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The First Fatal Duel on Boston Common

In 1719 Massachusetts enacted a law against dueling, establishing the punishment as a fine of up to £100, imprisonment for up to six months, and/or corporal punishment “not extending to member or pillory.” (I think “member” refers to...Show More Summary

12th c. fortified town found under Illinois cornfield

Under a cornfield in Cass County, Illinois, near where the Sangamon River flows into the Illinois, are the remains of a bustling Native American town that thrived from the 12th century through the 15th. The town had a central plaza, surrounded by three platform mounds, houses and defensive walls 10 feet tall and more than [...]

“Revolutionary Saturdays” This Summer

Five National Park Service sites around Boston are inviting families to participate in “Revolutionary Saturdays” this summer. In particular, the parks invite fourth-graders to download a voucher from the “Every Kid in a Park” website to prepare for their visits, which are aimed to prepare them to study the American Revolution in school next year. Show More Summary

Exhibition marks 150th anniversary of Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London broke out in the wee hours of September 2nd, 1666, and raged for three days, leveling the old city within the Roman walls, a quarter of London, and destroying more than 13,000 homes, St Paul’s Cathedral, 87 parish churches, the Royal Exchange, Newgate prison and London Bridge. The Museum of [...]

The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

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An Online Research Guide to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School

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Hannigan on Crispus Attucks, 23 June

Tonight the Framingham Historical Society will hold its annual meeting, approving officers and a budget for the coming months.Then they’ll hear from John Hannigan, doctoral candidate in history at Brandeis University, about one of the...Show More Summary

Virginia and Kentucky awarded Civil War battlefield grants

The National Park Service has just announced this year’s recipients  of the annual grants made under the American Battlefield Protection Program. Only three of the 12 grants went to Civil War battlefields. Nine others went to battlefields of other wars fought on U.S. soil. Those eligible for grants include federal, tribal, state and local governments, […]

Long head of Silla woman reconstructed from skull fragments

In late 2013, archaeologists excavating in advance of a driveway construction project near Gyeongju, a town in southeastern Korea that was the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom, unearthed human skeletal remains. Found in a mokgwakmyo, a traditional wooden coffin, in a marshy area, the skeleton was complete and relatively well-preserved, albeit fragmented in places. [...]

Funds to save land at five Virginia battlefields sought

The Civil War Trust, which has funded and purchased 42,500 acres of battlefield land for preservation since its founding in 1999, has announced a new goal to raise $91,000 in matching funds to complete the purchase of 313 acres of Virginia land where five battles were fought. Those battles are Williamsburg  (three acres); Gaines’ Mill  […]

News from the Wright Tavern in Concord

Earlier this month the Concord Museum and the town’s First Parish announced an agreement for the museum to lease the historic Wright Tavern for three years. The tavern, located near the center of town, was the site of committee meetings...Show More Summary

La Belle restoration complete

After 17 years, restoration of the hull of La Belle, one of four ships that carried French explorer René-Robert de La Salle and 300 would-be colonists on his mission to the Gulf of Mexico, is finally complete. La Belle was a 54-foot frigate that could navigate open ocean but was had a shallow enough draft [...]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 06/21

William A. Link and James J. Broomall eds., Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). David Rieff, In Praise of Forgetting: […]

Why the Racial Wealth Gap Harms Everyone—Even Whites

Excerpted from The Color of Wealth by Rebecca Adamson, Rose Brewer, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Meizhu Lui, and Bárbara Robles. Published by the New Press. This article supplements Episode 2 of United States of Debt, our third Slate Academy. Show More Summary

Samuel Gerrish “unworthy an Officer”

As I described yesterday, Col. Samuel Gerrish of Newbury was the first infantry officer to receive a Massachusetts commission in May 1775, but then ran out his string with a series of embarrassing actions and lack of action. On 17 August, the Continental Army court-martialed Gerrish on the charge “That he behaved unworthy an Officer.” With Gen. Show More Summary

UK bars export of lavish Florentine inlaid table top

The UK Culture Ministry has put a temporary export bar on an Italian inlaid pietre dure table top that sold for £3,509,000 ($5,323,855), more than five times its high estimate, at a Sotheby’s auction last December. Made in the Grand Ducal workshops in Florence between 1600 and 1620, the table top is a glorious technicolor [...]

Samuel Gerrish, First Officer of the Massachusetts Army

Last month I wrote about how the Massachusetts Provincial Congress finally started commissioning infantry officers for its army (as opposed to its militia) on 19 May 1775. The first colonel to receive a commission was Samuel Gerrish (c. Show More Summary

Elusive 4,000-year-old petroglyphs found in Russia

Archaeologists have finally tracked down prehistoric petroglyphs that were rumored to exist in a remote area of southeastern Russia. Locals have long whispered of ancient rock art in the craggy mountains of the Shilka River basin in the Transbaikal region, but nobody knew the exact location. Local legend has it that the petroglyphs were first [...]

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