A Student of History

February 6, 2013

2013 Meeting: Society for Military History

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 12:31 pm

Date:14-17 March, 2013Place:Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, LouisianaTheme:War, Society and RemembranceCoordinator: Dr. Susannah Ural
University of Southern Mississippi

Co-hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University and the National World War II MuseumWeb Site:http://www.smh2013.org/, the website for the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, is now live. This site offers information about the hotel, travel arrangements, registration, the general program (the detailed program with presenters, panels, and session times will be available January 15, 2013), SMH-sponsored tours, exhibits, and other events during the March 14-17 conference.Hotel Reservations:Hotel information for the 2013 Annual Meeting can be found at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1205025913&key=66B7

Those planning to attend should make hotel reservations now as the conference-rate room block is filling up fast.

Other:The Chinese Military History Society will be holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the SMH on March 14, 2013 at the conference venue. Our theme is “Demythologizing Chinese Warfare.” For more information:

Dr. Kenneth M. Swope
Department of History
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5047
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
Phone: 601-266-4333
E-mail: Kenneth.Swope@usm.edu

August 9, 2012

Thomas Paine Conference

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 7:30 am

Iona College (New Rochelle, NY)
October 19-20, 2012

Iona College will host a gathering of national and international scholars for presentations and discussion on the life, legacy and ideas of a long neglected Founding Father of the United States, Thomas Paine. In addition to 34 papers delivered in 12 sessions of scholarly presentations, the conference will also feature a keynote speech by Lewis Lapham, a presentation of the play, Citizen Paine, as well as receptions at the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Building and the Thomas Paine Cottage. The conference is open to scholars, students and the general public.

For more information on the conference (schedule, accommodation, registration), please see:

May 21, 2012

Was Columbus a Jew?

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 4:04 pm

According to a CNN column, “recently, a number of Spanish scholars, such as Jose Erugo, Celso Garcia de la Riega, Otero Sanchez and Nicholas Dias Perez, have concluded that Columbus was a Marrano, whose survival depended upon the suppression of all evidence of his Jewish background in face of the brutal, systematic ethnic cleansing.”

A Marrano was a Jew who “feigned conversion, practicing Catholicism outwardly while covertly practicing Judaism.” 

The London Telegraph newspaper also reported on this theory–in 2009. 

April 11, 2012

NPS Civil War website launched

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 8:44 am

Artillery Hell, by James Hope

From the National Parks Traveler blog:

“Our country is entering year two of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and many Americans still have a deep interest in the events—and people—connected with that conflict. The National Park Service has launched a new Civil War website that provides a wealth of information and useful tools for both exploring and learning.

“More than a quarter of all national parks preserve Civil War sites or tell stories related to the war. This website offers a single online point of reference for the National Park Service’s Civil War resources and will be an invaluable tool for both students of the Civil War and visitors to our historic sites,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “It also gives the war and events that occurred a century and a half ago meaning to 21st-century Americans.

The new website includes several new features that can be helpful, whether you’re a prospective visitor to a Civil War site, a stay-at-home history buff or even a genealogist.”

Read more at http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2012/04/national-park-service-launches-civil-war-website9721

March 12, 2012

2 National Historic Landmarks Added in Virginia

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 7:26 am

St. Peter’s Parish Church (New Kent County, Virginia) is an exceptional example of early 18th-century brick architecture from the Chesapeake Region. It is the oldest church in the state. It was constructed in 1703, with the congregation dating back to 1679. Martha Washington was a member, and some believe that she and George were married in the church.


St. Peter's Church, New Kent Co., VA


Eyre Hall (Northampton County, Virginia), a rare vernacular architectural ensemble and rural landscape of the Colonial and early Federal periods, is a significant physical remnant of Chesapeake society, which was economically and socially based on slavery. 

Eyre Hall is one of Virginia’s finest and best-preserved colonial homes. Approached by a long, old-fashioned cedar-lined lane, the house overlooks Cherrystone Creek. Thomas Eyre landed at Jamestown in 1622 to take up patented land on the Eastern Shore in 1623. Eyre descendents have owned land in the lower portion of Northampton County continuously for 12 generations. Littleton Eyre (great-grandson of Thomas) purchased the present site of Eyre Hall and in 1760 built the original gambrel-roofed portion.

The gardens are among the oldest in the country, circa 1800. Ancient boxwood and gnarled crape myrtles tower over the traditional swept paths, all enclosed by a wall of brick brought as ballast from England. On the sunny side, English-style mixed borders add color, and opposite is the family graveyard and romantic orangery ruin from 1819.

Eyre Hall


January 26, 2012

Save Cedar Creek Battlefield

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 10:40 am

The Civil War Trust announced that they will host a special presentation related to preservation efforts at Cedar Creek, in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Their website tells us:

On Thursday, February 9, 2012, officials from the Civil War Trust, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the National Park Service and national and local historic preservation groups will gather to announce a $1.3 million fundraising campaign to preserve 77 acres of hallowed battlefield land on the Cedar Creek Battlefield in Frederick County, Va.

The news conference will be held at historic Belle Grove Plantation, a key battlefield landmark, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (rain or shine). James Lighthizer, President of the Civil War Trust, will serve as the emcee for the event. He will be joined by Diann Jacox, superintendent of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park; Kathleen Kilpatrick, Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources; and eminent historian and author Dr. Gary Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.

The event will be February 9, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Va.

Belle Grove

January 24, 2012

Conference on the American Revolution and Tour of Yorktown Battlefield

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 11:20 am

New Rev. War conference announced:

Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, 2012

Williamsburg Hospitality House in Williamsburg, VA

Speakers include:

John Hall: “Washington’s Partisans: Early American Warfare Reconsidered”
Joshua Howard: “Into the Breach: Nathanael Greene’s 1781 South Carolina Campaign”
Mark Lender: “What Kind of Victory: Washington, the Army and Monmouth Reconsidered”
Paul Lockhart: “The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill and the First American Army”
Andrew O’Shaughnessy: “The Men Who Lost America: British Politicians and Generals”

Click here for more information.


Tomahawk and Musket: French and Indian Raids in the Ohio Valley, 1758

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 11:09 am

There’s a new title from Osprey on the French and Indian War, Tomahawk and Musket: French and Indian Raids in the Ohio Valley, 1758.  Here is the publisher’s description of the book by Rene Chartrand:

In 1758, at the height of the French and Indian War, British Brigadier General John Forbes led his army on a methodical advance against Fort Duquesene, French headquarters in the Ohio valley. As his army closed in upon the fort, he sent Major Grant of the 77th Highlanders and 850 men on a reconnaissance in force against the fort. The French, alerted to this move, launched their own counter-raid. 500 French and Canadians, backed by 500 Indian allies, ambushed the highlanders and sent them fleeing back to the main army. With the success of that operation, the French planed their own raid against the English encampment at Fort Ligonier under less than fifty miles away. With only 600 men, against an enemy strength of 4,000, he ordered a daring night attack on the heart of the enemy encampment. This book tells the complete story of these ambitious raids and counter-raids, giving in-depth detail on the forces, terrain, and tactics.


January 12, 2012

War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 10:34 am

I just learned of a new conference coming in 2013: War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions. 

It will be held at King’s College London on May 30 to June 1, 2013.

The aim of the conference is to examine the transition from war to peace at the end of the series of conflicts at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: notably, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Anglo-American War of 1812, and the wars of independence that shattered European rule in Haiti, and in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking empires of the western hemisphere. Whilst distinctive, these conflicts were also inter-connected at multiple levels, and not least in their transformative impact on the wider Atlantic World. I will be giving a paper on The 1780s Reconstruction and Reconciliation Efforts in North Carolina, although I have not chosen a title yet for the talk.

Bunker Hill, 1775

January 18, 2011

Army Historians Conference 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Maass @ 2:44 pm

The U.S. Army Center of Military History is soliciting papers for the 26- 28 July 2011 biennial Conference of Army Historians (CAH), to be held in the Washington, D.C., area. The theme of the 2011 CAH is “Armies in Persistent Conflict.”

Papers may deal with any aspect of military experiences in protracted wars throughout history, including but not limited to: current Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), the Cold War, Vietnam, the Philippines, frontier conflicts, as well as various constabulary and stability operations. Specific themes that are of particular interest include: force structure and rebalancing during prolonged conflicts, manpower issues in protracted wars, retaining institutional knowledge after extended conflicts, the socio-political and economic consequence of fighting long wars, and armies in domestic disturbances.

Prospective participants should send a detailed topic proposal and formal CV no later than 24 January 2011 to Conference of Army Historians, U.S. Army Center of Military History, ATTN: DAMH-FPF, 103 Third Avenue, Fort McNair, DC 20319-5058 or via email to CMHhistoriansConf@conus.army.mil

Presenters should be prepared to speak for 20 minutes. Should the Center of Military History decide to publish the conference papers, the presenters will have an opportunity to submit a formal paper for consideration.

Further information will available on the CAH page on the Center of Military History Website at: http://www.history.army.mil/CAH

November 30, 2010

R E Lee on PBS

Filed under: The strange place called the South,Uncategorized,Wars — John Maass @ 9:38 am

Robert E. Lee is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South, and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history. Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Robert E. Lee” examines the life and reputation of the general whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by admirers after his death.

This film will be premiering on PBS at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011

April 21, 2010

Robin Hood

Filed under: The past that is still with us,Uncategorized — John Maass @ 5:49 am

Who was the real Robin Hood?

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