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Hagist on the Stamp Act in Newport, 24 Mar.

This week the New York Post called The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers behind the Photographs, Don Hagist’s latest book, “An astonishing piece of American history.” Don will be speaking on Thursday, 24 March, at the Newport Historical...Show More Summary

Update on My Black Confederates Book

I have received numerous emails over the past year inquiring as to when my book, tentatively titled, Searching For Black Confederate Soldiers, will be completed. While I greatly appreciate the interest, these messages left me feeling incredibly frustrated. To make a long story short, it has been very difficult focusing […]

Conference on the Union’s war on civilians in Virginia and Georgia scheduled for Atlanta

From April 6 and 9, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, headquartered in New Market, Va., is sponsoring a national conference  in Georgia — “Atlanta, The Shenandoah, and the Turn to Total War” — that will tie together the war experiences in those two locations. Both experienced the Union’s fiery destruction of factories, stores, warehouses, supplies and […]

A Short Video of the Horrid Massacre

For folks who missed last Saturday’s reenactment of the Boston Massacre, or those who want to relive it, here is the video.This is the streaming video from the event from a single camera with no editing or overdubbing. But the narrator is very clear, isn’t he?

Wreck of Civil War ship found off coast of North Carolina

If a blockade runner could pierce the line of Union ships along the East Coast during the Civil War, its owner would make a fortune on foreign goods delivered to luxury-starved Southerners. The blockade runner also stood a good chance of being captured, the ship and its goods sold at auction, or fired on and […]

The Nightly Show Travels to Gettysburg

Larry Wilmore offers this brief commentary on the Confederate flag rally that took place this past weekend at Gettysburg. This is certainly not as entertaining as some of his earlier skits on the Confederate flag, but it is still worth watching. Al Mackey has a nice write-up about what took […]

Naming a Massacre

Bostonians started to call the killings on King Street on 5 Mar 1770 a “massacre” almost immediately, according to the official record. The minutes of the emergency town meeting that started the next day begin: At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston at Faneuil Hall on Tuesday the 6th. Show More Summary

C-SPAN on Reconstruction

C-SPAN has done a great job focusing on Reconstruction over the past few years. Many of these talks have already been posted at the Civil War Memory Facebook page, but I thought it would be helpful to feature them in one place. This is not an exhaustive list, but it […]

Another Early Image of the Boston Massacre

To finish up our latest Boston Massacre week, here’s a look at a powder horn decorated with an image of the shooting. It comes from the American Antiquarian Society’s Past Is Present blog last November. The carver was Jacob Gay or Guay,...Show More Summary

A Visit to the Massacre Site in the 1970s

The photo above shows one family’s own little reenactment of the Boston Massacre in 1974 or so. A few years back Josh King, political aide and proud son of Newton, told the full story. This is just a taste:Charlestown, MassachusettsShow More Summary

150 years ago this week – properties listed for sale in the Rockingham Register

Does a listing of properties for sale, as of March 1866, tell us something about the Shenandoah Valley and the inability of some to recover from war? From the March 2, 1866 issue of the Rockingham Register (Harrisonburg):      Filed under: American Civil War, historical memory, Sesquicentennial, Shenandoah Valley history, Shenandoah Valley in the Civil […]

Protect Virginia’s Confederate Monuments, Veto HB 587

A bill [HB 587] has reached Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk that would make it illegal for local communities to remove Confederate memorials. It is my hope that the governor will veto this bill. I say this not because I advocate the removal or relocation of monuments to any individual […]

How to Prepare to Have Your Head Shot Off

Today’s the anniversary of the Boston Massacre, and this evening we’re reenacting the event outside the Old State House Museum, as close to the original site as it’s safe to get (since there’s a big, busy road there now).Among the reenactors will be Timothy Abbott, author of the Walking the Berkshires and Another Pair Not Fellows blogs (shown here). Show More Summary

Hammond Green on Trial

Most people who follow early American history know that after the Boston Massacre the British soldiers were put on trial for murder. People who study the topic more closely know that there were separate trials for Capt. Thomas Preston and the eight enlisted men. Show More Summary

”Three persons which I saw lay on the snow in the street”

I’ve been tracking the experience of Ann Green on the night of 5 Mar 1770 through the testimony of people with her. Yesterday I left Ann in an upper room of the Boston Customs House where she lived, looking down on the increasingly violent crowd on King Street. Show More Summary

Northern aid to the Shenandoah Valley (1865)

  Scanning through some (relatively) local postwar newspapers, I ran across the mention of a relief society for the Shenandoah Valley… that’s right, Northern aid for civilians of the Shenandoah Valley in the wake of “The Burning”. The only article (in Hagerstown’s Herald and Torch) available to me via newspaper.com, about this society, dated to […]

Ann Green’s View of the Boston Massacre

Bartholomew and Abigail Green had a number of children, some of whom lived in the Customs House on King Street with them in 1770. Among those children were two brothers, John and Hammond. (Bartholomew’s mother had been born Hannah Hammond.)...Show More Summary

Danville, Va., takes pride in its place in history as ‘Last Confederate Capitol’

Danville, Va., is proud to be known as the place where Confederate president Jefferson Davis met for the last time with his cabinet after fleeing the fall of Petersburg and the Union invasion of Richmond. From April 3 to 10, 1865, he occupied the elegant home of Quartermaster Major W.T. Sutherlin, where Davis resumed the business […]

Webinar on Confederate Iconography, March 28

On March 28 I will take part in a webinar sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History on the ongoing controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and iconography. This grew out of a panel on the same topic that I took part in back in September at the AASLH’s […]

Bartholomew Green, “inoffensive” Customs Employee

Over the next couple of days I’ll highlight some folks caught up in the Boston Massacre who don’t get a lot of attention: the employees of the Customs service who were in the building behind the shooting.As I quoted back here, the father...Show More Summary

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