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A Split in the Merchants’ Club in 1771

On Tuesday, 13 Aug 1771, John Adams went into Boston for a weekly meeting of one of his gentlemen’s clubs and discovered that most of the club wasn’t there. He wrote in his diary:Spent the Evening at [Hannah] Cordis’s, the British Coffee house.—In the front Room, towards the long Wharfe, where the Merchants Clubb has met this twenty Years. Show More Summary

“75,000 Confederates of Color?” on a Billboard

This is one of two billboards sponsored by the Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans that have recently been placed along Missouri highways, one near Kansas City and the other outside of St. Louis. There is something desperate about placing such an advertisement on a large billboard, but it does serve as a wonderful example […]

The Fights After the Fight off Fairhaven

Yesterday I started describing the 14 May 1775 fight outside Buzzard’s Bay between the newly-armed whaler Success from the village of Fairhaven and two trading sloops that the Royal Navy had recently captured.When I broke off, provincial...Show More Summary

‘A Way of Life Built on Black Bodies’

The most recent episode of Vice Does America takes viewers to Pointe-aux-Chenes, Louisiana, to meet with Choctaw Native Americans and Jacksonville, Alabama for a Civil War reenactment. The reenactment is well worth watching. It’s begins innocently enough with Abdullah Saeed, Wilbert L. Cooper, and Martina de Alba taking sides and suiting up in their respective […]

I Have a Civil War Ancestor!

I have always felt a bit like an outsider compared to those of you who can trace your family’s history back to the Civil War. Thanks to John Stones, who is the “chaplain” for one of the Southern Heritage Facebook groups, today I learned that I have an ancestor who served in the United States […]

The Fight off Fairhaven

Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven overlooks the site of what’s often called, especially in Fairhaven, the first naval fight of the Revolutionary War. (People in Machias, Maine, disagree.)As Derek W. Beck described in this article for the Journal of the American Revolution, the action started on 11 May 1775 when “a barge from Capt. Show More Summary

Visiting Hupp’s Battery Marker

There are some places in Gettysburg National Military Park that are hard to reach. Today we take a trek to the least-visited Confederate battery marker on the battlefield, north of the Railroad Cut along Oak/Seminary Ridge. This image taken facing southeast at approximately 7:30 PM on Wednesday August 10, 2016. Show More Summary

Catching All the Crowds at Fort Phoenix

Another news story with historic roots that’s been bouncing around the web this week has been the reported vandalism at Fort Phoenix, site of a Revolutionary War battery in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.On 13 July, the Fairhaven Historical Commission met to discuss an unexpected strain on the site: Pokémon Go players. Show More Summary

General Edmund Kirby Smith, Black Confederate

Last week the History News Network published a little featurette about Derek Boyd Hankerson, who bills himself as a university lecturer, filmmaker, author, and political operative. He also worked as Donald Trump’s Northeast Florida Field Director. The focus of the piece, however, was on his work as a historian of American slavery and his belief […]

Investigating the Meaning of the Gadsden Flag

A government agency’s report from a couple of months ago is just now being spread around the web, thanks to law professor Eugene Volokh’s column about it in the Washington Post. The Volokh article is headlined “Wearing ‘Don’t Tread on...Show More Summary

Soldiers National Monument Fence Removed, Restoration Nearing Completion

The Soldiers National Monument has been cleaned, and the fence surrounding it has been removed to allow a better view of the monument. The monument was worked on not only to clean it but to fix problems created by vandalism. This view was taken facing north at approximately 2:00 PM on Friday, August 5, 2016. Show More Summary

His Royal HIghness, the Teen-Aged Midshipman

The English Historical Fiction Authors blog just reran the late M. M. Bennetts’s article about Prince William Henry, third son of George III and Queen Charlotte, and his adventures in the American War: In 1778, when he was twelve, Prince...Show More Summary

Mark Summers on Reconstruction at CWI

Mark Summers gave this talk on Reconstruction at this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. It was one of the highlights of the conference and is well worth your time as is his new book on the subject. Watch it here at C-SPAN.

East Cemetery Hill Civil War Trust Project Update

The Civil War Trust is steadily working on tearing down a structure that they purchased on East Cemetery Hill’s Hillcrest Place – today we’ll check in with LBG Garry Adelman to update us on the progress. The flank markers to the 107th...Show More Summary

The Schoolboy Footraces of Philadelphia

In his 1811 memoir, Alexander Graydon (1752-1818) offered a glimpse of schoolboy life in 1760s Philadelphia.After the death of Alexander’s father in 1761, to support the family and to pay his tuition at the academy his mother took in other boys as boarders. Show More Summary

Ebenezer Stevens Exhibit in New York

The New-York Historical Society is featuring what I expect is a small but thorough exhibit on Ebenezer Stevens, a lieutenant colonel in the Continental artillery.Stevens was a Boston mechanic who participated in the Tea Party, carefully avoiding the view of his brother-in-law Alexander Hodgdon, a mate aboard one of the ships. Show More Summary

In effort to build community, Va. museum offers $1 admission for August

When news broke in July of two officer-involved shootings on the same day a police officer was killed, officials and staff at the Newport News, Va., Mariners’ Museum, which houses the USS Monitor, discussed what they could do in response to “such horrible national news.” In an email, museum interim president and Chief Executive Officer […]

Living History in Boston, 13 and 14 August

On the weekend of 13-14 August, a group of dedicated historical reenactors who call themselves the Middling Sort will be in Boston participating in a couple of living history events.On Saturday, 13 August, the Old State House will host...Show More Summary

Wartime Accounts of Confederate Camps

One of the larger points that I am trying to make in the first chapter of my black Confederates book is that the war presented a number of challenges to the maintenance of the master-slave relationship. While the expectations and authority of slaveowners may have been well established back home, slaves took full advantage of […]

Hancock Avenue Gate Location

The Hancock Avenue Gate will be put back in this location on the west side of the Taneytown Road. The “Sidewalk Closed” sign is near the center of the gate. The left post of the gate is near the left of the orange fencing. The right post is farther to the right of the orange […] The post Hancock Avenue Gate Location appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

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