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Stone Wall Progress: Cemetery Ridge

The stone wall construction occurring on Cemetery Ridge has continued.The equestrian statue to Major General[...] The post Stone Wall Progress: Cemetery Ridge appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Watchman Langford “in King-street that evening the 5th March”

Yesterday we saw rookie town watchman Edward G. Langford dealing with the influx of British soldiers—and, more troublesome, British army officers—into Boston in 1768.On 5 Mar 1770, Langford saw the conflict between the local population...Show More Summary

TOC: Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites

In about a week I will submit a completed manuscript to Rowman & Littlefield for my edited collection, Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites, which will appear […]

Then and Now: 29th Ohio Infantry Monument

Then: The 29th Ohio Infantry monument, located along the east side of Slocum Avenue on[...] The post Then and Now: 29th Ohio Infantry Monument appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

“Returning to our Watch House meeting with three Officers”

As I described yesterday, in the summer of 1768 Edward G. Langford started to work under Benjamin Burdick, constable of the Town House Watch.As town employees, their assignment was to patrol the streets of central Boston at night. They...Show More Summary

What Does the Confederate Flag Mean to You?

This is the question that will be discussed tomorrow evening at the Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass. Ave. in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The program is being sponsored by the Fostering Racial […]

Sherfy’s Peach Orchard Blooms Early

Gettysburg National Military Park’s most famous peach orchard, the Sherfy Peach Orchard, was restored in[...] The post Sherfy’s Peach Orchard Blooms Early appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Edward G. Langford, Town Watchman

One of the Bostonians caught up in the Boston Massacre was Edward Langford, who identified himself during the subsequent trials as a member of the town watch. What background brought him to patrolling Boston at night?Notes taken at the trials identify that man as “Edd. Show More Summary

Sheridan, Rienzi, and late 19th century marketing

It’s not often that I can blend a little of the history of the Shenandoah Valley with the Cumberland Valley, but… Among the different types of beer bottled and sold by one of my great-great grand uncles (among other beer and soda bottling ventures, James Draden Moore became a distributor for Rochester Brewing Co.), in […]

Then and Now: Heckman’s Artillery Battery

Then: Gettysburg College ROTC performs calisthenics by Captain Lewis Heckman’s Battery K, First Ohio Light[...] The post Then and Now: Heckman’s Artillery Battery appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Amazon Fills New Store With Books

This past Wednesday morning I stopped by a brand new Amazon brick and mortar bookstore just up the road in Dedham. I walked out after roughly ten minutes of browsing […]

When I Paint My Massacre

This week the history painter Don Troiani unveiled his depiction of the Boston Massacre. Troiani is known for his careful research, which includes collecting period artifacts and clothing. He was also assisted by some of the New England...Show More Summary

Thomas on Louisa Catherine Adams in Quincy, 8 March

I’m breaking into the wall-to-wall Boston Massacre coverage for an extra posting about an event coming up in Quincy.On Wednesday, 8 March, the Adams National Historical Park will host Louisa Thomas, author of Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Show More Summary

The Old Gettysburg College Observatory

In yesterday’s post, we showed you an 1880s William Tipton photograph of Stevens Hall. That[...] The post The Old Gettysburg College Observatory appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse’s Story about Capt. Goldfinch

Yesterday I described how Jane Crothers, an eyewitness to the Boston Massacre, married Pvt. Joseph Whitehouse of the 14th Regiment later in March 1770. Whitehouse also went to Christ Church (Old North) that month for the baptism of a child of another 14th Regiment soldier, George Simpson, on 14 March. Show More Summary

New Book on Slave Enlistment Debate

I want to call your attention to the forthcoming release of Philip Dillard’s Jefferson Davis’s Final Campaign: Confederate Nationalism and the Fight to Arm Slaves. Those of you interested in […]

Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Statue at Stevens Hall

Stevens Hall at Gettysburg College, as it appeared in the 1880s. The college observatory (no[...] The post Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Statue at Stevens Hall appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Statute at Stevens Hall

Stevens Hall at Gettysburg College, as it appeared in the 1880s. The college observatory (no[...] The post Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation Statute at Stevens Hall appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

The First Female Black Confederate?

I’ve said many times that the vast majority of people who believe or even push the black Confederate narrative do not do so for nefarious reasons. They are not promoting […]

Passion for history is good, but…

While I haven’t taken my foundations in rhetoric course yet (it’s on the horizon… Fall 2017), I think I’ve got a good handle on how the three modes of persuasion in rhetoric play out in the writings of some people (and I’m especially interested in how some contemporary historians use rhetoric… letting their passions get […]

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