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Lanterns, Laws, and Legend

As I quoted back here, on 1 Nov 1769 Boston town clerk William Cooper wrote out instructions on behalf of the selectmen to Thomas Bradford, temporarily promoted to Constable of the South Watch. Among other things, the letter told Bradford:You...Show More Summary

History Camp 2016 Coming Up, 26 Mar.

History Camp Boston 2016 will take place on 26 March at the Harriet Tubman House, the same place we met last year. This event has been sold out for a while, so I haven’t promoted it since that would probably lead to disappointment. But there is a waitlist, and the program of presentations looks really good. Show More Summary

Sen. Kaine visits Fredericksburg battlefield to see land to be preserved through a federal grant

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was instrumental in getting a bipartisan bill through Congress in 2014 to reauthorize and expand the American Battlefield Protection Program, on Friday visited one of the battlefields that has benefited from his efforts. Kaine met with officials from the National Park Service and Civil War Trust at the Fredericksburg battlefield […]

Wars… and wishing those buildings could talk

Seeing a Facebook friend’s post, today, of all that remained of an ancestral home… a hearth and chimney… I felt compelled to post one of my own. While I can’t say for sure if it is the remains of an “ancestral” homestead, it is located in Nicholson Hollow. If not an ancestral homestead, it’s likely a place […]

“The End of Tory Row” in Cambridge, 24 Mar.

Among the historical talks on Thursday, 24 March, here’s the one I’ll attend: “The End of Tory Row,” at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge.I’ll be there because I’ll be doing the speaking.Show More Summary

Who Made Up This “Rebellious Mob”?

No university has done more to come to terms with its Confederate and racial past than the University of Mississippi. Yesterday, the announcement that the school would install a plaque to add “context” to the Confederate statue at the entrance to Lyceum Circle brings this process one step further. The […]

Explaining the Black Confederate Phenomena

A couple of weeks ago I sat down for a brief chat with the Civil War Monitor’s Katie Brackett Fialka to discuss the myth of the black Confederate soldier. We touched on a number of issues that I am currently working through in my current book project. Yesterday I shared […]

O’Malley on the Slave Trade in Framingham, 24 Mar.

On Thursday, 24 March, Framingham State University will host two events with Prof. Gregory O’Malley of the University of California, Santa Cruz, author of Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807. At 2:30 P.M. Show More Summary

Virginia Governor Vetoes HB 587

A couple of days ago I voiced my disagreement with a bill that the Virginia legislature hoped to pass that would prevent local communities from making decisions about what to do with their Confederate monuments. In that post I called on the governor to veto HB 587. Today the governor […]

Hagist on the Stamp Act in Newport, 24 Mar.

This week the New York Post called The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers behind the Photographs, Don Hagist’s latest book, “An astonishing piece of American history.” Don will be speaking on Thursday, 24 March, at the Newport Historical...Show More Summary

Update on My Black Confederates Book

I have received numerous emails over the past year inquiring as to when my book, tentatively titled, Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers, will be completed. While I greatly appreciate the interest, these messages left me feeling incredibly frustrated. To make a long story short, it has been very difficult focusing […]

Conference on the Union’s war on civilians in Virginia and Georgia scheduled for Atlanta

From April 6 and 9, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, headquartered in New Market, Va., is sponsoring a national conference  in Georgia — “Atlanta, The Shenandoah, and the Turn to Total War” — that will tie together the war experiences in those two locations. Both experienced the Union’s fiery destruction of factories, stores, warehouses, supplies and […]

A Short Video of the Horrid Massacre

For folks who missed last Saturday’s reenactment of the Boston Massacre, or those who want to relive it, here is the video.This is the streaming video from the event from a single camera with no editing or overdubbing. But the narrator is very clear, isn’t he?

Wreck of Civil War ship found off coast of North Carolina

If a blockade runner could pierce the line of Union ships along the East Coast during the Civil War, its owner would make a fortune on foreign goods delivered to luxury-starved Southerners. The blockade runner also stood a good chance of being captured, the ship and its goods sold at auction, or fired on and […]

The Nightly Show Travels to Gettysburg

Larry Wilmore offers this brief commentary on the Confederate flag rally that took place this past weekend at Gettysburg. This is certainly not as entertaining as some of his earlier skits on the Confederate flag, but it is still worth watching. Al Mackey has a nice write-up about what took […]

Naming a Massacre

Bostonians started to call the killings on King Street on 5 Mar 1770 a “massacre” almost immediately, according to the official record. The minutes of the emergency town meeting that started the next day begin: At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston at Faneuil Hall on Tuesday the 6th. Show More Summary

C-SPAN on Reconstruction

C-SPAN has done a great job focusing on Reconstruction over the past few years. Many of these talks have already been posted at the Civil War Memory Facebook page, but I thought it would be helpful to feature them in one place. This is not an exhaustive list, but it […]

Another Early Image of the Boston Massacre

To finish up our latest Boston Massacre week, here’s a look at a powder horn decorated with an image of the shooting. It comes from the American Antiquarian Society’s Past Is Present blog last November. The carver was Jacob Gay or Guay,...Show More Summary

A Visit to the Massacre Site in the 1970s

The photo above shows one family’s own little reenactment of the Boston Massacre in 1974 or so. A few years back Josh King, political aide and proud son of Newton, told the full story. This is just a taste:Charlestown, MassachusettsShow More Summary

150 years ago this week – properties listed for sale in the Rockingham Register

Does a listing of properties for sale, as of March 1866, tell us something about the Shenandoah Valley and the inability of some to recover from war? From the March 2, 1866 issue of the Rockingham Register (Harrisonburg):      Filed under: American Civil War, historical memory, Sesquicentennial, Shenandoah Valley history, Shenandoah Valley in the Civil […]

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