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“Deserted from Col. Brewer’s regiment…”

On 9 Nov 1775 and again a week later, the New-England Chronicle ran this advertisement, which offers characterizations of Continental soldiers worthy of a Smollett novel:Deserted from Col. [Jonathan] Brewer’s regiment, and Captain Harvey’s...Show More Summary

Newburyport Newspapers

Through Alexander Cain of Untapped History, I learned about this database of digitized documents from Newburyport, Massachusetts. At the top are the links to (as of today) 646 pages from the 1770s and 1,131 from the 1780s. Those are mostly pages from Newburyport’s only newspaper at the time, the Essex Journal. Show More Summary

Lecture Series at Bunker Hill Museum Starting 15 Mar.

This week the National Parks of Boston will launch a spring lecture series at the Bunker Hill Museum. Here’s the lineup:Thursday, 15 MarchCurtis WhiteCustoms Enforcement in Massachusetts, 1760-1775: Prelude to WarRanger White from Salem...Show More Summary

“Henry Knox’s Mission” Lecture in Cambridge, 15 Mar.

On Thursday, 15 March, I’ll speak at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge about “Myths and Realities of Henry Knox’s Mission.”Here’s the set-up:On November 16, 1775, Gen. George Washington gave Henry Knox a mission to travel to New York and bring back cannons for the Continental Army. Show More Summary

Seasholes on “The Changing Shape of Boston,” 14 Mar.

On Wednesday, 14 March, the Old North Church will host a talk by Nancy S. Seasholes on “The Changing Shape of Boston: From ‘One if by land, and two if by sea’ to the Present.” This talk is co-sponsored by the Leventhal Map Center atShow More Summary

Peale Portraits of the Hancock Children Brought to Light

Last month Pamela Ehrlich published an article in Antiques & Fine Art magazine and at the Incollect site titled “A Hancock Family Story: Restoring Connections.” Ehrlich wrote:While researching portraits of Lydia [Hancock], I discovered...Show More Summary

“Myth, Memory, History and Heritage” in Newport, 23 Mar.

Speaking of historical memory, on Friday, 23 March, the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies together will host a panel discussion on “Myth, Memory, History and Heritage.”The panelists will be: Ruth Taylor, Executive Director...Show More Summary

Men Who Brought Us Dorchester Heights

On 5 Mar 1776, Gen. William Howe and his colleagues in the British military woke up to find Continental troops positioned and protected on the heights of the Dorchester peninsula. The cannon up there threatened not only Boston, already under artillery fire from other positions, but the all-important naval and supply ships in the harbor. Show More Summary

“Throw up such works on the two commanding Eminences”

I’ve often wondered how Gen. Artemas Ward reacted to the letters he received from the headquarters of his commander, Gen. George Washington, on 2-3 Mar 1776. Those letters were full of details about how to manage the Continental Army’s...Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory, 03/18

Keisha N. Blain, Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). Christopher Hager, I Remain Yours: Common Lives in Civil War Letters (Harvard University Press, 2018). Paul E. Johnson, Sam Patch, the famous jumper (Hill and Wang, 2003). Mitch Landrieu, In the Shadow of […]

Update on Black Confederates Manuscript: Reader Reports

Many of you have emailed over the past few months asking for an update about this manuscript. Earlier today I received the reader reports from the University of North Carolina Press for Searching For Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. Both reports recommended that the manuscript should be published with some necessary revisions. […]

60 Minutes Explores Confederate Monuments

This week 60 Minutes aired an episode on the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments. It comes just a little over a week before the publication of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s book, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History. It is one of the best short segments on the subject. The interviews […]

The True Story Behind the Movie 7 Days in Entebbe

Warning: This post contains spoilers for the movie 7 Days in Entebbe. In 1976, an Air France airplane carrying 250 passengers to Paris from Tel Aviv was hijacked by terrorists. The Israeli mission to rescue them, known as Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt, is the latest historical event to be given the Hollywood treatment, in…

The History Behind 7 Passover Traditions

Everything you need to know before you attend a Passover seder

What Happened When TIME Met Stephen Hawking 30 Years Ago

The famed British theoretical physicist died Wednesday at the age of 76

The Surprisingly Poetic Origins of the Phrase ‘March Madness’

The origins of the term go back to a poem written by a former high school basketball coach

"Timeless" Races Back to the ’50s in ‘Darlington’

The second episode of the season highlights a little-known NASCAR driver from the sport’s earliest days

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