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Amphipolis mosaic is abduction of Persephone

The east side of the mosaic in the second chamber of the 4th century B.C. tomb in Amphipolis has been uncovered revealing the red robe of the laureate figure and a young woman behind him wearing a white tunic tied under the bust with a red ribbon. She looks backwards, her red hair flowing, her [...]

Samson Occom’s Harsh Words for Eleazar Wheelock

The Occom Circle is an interesting online collection from the Dartmouth Library.In past decades, this collection might have been presented under the name of the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, writer or recipient of most of the documents, or of the college he founded in New Hampshire.But here they’re organized around the Rev. Show More Summary

R.I.P. Mattie Clyburn Rice

For those of you who linked to this site from the AP story about Mattie Clyburn Rice and are visiting for the first time, welcome. For those of you interested in reading further about the subject of black Confederate soldiers I put together this page, which includes some of the many posts on this blog […]

Harold Holzer to speak at National Archives on Thursday

“Lincoln and the Power of the Press” is the latest of the several dozen books that Abraham Lincoln expert Harold Holzer has written. Known as an entertaining speaker and a hard man to stump with a Lincoln question, Holzer will appear at the National Archives’ McGowen Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday. Read full article >>

Build your own 17th c. oak beam tithe barn

Is Ikea just not a challenge for you anymore? Have you long since mastered the Billy bookcase, dominated the Fjell bed frame and left the Hemnes TV storage combination with glass doors cowed and trembling in your wake every time you breeze by? Well have I got the deal for you: the Acton Hall farm [...]

Jack Tar on the Web

British Tars, 1740-1790 is a blog with a nicely specific focus: images of British sailors in those busy decades of the eighteenth century. The creator, Kyle Dalton, is a Revolutionary War reenactor who worked at the Maritime Museum of...Show More Summary

Quoted in AP Article About Mattie Clyburn Rice

Update: “You Sir are No Gentlemen; as a matter of fact you are the definition of a Northern Yankee Son of a Bitch! The South will Rise Again!” Definitely not happy. Tomorrow Mattie Clyburn Rice’s ashes will be laid to rest in her father’s grave. A color guard from the Sons of Confederate Veterans will […]

The Antonine Wall - Guest Post

Completed in the year 128 C.E., Hadrian’s Wall was one of the most famous civil engineering projects undertaken by the Roman Empire. The wall ran a distance of 73 miles (117.5 kilometers), crossing the English countryside from the waters of Solway Forth to the mouth of the River Tyne. Show More Summary

Alonzo Cushing relative found to accept Medal of Honor

A blood relative of Lt. Alonzo Hereford Cushing, a hero soldier who died on the last day of the Gettysburg battle, has finally been found, meaning the White House can now go ahead with a postponed Medal of Honor ceremony. Read full article >>

Largest Viking hoard since 1891 found in Scotland

Retired businessman Derek McLennan was sick and really didn’t feel like dragging his carcass and his metal detector to a Church of Scotland field near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, last month. He didn’t want to disappoint his detecting buddies the Reverend David Bartholomew and Mike Smith, pastor of Elim Pentecostal Church, however, [...]

Celebrating Abigail and John Adams, 24-26 October

Saturday, 25 October, will be the sestercentennial of the marriage of Abigail and John Adams. The Abigail Adams Historical Society, Adams National Historical Park, and First Church in Weymouth will commemorate that 250th anniversary with a series of events over the weekend. Show More Summary

Stephen Berry on Why Our Civil War Matters

Stephen Berry is one of my favorite Civil War historians writing today. He has tackled a wide range of subjects from Civil War soldiers to the Lincolns. Regardless of the topic, I am always challenged by his thorough analysis and creativity of thought. This year’s Bottimore Lecture was delivered by Steve and is focused on […]

Civil War Trust meets goal of 40,000 acres preserved

The 40,000 acres preserved since 1999 is equivalent to 62.5 square miles, according to the Civil War Trust, which announced Monday  that it had met a goal it had set for itself three years ago with the purchase of 654 acres at North Anna, Va.,  battlefield. The trust has now preserved battlefield acres at 122 Civil War battlefields spread across 20 states. Read full article >>

Iron Age Celtic chariot fittings found in hillfort dig

Archaeologist from the University of Leicester have found a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a Celtic chariot while excavating the site of an Iron Age hillfort on Burrough Hill near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. The fittings date to the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. and were deliberately buried as a religious offering. The hillfort [...]

“History of Boston” Online Course Starts 20 Oct.

Suffolk University is offering a free online course on the “History of Boston” with Prof. Robert Allison, chair of the college’s History Department and author of several short, solid books about local history.I believe this qualifies...Show More Summary

Alistair Cooke Explores America’s Civil War

This BBC documentary hosted by Alistair Cooke, which aired in 1972, is well worth watching if you have the time. The content of the documentary reflects some of the new scholarship on slavery but overall the script is marred by the Lost Cause narrative and a problematic view of Lincoln and, especially, Reconstruction. Some of […]

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