The Invented History of the Spy House

There is an old saying that goes, “When legend becomes fact, print the legend.” That is exactly what the late-Gertrude Neidlinger, former curator of the Spy House Museum in Port Monmouth, did during her time from the 1970’s through the 90’s; only she went one step further: she did not just print the legend, she…

“Turn” and Character Assassination: Meet the Real John Simcoe

As elaborated on in my review of the premiere episode of Turn this morning, the British army is not exactly portrayed in a positive light. Though there needs to be an antagonist in the series, I believe the production went too far in trying to vilify the British, and one character in particular, Lieutenant John…

Review: The Premiere Episode of “Turn”

Within minutes, I knew this production was going to suffer from something known as “American History Textbook Syndrome”. While this series, and any like it, needs a villain to match with the obvious protagonists, the depiction of British soldiers in AMC’s Turn was in the light of evil, bloodthirsty, and out of control—another reviewer for…

Governor William Franklin and the Price of Dissent

Dissent: often scorned, sometimes praised, always misunderstood. The American Civil War is sometimes called the Second American Revolution or the Second War of Independence, yet the American Revolution is never referred to as our country’s first Civil War. And why not? One could argue that the situations are exactly the same. In both cases, a…

The Copperhead Chronicles: What is the Price of Dissent?

Dissent: often scorned, sometimes praised, always misunderstood. The American Civil War is sometimes called the Second American Revolution or the Second War of Independence, yet the American Revolution is never referred to as our country’s first Civil War. And why not? One could argue that the situation is exactly the same, and that is the…

History Lovers, Join the Ranks of “Reenactor Central”

With other online reenactor groups coming and going on the social network scene, I was asked to create a group myself, for reenactors and historians to network. While I am not currently a hardcore reenactor, nor do I pretend to be, I agreed to administrate a group only if someone else would create it. Last…

Movie Review: Revolution (1985)

It took only ten minutes for me to realize that this movie was a monumental piece of garbage, and another twenty to shut off the television. This will be the first time I have ever reviewed a movie without having seen the end, and if the next 90 minutes were anything like the first 30,…

Upcoming Lecture: New Jersey’s Role in the American Revolution

Just wanted to give a last call to all those who may be interested in attending the lecture Jeff Huber and I are giving this Thursday. There are still a few spots open, so if you are interested, please see the information below to register, either online by clicking here, or by phone (number below)….

Interview with Historian, Author, and Painter Gary Zaboly

I first came into contact with Gary Zaboly through others in the tightly knit Alamo history community, that includes another interviewee, Al Bouler, who in this highly talked about interview, discussed what it was like being a historian and impersonator of David Crockett. Zaboly, on the other hand, has focused his energies differently, which includes…