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Forgotten cavalryman: Dick the war horse

With much gratitude to Al Eelman of Philadelphia, who was kind enough to share both this photo and the accompanying narrative with me. For a larger version of the photo, click the image. I often tell the stories of cavalrymen. Today, I get to tell the story of a cavalryman’s horse, which is not something that I get to do very often. Show More Summary

Channell on “Revolutionary Sailors” in Quincy, 3 Sept.

On Wednesday, 3 September, the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy will host a talk by Fred Channell on the topic “Discover Historic New England: Revolutionary Sailors.” The event announcement says Channell “will present his research about...Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/01

Heading back into the classroom tomorrow, but I hope to make time to get through these new releases at some point. Best of luck to all of you who are preparing for a new school year as well. Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic... Continue reading

Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams’s Revolution

According to Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams, the wire-worker and former town crier, he: was six years old when the Stamp Act protests occurred, eleven in the year of the Boston Massacre, fourteen during the Tea Party, and sixteen in the first year of the war. Show More Summary

Samuel Adams’s Petition to the Legislature

Yesterday I mentioned a New England Historical and Genealogical Register obituary for Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams after his death in 1855. After giving some details about his parents it said:At the time of the Revolution he was old enough to perform services in that cause, which he did, on the patriot side. Show More Summary

“Massive Resistance” Generation Responds to the Committee

I have absolutely no problem with students and alumni at Washington & Lee University expressing disagreement with the school’s decision regarding the display of Confederate flags in Lee Chapel. After all, it’s their school. I expressed concerns about the Committee’s list of demands early on so I am certainly sympathetic to both sides. But there... Continue reading

The U.S. Grant of Social Commentary

I got a kick out of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Twitter profile page.

American Civil War Museum Taking Shape

We now have an artist’s rendering of what the new American Civil War Museum will look like along the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The new building is the culmination of the recent merger between the Museum of the Confederacy and American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. The new two-story building will have 39,818... Continue reading

Looking for Samuel Adams’s Family

I’ve been writing about Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams, a well-known character in Boston who died in 1855. He was honored as a suvivor of the Revolution, and he owned a red and white striped flag that he said had been flown from a pole on Essex...Show More Summary

Virginia Flaggers Interpret Image of Silas and Andrew Chandler

[This posting was no doubt prompted by the news that the famous image of Andrew and Silas has been donated to the Library of Congress.] And once again we are reminded that it’s about heritage, not history. You would think that “restoring the honor” would at least involve honoring what we now know about this... Continue reading

Samuel Adams on Samuel Adams

Yesterday I mentioned James Spear Loring’s Hundred Boston Orators, an oft-reprinted collection of profiles of prominent Bostonians from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. As his biographical subjects Loring chose the...Show More Summary

The Leftist Take-Over of College Board

Conservatives such as Stanley Kurtz can’t seem to say enough about the recent revisions made to College Board’s AP US History Curriculum. These changes will go into effect for this school year. Kurtz and others believe that the new curriculum reflects a dangerous turn to the left, though in the entire article the author fails... Continue reading

“Rat-trap Adams’s argumentation”

(I keep finding mid-nineteenth-century stuff about Samuel “Rat-trap” Adams, putting off my promised discussion of his youth in the Revolutionary period. But I’ll get to that topic eventually.) In changing their form of government from a town to a city in 1822, Bostonians deprived political orators without office like Samuel Adams of a forum. Show More Summary

Alonzo Cushing, Harry Reese and the Issue over Medals of Honor. . .

Lt. Alonzo Cushing News broke last night that Lt. Alonzo Cushing will receive a Medal of Honor and the reaction from those in the Civil War community has thus far been overwhelmingly positive. "At long last," "finally," "it's about time"...these are just some of the common statements I have seen from bloggers and facebookers. Show More Summary

Alonzo Cushing and the Medal of Honor

The soldier in the image is Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who is set to receive a Medal of Honor on September 15, 2014, 151+ years after his death at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Of the following facts, there is no dispute or doubt: Alonzo Cushing was a brave and very capable young soldier who died as a hero. Show More Summary

5K run to be held at Lincoln’s summer home

President Abraham Lincoln spent three of his presidential summers at what is now known as President Lincoln’s Cottage  on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington. The picturesque 250-acre grounds, which are rarely open to the public, will be used by runners participating in a 5K cross-country run on Sept. Show More Summary

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Confederate Heritage Version

You had to know that at some point we would see an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video that included a Confederate flag. This is pretty much what I envisioned. Enjoy [Uploaded to YouTube on August 26, 2014]

Wire-Worker Adams at Boston’s Last Town Meetings

The wire-worker Samuel Adams was a prominent character in nineteenth-century Boston, as Kathryn Griffith described in her recent profile for the Bostonian Society. He started the century as town crier before going into the business of manufacturing screens and other wire objects. Show More Summary

Shameless self-promotion, part 906….

Time for some shameless self-promotion. Over the weekend, I signed off on the page galleys for my newest book, The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour. The file has been sent to the printer, and in about...Show More Summary

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