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New Word on The Revolution’s Last Men from Don Hagist, 27 May

On Wednesday, 27 May, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston will host a book talk by Don N. Hagist, author of The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs. The story of this book starts with another...Show More Summary

Silent Sam in History and Memory

The University of North Carolina’s Confederate soldier monument, “Silent Sam,” continues to be a point of contention on campus. Over the past few years students…

Ropes Mansion Reopening in Salem, 23 May

On Saturday, 23 May, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem will reopen its historic Ropes Mansion to the public. The museum says the site “reimagines what a historic house experience can be,…in which present-day and personal life experiences...Show More Summary

Who Will Stand Up For Confederate Heritage in Union Springs?

Last week in Union Springs, Alabama former State Senator and County Commissioner Myron Penn brought his family to a local Confederate cemetery and removed small…

How Hutchinson Learned Latin and French

This is Thomas Hutchinson writing in the third person about himself as a young man:When he left College [1727] he went into his father's counting house, and became a Merchant Apprentice, from 17 years to 21. He saw how much he had neglected...Show More Summary

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 05/17

Update: As of today I have 8 copies of my Crater book available at the heavily discounted price of $25 (includes shipping). Click here for…

“Ellis’s strategy of building his narrative around four exemplary men”

Back in July 2013 I discussed historian Joseph J. Ellis’s focus on, in his words, “the most prominent members of the political leadership during this formative phase” of the nation, as opposed to the larger mass of less wealthy, privileged,...Show More Summary

When a Reader Contacts My School

This morning I was informed that a reader of this blog had written a letter addressed to the headmaster of of my school. The reader…

Studying American Slavery at Brown and Columbia

On Thursday, 21 May, the the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University will open a new exhibit titled “A Peculiar Aesthetic: Representation and Images of Slavery.”The event announcement says:Racial slavery remains one of the most vexed issues in American and New World history. Show More Summary

Plagiarism Discovered in Two Disunion Articles by the Same Author

My students are in the middle of their research projects and tomorrow I am going to talk with them about plagiarism and have them look…

Old North Lecture and Puppet Show, 20 May

On Wednesday, 20 May, the Old North Church is offering an unusual combination of programs. At 6:30 P.M., Robert J. Allison will speak on the topic “How Did Old North Become Old North?” When Christ Church was built in Boston’s North End in 1723, there already was an “Old North,” the venerable Puritan Meeting House over which the Mathers presided. Show More Summary

A Rush to Judgement

I’ve had some time to reflect on the story out of East Chapel Hill High School and I want to say what I hope will…

George Washington Makes Himself Clear

I’ve been tracing the relationship of George Washington and George Muse, an older Virginia planter who had served (badly) at Fort Necessity but then became a partner in real-estate speculation.In late 1773 Muse wrote a letter about their business dealings which Washington didn’t like. Show More Summary

Crater Books For Sale Direct From Author

With the arrival of summer comes the opportunity to catch up on some history reading. With that in mind I would like to offer readers…

Why Does a College Dropout Focus So Much on College Life?

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the blog from which this screenshot was taken. On occasion a post thoughtfully addresses some aspect of Southern/Civil War history or…

“Several ask me if it was true that he had Challang’d you to fight”

Yesterday I described how the battle at Fort Necessity on 3 July 1754 didn’t reflect well on Lt. Col. George Washington, but really didn’t reflect well on Maj. George Muse. Other officers accused Muse of cowardice, and he resigned in a huff.Another officer on that expedition was William La Péronie, an immigrant to Virginia from France. Show More Summary

East Chapel Hill High School’s Confederate Flag Problem

Two focus on the students exclusively misses the salient problems with an activity that was organized by the teachers.

Grand Review 2015 scheduled for May 17

Almost on the 150th anniversary of the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington D.C., a glorious and patriotic parade of the main military units of the victorious Union armies down Pennsylvania Avenue, a reenactment of that event is scheduled for May 17 beginning at noon. The original parade took place May 23 and 24.Read full article >>

“Fondly do we hope….”

This is a guest post by my friend Daniel Mallock which provides food for thought about the role of the historian…. Late in the evening several days ago I was watching an episode of “Chopped”. It made a strong impression on me. “Chopped” is an hour-long cooking competition television show that pits four chefs against each other. Show More Summary

The Washingtons and George Muse

George Muse (1720-1790) was born in England and moved to Virginia sometime in his youth. He took part in the 1741 British expedition against Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, led by Adm. Edward Vernon. Another participant in that campaign...Show More Summary

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