Rethinking the American Civil War, Through the Eyes of a Teenager

The legacy of the American Civil War with which we are left is one that emphasizes a participatory American populace, overwhelmingly enthused over and invested in the conflict. Particularly in the North, we are likely to think of a cooperative culture unifying civilians and the enlisted in a shared war effort. Indeed, the popularity of [...]

Civil War veteran’s remains were found buried at cemetery near Exit 15 in Rochester

After weeks of uncertainty, officials now say Civil War veteran Elihu Legro actually was among those buried at the family cemetery near Spaulding Turnpike Exit 15.
The science of forensics has helped to solve at least one mystery surrounding the Legro family grave site. According to historical documents and other evidence, it was long believed that [...]

Civil War Skeleton Sale Sparks New Law

New Hampshire officials have banned the sale of human remains and items buried with a person after an auction house put the skeletal remains of a Civil War soldier up for sale.
Earlier this month, Granite State officials changed the law that allowed human remains and grave goods to be sold on the open market in [...]

Black spies’ Civil War efforts highlighted in Portsmouth

When Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, realized someone on his staff was leaking information to the Union, the last person he suspected was the nanny, Mary Elizabeth Bowser.
He thought she was just an illiterate slave.
“Wrong Jeff, she was a school teacher from Philadelphia,” said Hari Jones, curator of the African [...]

Black spies’ Civil War efforts highlighted in Portsmouth

When Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, realized someone on his staff was leaking information to the Union, the last person he suspected was the nanny, Mary Elizabeth Bowser.
He thought she was just an illiterate slave.
“Wrong Jeff, she was a school teacher from Philadelphia,” said Hari Jones, curator of the African [...]

African Americans in the Civil War

 Hari Jones, a researcher at the African American Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., visits the city at the invitation of the Seacoast African American Cultural Center.
Jones’ multi-media presentation is at Portsmouth Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Jones will share his research about the role of underground intelligence gathering activities of Black [...]

City ready for Lincoln’s return to Dover

Abraham Lincoln’s return visit to the Garrison City on Saturday nearly 150 years after he visited Dover in 1860 is generating almost as much excitement as it did then.
Thom Hindle, a Dover historian and chairman of the Woodman Institute’s board of trustees, said the event Saturday and Sunday is part of the museum’s Lincoln Bicentennial [...]

Lincoln returning to Dover in May

On March 2, 1860, Abraham Lincoln stepped off the train at Dover’s Third Street train station. In celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Dover will welcome Lincoln back during a weekend-long reenactment of his historic trip. Federal Savings Bank is proud to contribute to this exciting event as the major event sponsor.
The weekend-long celebration, which begins [...]