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Weather Report for 4 December 1775

Last month Timothy Abbott shared on Facebook a glimpse of life in the British camp on Bunker’s Hill in late 1775. After the battle of 17 June, the British army had fortified those heights, securing the whole Charlestown peninsula from...Show More Summary

Hancock Avenue Gate Update

The Hancock Avenue Gate, which is being constructed by the National Park Service, is an[...] The post Hancock Avenue Gate Update appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Decline of Civil War Round Tables

My good friend John Hennessy posted some thoughts earlier today about his recent experiences presenting in front of Civil War Round Tables. While John references the decline in membership and […]

New Education Center at the Paul Revere House

Years back, I gave a teachers’ workshop at the Paul Revere House in the North End. It took place upstairs in the neighboring Pierce-Hichborn house.As I recall, we had about two dozen people crowded into a small, irregularly shaped room with sloping ceilings. Show More Summary

David Blight, Frederick Douglass, and the 2016 Election

Some of you may know that David Blight is close to completing a biography of Frederick Douglass that is slated for publication late next year. This talk on Douglass at […]

Virginia conservation group agrees to buy site of Malvern Hill battle

The Capital Region Land Conservancy of Virginia has agreed to pay $6.5 million for the 875-acre Malvern Hill Farm, site of some of the fiercest fighting during the final battle of the Seven Days Battles of 1862. Plans are to preserve the bucolic parcel that still closely resembles its Civil War appearance. The Battle of Malvern […]

Putting Down Rebels

The first ten issues of the Rebels comic book have been collected in a single volume from Dark Horse. The series was conceived and scripted by Brian Wood on the model of his Northlanders series about Vikings: a variety of stories—different characters, different points of view, different lengths—all drawn one from extended historical conflict. Show More Summary

AASLH Reconsiders Confederate Memorials and Monuments

The next issue of the AASLH‘s quarterly magazine, History News, will focus on the ongoing debate about Confederate monuments and memorials. The organization has focused a good deal of attention […]

John McMurtry: “He did not know it was loaded”

On 1 Dec 1775, Pvt. Aaron Wright, stationed in Cambridge, wrote in his diary about a fellow rifleman:John M’Murtry, in Capt. [James] Chambers’ company, killed John Penn, by his rifle going off, when, he says, he did not know it was loaded. Show More Summary

Dylann Roof’s Civil War Memory

This week I am busy reading through drafts from the contributors to my book on how the Civil War is currently being interpreted at museums and historic sites. It involves […]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 11/30

Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions for further reading on the Vietnam War. Keep them coming. Peter Cozzens, The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian […]

“On the floating zephyrs of heaven”

When we left off the 1859 book Twelve Messages from the Spirit of John Quincy Adams, the spiritual medium Joseph Stiles had just channeled Adams’s meeting in the afterlife with George Washington. Washington’s presence leads to another discussion of the evils of slavery. Show More Summary

The President-Elect’s Tweets

One final thought: What opportunities are there to use the president-elect’s embrace of social media to encourage smart civic engagement among our students? What responsibilities come with having such access […]

The Afterlife of John Quincy Adams

There’s a pretty fierce competition for the strangest Revolution-related book that I’ve encountered this year, but one very strong competitor is Twelve Messages from the Spirit of John Quincy Adams, through Joseph D. Stiles, Medium,Show More Summary

Landscape and Memory in Vietnam

I trust that all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family. My Thanksgiving included an invitation to join a team of educators and historians from the United […]

Meet Mose, Our Little “Gray Ghost”

Say hello to Mose, named after Col. John S. Mosby and for you “Office” fans, Dwight Schroot’s curious cousin. We picked up Mose, along with his sister, Clara, yesterday at […]

Recognizing an Imperfect Past at the Georgia Historical Society

Undergraduate instructors, public historians, and independent scholars that have an interest in the continuing and often bitter debates about how American history is remembered and commemorated throughout the country should […]

Circling Around Gettysburg’s Christmas-Decorated Square

The Christmas decorations are now displayed on Gettysburg’s Diamond/Square/Circle.This image was taken facing northeast at[...] The post Circling Around Gettysburg’s Christmas-Decorated Square appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen

Today instead of writing about books I’ll write about a podcast about books.Earlier this year Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the British magazine The New Statesman, hosted six conversations for its podcast Hidden Histories. That first...Show More Summary

National Cemetery Parking Lot Nears Completion

The National Cemetery Parking Lot is nearing completion. The parking lot has been significantly reduced[...] The post National Cemetery Parking Lot Nears Completion appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

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