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John McMurtry: “He did not know it was loaded”

On 1 Dec 1775, Pvt. Aaron Wright, stationed in Cambridge, wrote in his diary about a fellow rifleman:John M’Murtry, in Capt. [James] Chambers’ company, killed John Penn, by his rifle going off, when, he says, he did not know it was loaded. Show More Summary

Dylann Roof’s Civil War Memory

This week I am busy reading through drafts from the contributors to my book on how the Civil War is currently being interpreted at museums and historic sites. It involves […]

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 11/30

Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions for further reading on the Vietnam War. Keep them coming. Peter Cozzens, The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian […]

“On the floating zephyrs of heaven”

When we left off the 1859 book Twelve Messages from the Spirit of John Quincy Adams, the spiritual medium Joseph Stiles had just channeled Adams’s meeting in the afterlife with George Washington. Washington’s presence leads to another discussion of the evils of slavery. Show More Summary

The President-Elect’s Tweets

One final thought: What opportunities are there to use the president-elect’s embrace of social media to encourage smart civic engagement among our students? What responsibilities come with having such access […]

The Afterlife of John Quincy Adams

There’s a pretty fierce competition for the strangest Revolution-related book that I’ve encountered this year, but one very strong competitor is Twelve Messages from the Spirit of John Quincy Adams, through Joseph D. Stiles, Medium,Show More Summary

Landscape and Memory in Vietnam

I trust that all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and family. My Thanksgiving included an invitation to join a team of educators and historians from the United […]

Meet Mose, Our Little “Gray Ghost”

Say hello to Mose, named after Col. John S. Mosby and for you “Office” fans, Dwight Schroot’s curious cousin. We picked up Mose, along with his sister, Clara, yesterday at […]

Recognizing an Imperfect Past at the Georgia Historical Society

Undergraduate instructors, public historians, and independent scholars that have an interest in the continuing and often bitter debates about how American history is remembered and commemorated throughout the country should […]

Circling Around Gettysburg’s Christmas-Decorated Square

The Christmas decorations are now displayed on Gettysburg’s Diamond/Square/Circle.This image was taken facing northeast at[...] The post Circling Around Gettysburg’s Christmas-Decorated Square appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen

Today instead of writing about books I’ll write about a podcast about books.Earlier this year Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the British magazine The New Statesman, hosted six conversations for its podcast Hidden Histories. That first...Show More Summary

National Cemetery Parking Lot Nears Completion

The National Cemetery Parking Lot is nearing completion. The parking lot has been significantly reduced[...] The post National Cemetery Parking Lot Nears Completion appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Studying Musket Balls with Daniel M. Sivilich

One of the experts who contributed expertise to the “Parker’s Revenge” project I discussed yesterday is Daniel M. Sivilich, predident of the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization and author of Musket BallShow More Summary

The Final “Parker’s Revenge” Archeology Report

Last month the Friends of Minute Man National Park published the final report on the Parker’s Revenge Archeological Project. I first posted about this project back in 2012 when it was just getting started, then shared periodic updates...Show More Summary

Discovering Emerguildo Marquiz: Mexican. American. Civil War Soldier.

I first came across his name nearly twenty years ago.... It was in the late '90s and I was back at home during one of my summer breaks from college. One day, I decided to take the short, eight-mile-drive from Orwigsburg to the Free Public Library in Pottsville to see what else I could discover about the life and services of General James Nagle. Show More Summary

Book Talk at the Massachusetts State Library, 29 Nov.

I’m pleased to report that The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War is now available in digital form for both the Kindle and Nook readers, as well as through iBooks. I suppose that as a modern authorShow More Summary

“Half a dozen cooks were employed upon this occasion”

In the spring of 1761 there was an argument in the pages of Edes and Gill’s Boston Gazette over whether the dinner to celebrate the installation of a new minister at the Old South Meeting-House had been too elaborate. The initial report...Show More Summary

Gettysburg volunteer group invites public to visit restored George Spangler farm

On Nov. 29, also known as Giving Tuesday, a younger-than-usual volunteer group will welcome the public to the George Spangler farm and field hospital at Gettysburg National Military Park that was restored in 2014. The Friends of Gettysburg sponsored the Recruits, an all-volunteer organization that is limited to those between 18 and 38 years old. […]

Caroline Cox’s Young Continentals

Caroline Cox’s Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution was published earlier this year by the University of North Carolina Press.Unfortunately, Cox, a professor at the University of the Pacific, passed away in 2014. She hadn’t finished...Show More Summary

Tom Feelings and Revolutionary Black History

I had the honor of meeting the artist Tom Feelings shortly before his death in 2003 when I drove him to a writers’ conference in New Hampshire. Feelings was then speaking about his monumental book of drawings depicting the transatlantic slave trade, The Middle Passage: White Ships, Black Cargo. Show More Summary

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