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Peale’s Portrait of an Elderly Black Man

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, people believed this painting by Charles Willson Peale was a portrait of William Lee, enslaved at Mount Vernon for the last thirty years of George Washington’s life. Peale and Lee did cross paths....
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Feb 2020

Harvard Digital Collections from the Colonial Period

Last month the Harvard Gazette featured some treasures from the university’s Colonial North America collection, “approximately 650,000 digitized pages of handmade materials from the 17th and 18th centuries.”Most of that material consists...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Jul 2019

The Fort Wilson Riot and Pennsylvania’s Republican Formation

“There has been hell to pay in Philadelphia,” exclaimed Samuel Shaw, referring to the Fort Wilson Riot of October 4, 1779 in a letter... The post The Fort Wilson Riot and Pennsylvania’s Republican Formation appeared first on Journal...

Online Collections of Engravings and Samplers

Here are a couple of online databases of visual interest.The Anderson House library of the Society of the Cincinnati in Washington, D.C., has created an online collection of engravings and prints from and relating to the Revolutionary War. The website...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jul 2018

Peale Portraits of the Hancock Children Brought to Light

Last month Pamela Ehrlich published an article in Antiques & Fine Art magazine at the Incollect site titled “A Hancock Family Story: Restoring Connections.” Ehrlich wrote:While researching portraits of Lydia [Hancock], I discovered a listing...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Mar 2018

“Charles Willson Peale is literally wearing my pants”

There’s a lot of New England content in Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution, and a lot of New England talent behind it.The Philadelphia newspapers explain:Seventeen of the museum’s 32 human resin figures -- and two of...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Apr 2017

The Fame of the Virginia Riflemen

As I discussed at an event last week, the Continental Congress voted to raise rifle companies for the Continental Army in June 1775 even before it chose a commander-in-chief.The first plan called for two companies from Virginia, two from Maryland, and...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Mar 2017

Princeton in the Snow

I did some public history work last weekend: read in some books, participated in a meeting about this year’s Boston Massacre, drafted some Boston 1775 postings while sitting out the snow.But I sure didn’t do what a bunch of dedicated reenactors...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Jan 2017

Has General Washington’s Riband Come Back Around?

Back in 2010 I wrote some articles about Gen. George Washington’s decision in July 1775 to adopt a blue sash or “ribband” across his chest as the sign of his rank in the new Continental Army.It turns out that Washington’s riband might survive...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Mar 2015

A Miniature Henry Knox

In Dealings with the Dead (1856), Lucius Manlius Sargent told this anecdote about the Rev. Mather Byles, Sr., a Loyalist minister who stayed in Boston after the siege and became notorious for being unable to resist a pun: He was intimate with General...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Mar 2014

Charles Willson Peale’s “Riffle with a Tellescope to it”

Peale self portrait, circa 1782-1785 When one thinks of a telescopic sight on a rifle one does not think of the Revolutionary War.  However strange, there was one documented rifle with a telescopic sight.  It was conceived and test fired by a very...

Sashes in Washington’s Early Military Career

I decided to use the Founders Online to further explore a topic I addressed earlier in the month: George Washington’s military sashes. In the mid-eighteenth century, a long sash was viewed as part of the necessary insignia of a genteel army officer....
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Jun 2013

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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This is the basic structure:

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http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.