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Our Declarations

Yet another new book of Revolutionary history that’s been getting a lot of press lately is Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. And by “a lot of press” I mean that in one week Allen’s work was featured on the front page of the New York Times and reviewed in the Times Book Review. Show More Summary

Thinking About the Shaw Memorial and Civil War Memory

Tomorrow morning I will be spending some time online with a group of 7th and 8th graders, who are attending a Civil War institute that my friend and fellow teacher, Chris Lese, put together in Milwaukee. This guy is doing amazing things in the classroom and I am thrilled to be a part of it. […]

Online Course Examines Emancipation, Gettysburg

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Meanwhile, to the West

Another new book on Revolutionary-era America actually looks at what else was happening on the continent while Britain’s thirteen colonies along the middle Atlantic coast fought for independence. Claudio Saunt, author of West of theShow More Summary

What the Yankees Did To Who?

While in Gettysburg I picked up Stephen Davis’s most recent book, What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta (Mercer University Press, 2012). The book has received mixed reviews, but I decided to give it a chance. While the book thus far lacks an analytical edge those of you looking for […]

Three new Virginia Civil War highway markers approved

Highway markers in Fairfax County, Petersburg and Charlottesville commemorating a site or an event in the Civil War have been approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, continuing a statewide program begun in 1927 to identify historic locations. Read full article >>

The Civil War events continue on Fourth of July weekend

This three-day weekend offers the annual celebration of the Declaration of Independence with all the appropriate fireworks, food and good times. However, during this sesquicentennial of the Civil War, there are also events scheduledShow More Summary

All It Takes is a Hoop Skirt and Uniform

This weekend was my first opportunity to visit Gettysburg on the anniversary of the battle. My wife and I had an incredible weekend with much of it spent on the battlefield. I so enjoyed finally having the opportunity to share this battlefield with her. Both of us were struck by the number of reenactors and […]

Digging for “Heretical” Roots

Matthew Stewart’s new book Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic is getting a lot of attention now. Here are interviews with Stewart in: The Boston Globe Church & State And here are reviews of the book in: Kirkus...Show More Summary

The 48th/150th: "We Are Digging A Mine. . .To Blow Up The Rebels"

150 years ago, the soldiers of the 48th were deep underground, nearing the end of their second week working to tunnel under the Confederate lines at Petersburg and "blow them out of existence," as one man stated, bluntly. At the mine entrance, Sgt. Show More Summary

Luther Little’s Low Point

Luther Little (1756-1842) was an American naval officer during the War for Independence. He was a lieutenant on the Protector, a Massachusetts ship that was captured by the Royal Navy in 1781.Little escaped captivity, however, because...Show More Summary

The Bunker Hill Poetic Challenge Winner!

Thanks to all the Boston 1775 readers who took up the Bunker Hill Poetic Challenge! They were Joseph Sullivan, Dr. Sam Forman, Marshall Stack, R. Doctorow, John Johnson, Michael Lynch, Chip O, Facebook’s Committee of Correspondence, and G. Show More Summary

Happy 4th of July

Wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th of July.

A Different Point of View on the “Bunker Hill” Song

As I discussed yesterday, in post-Revolutionary Boston young veterans of the war preserved and passed around the words to a song about the Battle of Bunker Hill written from the British point of view. They had different things to say,...Show More Summary

Heading to Gettysburg… Again

Tomorrow my wife and I head to Gettysburg for the weekend. On Saturday afternoon at 3:30 I will deliver a presentation (followed by a book signing at 4:30) as part of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Sacred Trust Talks on the massacre of United States Colored Troops by Confederates at the Crater. It looks like an amazing […]

Don’t Know Much About…

President Obama is — according to a recent survey — the worst American President since World War II: He narrowly beats out his predecessor, George W. Bush, 33% – 28%. I’m sure that each one of the 1446 respondents worked their way carefully through each postwar President, mentally cataloguing their performance. Show More Summary

“It has been copied so many times, for the last fifty years”

It’s no surprise that British soldiers composed a song about the Battle of Bunker Hill, as quoted yesterday. After all, they won the fight, and then they had several months in Boston to fill. What’s surprising is that the song was printed and preserved in American broadsides and archives. Show More Summary

Confederate Veterans Parade in Jacksonville (1914)

One hundred years ago last month Confederate veterans gathered in Jacksonville, Florida for a reunion. Around 50,000 people took part in the festivities. The video below contains just under 17 minutes of footage from the parade and it is incredible. [Video uploaded to YouTube on July 1, 2014]

“A SONG Composed by the British Soldiers…”

This is the last day the Boston 1775 staff is accepting entries into the Bunker Hill Poetic Challenge, with the prize of a paperback copy of Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill. Many thanks to all who have shared their verses so far. For...Show More Summary

Campaign launched to preserve Lee’s headquarters at Gettysburg

Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg, a small stone house on Seminary Ridge, has never risen to the high level of interest and protection that the battlefield and other related buildings have been given.Show More Summary

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