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Merry Christmas to all!

From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! It's been quite busy the last few weeks (hence the paucity of posts) - I have four (four?!) books coming out next year, and the first manuscript is due January 15. I've been working hard on that one, then it's on to the next. Show More Summary

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

Okay, we all know the December drill - long lines at the box stores, folks scrambling to find last-minute presents... it can be maddening. To make your Christmas purchasing perhaps a little easier, we have a special offer for you. If...Show More Summary

"One Continuous Fight" coming in paperback

The 2008 book I co-authored with Eric Wittenberg and Mike Nugent, One Continuous Fight: The Retreat and Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 is being released in paperback by our publisher, Savas Beatie (click on the book title to be taken to the Amazon page for the paperback). Show More Summary

Need a reason to oppose the casino in Gettysburg?

Then watch this video.It was played today in front of the PA Gaming Commission as part of a two-day hearing on the proposed casino. Gettysburg Borough Council and NoCasinoGettysburg organizer Susan Paddock asked me to testify, but because of a doctor's appointment today, and hand surgery tomorrow, I was unable. Show More Summary

Two Civil War artifacts make top 10 on Virginia endangered list

A prisoner of war journal and a Confederate officer’s frock coat made it into the top 10 list of endangered artifacts as determined by a popularity contest, according to a release by the sponsoring organization, the Virginia Association of Museums. The association nominated 25 historic items in need of conservation funds from mostly small museums […]

How the Boston Gazette Spun a Riot

Just as the Boston News-Letter was already a reliable supporter of the royal government in Massachusetts in 1765, as discussed yesterday, Benjamin Edes and John Gill’s Boston Gazette was already the voice of the Boston’s government, merchants, and Whigs. Show More Summary

Cold Harbor to the Crater: Hot Off the Presses

The official release date is a little over a week away, but Amazon is currently showing Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the…

Friends of the Royal Government on Liberty Tree

I want to go back to that first report of the naming of Liberty Tree in Boston on 11 Sept 1765. That happened on a Wednesday, which meant the first newspaper to carry the story was Richard Draper’s Boston News-Letter—which supported the Crown. Show More Summary

The Washington Post “Airbrushes” Debate About Confederate Iconography

The editorial team at The Washington Post has decided to jump into the debate surrounding Confederate iconography. Unfortunately, they provide little more than the standard…

Virginia museum crawl offers USS Monitor exhibit, rare artifact and grog

The Mariners’ Museum  in Newport News, home of the wreck of the USS Monitor, is offering “up close and personal” time Oct. 19 with the famous ironclad as well as other marine-related exhibits in the museum. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., visitors will get to “sip, savor and explore” the museum in what is billed […]

Fine Tailoring at Old South and Old North, 18 and 30 Sept.

This month there are two events at Boston’s historic houses of worship exploring the clothing of the eighteenth century.On Friday, 18 September, at Old South Meeting House, Henry M. Cooke IV will deliver an illustrated talk titled “William...Show More Summary

Evaluating the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Some of you who are interested in the question of how to evaluate the Civil War sesquicentennial may find the following panel discussion worth your…

A Preemptive Resignation from New York’s Stamp Agent

After Parliament enacted the Stamp Act in early 1765, Treasury Department officials asked London alderman Barlow Trecothick for recommendations about which American gentleman to appoint as stamp agent for each colony. Trecothick hadShow More Summary

In the Studio With Andrew and Silas Chandler

There are only a handful of images of Confederate soldiers and officers with their slaves or camp servants. The famous tintype of Andrew and Silas…

Portsmouth’s Anti-Stamp Protest

As I related yesterday, the Stamp Act administrator for New Hampshire, George Meserve, resigned his post immediately after he arrived in Boston on 10 Sept 1765 and realized how unpopular it would make him. But it took time for that news...Show More Summary

EXTRA: Brandywine Animated

This is the anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine in 1777, one of the largest and most consequential battles of the Revolutionary War—though, since the Continentals didn’t win the battle or the campaign, not a field preserved at the...Show More Summary

The Day Liberty Tree Got Its Name

Late on Tuesday, 10 Sept 1765, a ship reached Boston from London carrying three items of great political significance: George Meserve, the young gentleman appointed to collect the stamp tax in New Hampshire. One box of stamped papers for him to distribute there. Show More Summary

Steve Earle Declares, “Mississippi, It’s Time”

It’s been another tough week for Confederate flag advocates. Virginia unveiled the new specialty plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans that does not include…

Anti-Stamp Protests Draw Nearer to Jared Ingersoll

Jared Ingersoll wrote his conditional resignation as Connecticut’s stamp-tax collector on 24 Aug 1765, and the newspapers published it soon after. But demonstrations against the new law continued, coming closer to his home in New Haven. Show More Summary

Why I Won’t Be Watching Ken Burns This Week

I didn’t read a book about the American Civil War until I was in my mid-20s and it wasn’t Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote or a…

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