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Tenn. city discovers Civil War roots

Cleveland, Tenn., did not experience any Civil War battles, but that didn’t stop its residents from seeking out significant places or events that would tie their city of 42,000 to the war experience. The city, located in Bradley County...Show More Summary

The New York Doctors’ Riot of 1788

In January 2011 the Lancet published a brief article about protests in 1788 over how medical students in New York dug up corpses from the burying-grounds for dissection training. Through juxtaposition that article suggests that the city’s...Show More Summary

News from Newport

The Newport Historical Society is commemorating the city’s Stamp Act protests of late August 1765.The society has created an online timeline of the protests, where the above clipping from the Newport Mercury comes from. The three effigies...Show More Summary

A Fitting Conclusion to the Silas Chandler Story

[Hat-tip to Andy Hall] As many of you know, over the past few years I’ve maintained a sharp interest in the story of Silas Chandler. The famous image of Silas seated next to his owner, Andrew Chandler, remains one of the most iconic images of our Civil War. Around it revolved a divisive and often... Continue reading

A lifetime of collecting goes to auction

James Carlos “Cotton” Reynolds of Perryville, Ky., began hunting local battlefields for Civil War artifacts as a youngster and then expanded his search to battlefields in the southeastern states. Over a period of about 70 years, he had accumulated thousands of artifacts which will be auctioned Aug. Show More Summary

The Legend of Mme. Jumel

Ben Carp alerted me to this gossipy Gothamist article by Danielle Oteri about Eliza Jumel, long-time owner of the Morris-Jumel Mansion in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan. A taste:Eliza Jumel’s New York Times obituary [from 1865]...Show More Summary

John A. Andrew’s Abolitionism Through Whiggish Eyes

I am making my way through and thoroughly enjoying Henry Greenleaf Pearson’s, The Life of John A. Andrew, which was published in 1904. It’s nice not having to compete with multiple biographies of the Massachusetts governor and in this case Pearson’s biography is a different kind of beast altogether. It’s been a while since I... Continue reading

Furnishing Lectures in September

Next month the Paul Revere Memorial Association is sponsoring a series of lectures on “18th-Century Massachusetts Furniture: Form, Function & Fabrication,” to take place in the Old South Meeting House. Each event starts at 6:30 on a Wednesday evening. Show More Summary

Taps

It’s time to shut down The Edge of the American West. It’s been a long run, and I’ve enjoyed it, but blogging has become less compelling over the last year or so. I want to stop before writing for Edge actively becomes a chore. The blog has already had a number of lives, and different configurations, but I suspect that this is the last one. Show More Summary

New To the Civil War Memory Library, 08/13/14

Paul Escott, Lincoln’s Dilemma: Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era, (University Press of Virginia, 2014). Evan Jones and Wiley Sword eds., Gateway to the Confederacy: New Perspectives on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, 1862-1863, (Louisiana State University Press, 2014). Show More Summary

Benjamin Franklin Leaves Boston in Style

Among the first generation of leading American statesmen, Benjamin Franklin is often said to be the only one who was ever in bondage to another person. Sure, he was an apprentice with a limited time until he became free, and his master...Show More Summary

What’s So “Odd” About It?

I’ve never had a problem with readers and fellow bloggers criticizing what I post here. Certainly, much of what I write is open to critical response, but for the life of me I have no idea what Richard Williams finds problematic about this post. Like many of you I was saddened to hear about the... Continue reading

Embracing the Safety of Reconciliation in Petersburg

Here is the link to the commemoration ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the battle of the Crater. The event was organized by the National Park Service and held on the Crater battlefield this past July 30. A nice size crowd attended the event and I was quite impressed by the number of African Americans... Continue reading

Dispatch from the Green Dragon

I’m typing this in a coffee house in Carlsbad, California. But not just any coffee house—the one attached to the Green Dragon Tavern and Museum. I reported on the plans for this complex and its opening last year. So when I made plans...Show More Summary

Thanks for the Laughs and the Truth

“The Confederate Flag is just a symbol of states rights… Yeah, and the Swastika is just a Tibetan good luck charm, c’mon now.” Robin Williams, Live on Broadway (2002)

Bring On Governor John A. Andrew

I am scrapping the black Confederate book project. I just don’t have it in me to work on it anymore. There is nothing intellectually challenging about it and it only works to frustrate me when I think about some of the characters that I would have to address in the memory section. I’ve got an... Continue reading

Celebrating Benjamin Thompson

On Sunday, 17 August, the Rumford Birthplace Museum in Woburn will celebrate two anniversaries: the 300th of the construction of the house’s oldest rooms. the 200th of the death of the man who made that house famous enough to be preserved: Benjamin Thompson, later Count Rumford. Show More Summary

Today is a happy day!

Today is a happy day. The demolition of the Fleetwood Hill McMansion and the brick ranch house in front of it has begun! Thank you to everyone who donated to make this long-awaited day possible. From today’s Fredericksburg Freelance-Star: Brandy...Show More Summary

Cockburn’s Cure

Westminster Abbey explains:William Cockburn, a wealthy physician of St James Street Westminster, was buried in the middle aisle of the nave of Westminster Abbey, near the entrance to the Choir, on 24 November 1739, aged 70. He has no monument or marker. Show More Summary

Thinking about the Sesqui of Strother’s farewell from the army

Around 1:30 p.m. (I’m almost to the very minute when posting this), 150 years ago on this day, David Hunter Strother boarded a train at Harper’s Ferry, bound for Baltimore. He was just taking 20 days leave of absence… but ultimately, it sure appears as if he had had his fill of war. Was it […]

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