P. 28, Field Guide: Williamsburg
“The day after Christmas 1850, Williamsburg mayor John Maupin strolled out to his farm south of town lingered and chatted with his slaves until mid-afternoon, then announced he was going “home.” Perhaps he meant his eternal home, for instead of returning to town, he slipped into the shed room of his barn. That evening his overseer found him there, “hanging by his neck” dead. A half hour before sunrise one February 1859 morning, a free black man named Pleasant Baker crept into an old Revolutionary War graveyard on the southern edge of Williamsburg and slit his own throat with a “raisor.”
— excerpt from ”Bucktrout Ledger, Historical Narrative”
by Carol Kettenburg Dubbs
Bucktrout’s ledger, stored at the Special Collections Research Center of the Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William & Mary, is available online at: swem.wm.edu/archives/collections/
Read more of Dubbs’ article on Williamsburg undertaker Richard Manning Bucktrout at swem.wm.edu/archives/collections
For more on Williamsburg, read:
Civil War Williamsburg, by Carson O. Hudson Jr., and Defend This Old Town: Williamsburg During the Civil War, by Carol Kettenburg Dubbs.
P. 32, ‘The War Was a Grievous Error’
For more info on the works by author Peter Cozzens visit: petercozzens.com
Read Jeffry D. Wert’s General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial General.
P. 40, Staying the Course at Gettysburg
Take a photo tour of the stops that Lincoln made in Gettysburg before and after his famous address.
For more information on artist William H. Johnson, visit the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts:
P. 46, Executing Justice
Check out Robert I. Alotta’s Civil War Justice: Union Army Executions Under Lincoln and Thomas P. Lowry’s Tarnished Eagles: The Court-Martial of Fifty Union Colonels and Lieutenant Colonels.
P. 54, Lost in the Fog of War
Read Sarah Morgan Dawson: A Confederate Girl’s Diary.