Brush fire scorches Civil War graves

Four headstones and flags marking the graves of Civil War veterans were scorched by a brush fire at Hilldale Cemetery early last night.
The cemetery trustees said they believe the fire was set and said it was the fifth at the cemetery within two months.

Civil War re-enactors take Hingham

Why does a grown man wear wool clothing when it’s 87 degrees, humid and getting hotter?
“It seems crazy, but actually it was very smart,” Patrick Browne of Plymouth said at the Hingham Cemetery on Saturday. He was dressed in dark Civil War garb of wool trousers, coat, vest and socks. Only his red waist sash [...]

Civil War Week in Hingham

As part of the ongoing celebrations for the 375th anniversary of the town’s founding, programs devoted to Civil War History will run from June 21 to 26.
“It’s the first time it’s ever happened in Hingham,” Lucinda Day, from the town’s 375 Committee, said of the Civil War-era festivities.
Events include free screenings of “The Red Badge [...]

Veterans honor forgotten Salem man on Flag Day

As rush-hour traffic rumbled past, Salem veterans placed a wreath on a large stone yesterday morning at the busy intersection of Essex and Summer streets.
Yesterday was Flag Day, and the stone is a memorial to Capt. William Driver, a Salem native who is credited with naming the American flag “Old Glory.” The monument sits in [...]

A captivating Civil War-era tale of faith, race

A powerful play on a compelling and underexplored topic — the vexed relationship of slave-owning Jews and blacks in the American South — “The Whipping Man’’ offers plenty of sharp dialogue and emotional storytelling for its three actors. If only the playwright, Matthew Lopez, weren’t a little too fond of explaining everything for us, it [...]

Col. Robert Gould Shaw, sans sword, cuts deep

What happened to Col. Robert Gould Shaw’s sword?
The mystery of the war hero’s missing blade “sticks like a fishbone in the city’s throat,” to steal a line from Robert Lowell’s poem about the monument to Shaw and the black soldiers of the storied 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment that he led

In Walpole, Rebels’ pride still sparks a fight

In most other parts of the country the flag is a searingly divisive symbol of racial segregation. But here, it is also a display of pride for the Walpole High School Rebels.

For years, Confederate flags filled the bleachers at football games while fans sang “Dixie,’’ the Old South anthem. Yearbooks were emblazoned with the flag, [...]

New shrubs stolen from Civil War memorial

Five rhododendron bushes were uprooted and stolen earlier this month from a Civil War monument.
The small shrubs were planted this spring at a traffic island memorial on Winter Street, just across from Salem Common. The landscaping was done by the Salem Common Neighborhood Association in preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Historical Society takes home paintings

At a May 8 auction, the Waltham Historical Society had hoped to acquire a dozen items related to the estate of Civil War Gen. Nathaniel Prentice Banks, who lived in Waltham.
The society was unable to bid high enough for a silver pitcher and goblet at the Willis Henry Spring Estates Auction at the Newton Marriot, [...]

Westport seeks local Civil War information

Town historians are seeking whatever information and assistance they can get for an upcoming commemoration of the American Civil War — and specifically stories or artifacts of Westport residents involved in the war.
In a statement, the Westport Historical Society noted that 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. With this in mind, the [...]