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Banned From Black Confederates Facebook Group

This morning I decided to join a new Facebook group devoted to black Confederate soldiers. Once approved I responded to two posts. The first, not surprisingly, was a re-posting of the Atlanta Black Star piece that I commented on earlier this week. I simply noted that the accompanying image was that of Union soldiers and […]

Planning Your Patriots’ Day Season

The anniversary of the outbreak of the Revolutionary War is coming up on 19 April, and commemorations of that event start this weekend. At one point I tried as a public service to catalogue all the celebrations, reenactments, parades, and other historic events scheduled for that season. Show More Summary

Making Lincoln Great Again

This is from a recent interview that Donald Trump gave to The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward. I think it is safe to say that Woodward knew not to follow up on Trump’s response. Like just about everything else that comes out of his mouth, this is both horrifying and hilarious. […]

Discovering Lt. Cullen. . .

Lieutenant William CullenCompany E, 48th Pennsylvania[Courtesy of Catherine Siegel and Family] In all of my years studying the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, there are few moments more thrilling for me than when I see an image or a photograph of one of the regiment's soldiers for the very first time. Show More Summary

History Comics Workshops, 19-22 April

Massachusetts’s public school vacation week is coming up, and I’m going to spend four of those days working with talented artists as we offer workshops on history comics at four historic sites.Designed for kids in grades 4 to 8 (though...Show More Summary

“Deserved and received the respect”

On 19 Feb 1730, John and Thankful (Crowell) Lewis of Yarmouth (or Cape Cod) had a baby. According to an item in the 22 Jan 1770 Boston Evening-Post:bearing a similarity of both Sexes, it was disputed what apparel it [the child] should...Show More Summary

Talk on Dawes, Warren, and Heath at Forest Hills, 17 Apr.

On Sunday, 17 April, at 2:00 P.M., Forest Hills Cemetery will host a talk by Dee Morris on “The Other New England Patriots.”Morris’s subject will be three men who were significant in the start of the Revolutionary War—particularly the start of it on 19 Apr 1775—and are buried at that cemetery: William Dawes, Jr. Show More Summary

Atlanta Black Star Falls For Black Confederate Myth

Recently I shared a story out of Chattanooga, TN about the uncovering of what was determined by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to be the tombstone of a black Confederate soldier. As is the case with other stories, within a day the article was picked up by a local news […]

Civil War artist John Paul Strain to visit Strasburg and Winchester, Va.

John Paul Strain, an artist known for his finely detailed paintings of the Civil War on and off the battlefield, is introducing his newest art work on the weekend of April 9 and 10 at a Civil War park in Strasburg  and an art gallery in Winchester. This piece depicts a visit made by Gen. […]

Remembering John A. Nagy

I was saddened to learn that author John A. Nagy had died on the first of this month. John was an expert—really, the current expert—on Revolutionary War espionage. He had several books to his name, including Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution and Rebellion in the Ranks: Mutinies of the American Revolution. Show More Summary

Redefining Confederate History Month in Mississippi

Last month I reported on efforts to add an interpretive plaque to the Confederate soldier statue on the campus of the University of Mississippi. At the time I expressed some concerns as did others. It was unfortunate that the school’s history department was not consulted, but today they released a […]

“Hoping he will still continue Honestly, faithfully & obediently to serve”

To find out more about Caesar Marion, also called “the well-known Caesar Merriam,” I looked into the life of the man who once owned him.Edward Marion was born in Boston in 1692. He served in some town offices in the 1720s and ’30s, joined...Show More Summary

Another Take on “Lee’s Lost Order”

History recently launched a new comedy series called, “Crossroads of History.” This particular episode explores Lee’s famous Lost Order and stars Ben Feldman, who you may remember from Mad Men. It contains a few funny moments. [Uploaded to Vimeo on April 2, 2015]

Swans in Fog

2 months agoHistory / US History : Electratig

At Lake Swartswood, New Jersey.

A New Clue to Caesar Marion

Back in 2006, I wrote about a black man named Caesar Marion who protested a town meeting measure in August 1775, during the siege of Boston. The Essex Gazette referred to him as “the well-known Caesar Merriam.”I’d found the name of Caesar Marion on the 1771 provincial tax list, indicating that he owned property. Show More Summary

“The Road From Appomattox” Symposium

All five presentations from this year’s Civil War symposium held recently at the Library of Virginia are now available for viewing via C-SPAN. The event was titled, “The Road from Appomattox: Political Violence, Military Conflict, and National Reunion”. They are all worth watching. Edward L. Ayers, “Reckoning with Reconstruction and […]

The End of the Washington Elm

This photograph comes from the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library, via Digital Commonwealth.The webpage dates the image as “ca. 1917–1934,” but we can be more specific. In his essay “The Washington Elm Tradition” Samuel F. Show More Summary

A New Look at Saratoga

At the American Revolution Conference two weeks ago I met Larry Arnold, an expert guide to the Saratoga battlefield.During a drive to the Green Spring battle site, Larry told us about a recent discovery he’d made on eBay. He saw a letter that mentioned Saratoga offered with a scan big enough to actually read. Show More Summary

New Book Project for Public Historians

I don’t believe I have said much of anything about it on this site, but in addition to my book project on the myth of the Black Confederate soldier I have also been working on a proposal for a collection of essays on interpreting the Civil War at museums and […]

Omohundro Institute Conference in Worcester, 23-26 June

On the same weekend as the Dublin Seminar, the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture will hold its 22nd Annual Conference in Worcester. This year’s conference themes are “Native American Transformations” and “Early...Show More Summary

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