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Why Do We Preserve So Much Civil War Battlefield Land?

In a couple of days I head out with thirteen students to follow the 20th Massachusetts Infantry from Antietam to Gettysburg. It’s going to be…

The Paternalism of Richard Williams and His Best Friend

My friend from “Old Virginia” is once again disappointed with what I have written on this blog. In recent months he has expressed his displeasure…

Definitely, finally, actually, not mistakably off the gold standard

Forthcoming in September, from Basic Books As readers of this blog know, Franklin Roosevelt declared he had taken the US off the gold standard on March 6, 1933, as the first substantial act of his presidency. But scholars have not been so quick to accept this date or, with firmness, any other. When Roosevelt first […]

History Camp in Boston, 28 March

Boston’s second annual History Camp will take place on Saturday, 28 March, at the Harriet Tubman House of the United South End Settlements at 566 Columbus Avenue in Boston. History Camp is a self-organizing conference for people interested in all sorts of history in all sorts of ways. Show More Summary

"With Hearts of Steel, They'll Stand The Field. . ." A Previously Unknown Song Composed by Private David Hamilton, 48th Pennsylvania

Little is known about Private David Hamilton of Company E, 48th Pennsylvania. He volunteered in late November 1861 and was mustered into service on December 9. The muster rolls held at the state archives list his age at 44, while another source gives his age as 35. Show More Summary

Paul Revere at Old South and Old North

Fans of Paul Revere can attend two talks about his Revolutionary activities beyond his famous and less-famous rides of 1774 and 1775. Friday, 20 March, 12:15 P.M. Old South Meeting HouseThe Picture of Innocence: Symbols and Propaganda from the Boston Massacre The Boston Massacre became infamous throughout the American colonies in a matter of weeks. Show More Summary

Jane Nylander and the Bedrooms of Concord and Deerfield

On Thursday, 19 March, Jane C. Nylander will speak at the Concord Museum on the topic “Handsome Drapery and Sweet Repose: Looking Even Closer at New England Beds and Bedrooms, 1740-1860.”Nylander is President Emerita of Historic NewShow More Summary

Back in print!!!

I’m excited and very pleased to announce that one of my favorites of my titles, 2006’s The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign is back in print after being out of print for four or five years. The folks at...Show More Summary

American Warrior Radio, Tucson, Arizona

Ben Buehler Garcia hosts a weekly talk radio program on Tucson, Arizona’s KQTH called American Warrior that airs every Sunday from 12:00-1:00 PM PDT, or 3:00-4:00 PM, EDT. I was Ben’s guest today, where we spent an hour commemorating the 150th anniversary of the March 10, 1865 Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads. Show More Summary

What No One in the Confederacy Remembered Seeing

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Richmond Times-Dispatch writer, Katherine Calos, who is working on a series of articles to mark the end…

Constitutional Correlations

In a recent issue of the New Yorker, Jill Lepore reviewed some recent books about economic inequality, which has been measured for a century on the Gini scale, and what that phenomenon might say about and mean for different societies.Toward the end of her review Lepore mentions some work by the political scientists Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Show More Summary

"The Japanese obviously did pep-talks differently"

In his fine The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, Andrew Roberts relates the horrors of the war - the Final Solution, the atrocities committed by the Japanese - with appropriate gravity and revulsion. And yet, in even...Show More Summary

A Sesquicentennial Anniversary That Gets Lost in the Present

Reading Edward Ball’s, Slaves in the Family, when it was first published in 1998 was a transformative experience. The book was as much about the…

"A nudist who frequently wore only a pith helmet and carried a fly-swatter in camp"

I've been reading (and listening to) Andrew Roberts' exceptional The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War. Highly recommended. On the audio side, the Audible narrator, a British chap, is highly entertaining, although his imitations of an American accent need some work (his renditions of Churchillian cadence are excellent though). Show More Summary

Proposal for a Bill of Attainder with Corruption of Blood

I had reason this week to look up information about Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas (shown here), and I found this curious line on Wikipedia:Corruption of BloodIn 2013 Cotton introduced legislative language to overturn the United States Constitution prohibition of attainder. Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 03/14

Jeanette T. Greenwood, First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900 (University of North Carolina…

Slave museum opens on Louisiana plantation

In an area of the South long known for its tourist-popular restored plantations, one of them stands out. The meticulously restored Whitney Plantation, located 35 miles west of New Orleans in the small town of Wallace, has the mandatory Big House, but the visit there is not about hooped skirts and mint juleps. Show More Summary

Has General Washington’s Riband Come Back Around?

Back in 2010 I wrote some articles about Gen. George Washington’s decision in July 1775 to adopt a blue sash or “ribband” across his chest as the sign of his rank in the new Continental Army.It turns out that Washington’s riband might...Show More Summary

Washington Jumping Rope and Sleeping with a Black Soldier

Here are two anecdotes of Gen. George Washington and an African-American soldier from Massachusetts, as reported by the Rev. Henry F. Harringon in Godey’s Magazine and Lady’s Book, July 1849:There lately died [in 1842 actually], in the city of Boston, a very respectable negro, named PRIMUS HALL. Show More Summary

A Civil War Sesquicentennial Project

How has memory of the American Civil War changed over the past few years in the South? What trends can be discerned and where specifically…

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