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Historic Virginia estate purchased by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation

One of the oldest homes in Winchester, Va., the Bell House had a role in the Third Battle of Winchester.

Three Civil War items listed in Virginia’s 20 top endangered artifacts

The public is invited to vote for the artifacts most deserving of conservation.

“Spirit Rappings” in Port Republic

Not an OTD piece, today, but rather one which just caught my eye when looking for an OTD piece. While some might think it’s just a little early for ghost stories, this piece from the Jan. 21, 1854 issue of the Richmond Dispatch is still entertaining. Clearly, the author had a little fun, tying what was […]

Clark-Pujara on the Slave Trade in Salem, 26 Sept.

On Monday, 26 February, the Salem State University History Department and Salem Maritime National Historic Site will host Christy Clark-Pujara speaking on “The Business of Slavery in Colonial and Revolutionary New England.” Clark-Pujara,...Show More Summary

A decade of Southern Unionist studies

After receiving a comment last night on a recent post, and while driving into work this morning, I realized that, for over a decade, I’ve been involved in the study of Southern Unionists in the Shenandoah Valley. It was ten years ago this fall when I started writing my thesis on Southern Unionism and disaffected […]

Cannon to Reappear at Grotonfest, 24 Sept.

One of the events of this Saturday’s Grotonfest will be the Groton Historical Society’s unveiling of a Revolutionary-era cannon.The Groton Herald and Nashoba Valley Voice have both run stories about local curator Earl Carter’s work restoring that iron cannon and building a (naval) carriage for it. Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/18

My book, Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder, will be out in paperback next year and is now available for pre-order. Secure your copy NOW. Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman eds., Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Charles Dew, The Making of a Racist: […]

American Apotheoses

I do like me some political apotheosis art. As discussed at the Unemployed Philosophers Guild and Princeton’s Graphic Arts Collection, these were prints that honored a dead political figure by showing him ascending to heaven.After George...Show More Summary

Elizabeth Chapman’s Revolution

This afternoon I’m leading my new “Children of the Revolution: Boys & Girls in Cambridge During the Siege of Boston” walking tour for Cambridge Discovery Day, as described here. One of the young people I’ll speak about is Elizabeth Chapman, born in Charlestown in March 1758 and thus seventeen years old when the war broke out. Show More Summary

Guns from Governor’s Island and the Old Gunhouse

On the morning of 15 Sept 1774, Bostonians were buzzing about the action inside their North Battery the night before.As I described yesterday, British soldiers and sailors had entered that harborside fortification and spiked all the cannon inside. Show More Summary

Kevin Collier’s Lost Cause

It’s nice to see that Robert Moore has had some time to publish a few blog posts in the midst of his pursuit of an advanced degree in digital history. As always, he is thoughtful and offers an important perspective that is worth considering. Yesterday he offered a few words about Kevin Collier, who refuses […]

What Have You Learned?

That is the question posed to a group of historians by the Civil War Trust in this brief video. I was asked this question back in 2014 while in Petersburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle of the Crater. So, what is the big thing that you have learned as a result of studying […]

Cannon Spiked in the North Battery

The night of 14-15 Sept 1774 was a very busy one in the “arms race” that I detail in The Road to Concord.That was the competition between the New England Patriots and the British military to control all the artillery-pieces in the region...Show More Summary

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

Imagine spending $6 million to buy a moneymaking hotel complex on four acres of land and then bulldozing everything except one small building. That is what the Civil War Trust did this year to rescue what had been the headquarters of Gen. Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Gettysburg. “It’s just the way Robert […]

Virginia’s old SCV license plate – an observation

I saw this article, and taking the time to actually read it… and re-read it… I’m actually able to hear both sides to this argument. For one, the plate is no longer a legal plate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. So, under the law, being no longer legal, I understand the basic thought behind why […]

Cannon All Around Boston

In 1770 Capt. John Montresor, the highest-ranking British army Engineer in North America, came to Boston to assess its defenses. Those fortifications had been designed over time to prevent an attack by sea, most likely by the French but perhaps by the Spanish.The main protection was a harbor island called Castle William. Show More Summary

Reviews of American Revolutions

Probably the biggest Revolutionary War book out this year, in terms of its scope and the professional status of its author, is Alan Taylor’s American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. Here are extracts from four reviewsShow More Summary

Annual celebration planned Sept. 17 at Fort Stevens in Washington

On Sept. 17, beginning at noon, two people important to the history of the Civil War in Washington will be honored at an annual celebration to be held at Fort Stevens  in Washington. A day to honor President Abraham Lincoln and Elizabeth Thomas, owner of the land where Fort Stevens was built in 1861, was […]

The Wrong Email Address and a New Calendar

Yesterday I received the following email: Dear Compatriot, I am — —, treasurer of the SCV Edmund W. Pettus Camp in Alexander City, Alabama. One of our members has donated to the I-65 Flag Preservation Fund. I am not sure where to send the donation. Can you provide a contact and address? Thank You I […]

“I’ve got through crying long ago” – a refugee from the Shenandoah

A few months ago, I came across an old sketch on Ebay showing a woman and her children above the title “Flight from the Shenandoah Valley”. Wanting to know the source, I found it in the Pictorial Book of Anecdotes and Incidents of the War of the Rebellion, by Richard Miller Devens (1824-1900). While there […]

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