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“This is a rough reception.”

I’ve been wrestling with the authenticity, if any, of a certain recollection of the Revolutionary War. It purported to be the account of a young officer in His Majesty’s 71st Regiment of Foot. When the text first saw print in the February...Show More Summary

To redress wrongs or become “accomplices to the crime”

And, continuing from the post from a couple of days ago… Oh, and please feel free to take advantage of the hyperlinks I’ve provided below… you might be interested in additional information. What follows is not necessarily original to the American Colonization Society. In fact, I recall an episode of American Experience in which Thomas […]

J. Tracy Power on the Confederate Flag and Civil War Memory

If you are a serious student of the Confederate army than you have read, and probably re-read, J. Tracy Power’s book, Lee’s Miserables: Life in…

Civil War Monuments and the beauty of their flexibility in interpretation

There’s been lots discussed lately about the need to keep Civil War monuments standing, and I wholeheartedly agree. Despite what some say, they should not come down. They serve a purpose, and there are unique qualities in each… not only from an art perspective, but also for the fact that some provide interpretation (or make […]

Touring Civil War Battlefields With Ta-Nehisi Coates

I am just about finished reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Between the World and Me, which is essentially an extended letter to his son, Samori.…

Newspaper support for the Culpeper County Civil War State Battlefield Park

The following editorial in support of the creation of the Culpeper County Civil War Battlefield State Park appears in today’s edition of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star: Editorial: A state park fitting for Culpeper Civil War sites BY...Show More Summary

The Rise and Fall of Boston’s Tide Mills

The small West End Museum in Boston just opened a small exhibit about “Tide Power in Colonial Boston.” On Tuesday, 21 July, at 6:00 P.M. the museum will host a reception for that show. Both exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Show More Summary

Mount Vernon’s Key to Crowd Control

This spring I visited Mount Vernon for the first time in several years. I was impressed with the expansion of the site, with a new research library, museum and education center, and agricultural buildings. Indeed, our visit to the Washingtons’ mansion was probably the most disappointing part of the excursion. Show More Summary

Reviews of Revolutions without Borders

Earlier this month H-Net published Bryan Rindfleisch’s review of Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World by Janet L. Polasky, which looks at the multiple revolutions on both sides of the Atlantic in the...Show More Summary

A Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg, and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Conclusion of a series. Cross-posted at Emerging Civil War. After examining the evidence, it seems clear that Senator Wade’s inflammatory and defamatory statements about Meade’s conduct of the pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia were simply incorrect. Show More Summary

Shouting ‘Heritage, Not Hate’ in the Streets of Prague

Yesterday my wife and I returned from a ten-day trip to Europe that included stops in Vienna, Prague, and Frankfurt. I love traveling through Europe…

A Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part five in a series Cross-posted at Emerging Civil War. In the previous installment, we examined George Gordon Meade’s decision to defer an all-out assault along the lines at Williamsport for a day, instead of following his own aggressive instincts. Show More Summary

The Confederate Flag… what some people seem to fail to realize

I’m going to go off topic for just a bit… Still sitting back, watching all that’s taking place… Anyway, I drove down a long country back road in the Shenandoah Valley yesterday. It’s not unusual to see an occasional Confederate flag… not at all. Before mid-June, you’d zip past it in a car and might not […]

The Meaning of the Whitesboro Seal

This is the seal of the village of Whitesboro, New York. It got a lot of attention this month because it appears to show a white frontiersman choking a Native American. All to represent a place called “Whitesboro.”Village officials insist the seal isn’t about white people conquering Indians. Show More Summary

“To prepare the way of the gradual emancipation and colonization of our slaves.”

Carrying over from the last post… this next run of text from the pamphlet continues to provide a history of the American Colonization Society. As I mentioned before, I feel as if the Auxiliary of Frederick County was trying to explain itself, and perhaps gather more financial support (if not simply support in general). We […]

Putting Together a Puzzle in Ipswich

This is a story from Christchurch Mansion, a historic house museum in Ipswich, England, as reported by the B.B.C. and the Ipswich Star. Among the items in that museum is a Delft puzzle jug, dated to about 1785. This ceramic vessel has...Show More Summary

A Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part four in a series. Cross-posted at Emerging Civil War. In part three of this series, we examined the question of how George G. Meade’s operational orders and the logistical challenges forged by the atrocious weather affected the Army of the Potomac’s pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg. Show More Summary

L’Hermione in Maine

The Hermione’s last stop in the U.S. of A. this trip will be in Castine, Maine, on 14-15 July. That’s right—the French crew gets to spend Bastille Day in Maine.The Castine Historical Society has a raft of events planned for this weekend and the two days next week when the Hermione will be in the harbor. Show More Summary

Background of the new colony for “free persons of colour”

While I’m still in a period of “better understanding” when it comes to the proposed colonization of “free persons of colour” (see the grouping of books I’ve acquired in the last month or so, to the right… and you can also see that this study involves the study of Episcopalians at that time… and Francis […]

The Flags of L’Hermione

As we continue our coverage of the North American visit of L’Hermione, here’s a dispatch from Peter Ansoff, who visited the French ship during its stop in Alxandria, Virginia. Boston 1775 readers may recall that Peter is one of our vexillogical advisors. Show More Summary

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