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From Enslaved Cook to Food Service Specialist

As I noted in the proposal for my black Confederates book, there are a small number of vanity or self-published books on the subject that have managed to garner a certain amount of attention and approval. The best examples are the volumes published by Pelican Press. One of the books that I am currently wading […]

Jared Ross Hardesty Lecture and Seminar, 14-15 Sept.

On Wednesday, 14 September, Old North Church will host a lecture by Jared Ross Hardesty, author of the new book Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston. Hardesty is an Assistant Professor of History at Western Washington University and blogs through the African American Intellectual History Society website. Show More Summary

Hupp’s Battery Revisited: Accessing Without the Railroad Tracks

Perhaps you saw our post on visiting Hupp’s Battery and thought, that’s great guys, but I’d really like to do this without getting killed by a train. Let’s start north of the railroad cut bridge along Reynolds’ Avenue. We’ll park here next to the statue for Brigadier General James S. Show More Summary

September Events at Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man National Historical Park has a busy schedule of events for the rest of the month. They’re all free, and I’m definitely going to attend the last one. Sunday, 11 SeptemberRevolutionary Dogs walking tour from the visitor center...Show More Summary

Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers: A Book Proposal

In the next few weeks I am hoping to announce a book deal for my black Confederates project. In the meantime I decided to post the proposal to give you a better sense of the scope of the book. One of the things that I have tried to do is be as transparent as possible, […]

Dublin Seminar for 2017

And speaking of Deerfield, Historic Deerfield will host the next Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife on 23-25 June 2017. The theme of the 2017 seminar is “Small World: Toys, Dolls, and Games in New England, 1620-1920.” Here’s the...Show More Summary

The Ransom of Stephen Williams

Running the portrait of the Rev. Stephen Williams yesterday put me in mind of how at the age of ten he was captured in the 1704 raid on Deerfield.That was a horrible experience. Stephen’s mother and other captors were killed, he wasShow More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 09/03

Matthew Mason, Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People (University of North Carolina Press, 2016). Timothy Sweet ed., Literary Cultures of the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, […]

“An Intimation of the Bombardment of Boston”

Today is the anniversary of the militia uprising in 1774 that Richard Frothingham dubbed the “Powder Alarm” in his biography of Dr. Joseph Warren.On 2 Sept 1774 up to five thousand Massachusetts militiamen crowded into Cambridge, forcing...Show More Summary

Lost Cause Nostalgia Revisited

This video was originally posted to YouTube back in 2009, but it still packs a punch. It is perfect for a high school or college level class on the Civil War that addresses memory.

Gettysburg event appeals over generations

On Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the struggle for Little Round Top at the Gettysburg Battlefield will be fought again with hundreds of visitors choosing to be a member of the 20th Maine or the 15th Alabama in a free program sponsored by the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service. There is a […]

How Moll Pitcher Told Fortunes

When Lynn historian and poet Alonzo Lewis first wrote about Mary “Moll” Pitcher in 1829, he described her reading tea leaves. But he immediately stated the real source of her insights:She also availed herself of every ordinary mode of...Show More Summary

Visiting Moll Pitcher, the Fortune-Teller of Lynn

To visit the fortune-teller Mary “Moll” Pitcher, chroniclers of Lynn wrote, people looked for the house of Dr. Henry Burchstead. He was the son of a physician from Silesia, and he built a large house on what is now Essex Street.More notably, Burchstead set up two large whale bones in the form of a “gothic arch” as his front gate. Show More Summary

Mississippi State University Removes State Flag From Campus

Up until this morning MSU was the only state university that still flew the state flag on campus. Pressure on other campuses and in municipalities across the state has led to its removal owing to its inclusion of the Confederate battle flag in its design. The university released the following statement announcing the decision earlier […]

Seeking a Clear Image of Moll Pitcher

To figure out what sort of fortune-telling Mary “Moll” Pitcher of Lynn did requires getting around the romanticized descriptions and legends that grew over the nineteenth century. For example, in Moll Pitcher’s Prophecies; or, The American Sibyl (1895), Ellen M. Show More Summary

The Fleeting Facts of Moll Pitcher’s Life

Authors disagree about Mary (Moll) Pitcher’s family background. When she died in 1813, she was said to be seventy-five years old, meaning she was born around 1738. No birth or baptism records have been found to match or confirm that.In...Show More Summary

Civil War Memory Wants to Partner With You

Are You Looking to connect your product or project with a large and engaged community of Civil War enthusiasts? If so, advertising at Civil War Memory may be just what you are looking for. Civil War Memory is an award-winning blog that has been in continuous operation for 11 years. Readers come from a wide […]

The Return of Gettysburg’s Electric Map

If you are a Gettysburg enthusiast of a certain age than you likely have fond memories of the Electric Map, which first served as the centerpiece of the Rosensteel Museum and was later included in the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum. For many visitors it offered a helpful orientation to the three-day battle, but it […]

The Original Molly Pitcher

As quoted yesterday, two publications from 1835—one in English and one in German—appear to be the first print appearances of the name “Molly Pitcher” in stories about a female artillerist at the Battle of Monmouth.But that name had already...Show More Summary

The Legend of Molly Pitcher—A New Source

Since I was on a Battle of Monmouth kick, I’ll jump to one of the most enduring American legends to come out of that fight: Molly Pitcher. As Ray Raphael wrote in Founding Myths and this article for the Journal of the American Revolution, there’s solid evidence of a woman helping her husband in the Continental artillery at that battle. Show More Summary

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