The Girl I Left Behind Me

The Girl I Left Behind Me

The hours sad I left a maid A lingering farewell taking Whose sighs and tears my steps delayed I thought her heart was breaking In hurried words her name I blest I breathed the vows that bind me And to my heart in anguish pressed The girl I left behind me! This is one...
Hamilton Signed War Document

Hamilton Signed War Document

Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.  Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  Bank of New York Founder Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton the Musical.  Colonel Alexander Hamilton?  Yes! With the success of the Broadway and touring productions of “Hamilton”, we all know much...
The Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah

Many military items have symbols on them: swords, medals, badges, uniforms—pretty much you name it, other than the most basic field equipment, and there will be one or more symbols on it. Studying the symbols on the items that you collect can help you to understand an...
The Brave Volunteers

The Brave Volunteers

European armies were traditionally fueled by conscripts—men who were pulled unwillingly away from their homes and families to serve at their king or dictator’s pleasure until the war ended, or they died, as likely from disease as from a wound. America has always been...
Ersatz at War

Ersatz at War

War is always a time of waste and want. Young lives are wasted. Goods and property are wasted, too. In most, if not all modern wars, there have been shortages: of food, of certain materials, of medicines. If you can name it as something that is needed both on the war...
There and Then

There and Then

One of the most exciting aspects of collecting is when you find an object that you can absolutely pin down to having “been there,” whether because of a particular person who owned it, or because your research shows you that it was “there” and “then.” In our upcoming...