Footnotes Since the Wilderness records the “chapters of an America past,” United States history revived via sidebars, prologues, postscripts- colorful stories that find no quarter in the standard texts.
Footnotes is about unpublicized heroes, regional rascals, under-appreciated leaders, the roots of reform, abandoned towns, ephemera, fading memories, exploration, or simply a different angle into otherwise familiar events. I stear clear of contemporary politics and most military history after, roughly, the War of 1812. Weapons of mass distraction or destruction just don’t hold my interest. Outside the realm of military history, however, Footnotes will definitely venture through the nineteenth century and, now and then, as far forward as the Bicentennial.
I’m a member of the Bergen County Historical Society in New Jersey. I write from a room just around the bend from the Steuben House at New Bridge Landing, the site of numerous events during the Revolutionary War, and where they keep the “Burdette Frying Pan” - the pan used by Rachael Burdette to cook George Washington some Indian cakes in November of ’76.
The Diary of Samuel Sewall provides Footnotes with a frequent prompt.
I also write for Suite101. Much of my work there will interest readers of Footnotes. I hope that you will look for me at Suite101.
If you write a history blog, and you like what you see emerging at Footnotes Since the Wilderness, I would welcome the opportunity to swap Blogroll links with you or network our sites.
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