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When does it go too far?

With the Charleston massacre being at the center of it all… I’ve spent a little more time sitting and listening… (although, I have felt compelled to post, on Facebook, about the “collateral damage”, as those events have sped by). I’m struck by the manner in which we can be so focused, in our conversations, on one topic and […]

Southern Cities Should Look To Richmond

Since South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced on Wednesday that she supported the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds a flood of…

Execution of two Confederate soldiers after war’s end is still remembered in Virginia

A small, worn monument in a pasture just north of New Market, Va., on the Old Valley Pike, marks the location where Capt. George W. Summers and Sgt. Isaac Newton Koontz, of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, were shot dead on the order of a Union officer more than two months after Gen. Show More Summary

Virginia Resolutions “of an extraordinary Nature” in Newport

Two hundred fifty years ago today, on 24 June 1765, the Newport Mercury carried an item about the Stamp Act. That wasn’t unusual—American newspapers were starting to fill with essays warning about Parliament’s new law. The Mercury story...Show More Summary

Black Confederates to the Rescue… Again

I’ve been writing about this subject for much too long to be surprised by the emergence of the black Confederate narrative by the Sons of…

Honor the Fallen By Facing History

In the wake of 9-11 very few Americans shuttered at the idea of trying to explain why terrorists flew planes into buildings. It was not…

The Mysterious Minister, Mr. Martin

As I described yesterday, the widow Wilmot Marsden based her plea for a federal pension on her memory of having married her husband George in Medford on 25 Nov 1775, when he was an officer in the Continental Army. She recalled the minister...Show More Summary

Charleston… and observations

In the wake of the horrible event in Charleston (and, without a doubt, it was among the worst type), I’ve remained quiet. I find “listening” to be a worthwhile thing before expressing personal ideas. There’s no need for me to elaborate on the obvious, but, in the act of listening (considering how media is often too hasty […]

Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham To Call For Removal of Confederate Flag

Later this afternoon South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will announce her support for the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds in…

Widow Marsden’s Marriage Claim

I’ve been writing about George Marsden, who went from a deserter from the British army in early 1774 to a lieutenant in the Continental Army in January 1776. He served a couple of years, including service at Saratoga, before retiring at an uncertain date. Show More Summary

Sgt. George Marsden of His Majesty’s 59th Regiment

To delve into the British army career of George Marsden, I turned to Don Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War and other books. Don checked his thorough records and found that Marsden first arrived in New England in 1768 with the 59th Regiment of Foot in a company commanded by Capt. Show More Summary

The Confederate Flag’s Heritage of Hate

In the wake of the horrible shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday evening there is a growing chorus calling for the removal of the…

George Marsden: “half-way up Bunker’s hill with Col. Scammans”

The last witness in the July 1775 trial of Col. James Scamman for “Backwardness” during the Battle of Bunker Hill was his regimental adjutant, George Marsden. The record of Scamman’s court martial states:Adjutant Marsden was sworn at...Show More Summary

Contest to name a four-legged Civil War movie star

A feature film crew in Florence, S.C., working on a Civil War movie named “Confederate Cavalry,” needed a dog to appear in a camp setting. The supervisor of the local animal shelter knew just the dog for the part. The deaf, blue heeler...Show More Summary

“Backwardness in Colonel Scammans”?

On 12 July 1775, five days after confirming the court-martial sentence of Capt. John Callender, Gen. George Washington issued orders for the trial of another Continental Army officer: A General Court Martial of the Line to sit at Head Quarters, in Cambridge, to morrow morning at Nine OClock, to try Col. Show More Summary

More media coverage of the state park initiative in Culpeper County

From today’s edition of the Culpeper Times regarding the state park initiative in Culpeper County that would include the Brandy Station, Kelly’s Ford, and Cedar Mountain battlefields: Civil War Trust offering land for battlefield parks...Show More Summary

Brig. Gen. Alfred N. Duffié

In this image, Duffié is seen wearing his medals from the Crimean War. It seems like it’s been forever since I last profiled a forgotten cavalryman. I’ve been too wrapped up in preservation stuff and in writing another book manuscript. Show More Summary

Sons of Confederate Veterans LOSE in High Court

Earlier today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the SCV, which sued the state of Texas for denying its petition for a…

It Happened on Calhoun Street…

… in a church that was founded by Denmark Vesey. … just a few miles from the opening salvo of a rebellion intended to establish…

“Capt. John Callender is accordingly cashiered”

After the British won the Battle of Bunker Hill, there was a great deal of finger-pointing on the American side. Eventually New Englanders decided the battle had actually been a Good Thing, but they still blamed several officers for behaving poorly.As I related back here, Gen. Show More Summary

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