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Samuel Haws on the Second Day of the War

Yesterday we left Samuel Haws and his fellow Wrentham minutemen at Nathaniel Richards’s tavern in west Roxbury on the evening of 19 Apr 1775. They had come across two men, one of them a neighbor from Wrentham named Ebenezer Aldis—who was from a family suspected of Loyalist sympathies. Show More Summary

Boy Scout Troop 105 Trail Maintenance in Rose’s Woods

Boy Scout Troop 105 from Hanover, Pennsylvania was hard at work Saturday morning in Gettysburg[...] The post Boy Scout Troop 105 Trail Maintenance in Rose’s Woods appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“About one a clock the minute men were alarmed”

Samuel Haws of Wrentham, Massachusetts, was one of the militiamen called out on 19 Apr 1775 who left a journal of his experiences. Haws’s journal would be consulted even more if he’d seen actual fighting that day. But Wrentham is onShow More Summary

Saturday Night Live Interprets Civil War Soldier Morale

It’s been quite some time since SNL used the Civil War for one of their skits. This one, featuring Harry Styles, is pretty good. [Uploaded to YouTube on April 15, […]

Destination Gettysburg “Backpacks” at the Pennsylvania Memorial

The Pennsylvania Memorial in Gettysburg National Military Park.This view was taken facing east at approximately[...] The post Destination Gettysburg “Backpacks” at the Pennsylvania Memorial appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Conference on Bailyn’s Ideological Origins, 21 Apr.

On 20-21 April, Yale University’s Center for Historical Inquiry & the Social Sciences will host a conference, co-sponsored by the U.S.C.–Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute on “Ideological Origins at 50: Power, Rights, and the Rise and Fall of Free States.” In 1967 Bernard Bailyn published The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Show More Summary

Let’s Talk Confederate Monuments and Civil War Memory

Quick announcement to let people know in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area that I will be in town next Saturday to speak at the National Civil War Museum. As you can […]

Trees Planted at Ziegler’s Grove

Volunteers from the Gettysburg Foundation planted trees in Ziegler’s Grove this month. The orange flags[...] The post Trees Planted at Ziegler’s Grove appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Enslaved man who helped build U-Va. has a building named for him

In the early part of the 1800s, an enslaved man named Peyton Skipwith quarried stone for the University of Virginia campus. On Thursday, he had a building named in his honor. The dedication took place during the annual Founder’s Day celebration at the university. Like other universities and colleges with early roots, U-Va. has taken […]

Samuel Adams: “Curer of Bacon”?

In his “Sagittarius” letters of 1774, the Scottish printer John Mein referred to:the very honest Samuel Adams, Clerk, Psalm-singer, Purlonier, and Curer of Bacon. Mein was clearly being derogatory, but what exactly did he mean?To start...Show More Summary

The 16th Michigan Part 3: LBG Stuart Dempsey

Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey, our host for this series on the 16th Michigan Infantry,[...] The post The 16th Michigan Part 3: LBG Stuart Dempsey appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Virginia Shad Undermines the Confederacy Again

Events have never turned out well for Confederates and neo-Confederates when shad is involved. During the early afternoon of April 1, 1865 Confederate general George Pickett abandoned the crucial intersection […]

Mein Words about John Hancock

Loyalist John Mein wrote one of his “Sagittarius” essays in response to John Hancock’s 1774 oration on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre.As I related yesterday, Hancock had seized Mein’s property in Boston on behalf of London creditors. Show More Summary

Burn Update: Pardee Field and Little Round Top

If all goes as planned, the vegetation around the Pardee Rock will be burned away[...] The post Burn Update: Pardee Field and Little Round Top appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

I think @dandrezner was right to be “fking embarrassed” by Sessions’s prepared remarks about immigrants

Yesterday Dan Drezner said it was embarrassing that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions called illegal aliens “filth.” Today Drezner apologized, because while the word “filth” was in prepared remarks, Sessions didn’t say it, and because even in the prepared remarks, “The context is clear: Sessions was going to use ‘filth’ to describe MS-13 and drug […]

Stonewall Jackson had a soft side: He loved to garden

Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is usually remembered as the stern, no-nonsense soldier who became famous for his Valley Campaign in the Civil War, but it turns out this tough guy had a soft side: He loved to garden.

And the UVA Job in Civil War History Goes To…

A number of my Civil War historians friends have been commenting over on Facebook about the job announcement to replace University of Virginia Professor Gary Gallagher, who is set to […]

The Secret of Sagittarius’s Letters

Boston’s Whigs drove the printer John Mein out of town in 1770. A bunch of merchants confronted him and his partner, John Fleeming, on the street at the end of October 1769.The printers pulled out pistols to defend themselves, and one went off harmlessly. Show More Summary

Top 10 Gettysburg Photo and Drawing Mysteries: #5 through #1

Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman bring you #5 through #1 in Garry’s[...] The post Top 10 Gettysburg Photo and Drawing Mysteries: #5 through #1 appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

A Book Dedication That is ‘Altogether Fitting and Proper’

My collection of essays, Interpreting the American Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites, took a big step closer to publication yesterday with the return of the independent review. I […]

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