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Heavy rainfall defeats annual Gettysburg battle reenactment for weekend

The much hyped and very popular annual reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, scheduled for July 3 to 5, has been postponed until Aug. 7 to 9, according to an announcement from the organizers.The Gettysburg Anniversary Committee cited...Show More Summary

Daniel George, Teen-Aged Almanac Maker

Daniel George was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on 16 Dec 1757, son of David and Anne (Cottle) George. He was the second boy named Daniel born to that couple, indicating that the first had died young. He had both older and younger siblings of both sexes.From infancy Daniel was “a Cripple,” possibly having cerebral palsy. Show More Summary

Unique pre-Civil War Brooklyn Atlantics card for sale

It’s a card and there’s a picture of a baseball team on it, but it’s not a baseball card in the classic sense. It’s not a trade card, printed by a business to promote a product. It’s not part of a series depicting multiple players and teams. It is a precursor and a very important [...]

“The White Man’s Flag”

I have referenced John Coski’s book, The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem, more than once over the past two weeks. It is by…

“Richmond Reoccupied by Men Who Wore the Gray” 

In the days since Dylann Roof allegedly entered the Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine people, many have called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds in Columbia, among them the state’s governor, Nikki Haley. Show More Summary

Leonidas III: Usurper and Murderer?

It has become fashionable to denigrate the memory of Leonidas by associating him with suicide bombers (Cartledge) or by accusing him of murdering his brother. Thus Dr. Nic Fields in Thermopylae 480 BC: Last stand of the 300 dismisses...Show More Summary

Stolen Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture

Appeal following theft of unique Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture Police are appealing for information after a unique stone artefact was stolen from a church in Hovingham, near Malton. Some time between 23 May and 6 June 2015, offenders entered All Saints Church in Hovingham and stole a carved stone which was on display in the recess […]

Washington, Lee, and “tinsel dignity”

Yesterday I quoted Gen. Charles Lee’s letter to Gen. George Washington after the Battle of Monmouth, complaining that the commander-in-chief had spoken too harshly to him on the battlefield.On 30 June 1778, Washington replied to that...Show More Summary

The United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Curious Silence on the Confederate Flag Debate

We have heard quite a bit from Sons of Confederate Veterans over the past week in response to the debate over the Confederate flag on…

156 years ago today, the first man crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope

On June 30th, 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin was the first person to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Born Jean François Gravelet in 1824, Blondin began his career as performer of acrobatic stunts when he was five years old. Orphaned at age nine, he continued in his chosen career, constantly challenging himself to [...]

Confederate Flag Fun

It’s been a pretty serious week with a good deal of reflection concerning important issues related to Civil War memory. I thought it was time…

Lost chapel found in Mike and Mary Hudd’s yard

In June of 2014, Mike and Mary Hudd of Bincknoll Cottage, Bincknoll, Wiltshire, were doing some landscaping in their garden, employing a machine to pull out the roots of a fallen tree, when they unearthed stonework remains. Mary, an avid amateur archaeologist, stopped the landscaping and started excavating, carefully exposing enough of the upper layer [...]

150th anniversary of verdict in Lincoln assassination co-conspirators trial

On June 30, 1865, following a seven-week military trial at a hastily constructed courtroom on the third floor of what is now Grant Hall at Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C., the verdict was announced for the eight accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Show More Summary

Charles Lee and “those dirty earwigs”

In the middle of the Battle of Monmouth, Gen. George Washington chided Gen. Charles Lee for his decision to withdraw from the Continental Army’s first encounter with the British forces (an incident recently dramatized in the season finale of Turn: Washington’s Spies). Show More Summary

54th Massachusetts Called to Duty Once Again

Late last night a Confederate flag was discovered displayed on the Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street across the street from the Massachusetts State House. The…

Historians Help a Nation Understand Charleston and Civil War Memory

Last week I attended the Civil War Institute’s annual conference at Gettysburg College. At the end of the first evening Peter Carmichael sat down for…

500-year-old teratoma found in Peru skeleton

Oh, and it’s a good one, too. (By good I mean super gross.) Teratomas, for those of you not as repulsed/fascinated by them as I am, are benign tumors in which germ cells gone awry grow random body parts like teeth, hair, bone and soft tissue like muscle, thyroid and skin. They usually set up [...]

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