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“True Yankees” Talk in Salem, 6 Nov.

Tonight, 6 November, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site is hosting a talk by Prof. Dane A. Morrison on his new book, True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity. The publisher’s description of the book says:With American independence came the freedom to sail anywhere in the world under a new flag. Show More Summary

Witchmarks to protect James I after Gunpowder Plot found at Knole House

Building archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) surveying Knole House, the stately Kent seat of the Sackville family, have discovered protective witchmarks carved on the beams of a room built to house King James I. The marks, checkerboard lines known as demon traps because the evil ones would follow the lines and get [...]

Robert Lee Hodge on Reenacting

You all know the name. Hodge occupies a special place in the reenacting community given his appearance on the cover of Tony Horwitz’s book, Confederates in the Attic (1998). In this Civil War in4 video he makes an incredibly compelling argument for the value of Civil War reenacting. [Uploaded to Vimeo on November 5, 2014]

Lincoln was harsh on the media

According to a New York Daily News story, reporters who cover the White House see the Obama administration as “restrictive, invasive and filled with venom toward them,” and the worst administration ever in terms of relations with the media. Show More Summary

The other Jimmy Stewart and a “Shenandoah”/”It’s a Wonderful Life” twist

In many ways, the dust is starting to settle on the Sesqui of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. That’s not to say, however, that with the Battle of Cedar Creek, there’s nothing more worth noting. Just as an example, next week, I’ll be marking the anniversary of one engagement that won’t otherwise get […]

The End of Pope Night in Boston

As I’ve discussed under the label of Pope Night, the 5th of November was a big holiday in colonial Boston. That was when Boston’s young men and teen-aged boys showed their loyalty to Britain by parading through the streets with effigies of the Pope and the Devil, hanging the enemies of the year in effigy, and brawling after sundown. Show More Summary

Madison’s Montpelier gets $10 million donation

Montpelier, the Virginia estate of fourth President of the United States and Father of the Constitution James Madison, went through some tough times after his widow Dolley Madison sold it in 1844. Later owners, most prominently the du Pont family who bought it in 1901 and built on it extensively, developing it into a prominent [...]

Review - Soldier of Rome: The Legionary by James Mace

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2014 The first book in James Mace's Artorian Chronicles opens during the dramatic final moments of the disastrous ambush in Teutoburger Vald when Germanic tribes under the leadership of one-time Roman auxiliary officer, Arminius, wipe out the 17th, 18th and 19th legions of the first Roman emperor Augustus. Show More Summary

North Carolinians Knew It Was a Rebellion

How many times have you been told that the proper way to refer to our civil war is the “War Between the States”? The folks who insist on it almost always assume they are speaking for their ancestors. We don’t need to go into the arguments for or against it here. In 1914, North Carolinians... Continue reading

This Day in African History ? Winnie...

On 14 May 1991 Winnie Nomzamo Mandela was sentenced to six years for her 'complicity' in the kidnapping and beating of four youths, one of whom, 14-year-old

“An attempt was made against Mr. S. Adams”

I already described one story behind Boston’s vote for representatives to the Massachusetts General Court in 1772: the replacement of James Otis, Jr., after too many episodes of insanity.The other story appeared in a posthumous volume of Gov. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History: pridie nonas novembres

pridie nonas novembres   ludi Plebei (day 1) — a major festival in honour of Jupiter 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Agricola

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/03/14 | Locals campaign to save fresco conservation lab at Akrotiri — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 3, 2014 #clsblgs Some Criticisms of Euripides | Sententiae Antiquae More Summary

“Arbeit Macht Frei” gate stolen from Dachau

In what is becoming a sickening trend, the wrought iron gate bearing the infamous Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work will set you free”) at the entrance to the Dachau concentration camp was stolen in the early hours of Sunday. There are private security guards on the premises, but the camp has no surveillance system, [...]

A Meeting Between Grant and Lee

It’s probably safe to assume that a recreation of the meeting between Grant and Lee in Wilmer McLean’s home at Appomattox Court House will be part of the sesquicentennial anniversary next April. Unlike the video below, the performance will likely stick to a well vetted script that adheres close to the available historical record. There... Continue reading

The Election Results from 1772

On 6 May 1772, Boston held its annual town meeting to elect representatives to the Massachusetts General Court. Boston had four seats in that legislature while every other town in the province had no more than two. Nonetheless, because Boston was so much larger than any other town, its population was underrepresented. Show More Summary

A New York publication on the contributions of Southern writers (1860)

One of those occasional morsels worth noting (and sharing), encountered in the course of my research… From the New York Journal of Commerce (via my source… the Fayetteville Weekly Observer (Fayetteville, North Carolina), January 9, 1860: SOUTHERN WRITERS A few days since we called the attention of our readers to the fact that a large number of books […]

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