Silas Chandler

At the beginning of Tuesday night's History Detectives episode Wes Cowan offered the following assessment of his Antiques Road Show appraisal of the now famous tintype of Silas and Andrew Chandler: Guys, I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me. After the Roadshow episode aired there were a lot of questions that were [...]

Thanks to Andy Hall for passing along the following items from Confederate Veteran.  The first is Andrew M. Chandler's obituary from the July 1920 issue.  It includes a reference to his severe wounding at Chickamauga, but there is no reference to Silas.  Let's just be clear about the nature of the story, which sits at [...]

Let me be perfectly clear that despite some problems I had with the final section of last night's History Detectives episode about Silas and Andrew Chandler I am pleased with the overall production.  Wes Cowan and the rest of the HD staff put to rest the question of whether Silas was a slave or a [...]

Once the producers of History Detectives committed themselves to exploring the story behind the tintype of Andrew and Silas Chandler through the respective memories of both sides of the family they embraced a narrative of reconciliation.  At some point they had to bring both sides of the family together through a common bond that implied [...]

Let me begin by saying that I couldn't be more pleased that History Detectives decided to follow up on the story behind the tintype of Silas and Andrew Chandler.  No, this episode is not going to convince the diehards, who smell a conspiracy behind anything that fails to conform to their narrow and overly simplistic [...]

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