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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

Today the National Park Service celebrates 100 years. Thank you for providing me with hundreds of hours of self reflection about our history and what it means to be a citizen of the United States. Thank you to all my friends who have devoted their careers to preserving our most important historic and natural landmarks […]

Charles Lee on a Fatal Sunday

Mount Vernon just shared an interview with Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone about their recently published book, Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle. Here’s the authors’ positive appraisal of how Gen. Show More Summary

“A Black Person Voting for Trump is Like a Slave Fighting for the Confederacy”

This is a wonderful complement to the previous post on the politics of the black Confederate myth. Today in the Hartford Courant Frank Harris III makes the case that a black man voting for Trump is as unlikely as black men fighting for the Confederacy in March 1865. This certainly plays loose with some of […]

Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial

On 25 August the National Park Service is celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the law that founded the agency. Parks are charging no fees on 25-28 August. In addition, many N.P.S. sites have special events planned. Not all those events relate to the Revolutionary period, even in greater Boston. Show More Summary

Remembering General James Nagle On The 150th Anniversary Of His Death

General James NaglePictured Holding the Sword PresentedUpon His Return Home from the Mexican Warin 1848(Library of Congress) 150 years ago...sometime around 4:00 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday, August 22, 1866 in his home in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and surrounded by his family.. Show More Summary

Jackson on Calhoun and Clay

One Presidential candidate’s recent suggestion of a “Second Amendment” response to losing the election prompted a Twitter discussion of Presidents threatening violence to their opponents. I noted the precedent of a reported remark from Andrew Jackson: “My only regrets are that I never shot Henry Clay or hanged John C. Show More Summary

The Politics of the Black Confederate Myth

I don’t think this is going to surprise many of you. This is certainly not a scientific survey, but it does reinforce my own perceptions having to do with the political affiliations of people who believe that black men served as soldiers in the Confederate army, irrespective of race. I follow a couple of twitter […]

Corn on Steroids

Don’t let these short stalks in the foreground fool you. The corn rides high in Gettysburg National Military Park this summer. The 8th New York Cavalry Monument is next to the tree in the background – closer to camera is the marker to the 3rd Division of the Army of the Potomac’s 1st Corps. This […] The post Corn on Steroids appeared first on Gettysburg Daily.

Finding Stuff on Boston 1775

As Boston 1775 has grown to contain so many stories and articles, it’s become harder to find postings about particular topics simply by glancing around the front page. So here are some tips for more efficient searching.Instructions for...Show More Summary

Fox and National Cemetery Parking Lot

We know how you missed panoramas on the weekend (we kid — those posts aren’t coming back). Except today you’re probably dying to see the most recent update on the National Cemetery Parking Lot. Scroll down for the most recent panoramic views and a fox. Show More Summary

“A British grenadier made prisoner”

In his History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America, in a section dated to late 1776, the Rev. William Gordon included this anecdote of the war:It happened, that a garden of a widow woman, which lay between the two camps, was robbed at night. Show More Summary

1960s National Cemetery Parking Lot “Retaining Wall”

As part of the National Park Service’s professed goal of turning the Gettysburg Battlefield back to its 1863 appearance, this 1960s era wall will remain in place at the National Cemetery Parking Lot. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 7:30 AM on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Show More Summary

The DeDixiefication of the South Continues

The DeDixiefication of the South continues this week with the news that the University of Mississippi’s marching band has dropped “Dixie” from its playlist. “The newly expanded and renovated Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will further highlight our best traditions and create new ones that give the Ole Miss Rebels the best home field advantage in college football,” […]

Nine sites in Winchester, Va., area come together for a Civil War weekend

Annual summer event in Virginia showcases Civil War sites in Shenandoah, Frederick and Clarke counties and the city of Winchester on Aug. 19-21.

An Impressive Reenactment in Newport, 27 August

Next Saturday, 27 August, the Newport Historical Society is sponsoring another of its fine large-scale reenactments in the center of town: “Naval Impressment: A 1765 Reenactment in Colonial Newport.” The society explains:On the afternoon...Show More Summary

“Five thousand acres of land from Government”

As I described yesterday, the war separated Thomas and Eunice Hazard of Newport, Rhode Island for more than three years, starting when he left the town with the British military in late 1779.Thomas had to leave since he was an active...Show More Summary

“Left her three years ago in a condition almost helpless”

Yesterday we left Eunice Hazard and her children in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1779 after her husband Thomas evacuated the town with the British military. In February 1782 she described her situation in a petition to the Rhode IslandShow More Summary

Is Your School Looking For a Speaker to Talk about the History of the Confederate Battle Flag?

A new school year approaching means another opportunity to address the ongoing debate about the history and public display of the Confederate battle flag and monuments. Over the past year I worked with students and teachers at both the high school and college levels. The topic offers students a chance to take part in this […]

An enduring and iconic feature in the Shenandoah

For over 177 years, the Virginia Military Institute has been an iconic part of the history of the Shenandoah Valley. Today, I happened upon the following clip from the August 13, 1859 edition of the Richmond Dispatch: Having set the context with this clip… the more things change, the more… well, you know.  While the number of new “Rats” […]

Appomattox to honor Civil War soldier whose remains are en route to Maine

Pvt. Jewett Williams, whose ashes were discovered in the basement of the Oregon State Hospital, is heading home to Maine via a motorcycle relay organized by the Patriot Guards. His cortege is scheduled to make a stop at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Va., on Thursday for a 1 p.m. ceremony honoring the soldier […]

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