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June 10, 2016

Reading this book and writing this review comes at a great time with the forthcoming release of the much-anticipated film, The Free State of Jones! And as you'll see below, there is a specific connection between the book and the film!

First, I want to thank the kind people at the University of Oklahoma Press for sending me a review copy of  Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas (2016), edited by Jesús F. de la Teja.  

One of the great benefit...
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Published on June 10, 2016 09:31 • 52 views

April 18, 2016

Old North Church and Paul Revere Statue - Photo by Jim Schmidt He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."

"Paul Reveres Ride"- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1860)
Happy Patriot's Day 2016!...
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Published on April 18, 2016 06:21 • 21 views

April 8, 2016

"This isn't just the work of an architect.  This is the work of a civilization." - - David McCullough, Pulitzer prize winning author, on Trinity Church 


Exterior Detail - Trinity Church - Photo by Jim SchmidtThere are hundreds of places of worship in Boston - some of them have importance in the role they played in American history: Old North, for example (a blog post coming soon!); also, the Charles Street Meeting House and African Meeting House, which are important sites on the Black...
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Published on April 08, 2016 07:59 • 13 views

March 31, 2016

This is the third and final installment of a series of posts (Parts I and II here and here) on Boston's historic burial grounds.  The first two posts described Boston's oldest cemetery, King's Chapel, and third oldest, Granary.  As promised in those first two, this third post takes a closer look at a couple of notable headstones in the King's Chapel Burying Ground and at some of the iconography on Puritan-Era headstones, with some recommendations for additional reading.

Elizabeth Pai...
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Published on March 31, 2016 10:18 • 17 views

March 21, 2016

Granary Burying Ground - Photo by Jim SchmidtIn this second of three parts about historic Boston burial grounds (Part I, about "King's Chapel Burial Ground," is here), I share some general information and photos about Granary Burying Ground; the third post will have a little more "nitty gritty," with a focus on a few famous gravestones in the cemeteries, background on Puritan era gravestone craftsmanship and iconography, and some book and article recommendations.

From the wayside marker:

Grana...
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Published on March 21, 2016 08:57 • 14 views

March 14, 2016

King's Chapel Burying Ground - Photo by Jim SchmidtRegular readers of this blog will know that I enjoy visiting historic cemeteries (see a list of previous posts on historic cemeteries at the end of this post). I had the good fortune to visit two very historic cemeteries - the oldest cemeteries I've visited to date, in fact - when I was in Boston late last summer: Granary Burying Ground and King's Chapel Burying Ground, both of which are stops on Boston's Freedom Trail.

In this first of three...
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Published on March 14, 2016 10:07 • 5 views

March 4, 2016

"This night. The 29th Regimt on Duty. A Quarrell between the soldiers and Inhabitants - The Bells Rung -- A Great Number Assembled in Kingstreet  -- A Party of the 29th under the Command of Capt Preston fird on the People they killed five -- wounded Several Others-- particularly Mr. Edw Payne in his Right Arm, -- Capt Preston Bears a good Character-- he was taken in the night and Committed also Seven more of the 29th--the Inhabitants are greatly enraged and not without Reason." - Diary o...
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Published on March 04, 2016 09:27 • 9 views

February 25, 2016


OMNIA RELINQVIT / SERVARE REMPVBLICAM "He left behind everything to save the Republic"
Detail - Shaw/54th Memorial - photo by James M SchmidtToday's post provides information and photos of another landmark I visited on my trip to Boston late last summer (August 2015): "Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment" - a monument to the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry regiment (one of the first official African-American units in the United States during the Civi...
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Published on February 25, 2016 06:05 • 38 views

January 19, 2016

Poe Statue - Boston - Jim Schmidt PhotoHappy 207th Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe, born on this day - in Boston - 1809!

This post includes photos from a statue of Poe recently (2014) dedicated in Boston which I saw when visiting there in August 2015.  It's also the first of several blog posts documenting that visit.

"Other cities have long claimed a piece of the itinerant Poe. Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Richmond, Va., all have Poe monuments or museums of one sort or another," an in...
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Published on January 19, 2016 09:55 • 16 views

January 15, 2016

St. Mary, Aldermanbury - Fulton, MO - Photo by Jim Schmidt"The removal of a Christopher Wren church , largely destroyed by enemy action...and its reconstruction and re-dedication at Fulton is an imaginative concept.  It may symbolize in the eyes of the English-speaking peoples the ideals of Anglo-American association on which rest, now as before, so many of our hopes for peace and the future of mankind." -  Letter, 1962, Winston Churchill to Dr. Davidson, president,  Westminste...
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Published on January 15, 2016 11:19 • 9 views

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