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RSS Drew Archival Library

  • The Valentines of Emma M. Drew February 13, 2015
    As tomorrow is Valentines day, it is the perfect time to highlight some of the lovely valentines in our collections.  Sending messages of affection was not always done in the commercialized fashion of today. In the mid-19th century you were more likely to receive a hand illustrated missive with a heartfelt original poem. The delicate paper […]
  • Charlotte Williams Hemenway: Runaway Slave Aboard the Ship Plato January 16, 2015
    Carolyn Ravenscroft, Archivist The story of Charlotte Williams Hemenway, a runaway slave (or indentured servant), captured and jailed in Baltimore, MD in 1816 is one that you have probably not heard.  In fact, if it were not for a brief mention of her tale in a letter written by Captain Jonathan Smith (1780-1843) to his wife, […]
  • A December in Duxbury, 1841 December 23, 2014
    Carolyn Ravenscroft – Archivist I have many “favorite” letters at the Drew Archival Library, but one, written on New Year’s Day, 1842, by a young teacher named William Pingrey Webster, is the holiday-themed correspondence I like best.  It is interesting for many reasons – it is witty, tells of seasonal happenings and mentions some Duxbury […]
  • A Christmas Romance In Duxbury December 5, 2014
    Carolyn Ravenscroft, Archivist While everyone is familiar with the fabled courtship of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, there is an equally enchanting (and truer) love story that took place in Duxbury. This is really a tale in two parts, so while I promise you there will be a romance before the end of this blog, […]
  • Annie Laurie Williams – Red Cross Nurse November 11, 2014
    Carolyn Ravenscroft, Archivist On this Veterans Day it was difficult to choose a subject from the many stories of service to our country by Duxbury’s men and women. Much has been written about our brave soldiers, so I thought I would shed light on a woman, Annie Laurie Williams. Williams was a dedicated Red Cross […]

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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