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Civil War Blog

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Ten Questions to Ask at Historic Sites

| January 16, 2014

Lies Across America -What Our Historical Sites Get Wrong, by James W. Loewen, published in 1999, is the sequel to Lies My Teacher Told Me.  In it, Loewen takes up from the historical distortions he revealed in the first book and shows how these distortions have manifested themselves in the “landscape” in the form of […]

Christmas 1863

| December 25, 2013

The Christmas Day 1863 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer was dominated by a new Christmas story by Charles Dickens, Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings, which consisted of four pages of text (“quadruple sheet”).  However, the news of the day was still included in the daily newspaper as were editorials. A portion of the Inquirer‘s Christmas wish, as it […]

Over the River and Through the Wood

| November 28, 2013

“Over the River and Through the Wood” was originally written as a 6-verse poem in 1844 by abolitionist and Indian-rights advocate Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880).  The poem is about Thanksgiving, not about Christmas, which it has generally come to be known today through popular song. For a brief story about the activism of Lydia Maria […]

Government Shutdown Affects Tourism and Civil War Research

| October 16, 2013

A quick walking trip around center city Philadelphia at noon on Columbus Day exposed the economic effects of the on-going government shutdown. In Philadelphia, the Mid-Atlantic Branch of the National Archives was closed – as were all branches of the Archives and its main operational centers in the Washington, D.C. area.  In addition to the […]

Historical Basis for the Geographical Area of the Civil War Research Project

| September 19, 2013

  The geographical area encompassing the Civil War Research Project was not arbitrarily chosen.  There is a long-standing historical, economic and cultural identity in the parts of three counties that form the large triangle of valleys in the east-central area of Pennsylvania through which the Susquehanna River flows.  The lower part of Northumberland County, the […]