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Tree Down near Virginia State Monument

A large tree fell across the paved walkway near the Virginia State monument along West[...] The post Tree Down near Virginia State Monument appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Art and Poetry of Shooting Flying

In 1727 George Markland, formerly a fellow at Oxford, published Pteryplegia: or, The Art of Shooting-Flying in London. “Shooting flying” was the term for shooting birds as they flew, rather than bagging them when they were on the ground or in the water. Show More Summary

“In daily expectation of Colonel Knox’s arrivall”

Yesterday I quoted the Boston businessman and court official Ezekiel Price about Col. Henry Knox and the artillery he brought from Lake Champlain in January 1776.At that time Price was a war refugee living at Thomas Doty’s tavern in what was then Stoughton (shown here). Show More Summary

Why Did Knox Stop His Guns at Framingham?

In response to my Wednesday posting about Col. Henry Knox’s arrival in Cambridge on 18 Jan 1776 (a week or so earlier than the traditional date), Boston 1775 friend Charles Bahne commented: I still wonder how the town of Framingham fits into Knox’s route. Show More Summary

Robert E. Lee Just Lost a Decisive Vote in Charlottesville

In a stunning reversal Charlottesville City Councilor Bob Fenwick announced earlier today that at the next meeting council meeting he will vote to remove and relocate the Robert E. Lee […]

How Many Cannon Did Henry Knox Transport?

Another question about Col. Henry Knox’s mission to northern New York to collect artillery for the siege of Boston is how many pieces he brought. And how many did he leave behind?We have a couple of counts of artillery-pieces in the region from Gen. Show More Summary

Camp Slaves, Pensions and the Lost Cause

I am currently researching and outlining chapter 4 of my book on Confederate camp slaves and the myth of the black Confederate soldier. The focus is on pensions that were […]

Public Speaking in 2017

Just a quick reminder that I am available as a public speaker for a wide range of events, including teacher workshops and guided tours. My calendar is quickly filling up […]

When Henry Knox Came Back to Cambridge

On Thursday, 25 January 1776, John Adams and Elbridge Gerry were on their way back to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The two Massachusetts delegates stopped at midday to dine in Framingham.Adams wrote in his diary:Coll. [Joseph] Buckminster after Dinner shewed us, the Train of Artillery brought down from Ticonderoga, by Coll. Show More Summary

Upcoming History Workshops for Teachers

Here are a couple of teacher workshops coming up at historic sites. The Massachusetts Historical Society is offering “Women in the Era of the American Revolution” on 22-23 February. It says:Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Show More Summary

John Quincy Adams’s College Entrance Exam

On 15 Mar 1786, John Quincy Adams finally took his entrance test for Harvard College. As I’ve quoted in recent postings, he had come back from Europe the year before to finish his education at his father’s alma mater. At age eighteen,...Show More Summary

John Quincy Adams Prepped for College

When John Quincy Adams prepared to enter Harvard College, he was not a typical college student.At eighteen, he was older than most undergraduates in that period. He had already studied some subjects at the University of Leiden in Holland. Show More Summary

Boston Women’s March: Our Union Cause

Today my wife and I spent a beautiful afternoon on the Common as part of Boston’s Women’s March. We joined roughly 125,000 people for a rally and march through the […]

It’s Too Foggy. There’s Nothing to See on the Battlefield.

Giving tours on the battlefield on foggy days can be difficult. Your visibility is limited,[...] The post It’s Too Foggy. There’s Nothing to See on the Battlefield. appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

From Slaves to Soldiers at Rhode Island State House, 24 Jan.

On Tuesday, 24 January, the Rhode Island State House Library will host a book signing to celebrate the publication of From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution, by Robert A. Geake with Lorén M....Show More Summary

Bassett on “The American Sampler” in Medford, 22 Jan.

The Medford Historical Society and Museum is hosting an exhibit of needlework samplers from its collection with the title “Stitching and Learning.” The society newsletter says:Young women and children from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries...Show More Summary

The Lincoln and Trump inaugurations have one thing in common: Heavy security

By the time of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had already voted to leave the Union and more were expected to follow. Officials in Washington were deeply concerned Confederates would make an attempt on Lincoln’s life as he rode in an open carriage to the Capitol with outgoing President James Buchanan. […]

Charlottesville’s Tough Vote on Confederate Monuments

This week the Charlottesville City Council voted to maintain their monuments to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in their current locations and without any modifications, including contextualization. It was […]

“I hope he will pass muster”

As John Quincy Adams planned his return to Massachusetts from Europe in 1785, with the hope of attending Harvard College, his father John wrote to one of the professors there, Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846). Waterhouse had lived with the Adams family while studying medicine in Holland in the early 1780s. Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 01/18

Daina R. Berry, The Price For Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation (Beacon Press, 2017). Bradley R. […]

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