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“The concourse of spectators was greater than we ever remember”

Earlier in the week I wrote about the funeral of Christopher Seider. The merchant John Rowe stated in his diary, “I am very sure two thousand people attended his Funerall.” That would have been one of every eight people in Boston.John...Show More Summary

Local Militia Muster in Westboro, 14 Oct.

On Saturday, 14 October, the Westborough Rotary Club and the Westborough Historical Society will present a re-creation of a town militia muster.Specifically, this event commemorates the 243rd anniversary of the Westborough militia’sShow More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 10/13

Edward L. Ayers, The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America (W.W. Norton, 2017). David Blight and Jim Downs eds., Beyond Freedom: Disrupting […]

A Civil War Myth That Won’t Go Away

Today The Post & Courier in Charleston published my op-ed in response to Monday’s proposal from two South Carolina legislators, who would like to see a monument to black Confederates […]

“A Monument over the grave of young SEIDER”?

On 5 Mar 1770, the Boston Gazette reported on the grand funeral for little Christopher Seider, shot by Ebenezer Richardson on 22 February, and added:We can assure the Publick, that a Monument will be erected over the Grave of young Snider,...Show More Summary

Invited By the SCV to Speak at Lee-Jackson Day Celebration

Just when I thought I was persona non grata with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, this morning I awoke to an invitation from the Stonewall Brigade chapter in Lexington, Virginia […]

“All interred in the same grave with him”

Yesterday I started to look into the question of whether Christopher Seider, memorialized on a stone in the Granary Burying-ground, was actually buried there in 1770. Celebrate Boston’s page on grave-robbing [perhaps an odd topic toShow More Summary

Where Was Christopher Seider Buried?

After young Christopher Seider was killed on 22 Feb 1770, where was he buried?A marker in the Granary Burying Ground (shown here) bears his name under those of the five people who died the following month after the Boston Massacre. But that’s not a contemporaneous marker. Show More Summary

How Does Searching For Black Confederates End?

This morning I started writing with the intention of finishing a rough draft of the final chapter of my black Confederates book. The big question that I still needed to […]

John Oliver Takes on Confederate Monuments

Last night John Oliver devoted twenty minutes to addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding Confederate monuments. There isn’t much that is new here, but there are a few funny moments so […]

Conde on Historic Gravestones in Boston, 11 Oct.

As part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, the New England Historical Genealogical Society is hosting a free lecture on 11 October by Ta Mara Conde, founder of Historic Gravestone Services.The society’s description of “Stories in Stone: America Through Its Early Burial Grounds” says:Burial grounds are outdoor museum: accessible and open to all. Show More Summary

The Museum of the American Revolution Hosts a Film Premiere, 9 Oct.

In August I visited the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which opened to great fanfare earlier this year. Like the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which I wrote about here, the Philadelphia museum combines the historical artifacts of an older, traditional collection with new technology. Show More Summary

The Alexander Riggs House: John Burns and the Cellar Door

The archaeological dig taking place at the foundation of the Alexander Riggs House is a[...] The post The Alexander Riggs House: John Burns and the Cellar Door appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

John Adams on the “Hancock” and “Adams”

James Lloyd was born in Boston in December 1769 and named after his grandfather, a respected physician. During the early 1770s, Dr. Lloyd sided with the royal government, but he remained in Boston when the British military evacuated....Show More Summary

Providence College’s Seminar on the History of Early America

The Department of History & Classics at Providence College in Rhode Island is launching a Seminar on the History of Early America.Participants in these sessions “will discuss pre-circulated works in progress, including chapters of doctoral...Show More Summary

Early American Scientists and Anthropogenic Climate Change

On Tuesday, 10 October, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a session of the Boston Environmental History Seminar series. James Rice of Tufts University will present a paper on “Early Environmental Histories,” and Chris Parsons of Northeastern University will comment on it. Show More Summary

Daen on Van Horn’s The Power of Objects

Laurel Daen recently reviewed Jennifer Van Horn’s The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America for H-Net. Here’s an interesting extract from that review:Van Horn uses portraits of young women in Charleston that featureShow More Summary

Lt. Lindsay Lives Through the Battle of Pollilur

Once the French entered the war against the British, the fighting expanded around the globe to wherever those two empires were in conflict.In India, the British army supported the British East India Company, which recruited local troops. Show More Summary

Antietam, Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Las Vegas

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 comparisons were routinely made with the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2001. Such  comparisons were made […]

Events on Archeology in Minute Man Park

October is Massachusetts’s Archaeology Month, and Minute Man National Historical Park is offering two programs on the field. Saturday, 7 October, 1:00 P.M.Parker’s Revenge: The New EvidenceMinute Man Visitor Center on the Lincoln/Lexington lineArchaeologist Dr. Show More Summary

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