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  • The Photographic Record of the Delano Triplets October 1, 2014
    The survival rate of triplets in the mid-19th century was not high – neither for mother nor children. A home-birth with the assistance of the local doctor was dicey at best. Medicine of the day was also woefully inadequate to assist these undersized or premature babies once they were born.  So, it is surprising that Catherine […]
  • Journal of The Point School – Home of the First Student Government August 19, 2014
    In 1840-41 when this journal or “Report of the Secretary” was written, The Point School was one of nine common schools in Duxbury (there would eventually be 12 neighborhood schools throughout town). The school, built in 1800, was located on what is today the corner of Powder Point Ave. and Bay Pond Road.  The students at the Point School ranged in […]
  • 1662 Letter to Experience Mitchell: Drew Archives’ Oldest Document April 16, 2014
    The Drew Archives has many wonderful holdings, but the oldest by far is a letter written on July 24, 1662 to Experience Mitchell, one of Duxbury’s earliest settlers.  The letter, written in iron gall ink on wove paper, measures 8.5″ x 12″.  It has been conserved by the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA. and can be viewed if you […]
  • The Fire That Burned the Weston Dynasty April 4, 2014
    Just after midnight on March 29,1850 an Irish servant in the employ of Gerhsom Bradford Weston awoke to the smell of smoke. After giving an alarm, she, along with the large Weston clan, ran from the house in their nightclothes and watched in horror as the quickly moving blaze burned the stately home on Harmony […]
  • Duxbury High School Interns Catalog Three New Collections March 5, 2014
    Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working with and mentoring Duxbury High School interns.  Each semester two to four students come daily to the Drew Archives and assist in the cataloging of collections.  I am pleased to have been able to add three new finding aids here because of their hard work […]

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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