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RSS Drew Archival Library

  • Documenting Duxbury’s Black Heritage: 35 Pine Hill Lane February 15, 2019
    On May 17, 1843, Mary Cushman wrote her husband, Capt. David Cushman, “Mr. W is building a new house for Black Bill & Frank (by the way, Frank has got him a wife) it stands or rather it is going to stand back of the Widow Peterson’s.” The house Mary Cushman was referring to is […]
  • The Story of Hagar Randall February 14, 2019
    The following is a first-hand account of the life of Hagar Randall (c. 1810-1895), an enslaved woman from Virginia. Not being able to read or write, she dictated her story while visiting the family of Frederick Newman Knapp in Plymouth, MA. The hand-written transcript is in the Drew Archival Library, along with a photograph of […]
  • Rhimes Concerning the Throat Distemper October 16, 2018
    A small, very fragile book entitled “Rhimes Concerning the Throat Distemper” (c. 1750) is part of the collection of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society’s Drew Archives. Its eight pages were once sewn together, but time and use has frayed the paper, loosening the book’s delicate binding. The title refers to a diphtheria epidemic that […]
  • Aunt Sarah Mac: Duxbury’s Cantankerous Poetess March 10, 2017
    You did not want to get on the wrong side of Sarah McFarland (or McFarlin). She had a biting wit which she often delivered, on the spot, in rhyme. Despite her occasional caustic outbursts, however, she was a respected and much loved member of the community.  The memory of both her poems and good deeds far outlived her […]
  • Fanny Lee: Girl Soldier in the Civil War March 8, 2017
    Fanny Lee, whose real name was Fannie E. Chamberlain, was one of the hundreds of women who enlisted to fight in the Civil War. She was 18 when she disguised herself as a boy and joined the 6th Ohio Cavalry alongside her cousin, George. She would have seen action in Virginia during the winter of 1863-1864. It is […]

RSS Duxbury in the Civil War

  • Civil War Relics: Tribute and Legacy August 21, 2013
    by Erin McGough, Collections Manager Last year, DRHS pulled from a bureau drawer in the Gershom Bradford house a small wooden trinket box containing a number of Civil War relics, previously uncatalogued. This box includes some wood fragments from the deadline at Andersonville Prison, a hickory nut from Bloody Lane at Sharpsburg (Antietam), and a […]
  • Hurry Up and Wait . . . August 5, 2013
      July 8, 1863 – “…marched to Middleton…” July 9, 1863 – “…marched again across the mountain toward Antietam…” July 10, 1863 – “…Marched to the Creek …” July 11, 1863 – “…Marched about three miles…” Excerpts from the Civil War Journal of David Meechan If you are like me then the image of you […]
  • A Duxbury GAR Ceremonial Bugle July 23, 2013
    by Erin McGough, Collections Manager Reveille. Assembly. Drill Call. Call to Quarters. Tattoo. And at the very end, Taps. During the Civil War, the call of the bugle sounded out the structure to a soldier’s day. In battle, bugles also rang out orders across a field, providing an essential tool for communication in the midst […]
  • The “Division” of Duxbury: Soldiering and Temperance July 10, 2013
    by Carolyn Ravenscroft, Archivist The Confederate army was not the only enemy being fought during the Civil War. For some, demon alcohol was an even bigger foe. Having a drink or two or three in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century was a daily occurrence by almost all men, women and even children. Consumption […]
  • Assault on Port Hudson, a Terrible Fight for Duxbury Soldiers June 15, 2013
    The second Union assault on Port Hudson, Louisiana took place 150 years ago today on June 14, 1863. It was, in hindsight, a hopeless and reckless assault for those Federal troops that attacked the forts and trenches outside one of the last Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River. Among those Union troops were a significant […]

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