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That North Carolinian Is Pointing at the Bryan Farm

This morning I spent some time reflecting at the North Carolina monument along Confederate Avenue at the Gettysburg National Military Park. I was thinking specifically about the entry points for […]

We Actually Have Two New American Revolution Museums

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia isn’t the only new museum focusing on that important national transition. Last month I attended one of the opening days of the other one, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Show More Summary

Harvest of Death Part 16: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

A glass plate titled “View in Field on Right Wing Where General Reynolds Fell At[...] The post Harvest of Death Part 16: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

You Don’t Really Have to Wave That Confederate Flag

I always get a kick out of those people who are committed to waving the Confederate battle flag in public, regardless of how it makes others feel. For descendants of […]

“Charles Willson Peale is literally wearing my pants”

There’s a lot of New England content in Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution, and a lot of New England talent behind it.The Philadelphia newspapers explain:Seventeen of the museum’s 32 human resin figures -- and two of...Show More Summary

Returning the 90th Pennsylvania’s Right Flank Marker at Ziegler’s Grove

The monument with the eagle on top in the top left of this photograph is[...] The post Returning the 90th Pennsylvania’s Right Flank Marker at Ziegler’s Grove appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“A Government With Slavery As Its Great Distinctive Feature”

Reading through the letters of Lt. William Cowper Nelson, who served in the 17th Mississippi and came across this little gem: I don’t know that I much regret the loss […]

Museum of the American Revolution Opens in Philadelphia

Today is the official opening of the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. It combines the site of the city’s old Bicentennial Visitor Center, the collections of the Valley Forge Museum, and the best interactive technology available today, as well as some new thinking about public history. Show More Summary

Do Gettysburg’s Confederate Monuments Perpetuate the Lost Cause?

Tomorrow I head to Gettysburg to do a little research and on Saturday will give a talk at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg on the ongoing controversy surrounding […]

Harvest of Death Part 15: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith

A glass plate titled “View in Field on Right Wing Where General Reynolds Fell At[...] The post Harvest of Death Part 15: Licensed Battlefield Guides Garry Adelman and Tim Smith appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/18

S. Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence (Harvard University Press, 2017). Jennifer Ford ed., The Hour of Our Nation’s Agony: The Civil War […]

Doing the History of the Concord March with Liz Covart

This is the anniversary of the British army’s march to Concord in 1775, and Liz Covart of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast has recently shared three items related to that event.First, Liz interviewed me about The Road to Concord andShow More Summary

Samuel Haws on the Second Day of the War

Yesterday we left Samuel Haws and his fellow Wrentham minutemen at Nathaniel Richards’s tavern in west Roxbury on the evening of 19 Apr 1775. They had come across two men, one of them a neighbor from Wrentham named Ebenezer Aldis—who was from a family suspected of Loyalist sympathies. Show More Summary

Boy Scout Troop 105 Trail Maintenance in Rose’s Woods

Boy Scout Troop 105 from Hanover, Pennsylvania was hard at work Saturday morning in Gettysburg[...] The post Boy Scout Troop 105 Trail Maintenance in Rose’s Woods appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“About one a clock the minute men were alarmed”

Samuel Haws of Wrentham, Massachusetts, was one of the militiamen called out on 19 Apr 1775 who left a journal of his experiences. Haws’s journal would be consulted even more if he’d seen actual fighting that day. But Wrentham is onShow More Summary

Saturday Night Live Interprets Civil War Soldier Morale

It’s been quite some time since SNL used the Civil War for one of their skits. This one, featuring Harry Styles, is pretty good. [Uploaded to YouTube on April 15, […]

Destination Gettysburg “Backpacks” at the Pennsylvania Memorial

The Pennsylvania Memorial in Gettysburg National Military Park.This view was taken facing east at approximately[...] The post Destination Gettysburg “Backpacks” at the Pennsylvania Memorial appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Conference on Bailyn’s Ideological Origins, 21 Apr.

On 20-21 April, Yale University’s Center for Historical Inquiry & the Social Sciences will host a conference, co-sponsored by the U.S.C.–Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute on “Ideological Origins at 50: Power, Rights, and the Rise and Fall of Free States.” In 1967 Bernard Bailyn published The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Show More Summary

Let’s Talk Confederate Monuments and Civil War Memory

Quick announcement to let people know in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area that I will be in town next Saturday to speak at the National Civil War Museum. As you can […]

Trees Planted at Ziegler’s Grove

Volunteers from the Gettysburg Foundation planted trees in Ziegler’s Grove this month. The orange flags[...] The post Trees Planted at Ziegler’s Grove appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

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