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“Washington’s Riflemen” in Cambridge, 16 Mar.

On Thursday, 16 March, I’ll speak at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge. This is the latest in a series of annual talks about some aspect of Gen. George Washington’s work there in 1775 and 1776.This year my topic will be “Washington’s Riflemen: Heroes or Headaches”: Soon after Gen. Show More Summary

The Error on the Camp Colt Marker

There are a number of monuments at Gettysburg that have mistakes or idiosyncrasies on them.[...] The post The Error on the Camp Colt Marker appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

A Whitehouse Briefing

Last week I wrote about Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse and his bride Jane Crothers, who each testified to events on the night of the Boston Massacre. (She more reliably than he, I believe.) Don Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War and The Revolution’s Last Men, wrote with more information about Pvt. Show More Summary

Court Approves Removal of Monuments in New Orleans

In December 2015 I wrote a piece for the Atlantic following a decision in New Orleans to remove four monuments connected to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Numerous court hearings […]

Closer Views at the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse

Only hours after remaining units of the Army of the Potomac had left Gettysburg, Alexander[...] The post Closer Views at the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

5,507 Miles: The Civil War Experiences and Diaries of Captain Francis D. Koch, Company I, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Captain Francis D. Koch and his wife Mattie(Courtesy of Ronn Palm/Museum of Civil War Images) Oliver Bosbyshell remembered quite vividly the moment when Francis Koch was shot. It was at the Battle of Fredericksburg, on December 13, 1862,...Show More Summary

A Lady’s View of the Boston Massacre Trials

Today is International Women’s Day, and I’m still exploring the Boston Massacre. So this posting is about how that event looked through women’s eyes.As Katie Turner Getty wrote this weekend at Emerging Revolutionary War, only three women were invited to testify in court about what they saw on King Street on 5 March 1770. Show More Summary

Stone Wall Progress: Cemetery Ridge

The stone wall construction occurring on Cemetery Ridge has continued.The equestrian statue to Major General[...] The post Stone Wall Progress: Cemetery Ridge appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Watchman Langford “in King-street that evening the 5th March”

Yesterday we saw rookie town watchman Edward G. Langford dealing with the influx of British soldiers—and, more troublesome, British army officers—into Boston in 1768.On 5 Mar 1770, Langford saw the conflict between the local population...Show More Summary

TOC: Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites

In about a week I will submit a completed manuscript to Rowman & Littlefield for my edited collection, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites, which will appear […]

Then and Now: 29th Ohio Infantry Monument

Then: The 29th Ohio Infantry monument, located along the east side of Slocum Avenue on[...] The post Then and Now: 29th Ohio Infantry Monument appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“Returning to our Watch House meeting with three Officers”

As I described yesterday, in the summer of 1768 Edward G. Langford started to work under Benjamin Burdick, constable of the Town House Watch.As town employees, their assignment was to patrol the streets of central Boston at night. They...Show More Summary

What Does the Confederate Flag Mean to You?

This is the question that will be discussed tomorrow evening at the Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass. Ave. in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The program is being sponsored by the Fostering Racial […]

Sherfy’s Peach Orchard Blooms Early

Gettysburg National Military Park’s most famous peach orchard, the Sherfy Peach Orchard, was restored in[...] The post Sherfy’s Peach Orchard Blooms Early appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Edward G. Langford, Town Watchman

One of the Bostonians caught up in the Boston Massacre was Edward Langford, who identified himself during the subsequent trials as a member of the town watch. What background brought him to patrolling Boston at night?Notes taken at the trials identify that man as “Edd. Show More Summary

Sheridan, Rienzi, and late 19th century marketing

It’s not often that I can blend a little of the history of the Shenandoah Valley with the Cumberland Valley, but… Among the different types of beer bottled and sold by one of my great-great grand uncles (among other beer and soda bottling ventures, James Draden Moore became a distributor for Rochester Brewing Co.), in […]

Then and Now: Heckman’s Artillery Battery

Then: Gettysburg College ROTC performs calisthenics by Captain Lewis Heckman’s Battery K, First Ohio Light[...] The post Then and Now: Heckman’s Artillery Battery appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Amazon Fills New Store With Books

This past Wednesday morning I stopped by a brand new Amazon brick and mortar bookstore just up the road in Dedham. I walked out after roughly ten minutes of browsing […]

When I Paint My Massacre

This week the history painter Don Troiani unveiled his depiction of the Boston Massacre. Troiani is known for his careful research, which includes collecting period artifacts and clothing. He was also assisted by some of the New England...Show More Summary

Thomas on Louisa Catherine Adams in Quincy, 8 March

I’m breaking into the wall-to-wall Boston Massacre coverage for an extra posting about an event coming up in Quincy.On Wednesday, 8 March, the Adams National Historical Park will host Louisa Thomas, author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Show More Summary

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