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Report From the Field: Fredericksburg and Harpers Ferry

It doesn’t get much better that spending five days with thirteen enthusiastic students at some of our most important Civil War battlefields. After flying into…

Anderson on Marblehead Furniture Makers and Buyers, 26 Mar.

On Thursday, 26 March, at 7:00 P.M. the Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Salem will host a free talk by Judy Anderson on “Eighteenth-Century Furniture Craftsmanship and Patronage in Marblehead.” This talk is in conjunction with the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibit of work by the Salem cabinetmaker Nathaniel Gould, which closes on 29 March. Show More Summary

Stamp Act Approved by King, Leading to a Change of Government

On 22 Mar 1765, the Stamp Act for North America received the royal sign-off necessary before becoming law. However, George III never approved the bill. He approved of it, it’s clear, but in March 1765 when the bill reached that stage he was ill and confined to his room. Show More Summary

Freedom of Speech and the Confederate Flag

While I am leading a Civil War battlefield tour this coming week for thirteen students another school group will visit Washington, D.C. to observe the…

A Mohegan Woman’s Deathbed Remarks

A recent issue of the Yale magazine offered a look at a newly recognized document in the handwriting of the Rev. Samson Occom. Apparently in 1776 he took down the deathbed statement of a young woman:That December, a daughter of Mohegan leader Robert Ashbow, motivated by a religious vision, returned home after what appears to have been a long absence. Show More Summary

Preservation celebration, anniversary reenactments planned for Bentonville

On March 21, the Civil War Trust and North Carolina officials will gather at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site for a news conference to celebrate the public-private partnership that has resulted in the preservation of 1,770 acres of battlefield land. Show More Summary

Freedom’s Way Conference in Concord, 26-28 March

This is the last day to register for the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s three-day conference on interpreting “Community Character and Common Themes” in local history.This event will take place in Concord, 26-28 March, and use...Show More Summary

Women to Meet at the Shirley-Eustis House this Spring

This spring the Shirley-Eustis House in Roxbury is hosting a series of first-person interpretive presentations on women of Revolutionary Boston and later periods. Sunday, 22 March, 2:00 P.M.Meet Phillis WheatleyValerie Link Foxx kicks off the series with a poignant first-person performance of the life of Phillis Wheatley. Show More Summary

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

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