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George M. Dallas Dies in Philadelphia, 31 December 1864

| December 31, 2013

George Mifflin Dallas, born 10 July 1792 in Philadelphia, who had served as Vice President under James K. Polk, died at his home in Philadelphia of a heart attack, 31 December 1864 – one hundred forty-nine years ago today. In addition to serving as Vice President of the United States (1845-1849), Dallas also was Mayor […]

News of the World: Dec 1863

| December 30, 2013

December 1. First steam passenger railway opens in New Zealand. December 4. A storm causes major damage to the coast of the Netherlands December 8. Fire at the Church of the Company (Jesus Church of La Compana) in Santiago, Chile. It is the largest fire ever to have affected the city of Santiago. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people […]

Best of 2013: Gettysburg Special Project

| December 29, 2013

Jake Wynn‘s special project on the Gettysburg Campaign was featured on The Civil War Blog from 15 June 2013 through 15 July 2013.  This post is an index to the series with direct links to each of the individual posts. Special Project from June 15 – July 15 “Danger is Imminent:” The Beginning of the […]

Best of 2013: Victorian Home

| December 28, 2013

In 2013 the blog published the first seven parts of a ten part series on what homes looked like and how they functioned. How They Lived (Part 1) and Styles and Conventions (Part 2)  showed us that home ownership was much less common than it is today and largely dependent on where you lived and […]

Best of 2013: The Lincoln Flag Hoax

| December 27, 2013

“The Lincoln Flag Hoax“, first published on 21 December 2012, was one of the conclusions to a long series on the Lincoln assassination that appeared throughout 2012.   The series took the reader through a chronology of events that supposedly took place at and after the Lincoln assassination and included characters Laura Keene, Jeannie Gourlay, William […]