Welcome to the American Photo Colorizing.com photo blog. We colorize black & white photos for museums, educators, media . . . and families like yours.
A visit to our website gets you started: http://www.americanphotocolorizing.com
The year is 1861. Here is the “Stone House” at Manassas, Virginia. It served as a field hospital during the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861 and the Second Battle of Bull Run in 1862. Built in 1848, The Stone House was the home of farmer, Henry P. Matthew and his family.
The First Battle of Bull Run broke out on the farm of Matthew’s neighbor, Wilmer McLean. At the time, McLean’s home served as the headquarters of Confederate Brigadier General Beauregard. During the battle, a Union shell actually came down the chimney, landing in the fireplace.
In the spring of 1863, McLean packed up his family and moved south to the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Incredibly, in April 1865, General Lee surrendered to General Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McLean’s new home. Following the surrender ceremony, the soldiers in attendance glommed every piece of furniture in the room as souvenirs – shoving dollar bills into the protesting McLean’s hands.
Apparently, this was the last straw for Wilmer McLean, who packed up his family once more – and returned to his home in Manassas. He has been quoted as saying, “The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor”. Amazing, but true!