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“An attempt was made against Mr. S. Adams”

I already described one story behind Boston’s vote for representatives to the Massachusetts General Court in 1772: the replacement of James Otis, Jr., after too many episodes of insanity.The other story appeared in a posthumous volume of Gov. Show More Summary

A Meeting Between Grant and Lee

It’s probably safe to assume that a recreation of the meeting between Grant and Lee in Wilmer McLean’s home at Appomattox Court House will be part of the sesquicentennial anniversary next April. Unlike the video below, the performance will likely stick to a well vetted script that adheres close to the available historical record. There... Continue reading

The Election Results from 1772

On 6 May 1772, Boston held its annual town meeting to elect representatives to the Massachusetts General Court. Boston had four seats in that legislature while every other town in the province had no more than two. Nonetheless, because Boston was so much larger than any other town, its population was underrepresented. Show More Summary

A New York publication on the contributions of Southern writers (1860)

One of those occasional morsels worth noting (and sharing), encountered in the course of my research… From the New York Journal of Commerce (via my source… the Fayetteville Weekly Observer (Fayetteville, North Carolina), January 9, 1860: SOUTHERN WRITERS A few days since we called the attention of our readers to the fact that a large number of books […]

The Devil’s to Pay is rocking!

Here’s a quick update on the status of my new book, The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg. A History and Walking Tour. As I write this, it’s ranked 4,221 out of the many millions of books sold on Amazon, and is sitting at number 1 on the list of Gettysburg books. Show More Summary

“Visualizing Slavery” Conference in New Haven , 7-8 Nov.

On Friday and Saturday, 7-8 November, the Gilder Lehrman Center’s 16th Annual International Conference will take place at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut.It will be on the theme “Visualizing Slavery and British...Show More Summary

Will Civil War Reenactors Surrender at Appomattox in 2015?

Last week I learned of the retirement of long time Robert E. Lee impersonator, Al Stone. Mr. Stone plans on using the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House as the backdrop for his final performance. I’ve noticed an uptick in stories from around the country that plan on using this particular anniversary […]

“Letters from Washington” in Cambridge in November

This month Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge will host a new series of discussions on George Washington, open to anyone. Each Thursday at 6:00 P.M. the site’s Revolutionary War specialist,...Show More Summary

Remembering Slavery Alongside Confederate Heritage in Richmond

While the Virginia Flaggers have made a name for themselves for their insistence that a Confederate flag fly on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, along the Boulevard in Richmond, others have also taken an interest in the history of the site. A student from the Agua Dulce Dance Theater recently performed an interpretive dance […]

Halloween tour of museum includes severed arm

For $15 a head, visitors to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., can see an arm believed to have belonged to a soldier who fought at the Battle of Antietam, Sept. 17, 1862. The display is part of a Halloween tour at the museum at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Friday. Read full article >>

Henry Ruffner’s Ghost Story (“The Screech”)

A Screech Amongs the earliest settlers in the Kanawha valley was george Alderson, who had been a man of the woods from his youth. Though not much of a scholar, yet he could read, write, and cast up accounts, which, altogether was more than the majority of his sylvan contemporaries could do. He was a […]

Virginia governor accepts transfer of battlefield parcels

The Civil War Trust on Friday transferred ownership of 127 acres of Civil War property to the state of Virginia in a noon time ceremony held at Rice, Va. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe accepted the gift of 12 acres at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park at that location as well as 115 acres at High Bridge Trail State Park. Read full article >>

Ruffner’s thoughts on writing for recreation

In an article in the July, 1856 edition of the Southern Literary Messenger, Dr. Henry Ruffner wrote: A few months before Alderson’s death, my father and uncle had purchased the land on which he lived near the old salt lick above Charleston, with the view of experimenting for salt water upon it. A few months […]

The Evidence for Paine as a Staymaker

As I discussed yesterday, a claim appeared on Wikipedia last month that Thomas Paine started out making stays for sailing ships, not stays for women to wear, and that Paine’s political enemies misrepresented him as a maker of underwear.This fraud apparently fooled every historian and biographer who has written about Paine. Show More Summary

Three Papers Uploaded to

In my ongoing effort to make as much of my published work available I’ve uploaded three additional papers to my page. “Is Not the Glory Enough to Give Us All a Share?”: An Analysis of Competing Memories of the Battle of the Crater in Aaron Sheehan Dean ed., The View From the Ground: Experiences […]

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Hairstyles For Curly Frizzy Hair As Celebrities: The Carrie Bradshaw’s Style

Having curly frizzy hair will be great alternative for the women to have different hairstyle that will make them become beautiful. Moreover, the suitable style of it will be great tool to increase their confidence to enjoy their life. Show More Summary

Visualizing the Union in 1861

Slate’s history blog, the Vault, has come through again with another incredible primary source from our Civil War. You may remember a couple of weeks ago I shared a Civil War board game. For those Americans who had trouble comprehending the relationship between the federal government and the states, along with the overarching importance of […]

When Dr. Henry Ruffner gave his “bah, humbug” to German superstitions

Since it’s Halloween Eve, I figured I would fall back on an article that I read in the past year, which was written by a Shenandoah Valley author. I’ve mentioned Henry Ruffner in this blog before, mostly because of the famous “Ruffner Pamphlet” and how it pertained to slavery in antebellum Virginia. Yet, as with all […]

This Season’s New Paine Claim

Last month, on 24 September, someone signed in to Wikipedia as “Jkfkauia” in order to revise the Thomas Paine entry. He or she explained the editing this way:(I am correcting a widely repeated piece of insulting misinformation about Thomas Paine. Show More Summary

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