About this blog

I am a PhD candidate in American History, a former museum and historical society director of roughly 20 years, author of local history, and sometimes Civil War reenactor.

I started this blog as a means of sharing some observations on historical figures and places that inspire me. My expertise lies in the antebellum and Civil War eras, and so the majority of my articles focus on that time period. But I would not necessarily characterize this as a “Civil War blog” as I often delve into other centuries–also, at times, into local history and folklore. So, the subject matter of this blog is, you might say, eclectic. Some of the articles fall under the category of “musings” while others take a more academic approach.

Hopefully, others find a bit of historical inspiration in these entries too.


68 responses to “About this blog

  • nora m reilly

    Hi Patrick,

    My name is Nora and my mother has owned and lived it The Hillside house ( Benjamin Marston Watson prior residence) on Summer st in Plymouth for several years now. I would love to help her preserve what is left of the hillside and plan on restarting the modest garden she has in the spring. Bamboo has become quite a challenge and money is always an issue but Id love to invite you over and hear your thoughts.

    • Patrick Browne

      Nora,
      How nice of you to get in contact. As you perhaps could tell from the article, I admire that house and feel it’s one of Plymouth’s most important historical sites. I’ll contact you by e-mail and we can discuss.
      Best,
      Patrick

  • Jim Soule

    Hi Patrick,
    enjoying your blogs too.
    I am looking for a lead.
    My great great grandfather was a local shipmaster, lore has him working for Sprague Soule & Co between 1840-1880. I’d like to know more about what what type of mariner he was/served on. Other than the Sprague Soule lead, the only other info I have is that he was master of Barque Broosa 1849-55, and Ship Roebuck 56-59. Can you point in the right direction for more research?

    • Patrick Browne

      Hi Jim. Sprague & Soule was a Boston shipping firm operating out of T Wharf in the mid 19th century. I’ve always suspected they had Duxbury roots because of those two very Duxbury names, but never tracked that down. I’ll poke around and let you know if I find anything, but in the meantime you might try getting in touch with the Bostonian Society or the Boston Public Library for more information on Sprague & Soule.
      Best,
      Patrick

  • Paul D'Elia

    Hi Patrick,
    The Memorial Day Foundation (not for profit) is on a mission to record and secure a photograph of every war memorial in America. Our web site nationalwarmemorialregistry.org now has over 23,000 listings. To accomplish this we have had the help of numerous individuals and organizations such as Wisconsin Veterans Memorials, Iowa Civil War Monuments and Images of New Hampshire History. We’re hoping that you would join us by sharing the photographs and information of memorials on your blog. We would reference you and your blog on each listing. Thanking you in advance for you consideration of this request.
    Paul D’Elia
    Memorial Coordinator

    • Patrick Browne

      Paul,
      I just quickly looked over your website. What an outstanding undertaking! You might be interested in the ongoing project I’ve been working on with a couple others interested in Civil War history. “The Massachusetts Civil War Monuments Project.” It presently resides on Facebook, but I’m hoping to create a dedicated website for it soon. https://www.facebook.com/macivilwarmonuments/
      I’d be happy to share the images I’ve taken personally.
      Best,
      Patrick

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