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“Retreat and Resistance” in Salem, 26 Feb.

On Sunday, 26 February, Salem will have a “fun and informal reenactment” of the confrontation between Patriots and redcoats across the town’s North River on that date in 1775. Lt. Col. Alexander Leslie had orders to lead his men from the 64th Regiment of Foot across the river and search Robert Foster’s smithy. Show More Summary

Oops: Borough Built Fitness Trail on NPS Land

This birdhouse, located along the Biser Fitness Trail in the Gettysburg Recreation Park, is on[...] The post Oops: Borough Built Fitness Trail on NPS Land appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Chevalier and the Chavelière

Yesterday I described the busy, accomplished life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a champion swordsman and celebrated musician in pre-Revolutionary France.In the late 1780s he spent a couple of years in London. And there he encountered an old acquaintance, the Chevalier d’Eon. Show More Summary

Did the Civil War Sesquicentennial Ever End?

I am getting ahead of myself, but over the past few days I’ve been thinking about writing a short book on the Civil War sesquicentennial once I finish my book […]

Boston’s Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial is vandalized

On Tuesday morning, Boston police were called to investigate a broken sword carried by Robert Gould Shaw as part of the famous Massachusetts 54th Colored Regiment Memorial on Boston Commons.

Well-Known Witness Tree on Culp’s Hill Suffers Damage

This prominent witness tree on Culp’s Hill, a white oak, was damaged in December.This image[...] The post Well-Known Witness Tree on Culp’s Hill Suffers Damage appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Celebrated Saint-Georges

A concert in Seattle got me intrigued about the life of Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.He was born on Guadeloupe in 1745, son of a wealthy planter and his black slave. At around age seven, he traveled to France to go to school. Show More Summary

Lincoln in the Bardo (Video)

Picked up George Saunders’s new novel Lincoln in the Bardo on Thursday and finished it yesterday. I can’t recommend it enough. It is an unconventional narrative structured around fragments from […]

Reading about Rick Beyer’s Rivals unto Death

Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is a retelling of the political rivalry that led to the most famous fatal duel in U.S. history. It comes from Rick Beyer, an author and filmmaker from Lexington.Rick’s behind the “First Shot” film, the “In Their Own Words” pageant, the annual Lexington tea burning, and more to come. Show More Summary

Noel on Exercise for Scholars, 22 Feb.

On Wednesday, 22 February, Rebecca Noel will speak on the topic “Beware the Chair: The Medieval Roots of School Exercise…and Your Standing Desk” at the historical society in Plymouth, New Hampshire. So what should we be worried about?...Show More Summary

“Exhibition at the Dwelling-House of Mr. PAUL REVERE”

Yesterday I passed on the news of activities next week at the Paul Revere House, which is now a historic museum.But well before that building became a museum in the early 1900s, Paul Revere himself made it into a spectacle. That was on 5 March 1771, the first anniversary of the Boston Massacre. Show More Summary

Revisiting the Paul Revere House Next Week

This February school vacation is a fine time for families to take in the Paul Revere House in Boston’s North End now that it’s expanded its exhibit space and made the silversmith’s house more accessible. The site is offering some special events next week, free with admission.Wednesday, 22 February, 10:30 A.M. Show More Summary

Getting the Job Done

Signers of the Declaration of Independence not born in the thirteen colonies (out of 56): Button Gwinnett Francis Lewis Robert Morris (shown here) James Smith George Taylor Matthew Thornton James Wilson Rev. John Witherspoon SignersShow More Summary

Meet the Mount Rushmore presidents at free National Archives event

The National Archives presents another of its free events in the building’s McGovern Theater at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Reservations are usually suggested, but for this one, reservations will be needed. Playing host that night will be Abraham Lincoln expert and prolific author Harold Holzer, who is known for his humorous talks. At this event, […]

Seeing Early Plays at the Boston Public Library

Earlier this month, Jay Moschella of the Boston Public Library tweeted news of the library’s ongoing project to digitize its sterling collection of early British drama. So I took a look.More than 350 playbooks have been digitized and can now be read through archive.org. Show More Summary

"No Greater Tribute Could Have Been Paid To This Venerable Old Veteran:" The Funeral of Thomas J. Reed, One of the Last Surviving Veterans of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

A Horse-Drawn Hearse Carries The Remains of Civil War Veteran Thomas Reed Around the Square in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania July 1938(Courtesy of Mr. Bob Fisher) Thomas J. Reed was among the last surviving veterans of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. Show More Summary

Through the Roof at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 23 Feb.

On Thursday, 23 February, I’ll make my New York debut with a talk about The Road to Concord at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in lower Manhattan. I’ll speak about the race for artillery in Massachusetts in the late summer and fall of 1774, which spread to the other New England colonies in December and finally brought on war in April 1775. Show More Summary

The Lives of Harry Williams and Vital Jarrot

I started out to write one cute post about men in Tennessee spotting a strange creature in 1794. But that led me into the settlers’ wars against the Cherokee, and how the law treated slavery in pre-statehood Illinois, and today wellShow More Summary

Republicans Honor Lincoln With Fake History

Today the Republican Party decided to mark Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with the following tweet. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that Lincoln ever uttered or wrote these words. Amazingly, the manager […]

Slavery in Early Illinois

Yesterday I mentioned how John Beaird, the instigator of war with the Cherokee in the Southwest Territory in 1793, eventually moved to Illinois with his family and slaves. But Illinois was part of the old Northwest Territory. In 1787 the confederation Congress’s Northwest Ordinance outlawed slavery there. Show More Summary

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