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New to the Civil War Memory Library, 11/05

Update: A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had auditioned to host a show for A&E/History. Well, today I learned that I have advanced to the next round of…

Knox “kept the Sacred image erect”

Given the concatenation of the Fifth of November and yesterday’s discussion of Henry Knox’s childhood, I’ll repeat an anecdote that pertains to both. On 21 July 1848 a Cambridge man named George Ingersoll sent Charles Daveis, who was trying to write a biography of Knox, a letter setting down a story about the man. Show More Summary

The “juvenile sports” of Two Boston Boys in the Late 1750s

In 22 Dec 1788, the Rev. David McClure wrote from Windsor, Connecticut, to one of his childhood friends from Boston:Dear Sir,—On the footing of that juvenile friendship and acquaintance with you with which I have been honored, and which...Show More Summary

Massachusetts National Parks Film Screening, 9 Nov.

On Wednesday, 9 November, the National Parks Conservations Association and the Pew Charitable Trusts will host a reception and screening of the film Massachusetts National Parks: Treasures Worth Protecting at the Old State House in Boston.The...Show More Summary

“An Ex-Officer of Lee’s Army…Purged of Southernism”

I just finished re-reading a couple of chapters in Gaines Foster’s book, Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South, 1865-1913 (Oxford University…

Liz Covart on History Podcasting at Framingham, 7 Nov.

On the afternoon of Monday, 7 November, Framingham State University will host a conversation with Liz Covart, the host and producer of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast. The event description says:Ben Franklin’s World is one of the most popular podcasts focused on history, with nearly one million downloads since its launch in 2014. Show More Summary

Charlottesville To Keep Its Confederate Monuments

Last night the commission tasked with making a decision about the future of Charlottesville’s Lee and Jackson monuments voted 6 – 3 to maintain these structures in their current locations.…

“I Tore His Back and Legs All to Pieces”

I have a couple of accounts of the whipping of camp slaves during the war, but nothing that comes close to the brutality illustrated below. Masters punished their camp slaves…

Keyssar on the Electoral College, 3 Nov.

On Thursday, 3 November, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host the Pauline Maier Memorial Lecture, named after the eminent and well-loved historian of early America who died in 2013.This year’s talk is “Why Do We Still HaveShow More Summary

Furstenberg on Washington’s Abolitionist Pamphlets, 2 Nov.

On Wednesday, 2 November, the Boston Athenaeum will host a lecture on one highlight of its collection: George Washington’s library. As explained on this webpage, a nephew of a nephew of the President sold much of the family library to “a flamboyant American bookseller” named Henry Stevens in 1848.Stevens tried to sell the collection to the U.S. Show More Summary

Are SCV Members Really “Losers”?

I received a good deal of feedback in response to my latest piece at The Daily Beast. In it I explore the recent announcement by the SCV that they intend…

“ADAMS, greater far than he, Took rigid honour for his guide”

A few days back I shared Susanna Rowson’s paean to George Washington in honor of his birthday in February 1798—an early indication that America would keep celebrating that day even though the man was no longer President.In October 1799, Rowson got around to writing a similar ode to President John Adams. Show More Summary

“The birthday of our beloved President John Adams”

After the controversy over celebrating George Washington’s birthday in February 1798, President John Adams reconciled himself to such ceremonies. Indeed, we’re still celebrating the first President’s birthday today, in a way. But Adams’s...Show More Summary

A Sad End To A Promising Life: Captain Peter Fisher, Co. D 48th Pennsylvania Infantry

Peter Fisher, pictured as a Lieutenant(U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center) All I really ever knew about Peter Fisher was from what I gleaned from the regimental records.I knew, for example, that he was twenty-two-years-old whenShow More Summary

Black Confederates to the Rescue in Lexington, Virginia

In response to the call to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds in Columbia, SC, following the horrific shootings in Charleston back in June 2015, the…

The horrors of war, the media, and our detachment

I follow a Facebook page called We Are the Mighty (a page geared toward veterans and military members) and this morning, an article appeared there which  gave me reason to pause a little longer than normal. Titled “24 photos that show the honor and loyalty of the Marine Corps” (I would provide the link but it keeps […]

Mr. Jefferson’s Respects on the President’s Birthday

Amid the controversy over the birthday ball for George Washington in Philadelphia in 1798, Abigail Adams wrote home to a relative:I have heard that there is a design to shift this matter off upon the Vice President, but in Justice to him, he had no hand in it further than to subscribe to it, being told that the President would certainly attend. Show More Summary

Lee’s Headquarters: Civil War Trust Restoration Part 3

The Thompson House along the Chambersburg Pike, west of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tomorrow morning, Friday, October[...] The post Lee’s Headquarters: Civil War Trust Restoration Part 3 appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Halloween at Civil War sites: History with a spooky twist

This Halloween weekend, Civil War sites including battlefields, museums and one office are inviting the public to enjoy the popular celebration with a history twist. On Saturday, from 7 to 9 p.m., the New Market battlefield managed by the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, New Market, Va., is inviting the public to, “travel back […]

“It would mortify Mr. Adams and please Mr. Washington”

The Philadelphia Dancing Assembly planned to honor George Washington’s birthday with a ball on 22 Feb 1798, but then elections were scheduled on that Thursday. So the group postponed their event for a day. Meanwhile, President John Adams had declined his invitation. Show More Summary

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