Railroad when passenger travel...
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Colorized Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman and staff

Colorized Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman and staff

Colorized Sherman and his staff during the Southern Rebellion

colorized sherman

Colorized photo of Sherman and his staff during the Southern Rebellion. Colorization by Benoit Vienne

Colorized Sherman

I just love good colorization of old photos. Came across this one today, via a group I moderate (and I encourage you to consider) on the Book of Zucker, Vintage America Uncovered. The artist is Benoit Vienne. He posted it to the FB group, History Pictures.

Sherman and Staff

colorized sherman

Original, B/W version of the photo (LOC)

The caption of the original, black-and-white photo, at the Library of Congress:

Photograph shows Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman with his staff including Oliver Otis Howard, John A. Logan, William B. Hazen, Jefferson C. Davis, Henry Warner Slocum, Joseph A. Mower and Francis P. Blair Jr. (Source: researcher J. Butler, 2017 and National Portrait Gallery)

So, the photo is listed as from the Southern Rebellion, but no additional specifics.

Sherman in Louisiana

So, what’s the big deal, other than it’s a colorization? Sherman has a significant antebellum connection to Louisiana. He was the first Superintendent of the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana. That institution would later become Louisiana State University. LSU recognizes this heritage. Historians acknowledge that Sherman is, for all intents and purposes, LSU’s first President.

In 2017, the legendary political consultant (and Brothers Boy) James Carville wrote an opinion piece in Da Advocate that is part informational and part trolling, about Sherman and LSU. From the article:

Sherman served as “superintendent and professor of engineering, architecture, and drawing” at a time when LSU was nothing more than a single building populated by 40 ill-mannered students. “Of course,” Sherman said anyway, “I promise to be a father to them all.” And he was.

With so many people frothing at the mouth over removal of monuments to human trafficking in the city, this article raised quite the chuckle.

Sherman and New Orleans

The Seminary of Learning (also known as the “Men’s Seminary”) was near Pineville, Louisiana. So, Sherman didn’t have much contact with folks in the city. In his memoirs, however, Sherman writes of the process of resigning from the Seminary and heading back to the North. He traveled to New Orleans, calling on then-Captain PGT Beauregard, USA. Gus was, at that time, the “Superintending Engineer” for the Army in New Orleans. He maintained an office in the Custom House on Canal Street. It was logical and proper for Sherman to call on Beauregard, since both of Gus’ sons attended the Seminary. Sherman felt a sincere sense of responsibility towards all of the students.

I’ve written a draft of a fictionalized version of this meeting. I feel like I’ve got Gus down, but Sherman is an enigma. I’ll keep at it.