American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, Summer

Amelia Found?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At 9 A.M. on the morning of Tuesday March 20, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped to a podium in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Dining Room and addressed a roomful of reporters, federal officials,...
Andrew Wyeth Reflects on His Father, the Artist N. C. Wyeth
My father was a very robust, powerfully built man. But strangely enough, his hands were delicate. One of the stories around Chadds Ford was about a milk train he would meet and how he would help the Farmers lift their enormous 10-gallon cans--one in...
Baltimore's "Sailabration": Honors the War of 1812
Square-riggers, schooners, and sleek gray warships from around the world converged on Baltimore the second week of June for the "Star Spangled Sailabration" commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812's start. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It's...
Brother Fights against Brother in South Carolina
NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN SOURCE Divided Loyalties [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Brothers James and Alexander Campbell emigrated from Scotland to the United States in the 1850s. Alexander settled in New York City with his sons James and Matthew, while his...
Cavalry in the Saddle at Manassas
SOUTHERN SOURCE Glad Tidings Following the Second Battle of Manassas, Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart reported to Genera/Lee a detailed and colorful account of the attacks and counterattacks of that long day of fighting, excerpted here. [ILLUSTRATION...
Changing of the Union Guard
NORTHERN SOURCE Chase on McClellan In a letter to his friend Richard Parsons, U.S. consul in Rio de Janeiro, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase relayed his distress over the defeat near Richmond of Gen. George McClellan and the Army of the Potomac...
Digging Up James Smithson: Famous Inventor Rescues the Bones of Eminent Institution's Founder
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL did not spend the Christmas season of 1903 in the festive tradition. On the contrary, the inventor of the telephone passed the holiday engaged in a ghoulish Italian adventure involving a graveyard, old bones, and the opening of...
Editor's Letter
In June Baltimore's Sailabration kicked off the War of 1812 commemoration (see page 10). What a defining moment it was 200 years ago when our tiny democracy was threatened by the world's most powerful army and navy, hardened by 20 years of global warfare....
Growing Up Colored
You wouldn't know Piedmont anymore--my Piedmont, I mean--the town in West Virginia where I learned to be a colored boy. The 1950s in Piedmont was a sepia time, or at least that's the color my memory has given it. People were always proud to be from...
Guide to Historic Sites in Florida: Awaken Your Florida Side
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Northwest BRISTOL Torreya State Park The park is the home to the Gregory House, a fully furnished antebellum plantation. Andrew Jackson's armies crossed a river running through the park during the First Seminole War...
High Stakes at Antietam
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE DAY OF ANTIETAM--SEPTEMBER 17, 1862--was like no other day of the Civil War. "The roar of the infantry was beyond anything conceivable to the uninitiated," wrote a Union officer who fought there. "If all the stone and...
Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the morning of December 19, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower strode into the gloomy school building in Verdun that housed the main headquarters of General Omar Bradley's Twelfth Army Group. He had called a meeting of...
Lee Writes Davis on Northern Advance
SOUTHERN SOURCE Propitious Moment In this letter to Jefferson Davis dated September 3, Lee proposed a moderate strategy for crossing into Maryland. The next day he proceeded across the Potomac without waiting for the president's response. Lee may...
"Oh Doctor, Do What You Can!": First Medical Report on Lincoln's Assassination Uncovered
It was the discovery of a lifetime. Helena Iles Papaioannou, a researcher with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project, was meticulously combing through 1865 correspondence of the U.S. Surgeon General when she came upon the long-lost report of Charles...
"Oh This Is a Dreadful War"
NORTHERN SOURCE Survival Story Alfred Davenport was a member of the 5th New York Infantry. On August 30, 1862, his regiment suffered the highest number killed of any Union regiment at Second Manassas. He described the bloody action in a letter to...
Osceola Fights to Save the Seminole
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The story of Osceola and the Great Seminole War in Florida seems so fantastic at times that it is hard to believe it is all true. One warrior with courage, cunning, and audacity unsurpassed by any Native American leader masterminded...
Turned on by History
The room was abuzz. More than 2,000 young historians milled about, setting up exhibits featuring Harvey Milk, Charlie Chaplin, and hundreds more. For the 32nd year, middle and high school students from around the country competed in the National...