DC -- Supreme Court Building -- Exhibit: John A. Campbell: In Pursuit of Peace:
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Highlighting a letter from John A. Campbell to Benjamin R. Curtis, dated July 20, 1865, this exhibit explores the life of a Supreme Court Justice during the Civil War. Campbell resigned from the Court in 1861 and served as Assistant Secretary of War for the Confederacy. Writing from prison in Fort Pulaski, Georgia, Campbell thanks his former Supreme Court colleague for assisting in his release. Excerpts of the letter highlight Campbell’s story. Beginning with the start of the Civil War, his work for the Confederacy and the operations of the Confederate government are described in great detail.
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On July 20, 1865, John A. Campbell, who had resigned from the Supreme Court at the start of the Civil War, wrote a letter to his former colleague Benjamin R. Curtis from a Union prison in Georgia. Imprisoned at the close of the war for his service to the Confederacy, Campbell pleaded to his friend to aid in his release. Starting his case, he accounted for his actions over the course of the war and his efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Campbell's letter was recently acquired by the Supreme Court Historical Society for the Collection of the Supreme Court.
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Among the brightest legal minds of their generation, Curtis and Campbell rose to the Supreme Court early in their careers. Both, however, had short tenures. Curtis, a native of Massachusetts, was one of the dissenters in Dred Scott v Sandford (1857), and resigned later that year. Campbell left in 1861 to return to Alabama, shortly after the outbreak of the war. Despite their differences, the two remained friends. Like many stories of the Civil War, Campbell's letter illuminates the divisions throughout America as it engaged in a war between brothers, yet highlights the bonds that reunited the Nation.
Excerpts from the twenty page letter featured below illustrate Campbell's journey through the war and the inner workings of the Confederacy.
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2013 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS [to which I added a week to to visit sites in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee], and Richmond, VA), and
my 8th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including sites in Nevada and California).
Ego Strokes: Aviva Kempner used my photo of her as her author photo in Larry Ruttman's "American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball" book.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 570,000.