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William Diamond Jr. Fife & Drum Muster, 5-6 May

Tonight and tomorrow, 6 May, will be the William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps’s annual muster.On Friday at 7:00 P.M., “three of the nation’s top fife & drum corps—and some special guests” will perform on the Lexington common, site of the skirmish between the town militiamen and British soldiers on 19 Apr 1775. Show More Summary

“A supposed murder committed on the body of one Henry Sparker”

Yesterday I quoted from the 9 May 1768 Boston Chronicle about a fatal dispute in Newport, Rhode Island.That same day, Solomon Southwick of the Newport Mercury (his house shown here) ran his first report about the same event:On the Night following [another event], between 11 and 12 o’Clock, as Mr. Show More Summary

88th Pennsylvania Boulder Ready in Ziegler’s Grove

The Ziegler’s Grove monument to the 88th Pennsylvania as it appeared in February of 2012.This[...] The post 88th Pennsylvania Boulder Ready in Ziegler’s Grove appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Hemlock Comes Down in National Cemetery

An eastern hemlock tree was cut down in the Soldiers National Cemetery.The statue to John[...] The post Hemlock Comes Down in National Cemetery appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“About midnight a fray happened at a house of bad fame”

On 3 May 1768, a man was killed in Newport, Rhode Island. This is how the 9 May Boston Chronicle reported the incident:We hear from Newport, that on Tuesday the 3d inst. about midnight a fray happened at a house of bad fame there, between...Show More Summary

A New Book From a Master History Teacher

No one has thought harder and more creatively about the craft of teaching history than James Percoco. He has been my teacher over the past fifteen years through a steady […]

1888 Bird’s-Eye View of Gettysburg

A detail from an 1888 panoramic view of Gettysburg, Pennsvylania.Little Round Top (left) and Big[...] The post 1888 Bird’s-Eye View of Gettysburg appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Trump Teaches the Civil War + Sing-A-Long

It looks like the next monument slated for removal in New Orleans is Jefferson Davis. Violence erupted over night and barricades have been placed around the structure. Stay tuned. Here […]

Joseph Plumb Martin and One Shiny Dollar

This year I seem to have focused on reactions to the Battle of Lexington and Concord instead of the actual fighting.Here’s another example, from the memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin, who at age fourteen was living with his grandparents...Show More Summary

Flags Fly at Barlow Knoll

The flag for the United States of America and the flag for the State of[...] The post Flags Fly at Barlow Knoll appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Donald Trump and the Avoidable Conflict

Donald Trump claims to be an admirer of President Andrew Jackson. He recently visited his home in Tennessee and on occasion has reflected on Jackson’s significance. I would prefer that […]

“This is King Tammany’s Day”

In the Middle Colonies shortly before the Revolution, Americans began to celebrate May Day in a new way: as a celebration of Tamanend, a Lenape leader whom white colonists fondly remembered as cooperative and peaceful. William Eddis was a British Customs official who came to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1769 and departed in 1777. Show More Summary

Malden’s Road to Revolution Retraced, 2 May

On Tuesday, 2 May, the Malden Historical Society will hold its 130th annual meeting with a special presentation titled “Malden—Steps Along the Road to Revolution.” The event description says: “Six costumed re-enactors will portray historic Maldonians in a script based on their lives written by historian Mary Fuhrer. Show More Summary

Oak Ridge Tower Panorama: April 2017

This panoramic view was taken from the observation tower on Culp’s Hill. For the larger[...] The post Oak Ridge Tower Panorama: April 2017 appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“Paddocks Coach was shut out of Boston”

We left Sarah Deming and her family on the morning of 21 Apr 1775 at the house of the Rev. William Gordon in Roxbury, relieved that the British army had not attacked that site as feared.Nevertheless, Deming and her female companions decided they had to get farther away from the siege lines. Show More Summary

Sherfy’s Peach Orchard: Spring Update

It’s been almost two months since we last showed you the Sherfy Peach Orchard.The Emmitsburg[...] The post Sherfy’s Peach Orchard: Spring Update appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

I Thought That Was Edward Sebesta in the Audience

I arrived early last Saturday at the National Civil War Museum to walk through some of the exhibit space and to spend some time with my good friend, Wayne Motts, […]

On the Home Front in Rollinsford, N.H., 29-30 Apr.

This weekend, 29-30 April, the Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, will host a two-day living history event titled “1777 Home-Front: Life at Home During the American Revolution.” The event description says:The...Show More Summary

My Next Book Now Available for Pre-Order

Earlier this week Rowman & Littlefield shared the cover for my forthcoming book, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites. They offered a choice between two color patterns, […]

“I am not sure I needed this peice of forecast”

Earlier this week we followed Sarah Deming and her household out of Boston on 20 Apr 1775. British soldiers were questioning people about whether they were carrying any arms but not stopping them. The provincial forces outside town were just getting organized. Show More Summary

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