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New Hampshire Emancipates 18th-Century Slaves

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New Hampshire Emancipates 18th-Century Slaves. A part of Portsmouth’s new African Burial Ground ceremony.


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06/07/2013 at 3:03 pm

Antitem: America’s Bloodiest Day

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My favorite memory of Antietam is of the cannon fired and the imagined line of smoking artillery on both sides. Some set fire to the woods to kill the enemy, burning them horrifically. I worked at Fort McHenry “National Shrine”, with a flint-knapper from Maryland. It had had its cannons pointed at the city of Baltimore “to discourage Southern sympathizers” rather than the harbor, Robert E. Lee’s reputed designed steam pile-driver had built the hexagonal Fort Carroll to protect the Baltimore harbor further out, today nearby the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The flint-knapper made “gun-flints” of grey chert from Texas for sale in the National Park, sold as replicas to discourage looting of the battlefield. For a time, Mr. Lee was commandant of West Point Military Academy and lived in a house archeology has tested in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, a street there named so. There’s a story that his son was a hostage in nearby Fort Lafayette, now an underwater site, dynamited for the eastern pier of the Verrazzano Bridge. NY Times OpionatorAmerica’s Bloodiest Day” 

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09/21/2012 at 10:00 pm

The Alabama Escapes

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The clandestine construction led to Great Britain paying ~ $20 million in Switzerland, I read, perhaps one of the first international reparations there. They had also built a class of ‘Scorpion’ ships for the Confederacy, stopped, led to the modern British battleship. I was told while we were excavating the ‘Parrott platform’ in Cold Spring, NY (used in the ‘Swamp Angel’) then President Lincoln might have threatened GB with a 20 or so vessel fleet of Alligator submarines, the first recently sought by the NOAA, lost off North Carolina in a stormy tow. Not too far-fetched given it was ordered up the Appomattox River, stopped by very low water, perhaps in a regional drought? Admiral Cornwallis was once ordered by King George to sail up the Bronx River to beat the rebels in White Plains. A fleet of canoes I think was never built. Maybe it was dry then too?     NY Times Opinionator

Comment: NY Times “Disunion” Italy’s Own Lost Cause

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“Location, location, location” it’s sometimes said. A great hero of Italy Giuseppe Garibaldi, who once lived on Staten Island, a museum there, was offered a role by Lincoln in the Civil War but “According to Italian historian Petacco, “Garibaldi was ready to accept Lincoln’s 1862 offer but on one condition: that the war’s objective be declared as the abolition of slavery. But at that stage Lincoln was unwilling to make such a statement lest he worsen an agricultural crisis.” – Wikipedia. Also the so-called first Catholic church in the Hudson Valley is located in Cold Spring, NY where the West Point Foundry was that produced many of the munitions and rifled cannons used in the Civil War. One test firing damaged the church, which the US government had to repair, the first in its history. A blessing of the fleet occurs there at the waterside. NY Times: Opinionator: Italy’s Own Lost Cause

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05/04/2012 at 12:10 am

NY Times: Opinionator: Why Shiloh Matters

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My grand-dad Lawrence Urquhart served on the S.S. Beauregard which I recall was on the Lend-Lease "Murmansk run" convoy to aid Russia when his brother, as captain of the S.S. City of Atlanta, was lost with 40+ crew and passengers on the way from NYC to Savannah, Georgia, sunk by U-123 in "Operation Drumbeat". I once, working on the archeology of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal, had the opportunity to visit nearby Shiloh from MS. I have also worked in the Cold Spring, NY periphery of the West Point Foundry and would like to point out that the "cannonballs" atop the rifled R.P. Parrott vertical cannon in the tribute to "Col. Everett Peabody" were never actually part of the cannon. It fired a shell with a brass "sabot" or foot to impart the twist of the barrel "rifling" and contained incendiary, perhaps, as used in the "Swamp Angel" bombardment of Charleston, South Carolina, also noted in poem, one by Herman Melville. Perhaps added later, and not actually used in the battle. I’ve also read that the origin of American "protest folk music" in music history began with this horrendous battle. Comment submitted: “Why Shiloh Matters” – Winston Groom, April 6. 2012

Killing Jeff Davis – Civil War – The New York Times

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"Near this same spot, 57 years earlier, had occurred perhaps the most notorious episode of fratricidal bloodshed in American history." Killing Jeff Davis

I think much of the Burr-Hamilton rancor came out of the original Constitution as "framed", allowed the best man, that is with the most votes, the President and the runner-up, the Vice President, no matter what political party they had come from. It was amended. Oddly I was working in Tishomingo, Mississippi in 1979, and one of the researchers during the Bicentennial there found letters that Aaron Burr had been there along the Natchez Trace which led into the southern frontier before the widespread adoption of cotton. He had been also accused of treason, to have plotted to take a section of the country away from "We, the People" that I’ve read was a fabrication.

By the way its also reported that President Lincoln was at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY to witness the firing of the R.P. Parrott patented rifled cannon, and watched a 200 pound projectile fired at the west shore of the Hudson River. Perhaps the memory of the tragedy of the NYC foundry cast "Peacemaker" explosion and deaths aboard the USS Princeton under President Tyler still fresh (Tyler was below deck with this tragedy brought future bride, Julia Gardiner, the perished NY Senator’s daughter) when the 300 pound shell was fired President Lincoln was moved away it was related. His funeral train would one day stop there.

Mayor Bloomberg Caves, Releases List Of Fire Houses To Be Closed « CBS New York

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I used to visit the Motthaven E 143rd from the Patterson House projects before my family moved to Centereach in Brookhaven, NY. Back then prior to 1960 it was important station, and appears to have been as old as 1906. Apparently right across the street, according to the Bronx historians research was the Janes and Kirtland Foundry which built and assembled the current US Capitol Dome finished for President Lincoln for just over $1 million. As an 7 or 8 year old I ‘m not sure if I thanked the firemen for getting my friend and I out of a stuck elevator in that project at 143rd and Third Ave., so thanks for the service. Maybe it should be on the National Register of Historic Places and might have developed out of a need by the historic foundry, evidence today gone beneath the sidewalks of New York.  May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

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