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Christopher Ludwick and the Prisoners of War

Yesterday I spotlighted a new picture book called Gingerbread for Liberty!, about a baker named Christopher Ludwick and his activity during the Revolutionary War. Author Mara Rockliff’s main source for that book was Dr. Benjamin Rush’s...Show More Summary

Letters reveal mysterious final illness of Oscar Wilde’s wife

Constance Lloyd, wife of Oscar Wilde and mother of his two sons, was just 39 years old when she died. It was a botched gynecological operation that claimed her life, but for ten years before that she had suffered from a neurological disorder that hasn’t been identified. Now Merlin Holland, son of Constance and Oscar’s [...]

History Books That People Actually Read in 2014

I’ve seen this image floating around over the past few days on various social media channels after it was featured during an American Historical Association Session this past weekend in New York City. The session was titled: “Buying and Selling History: Some Perspectives on the Marketplace” and the image was posted by Marla Miller on […]

Review: The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis

A historical fiction review by Mary Harrsch © 2015 I first listened to an unabridged version of Lindsey Davis' "Iron Hand of Mars" back in 2005 and wrote an article about the historical context then. But, I've incorporated and rewritten...Show More Summary

Behind Gingerbread for Liberty!

Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution is a picture book due to be released next month. Author Mara Rockliff tells the story of the Philadelphia baker Christopher Ludwick, whom the Continental...Show More Summary

Oliver Cromwell’s burial plate sells for $116,719

A gilt copper plate that was placed over Oliver Cromwell’s chest when he was laid to rest in his coffin sold at a Sotheby’s auction last month for £74,500 ($116,719), six times its pre-sale estimate of £8,000 – £12,000. Bidding started at the low estimate and rapidly increased in increments of thousands. The hammer price [...]

Details on the death and burial of Elon Farnsworth

I apologize for not having posted much recently. I’m deeply immersed in writing mode, working on my latest book project, which addresses the first day of the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18, 1863, with a particular focus on the covering force actions conducted by Col. Show More Summary

John Hancock and the Bombarding of Boston

On 4 July 1812, the young Attorney General of the United States, Richard Rush, delivered an Independence Day oration to the House of Representatives. His main message was about how wise it was to go to war with Great Britain again. For that speech Rush had consulted notes of his father, Dr. Show More Summary

Digitized Freer|Sackler collections up and running

As promised, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s digitized collections went live on January 1st, 2015. The new website is called Open F|S and is populated with high resolution images of the museums’ 40,000 works of Asian art. You can search by keyword or browse by object type, topic, name, culture, [...]

An Antebellum snapshot of “The Tuleyries”

Following up from my walk this past Sunday… For starters… let’s get the name issue cleared up. When pronounced, “Tuley” is supposed to sound more like “Twu-ley”, not “Tooley”. That said… the history… The first thing that strikes me as unique, regarding the story of “Tuleyries”, is that the original landowner, Joseph Tuley, Sr., was […]

“Sergeant Smith and His White Horse”

In Anecdotes of the American Revolution, published in 1845, the anonymous compiler John Lauris Blake included this story titled “Sergeant Smith and His White Horse”: At the very first exhibition of American courage, which proved so fatal...Show More Summary

“Forever Scarred By Their Service”?

In re-reading a section of Anne Rubin’s new book about Sherman’s March I came across a couple of paragraphs that touch on some of the concerns that I’ve expressed about the extent to which we have applied the lessons of recent wars to Civil War veterans. Rubin hones in on the dangers of doing so […]

New year of hoards begins with Anglo-Saxon coins

Barely did the year turn before news broke of a new hoard of coins unearthed by metal detectorists in an English field. The finder, Paul Coleman, was scanning farmland near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, as part of the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club‘s yearly Christmas rally when he discovered a piece of lead and a silver coin. When [...]

5 Things You Didn't Know About Africa

One fact that many people get wrong about Africa and four they will find surprising.

Timeline of the Algerian War of Independence

A chronology of key events in Algeria's War of Independence -- End of the 'Battle of Algiers to Independence.

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi

Image of President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, © IRIN. Page 11.

Johnson on “Occupied Newport,” 8 Jan.

On Thursday, 8 January, the Newport Historical Society will host a lecture by Don Johnson on “Occupied Newport: Tales from a Revolutionary City under British Rule.” He will discuss “the complex experiences of Newporters living under British military rule” from late 1776 to 1779. Show More Summary

Ancient amulet with 59-letter palindrome found

A 1,500-year-old amulet inscribed with a 59-letter Greek phrase that reads the same backwards and forwards has been found in Cyprus. Archaeologists from the Paphos Agora Project discovered it in 2011 during the first season of excavations of the ancient agora of Neo Paphos. Neo Paphos, a harbour city on the southwest coast, was the [...]

“Going Home” by Julian Scott

Brian Jordan referenced Julian Scott’s “Going Home” (1887) in a previous post so I decided to look it up since I am only vaguely familiar with the artist. Scott served in the 3rd Vermont Infantry at the tender age of 15 and was awarded the Medal of Honor in February 1865 for rescuing wounded Union […]

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