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Samuel Paine: “all the Horrors of War, Death & Rebellion”

Here’s another eyewitness account of the Battle of Bunker Hill, from a different perspective. Samuel Paine was a Loyalist who moved from Worcester to Boston in June 1775 “after passing thro’ too many Insults and too Cruel Treatment.”...Show More Summary

The Memory of Peter Brown after Bunker Hill

Coming back to the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of our very best accounts of the event comes from an American soldier from a Westford company named Peter Brown. On 25 June 1775 Brown sent a detailed description of that fight to his mother. Show More Summary

What might we learn from C.J. Faulkner’s speech of Jan. 1832?

For years, I’ve thought an argument was extremely weak. Descendants defending Confederate ancestors…. that they did not fight for slavery. A lot of folks base it simply on the fact that an ancestor did not own slaves. It’s a poor foundation for an argument, and I don’t recommend it. On the other hand, we have […]

Gettysburg Bound

After three straight days of end-of-the-year faculty meetings I am very much looking forward to a long and quiet drive tomorrow morning to the annual Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. This is my third year taking part in the conference as a member of the faculty. It’s been an incredible experience and I want […]

Freedmen’s Bureau records newly released

New records from the National Archives, digitized by FamilySearch, that document the lives of former slaves in the years following the Civil War have been released in time for today’s celebration of Juneteenth. Read full article >>

What Kind of Man Was James Winthrop?

James Winthrop (shown here) was a son of Prof. John Winthrop of Harvard College, one of the most respected New England men of his generation. James benefited from that connection with some appointments, first at Harvard and later within the Massachusetts government. Show More Summary

The 48th/150th: "Like A Savage Torrent:" The 48th Pennsylvania at Petersburg: June 17-18, 1864

Harpers' Weekly Depiction of Attacks on Petersburg, June 1864 150 Years Ago...the ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania had once more been bloodied following a series of assaults at Petersburg. A week before, Grant had ordered the army south...Show More Summary

More about Bunker Hill from James Winthrop

In 1818, the same year he responded to a map of Bunker Hill published in the Analectic Magazine as quoted yesterday, James Winthrop wrote another letter about the battle published in the North American Review. That second letter was dated 18 June—i.e., right after the battle’s anniversary. Show More Summary

Soldiering the Army of Northern Virginia

Here is a fairly recent interview with Joe Glatthaar about his latest book, Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee, which is the companion book to his massive study of the Army of Northern Virginia. Glatthaar touches on a number of things, including […]

James Winthrop Lays Out the Battle of Bunker Hill

Here’s another account of the Battle of Bunker Hill from an American participant. In early 1818 the Analectic Magazine published the map of the battle shown above (image courtesy of Maps of Antiquity). Before publication that magazine’s...Show More Summary

Pic of the Day

This week the physical process of changing the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest to Westside High School began in Jacksonville, Florida.

Children injured by cannon fire in Utah parade

Three children were burned  Saturday night while they walked in an Orem, Utah, parade after the firing of a cannon accidentally set off a secondary explosion, according to news sources. The children, believed to be between 10 and 12Show More Summary

Washington’s only Civil War battle hits 150th anniversary

Next month, the sesquicentennial spotlight will shine on the little known Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, D.C., the only Civil War battle fought in the nation’s capital. It is also the only battle that President Lincoln witnessed. Read full article >>

Capt. Bancroft’s “severe struggle to escape out of the fort”

I’ve been quoting the account of the Bunker Hill battle set down by a grandson of Capt. Ebenezer Bancroft reportedly around 1826. When we last left the captain and his Dunstable men, the British had made their third advance on the Breed’s Hill redoubt and had flanked it on the west side, overwhelming the provincial defenses. Show More Summary

A Father’s Day story with a Sesqui tie-in

It’s ironic, but today is the 150th anniversary of an event that is unique… it’s about fathers… and it happens to fall on Father’s Day. That said, I wish I could say it will leave you with a warm feeling, but… June 15, 1864 was a Wednesday. Of that day, David Hunter Strother remembered Early […]

The “End of History”

Francis Fukuyama still doesn’t understand either.

Capt. Bancroft and the Sight of the Enemy

Yesterday I started quoting from the reminiscence of the Battle of Bunker Hill credited to Ebenezer Bancroft, captain of a company from Dunstable, Massachusetts. According to Bancroft, Col. William Prescott had given him charge of two cannon left in the redoubt on Breed’s Hill by the artillery company of Capt. Show More Summary

Have You Seen This Virginia Flagger Cap?

Let’s hope this story has a happy ending for all parties involved. Megan Everett pictured above: “One of the issues we had was, she [Megan] wanted to home-school my daughter,” said Baumann. “I didn’t want that to happen. She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the […]

Strother and the 1st New York Cavalry on African-American Conscripts in Winchester

I’ve been enjoying myself much this morning by reading through David Hunter Strother’s coverage of events from March to June 1864. Whenever I read Strother, I’m never disappointed at his observations and what he is thinking. That said, I’m pretty sure if I actually had the opportunity, this guy would be at the top of […]

The Dumbest Fucking Guy on the Planet

Is back, and Politico thinks that he’s worth quoting on Iraq: “This is the education of Barack Obama, but it’s coming at a very high cost to the Syrian people to the Iraqi people [and] to the American national interest,” said Doug Feith, a top Pentagon official during the George W. Show More Summary

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