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Allison on the Revolution in Boston, 5 Apr.

On Wednesday, 5 April, Robert J. Allison will speak about “Boston and the American Revolution” at the Boston Public Library as part of its Local & Family History Series.This talk will explore such questions as “Why did the Revolution...Show More Summary

‘Robert E. Lee is Back and He is Pissed Off’

The image below is being used to announce and celebrate Confederate History Month. I have to admit that this image of stern-faced Lee wielding his sword and leading his men […]

Confederate “Saints and Sinners”

This is the latest in an ongoing public conversation at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. about what to do with its stained glass windows depicting Robert E. Lee and […]

16th Michigan Part 1: LBG Stuart Dempsey

Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is our host for a series on the 16th Michigan[...] The post 16th Michigan Part 1: LBG Stuart Dempsey appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Interpreting Black Confederates at Atlanta History Center

On Friday I visited the Atlanta History Center as part of the annual meeting of the National Council for History Education. I’ve gone through their Civil War exhibit before and […]

The Tragedy of André

Speaking of William Dunlap’s tragedy André, my friend John W. Kennedy has created an online text of that play by transcribing the 1798 edition and annotating it. You can find it all here.Kennedy writes:William Dunlap (1766–1839) dominated American theatre in his day as no one else ever did but David Belasco. Show More Summary

The 26th North Carolina Part 1: LBG Eric Lindblade

Licensed Battlefield Guide Eric Lindblade was born and raised in North Carolina. He began his[...] The post The 26th North Carolina Part 1: LBG Eric Lindblade appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“General Washington was represented”?

I was preparing something else for today, but then the André Resource tweeted about William Dunlap’s 1798 tragedy André. The introduction for a modern edition says it’s the only play to depict George Washington on stage during his lifetime...Show More Summary

Friday’s Water Levels

The streams and creeks were swollen across Adams County from steady rainfall on Friday, but[...] The post Friday’s Water Levels appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Site of Jackson’s last stand at Kernstown Battlefield to be preserved

When volunteers clear away several acres of forest on a hilly parcel of land known as Sandy Ridge, visitors to the Kernstown Battlefield near Winchester, Va., will be able for the first time to stand on that high ground and see the terrain below as Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson saw it on March 23, 1862. […]

“The story is told…”

As I’ve been discussing, James McHenry recorded in his diary an anecdote about Benjamin Franklin, Elizabeth Powel, and the results of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. And then he changed that story when he published it over a decade later. Show More Summary

Spangler’s Spring Part 3 with LBG Garry Adelman

The 44th New York Infantry monument on Little Round Top has a connection to Spangler’s[...] The post Spangler’s Spring Part 3 with LBG Garry Adelman appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“The all important Subject was frequently discussed at our House”

On 21 May 1814, Elizabeth Powel wrote to a relative named Martha Hare, commenting about an exchange with Benjamin Franklin from twenty-seven years before. I haven’t seen this letter in full, only the phrases that David W. Maxey quoted...Show More Summary

Eternal Light Peace Memorial Restoration Continues

The Eternal Light Peace Memorial, or Peace Light, on Oak Hill is undergoing restoration.This view[...] The post Eternal Light Peace Memorial Restoration Continues appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“Dr. Franklin…met with Mrs. Powel”

In 1811, an anonymous pamphlet appeared in Baltimore titled The Three Patriots, Or, the Cause and Cure of Present Evils: Addressed to the Voters of Maryland. It was an attack on Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Sixty-five years later, Frederick J. Show More Summary

“We pronounce it to be an impudent forgery”

Two days ago I quoted an article signed “The Mirror” from the 15 July 1803 Republican newspaper of Baltimore.Over the next month the same essay was reprinted in other Federalist periodicals: Middlebury (Vermont) Mercury, 3 Aug 1803. Spectator (New York), 7 Aug 1803. Show More Summary

Spangler’s Spring Part 2 with LBG Garry Adelman

A water line being constructed to Spangler’s Spring in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.This[...] The post Spangler’s Spring Part 2 with LBG Garry Adelman appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The Civil War Letters of Private Daniel E. Reedy: Company E, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Sometimes really strange things happen... Early last year--during those cold, cold late winter days of 2016--I received an email from a Mr. Thomas Golden who had read an article of mine published in February 2016 issue of Civil War Times. Show More Summary

Do Confederate Monuments Need a “Fearless Girl”?

A petition is now making the rounds to keep the “Fearless Girl” monument in downtown New York City in place indefinitely. The small monument of a girl standing defiantly against […]

Reserve Your Seat at the Civil War Institute Now

There are still a few slots available for this year’s Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. I have attended the past five years as a speaker, but I spend most […]

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