posted on Colonial Sense: 04/20/2016 Revolutionary War sites compile lists of American soldiers April 17, 2016, The Associated Press by Chris Carola Kent Keyser was surprised to learn a historian at a Revolutionary War battle site knows the name of his ancestor, a private from Virginia who participated in a daring nighttime attack.
In fact, Michael Sheehan, of New York’s Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, is quite familiar with Pvt. William Keyser and hundreds of his fellow soldiers after researching old pension records and other documents available online. Two-hundred-forty-one years after the American Revolution began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, many of the Minute Men and Continental Army soldiers who fought the redcoats from Boston to South Carolina are no longer anonymous figures from the history books.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/20/2016 272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? April 16, 2016, The New York Times by Rachel L. Swarns The human cargo was loaded on ships at a bustling wharf in the nation’s capital, destined for the plantations of the Deep South. Some slaves pleaded for rosaries as they were rounded up, praying for deliverance.
But on this day, in the fall of 1838, no one was spared: not the 2-month-old baby and her mother, not the field hands, not the shoemaker and not Cornelius Hawkins, who was about 13 years old when he was forced onboard.
Their panic and desperation would be mostly forgotten for more than a century. But this was no ordinary slave sale. The enslaved African-Americans had belonged to the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold, along with scores of others, to help secure the future of the premier Catholic institution of higher learning at the time, known today as Georgetown University.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/19/2016 Shogun's castle wall sees the light of day after nearly 400 years April 14, 2016, The Asahi Shimbun (Japan) by Staff Excavation work at Okazaki Castle here, the birthplace of the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, has turned up a 400-meter stretch of unbroken castle wall--the largest intact example of such stone masonry from the feudal era.
The education board of Okazaki, southeast of Nagoya, announced the find on April 13.
It said the wall, which lies south of the castle, is believed to have been constructed by 1644, when Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604-1651), the third shogun, was in power.
The dress, other items of clothing and day-to-day artifacts such as a comb, books and a pomander, were found by divers in the wreck of a ship near the island of Texel. The dress, which experts say was probably owned by a noblewoman, if not royalty, is in remarkably good condition, which is very rare for a dress of its age.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2016 Two shipwrecks discovered along Connemara coastline April 11, 2016, The Irish Times (Ireland) by Lorna Siggins Two shipwrecks dating to the 18th and 19th centuries have been found in Connemara bays that were renowned for smuggling activity.
The older of the two wrecks was located by currach fisherman John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle in Cuan Chaisín in Ceantar na nOileáin.
The vessel, believed to date to the 18th century, has been virtually stripped of its timbers.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/16/2016 What Today’s Congress Can Learn From the First Congress April 07, 2016, Time by Fergus M. Bordewich The deepening standoff between Congress and the president over the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February, threatens to damage yet another key part of what Patrick Henry once called the “crazy machine” of government. Some might imagine that the nation’s founders would be appalled if they saw government so paralyzed. In fact, it might seem to them more like deja vu.
Even in its earliest years, Congress faced seemingly intractable problems that might have crippled our new government before it got underway. But unlike the majority of our present Congress, the members of the First Congress were determined to make government work—they were afraid of the consequences if it didn’t.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2016 Uncovering the Luna Colony, a Lost Remnant of Spanish Florida April 09, 2016, The New Yorker by Marguerite Holloway One Friday last October, Tom Garner was driving through a residential neighborhood of wide lawns and old-growth oaks in Pensacola, Florida, on his way to lunch. Cutting through the cozy quarter, which is adjacent to his own, allowed Garner to avoid an eternally long traffic light across a major highway, and to keep an eye out for freshly turned soil. Garner, an avid lay archeologist, knew that the neighborhood was one of a handful that might sit atop the most important archeological site in Pensacola. That day, he saw what he was on the lookout for: the bare ground of an empty lot, recently cleared for construction.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/15/2016 Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island April 07, 2016, BBC (UK) by Sean Coughlan A copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the most sought-after books in the world, has been discovered in a stately home on a Scottish island.
This copy of the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, was found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute.
Academics who authenticated the book called it a rare and significant find.
The granite memorial posts will begin at the town center and continue 2.3 miles to the Billerica line. The path represents the route 97 men took from Tewksbury to fight in the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/14/2016 To Titus, Venus, Bilhah, and Juba April 06, 2016, Harvard Gazette (MA) by Stafff Aiming to confront present-day vestiges of long-ago slavery at the University, Harvard officials today celebrated some of the people whose lives and toil remained invisible for so long, dedicating a plaque to four colonial-era slaves.
“Today we take an important step in the effort to explore the complexities of our past and to restore this painful dimension of Harvard’s history to the understanding of our heritage,” said President Drew Faust during the ceremonial unveiling of a stone plaque at Wadsworth House before a distinguished audience of officials, faculty, and invited guests.