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New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/06

R. David Cox, The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee (Eerdman’s, 2017). Thomas W. Cutrer, Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861-1865 (University […]

A Boy’s View of “Leslie’s Retreat”

My favorite account of “Leslie’s Retreat” appeared in the first volume of the Proceedings of the Essex Institute in 1856. It consists of notes that Charles M. Endicott took when he interviewed Samuel Gray.This wasn’t the Samuel Gray killed at the Boston Massacre, of course. Show More Summary

Top 10 Gettysburg Photo and Drawing Mysteries: #10 through #6

When Licensed Battlefield Guides Tim Smith and Garry Adelman searched for photographic locations at Gettysburg[...] The post Top 10 Gettysburg Photo and Drawing Mysteries: #10 through #6 appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

When Historical Interpretation Becomes Historical Memory

This morning I fired off this short tweet thread after re-reading for the upteenth time a section of David Blight’s book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. […]

“A good bit of adventure, audacity, and downright Yankee ingenuity”

When I was in Williamsburg last week, George Wildrick kindly alerted me to the fact that Muzzleloader magazine had reviewed The Road to Concord in its September-October 2016 issue.So I really must share some choice extracts from Joshua...Show More Summary

Moving Monuments: The 73rd Ohio Infantry

The monument to the 73rd Ohio Infantry Regiment is located in the National Cemetery Annex.This[...] The post Moving Monuments: The 73rd Ohio Infantry appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Making the “Salem Connection,” 7 Apr.

On Friday, 7 April, I’ll speak at the Salem Athenaeum about “The Salem Connection: A Crucial Part of Massachusetts’s Secret Drive to Collect Artillery Before the Revolutionary War.” This event is part of Salem’s commemoration of “Leslie’s Retreat,” the confrontation on 26 Feb 1775 when a Patriot crowd prevented Lt. Show More Summary

Confederate Heritage Month Lite

This week Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant signed this year’s proclamation recognizing April as Confederate Heritage Month. The proclamation fails to say anything praiseworthy about the Confederacy or the men who […]

26th North Carolina Part 2: LBG Eric Lindblade

Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade was born and raised in North Carolina. He began his[...] The post 26th North Carolina Part 2: LBG Eric Lindblade appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Allison on the Revolution in Boston, 5 Apr.

On Wednesday, 5 April, Robert J. Allison will speak about “Boston and the American Revolution” at the Boston Public Library as part of its Local & Family History Series.This talk will explore such questions as “Why did the Revolution...Show More Summary

‘Robert E. Lee is Back and He is Pissed Off’

The image below is being used to announce and celebrate Confederate History Month. I have to admit that this image of stern-faced Lee wielding his sword and leading his men […]

Confederate “Saints and Sinners”

This is the latest in an ongoing public conversation at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. about what to do with its stained glass windows depicting Robert E. Lee and […]

16th Michigan Part 1: LBG Stuart Dempsey

Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is our host for a series on the 16th Michigan[...] The post 16th Michigan Part 1: LBG Stuart Dempsey appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Interpreting Black Confederates at Atlanta History Center

On Friday I visited the Atlanta History Center as part of the annual meeting of the National Council for History Education. I’ve gone through their Civil War exhibit before and […]

The Tragedy of André

Speaking of William Dunlap’s tragedy André, my friend John W. Kennedy has created an online text of that play by transcribing the 1798 edition and annotating it. You can find it all here.Kennedy writes:William Dunlap (1766–1839) dominated American theatre in his day as no one else ever did but David Belasco. Show More Summary

The 26th North Carolina Part 1: LBG Eric Lindblade

Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade was born and raised in North Carolina. He began his[...] The post The 26th North Carolina Part 1: LBG Eric Lindblade appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“General Washington was represented”?

I was preparing something else for today, but then the André Resource tweeted about William Dunlap’s 1798 tragedy André. The introduction for a modern edition says it’s the only play to depict George Washington on stage during his lifetime...Show More Summary

Friday’s Water Levels

The streams and creeks were swollen across Adams County from steady rainfall on Friday, but[...] The post Friday’s Water Levels appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Site of Jackson’s last stand at Kernstown Battlefield to be preserved

When volunteers clear away several acres of forest on a hilly parcel of land known as Sandy Ridge, visitors to the Kernstown Battlefield near Winchester, Va., will be able for the first time to stand on that high ground and see the terrain below as Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson saw it on March 23, 1862. […]

“The story is told…”

As I’ve been discussing, James McHenry recorded in his diary an anecdote about Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Powel, and the results of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. And then he changed that story when he published it over a decade later. Show More Summary

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