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Austerity and Stimulus in the American Revolution?

A few weeks back, the Course of Human Events blog highlighted a new book about the American Revolution coming from Steven Pincus, the Bradford Durfee Professor of History and co-director of the Center for Historical Enquiry and the Social Sciences at Yale University. Show More Summary

Pine Grove Furnace – the Ironmaster’s Mansion (Gardners, Pa)

Yesterday afternoon, I had a chance for a quick dash through part of the countryside of central Pennsylvania. Having just enough time, I took a short detour toward Pine Grove Furnace. When I saw a sign for the Ironmaster’s Mansion, I wondered… could this be the Ege family home? Even if so, why would I […]

“All the Province Stores Sent to Col James Barretts”

Sometime in the early spring of 1775, James Barrett of Concord, a Massachusetts Provincial Congress delegate and militia colonel, wrote down “An account of all the Province Stores Sent to Col James Barretts of Concord Partly in His Own...Show More Summary

Daniel Crofts on Lincoln and the “Other” Thirteenth Amendment

This past week Daniel Crofts delivered a Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society that focuses on the crux of his new book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The…

Searching for the “Senatorial Saucer” Source

Yesterday I quoted the story of the “senatorial saucer” as it appeared in Harper’s magazine in 1884.However, that wasn’t the first appearance of the story, nor an accurate reflection of its earlier appearance. Back in 1871 the German-born law professor Francis Lieber had put the tale in writing in a letter to Rep. Show More Summary

Discussing secession, OTD, 1851

The following clip comes from the Spirit of Jefferson (Charles Town, VA), from 165 years ago, today. Of course, reading through this, there are some lines that seem to see a decade ahead. I was particularly interested in the remarks near the end… Our blood ran cold as he described an army devastating this Valley… […]

Virginia’s best Civil War museums and historic homes open for free this weekend

In Winchester and Richmond, battlefield and historic home tours, museum visits, book signings and an artillery demonstration are offered for free this weekend. In the Winchester area, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, headquartered...Show More Summary

Cooling Down a Washington Quotation

When I was at Mount Vernon earlier this month, my eye fell on these coffee cups in the gift shop.Over George Washington’s signature they say (within quotation marks), “Decision making, like coffee, needs a cooling process.”These cups...Show More Summary

The Virginia Flaggers’ Lost Cause

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that the Virginia Flaggers would not be pleased with my recent piece in The Daily Beast. They huffed and puffed on their Facebook…

When a Casting Director Comes Calling

Last week I was contacted by a casting director to see if I might be interested in hosting a new show for A&E/HISTORY. I was a bit surprised, but curious…

Political Science in Fever-Stricken Philadelphia

H-Net just ran Jan Golinski’s review of Feverish Bodies, Enlightened Minds: Science and the Yellow Fever Controversy in the Early American Republic by Thomas A. Apel.As Golinski explains, no one in 1790s Philadelphia understood the cause...Show More Summary

Wheatley and Attucks “Against All Odds” Advertisements

On his Black Quotidian website, Matt Delmont shares material from African-American newspapers—the news stories, opinion pieces, and advertisements that black Americans in larger cities were reading in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Show More Summary

Lee’s Gettysburg headquarters restored, set to open Oct. 28

Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters at Gettysburg, the centerpiece of a sprawling hotel complex for most of a century, was rescued by the Civil War Trust last year for $6 million.

Annual celebration planned Sept. 17 at Fort Stevens in Washington

In 1924, the National Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs established a day to honor President Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Thomas, owner of the land where Fort Stevens was built; this year, the ceremony is scheduled at Fort Stevens on Sept. 17.

Gettysburg event appeals over generations

On Saturday, you can pretend to attack or defend Little Round Top, but you will have to bring a younger partner along.

Civil War veteran to be buried in family plot, not in military cemetery

The Civil War soldier’s ashes that were brought across country but plans to bury him in a national military cemetery were abruptly changed when some distant relatives showed up.

Nine sites in Winchester, Va., area come together for a Civil War weekend

Annual summer events in Virginia showcase Civil War sites in Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties and the city of Winchester on Aug. 19-21.

Appomattox to honor Civil War soldier whose remains are en route to Maine

Pvt. Jewett Williams, whose ashes were discovered in a basement of an Oregon hospital, is heading home to Maine via motorcycle relay with a scheduled stop at Appomattox Court House on Thursday where he will be honored for his military service.

In effort to build community, Va. museum offers $1 admission for August

Admission for an adult to the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va., is usually $13.95, but this month, in an effort to draw the city’s diverse community together, the home of the USS Monitor is offering a $1 admission for everyone.

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