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Hannah Adams, Comic Book Heroine

The Massachusetts historian and author Hannah Adams (1755-1831) made an appearance in Wonder Woman, #28, published in 1946. She was the focus of a backup feature called “The Wonder Women of History,” and here it is.Furthermore, it looks like the same story features a cameo by an (unrecognizable and anachronistically dressed) Dr. Show More Summary

The Crown Informant Inside Old South

Last week I cited a report about the November-December 1773 public meetings inside the Old South Meeting-House. Labeled “Proceedings of Ye Body Respecting the Tea,” that was created for the royal government soon after the Boston Tea Party. Show More Summary

“Masters of Miniature” at the U.S.S. Constitution Museum

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum has extended the time of its ship model show called “Masters of Miniature.” Originally scheduled to end 2 Jan 2016, the exhibit will now be up through early March. This vacation week might still be an ideal time for families to visit. Show More Summary

A Christmas Visit with the Franklin Family

On Christmas in 1858, the Boston Young Men’s Christian Association displayed a replica of the birthplace of Benjamin Franklin on Milk Street. At that point the actual building had been gone for well over forty years.This is a digital...Show More Summary

How To Interpret a $35 Nylon Confederate Flag

The controversy surrounding the removal of the Confederate battle flag on South Carolina’s State House grounds continues. A number of public officials and other concerned citizens have expressed frustration over the projected costs for displaying the flag at the South Carolina Relic Room and Museum. In my latest essay at The Daily Beast I comment […]

Merry Confederate Christmas 2015

This Mort Kunstler print is titled, “How Real Soldiers Live,” but it is begging for a caption. Have at it. Wishing all of you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.

Lee and Laurens Finish Their “Transaction”

As related yesterday, on 23 Dec 1778 Col. John Laurens and Gen. Charles Lee (shown here) met for a duel on the aptly named Point No Point Road, leading to what’s now Bridesburg, Pennsylvania. Laurens’s second was his friend and fellow aide de camp to Gen. Show More Summary

Civil War News goes out of business

The Civil War News  is no more. Billed as “the current events newspaper covering the American Civil War” and headquartered in Turnbridge, Vt., it was the trusted source for 42 years for timely news coverage, thoughtful commentary, book reviews, columns on a variety of specialized subjects and the best list of events to be found anywhere. […]

AHA to Address Confederate Symbolism Debate

Earlier today the American Historical Association announced that they will be adding a plenary session at the annual meeting on Confederate symbolism that will be free and open to the public. Panelists include David Blight, Fitz Brundage, John Coski, Daina Ramey Berry, and Jane Turner Censer. The goals of the panel involve the following: Addressing […]

An Appointment for Lee and Laurens

On Christmas Eve, 1778, Col. Alexander Hamilton was busy writing out this account of a potentially troublesome event that he had witnessed the day before, 237 years ago today.Fans of the musical Hamilton will recognize this as an episode from that play. Show More Summary

Massachusetts Marriages in 1765

After reading about the idea that Massachusetts couples timed their marriages to avoid paying the Stamp Tax after 1 Nov 1765, I started to think about how to test whether that report was accurate. I decided to go to, the genealogy site built by the Latter-Day Saints, and run numbers there. Show More Summary

“Joining in Wedlock, earlier than they intended”

As I described yesterday, the Stamp Act required all certificates, including those related to marriage, to be filled out on paper affixed with a ten-shilling stamp.That meant that, once the law went into effect on 1 Nov 1765, every couple...Show More Summary

The Stamp Act as a Marriage Tax

Genealogists, historians of marriage, and other experts might correct me on this, but in provincial Massachusetts a new couple didn’t obtain a certificate of marriage.Rather, they got a certificate of their intention to marry from their...Show More Summary

Amanda Jennings Weeps for Confederate Monuments

This video is getting a good deal of attention at the Civil War Memory Facebook page so I decided to post it here as well. There is not much to this short video. Amanda Jennings, who apparently lives in New Orleans, is not happy with the recent decision to remove four Confederate monuments. Much of […]

Josiah Quincy’s “clouds which now rise thick and fast”

Eliza Susan Quincy concluded her 1874 account of her grandfather’s speech in Old South Meeting-House just before the Boston Tea Party with this passage:While Mr. [Josiah] Quincy was speaking, the men dressed as Indians, who were going...Show More Summary

How Not To Argue in Favor of Confederate Monuments

It’s been quite entertaining following the comments on my most recent essay at the Atlantic on yesterday’s decision in New Orleans to remove four Confederate monuments. [Note: I include the Liberty Monument in this number for the reasons outlined in the post.] One of the most common responses against the removal of Confederate monuments in […]

The Young Gentleman in the Gallery

There’s a third description of what Josiah Quincy, Jr., said in the Old South Meeting-House on 16 Dec 1773, preserved in the biography of the young lawyer authored by his descendants.But not in the first edition of that biography, published by the subject’s son Josiah Quincy (1772-1864) in 1825. Show More Summary

New Orleans To Remove Four Confederate Monuments

Earlier today the New Orleans city council voted 6 to 1 to remove four Confederate monuments. I decided early this morning to write up some thoughts assuming that the vote would go the way it did. You can read my essay at the Atlant...

Quincy’s Speech in Quincy’s Words

Our next source for what lawyer Josiah Quincy, Jr., said in Old South Meeting-House during the tea meetings of December 1773 comes from Quincy himself.In a letter to his wife Abigail, written in London on 14 Dec 1773, Quincy described...Show More Summary

Interpreting Boston’s Second American Revolution

I am probably one of the few people who walks the streets of Boston looking for glimpses of its Civil War past, both historical and commemorative. It’s a neglected past. Sure, you can find groups that stop at the monument to the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, across from the state house, but you will be […]

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