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National Cemetery Parking Lot Nears Completion

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Studying Musket Balls with Daniel M. Sivilich

One of the experts who contributed expertise to the “Parker’s Revenge” project I discussed yesterday is Daniel M. Sivilich, predident of the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization and author of Musket BallShow More Summary

The Final “Parker’s Revenge” Archeology Report

Last month the Friends of Minute Man National Park published the final report on the Parker’s Revenge Archeological Project. I first posted about this project back in 2012 when it was just getting started, then shared periodic updates...Show More Summary

Discovering Emerguildo Marquiz: Mexican. American. Civil War Soldier.

I first came across his name nearly twenty years ago.... It was in the late '90s and I was back at home during one of my summer breaks from college. One day, I decided to take the short, eight-mile-drive from Orwigsburg to the Free Public Library in Pottsville to see what else I could discover about the life and services of General James Nagle. Show More Summary

Book Talk at the Massachusetts State Library, 29 Nov.

I’m pleased to report that The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War is now available in digital form for both the Kindle and Nook readers, as well as through iBooks. I suppose that as a modern authorShow More Summary

“Half a dozen cooks were employed upon this occasion”

In the spring of 1761 there was an argument in the pages of Edes and Gill’s Boston Gazette over whether the dinner to celebrate the installation of a new minister at the Old South Meeting-House had been too elaborate. The initial report...Show More Summary

Gettysburg volunteer group invites public to visit restored George Spangler farm

On Nov. 29, also known as Giving Tuesday, a younger-than-usual volunteer group will welcome the public to the George Spangler farm and field hospital at Gettysburg National Military Park that was restored in 2014. The Friends of Gettysburg sponsored the Recruits, an all-volunteer organization that is limited to those between 18 and 38 years old. […]

Caroline Cox’s Young Continentals

Caroline Cox’s Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution was published earlier this year by the University of North Carolina Press.Unfortunately, Cox, a professor at the University of the Pacific, passed away in 2014. She hadn’t finished...Show More Summary

Tom Feelings and Revolutionary Black History

I had the honor of meeting the artist Tom Feelings shortly before his death in 2003 when I drove him to a writers’ conference in New Hampshire. Feelings was then speaking about his monumental book of drawings depicting the transatlantic slave trade, The Middle Passage: White Ships, Black Cargo. Show More Summary

Longmore’s Invention of George Washington

In 1771 George Washington ordered a bookplate incorporating his family coat-of-arms to be engraved and asked for more than 400 printed copies. He didn’t have anywhere near 400 books at the time. But he planned to make himself into a gentleman with a big library.That fact comes from The Invention of George Washington, by Paul K. Show More Summary

How to Save a Penny and More at Franklin’s Grave

Last week the Philadelphia newspapers ran a short article about an effort to preserve the gravestone of Benjamin and Deborah Franklin. That marble stone, in the Christ Church Burial Ground across from Independence Mall, has developed...Show More Summary

Dismantling of Louisville’s Confederate Monument Begins

In just the past few hours workers have begun work to dismantle Louisville’s Confederate monument in preparation for its relocation in Brandenburg. I believe this is the first large American […]

“Seeing him buried under Liberty Tree”

On 22 Aug 1774, the Boston Gazette carried a small item at the end of its front-page news from Britain:Died, a few days since, at Backway, near Cambridge, Philip Billes, Esq: possessed of a considerable fortune, which he had left to two gentlemen, no relations, on condition of seeing him buried under Liberty Tree at Boston, in New England. Show More Summary

The Retreat of the Confederate Battle Flag Continues

A number of you emailed me a story that appeared in The New York Times about the supposed resurgence of the Confederate battle flag during the 2016 election. It is […]

Thomas Machin “employed in ye. Colony service”

I left off yesterday with Gen. George Washington asking the Massachusetts government to release Lt. Thomas Machin from his project surveying a canal through Cape Cod and join the Continental Army around New York. Washington needed engineers to build fortifications.On 10 June, Washington’s military secretary Robert Hanson Harrison told Gen. Show More Summary

Lt. Machin and the Cape Cod Canal

On Saturday I’m going to Sandwich to speak to the Cape Cod Sons of the American Revolution about The Road to Concord. So I decided to look for something interesting about Revolutionary Sandwich.That led me back to one of my favorite characters from the siege of Boston: Thomas Machin. Show More Summary

Design of Emancipation Proclamation memorial was easy, now where to place it?

A former slave-dependent Virginia county plans to unveil a monument to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation once a decision is made about where to place it. It may be the first such memorial in the state or anywhere in the former Confederacy. The Board of Supervisors of Fluvanna County voted to create the memorial last year. […]

Jonathan Sewall on John Adams

The new books about John Adams and his thoughts on aristocracy give me a chance to quote one of my favorite passages about him, from his old friend Jonathan Sewall.Sewall became an attorney for the Crown, then a Loyalist, then a very depressed shut-in. Show More Summary

Trumpism, local and global

Below the fold you will find what I had to say about the election before the election. This excerpt comes from a paper I wrote for a conference about the Obama presidency; the papers were due October 28. In the New York Times story about the conference, you will read that “the overwhelmingly liberal group” […]

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Cotton”

Came across this excerpt from a sermon delivered in 1860 in South Carolina by Rev. William O. Prentiss. The title is, “The Power of Slave Labor.” Three hundred and fifty…

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