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The Art of Peter Fleet

Finally I’m getting back to the family of enslaved printers in pre-Revolutionary Boston, Peter Fleet and his sons Pompey and Caesar.In his history of printing, Isaiah Thomas mentioned the last two by name, so when scholars spotted the...Show More Summary

This Civil War Buff Has Not Been Disappointed

As we get closer to April 2015 we will begin to read even more in the way of assessment of the sesquicentennial. The problem with these observations thus far, including this article by Wall Street Journal reporter Cameron McWhirter, is that they take a much too narrow approach to measuring the scope of what has […]

Why Doesn’t the SCV Find This Offensive?

You would think that the Sons of Confederate Veterans would issue a clear statement condemning the way in which these Waldron High School teens have chosen to display the flag. I particularly appreciate the respect shown for the rich heritage associated with this flag by flying it from the back of a pick-up truck while […]

Patriots Day Week Begins

Saturday, 12 April, seems to be the start of this year’s commemoration of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. I know of four events that day.10:30 A.M.Bedford Parade and Pole Capping Wilson Park, BedfordMinutemen from throughout New...Show More Summary

I, the Gentry

A year ago, Rebecca Solnit write a “Diary” item for the London Review of Books titled “Google Invades”, complaining of the influx of moneyed Silicon Valley types, from Google, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, etc., into San Francisco. I sent in a short response, and the LRB published it (it’s appended to the piece online). Show More Summary

Remembering and Forgetting at Walpole High School

This morning I received an email from a student at Walpole High School, who read my last post on the Confederate flag. His email and my response follow. First off I’d like to make it very clear that I do not speak for every individual at Walpole High, and that my views do not necessarily […]

Richmond hospitals commemorated with highway marker

On April 12, recognition will be given to Richmond’s Chimborazo Civil War hospital as well as others in the Confederate capital that cared for injured soldiers. Chimborazo was noted both for its size and its efficient operation. A state historical highway marker will be dedicated at the site on Saturday at 3 p.m. Show More Summary

Dating the Forster Flag

Today Doyle New York auctions the Forster Flag, an unusual banner said to date from the Revolutionary War (shown here before its recent conservation).As I discussed yesterday, the family that owned the flag in the nineteenth and most...Show More Summary

Walpole High School’s Confederate Past

Next month I am scheduled to give a talk in Walpole, Massachusetts as part of their Civil War 150 commemoration. In my discussion with the event organizer I was reminded of a story I read a few years ago about a resident who lives next to the high school’s football field and displays a large […]

No Confederate History Month in Virginia in 2014

Looks like I was wrong. Dem. Governor Terry McAuliffe has no plans to issue a proclamation recognizing April as Confederate History Month. My guess is that the vast majority of Virginians will not lose any sleep over this decision.

Grant conference planned for St. Louis

St. Louis, where Julia Dent spent her childhood and where she and future president Ulysses S. Grant first lived after marrying, will host the 52nd annual three-day meeting and conference of the Ulysses S. Grant Association beginning on May 2. Read full article >>

Legends of the Forster Flag

Tomorrow the Doyle New York auction house will offer the Forster Flag, a banner that family tradition dates to the Revolutionary War. The estimated price is $1-3,000,000.As Barbara Owens of Spicer Art Conservation explains in an interesting...Show More Summary

Son of a Confederate Veteran That We Should All Celebrate

On April 11 at statue to Judge Julius Waites Waring will be unveiled in Charleston, South Carolina. Waring was the son of a Confederate veteran, who was eventually appointed by Franklin Roosevelt to the federal bench. He is best remembered for his dissent in the 1951 case, Briggs vs. Elliott, which anticipated the landmark case […]

Brain Rewires Itself, Panic at Eleven.

Neuroscientists are discovering that online reading rewires the brain in favor of high speed sorting and filtering, rather than deep concentrated reading: To cognitive neuroscientists, [the rewiring] is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Show More Summary

This Blog Was In London, By The Way

And, at times, over London: Thus the radio silence. I’m back!

Reviewing Every Twist and Turn

Last night saw the launch of A.M.C.’s new spy drama Turn, followed closely by the launch of my review of that show at Den of Geek. I don’t type that fast; I got an advance look at the first episode. So did Michael Schellhammer, and his...Show More Summary

The Confederate Soldier “Gave The Last Full Measure” For Us

This is Stephen Walker, who earned a BA in history at Longwood University and an MA in history at Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently teaches history at Southside Virginia Community College. [Uploaded to YouTube on April 6, 2014]

Meeting Saunders and Tremain at the Antiquarian Society

I’m interrupting my discussion of the Fleet printing families to mention two events at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester this spring about other Boston-born printers, real and fictional. On Thursday, 10 April, Kenneth Carpenter...Show More Summary

Can the Lost Cause and Civil Rights Narratives Co-Exist in the South?

While interpreting the Jefferson Davis and Confederate Soldiers’ Monuments on the Alabama State House grounds a little over a week ago I couldn’t help but wonder whether this Lost Cause narrative and a growing commitment to remember the civil rights movement can co-exist. It’s hard to miss the latter in a place like Montgomery and […]

The 48th/150th: Deaths At Annapolis & The Sad Case of Private Michael Wilson, Who Died From "Nostalgia, or Home-Sickness"

The Annapolis National CemeterySeveral Soldiers of the 48th PA Lie Interred Here( 150 years ago...The soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania were settling into their camps at Annapolis, not quite sure what their new assignment would be once the weather improved and spring campaigning commenced. Show More Summary

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