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“O Burr, O Burr, what hast thou done?”

This is the 210th anniversary of the death of Alexander Hamilton, one day after his duel with Aaron Burr. In his biography of Burr, James Parton described the winner of that duel reminiscing this way:He conversed with equal freedom of the duel with Hamilton. Show More Summary

It's Caturday!

Ariadne, enjoying a warm summer's eve.

"I know no method to secure the repeal of bad . . . laws so effective as their stringent execution"

I've been reading H.W. Brands's excellent biography of Ulysses S. Grant, The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, and ran across a brief description of Grant's first inaugural address. I've long admired Grant, and...Show More Summary

The Committee’s Work

This is the first image of inside Lee Chapel that I’ve seen since the Confederate flags were removed.

Newport’s “Revolution House” Coming in 2015

The Newport Historical Society reports it will reinterpret its Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House as “Revolution House.” Rather than continue to present that building as a standard house museum, it will use it to tell the history of Newport in the American Revolution. Show More Summary

One narrow vision, and a more remarkable set of 19th century observations by Brantz Mayer

I read, somewhere recently, about how someone holds such low regard for Harper’s Ferry… because… as this person sees things… the site interprets John Brown as a hero. It’s actually odd, but John Brown only crosses my mind a couple of times when I visit (which, as regular readers know, is often) Harper’s Ferry, and when he […]

Gaines’ Mill Battlefield in Va. to quadruple in size

The Gaines’ Mill Battlefield, part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park, is scheduled to grow from 65 acres to 285 at 11 a.m. Thursday morning, when the Civil War Trust officially transfers the property to the National Park Service. The battlefield is part of the national park that includes parts of Richmond and several adjacent counties. Read full article >>

Reenactment by the Shore in Marblehead, 12-13 July

This weekend Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will have its annual summer encampment at Fort Sewall in Marblehead. The camp opens to the public for tours and demonstrations at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, 12 July. The last morning tour will be at 11:00 A.M. Show More Summary

Another Defeat For the Virginia Flaggers

With each perceived heritage violation the Virginia Flaggers somehow manage to place themselves further from the mainstream when it comes to the display of the Confederate flag. Their assumed stance that they alone ought to dictate what it means to commemorate and remember the Confederate past has won them very few, if any, allies in […]

Restored Original Confederate Flags to Return to W&L’s Lee Chapel

Amidst the focus on replica Confederate flags being removed from inside Lee Chapel on the W&L what has almost entirely been lost is the decision to properly exhibit original Confederate flags on a rotating basis in the museum space below the chapel. The first flag which will be displayed in the Lee Chapel museum is […]

Putin, Redux

Old Blood and Iron Himself Wait, you mean that Putin is now backing off Ukraine: Now that he’s sown chaos in Ukraine—but uneager to participate in someone else’s civil war—President Vladimir Putin has thrown the rebels under the bus....Show More Summary

Winslow House Events in July

The Winslow House Association in Marshfield has sent information about four events this month with links to Revolutionary times. Tavern NightFriday, 11 July, 7:00 P.M.During the late colonial and early revolutionary periods taverns or ordinaries in Colonial America became increasingly popular. Show More Summary

Will Washington & Lee’s Response Satisfy The Committee?

It should be no surprise that not everyone approves of the decision made at Washington & Lee University to deal with concerns expressed by a group of students, who call themselves The Committee, over the school’s Confederate past. A good deal of this first wave of outrage comes from the usual suspects, who believe that […]

Valley men rush to the defense of… Washington?

This past weekend, I spent a little time enjoying the “Invasion Stalled” program at Harper’s Ferry. While it did indeed stall… Gen. Jubal Early bypassed Harper’s Ferry, and continued his press toward Washington. Gen. Ulysses Grant, however, didn’t hesitate, and by July 6 had dispatched more troops to deal with Early’s advance. Those extra troops […]

Fort Stevens commemorative events planned for this weekend

The Battle of Fort Stevens that took place in Washington on July 11 and 12, 1864, has never received much attention. Those involved in commemorating its anniversary this weekend hope to change that. Four days of activities are planned for July 10-13, with several events added recently. Read full article >>

Washington and Lee University’s Civil War (Update)

The president of W&L University has issued a statement about the college’s display of Confederate flags in Lee Chapel and other aspects of its Civil War past. As many of you know this controversy began a couple of months ago after a group of African-American law students issued a statement and list of demands about […]

Our Declarations

Yet another new book of Revolutionary history that’s been getting a lot of press lately is Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. And by “a lot of press” I mean that in one week Allen’s work was featured on the front page of the New York Times and reviewed in the Times Book Review. Show More Summary

Thinking About the Shaw Memorial and Civil War Memory

Tomorrow morning I will be spending some time online with a group of 7th and 8th graders, who are attending a Civil War institute that my friend and fellow teacher, Chris Lese, put together in Milwaukee. This guy is doing amazing things in the classroom and I am thrilled to be a part of it. […]

Online Course Examines Emancipation, Gettysburg

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Meanwhile, to the West

Another new book on Revolutionary-era America actually looks at what else was happening on the continent while Britain’s thirteen colonies along the middle Atlantic coast fought for independence. Claudio Saunt, author of West of theShow More Summary

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