New England Captives Carried to Canada with Donald Friary

LIVE: THURSDAY, 11 April 2013 at 1:00pm EDTNew England Captives Carried to Canada with Donald R. Friary on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Donald R. Friary who wrote the forward for the new edition of New England Captives Carried to Canada.

Originally published in two volumes in 1925, New England Captives Carried to Canada represents decades of research conducted by Coleman and C. Alice Baker (author of True Stories of New England Captives Carried to Canada, 1897).

This work names all the captives the two women discovered, provides biographical data for each, and paints a detailed picture of the Indian attacks on New England communities over the eighty-year period. Includes sources, a comprehensive index, and an appendix with greater explanation of terms, key people, and places mentioned in the text. For nearly a century, this has been the go-to resource and the most definitive work ever published on the subject.

Donald R. Friary was Executive Director of Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts New England Captives Carried to Canada with Donald R. Friary on Fieldstone Commonfor 27 years. After his retirement in 2003 he became Historic Deerfield’s Senior Research Fellow. A native of Boston, and a graduate of the Boston Latin School and Brown University, he holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as the museum’s first Director of Academic Programs from 1971 to 1973 and was named Assistant Director and then Executive Director in 1975. He has served on a number of Boards including the Bay State Historical League, the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Winterthur Museum’s Education Committee, and the Hill-Stead Museum.

Show Notes – The Caning with Stephen Puleo

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Following are some items that were mentioned during the 31 January 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Stephen Puleo, author of The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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Stephen Puleo is a writer based in Massachusetts. You can learn more about him at his website and you can follow him on Facebook

The book The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, published by Westholme Publishing, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

His other books include:

  • Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • A City So Grand: The Rise of an American Metropolis, Boston 1850-1900
  • The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day
  • Due to Enemy Action The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56

The Caning occurred on May 22, 1856 when pro-slavery Congressman Preston Brooks attacked staunchly anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner. The beating stopped just short of taking Sumner’s life.

To learn more about Charles Sumner you can read his biography, Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War by David Herbert Donald. You can learn more about Preston Brooks from his wikipedia page.

Westholme Publishing, the publisher of The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War, donated two copies of the book. One was given as “door prize” during the live show and went to a listener in Pennsylvania. The other copy will go to a listener who has signed up for the Fieldstone Common mailing list (to be announced Tuesday night). A big thank you to Westholme Publishing for  their generosity!

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The Caning with Stephen Puleo

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Stephen Puleo, author of The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War.

One of the most shocking and provocative events in American history, the caning convinced the North and the South that the gulf between them was unbridgeable and that they could no longer discuss their vast differences of opinion regarding slavery on any reasonable level. The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War tells the incredible story of this transformative event. While Sumner eventually recovered after a lengthy convalescence, compromise had suffered a mortal blow. Moderate voices were drowned out completely; extremist views accelerated, became intractable, and locked both sides on a tragic collision course.

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The caning had an enormous impact on the events that followed over the next four years: the meteoric rise of the Republican Party and Abraham Lincoln; the Dred Scott decision; the increasing militancy of abolitionists, notably John Brown’s actions; and the secession of the Southern states and the founding of the Confederacy. As a result of the caning, the country was pushed, inexorably and unstoppably, to war. Many factors conspired to cause the Civil War, but it was the caning that made conflict and disunion unavoidable five years later.

STEPHEN PULEO is the author of five books, including the bestselling Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 and Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor to American History and other publications, he holds a master’s degree in history and teaches at Suffolk University in Boston.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 27 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Christian McBurney, author of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.

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The Rhode Island Campaign describes the occupation of Newport, Rhode Island and ensuing battles during the Revolutionary War. It represents the first joint engagement between American and French forces.

Some of the main characters during these events were

American Military

Major General John Sullivan


Major General Nathanael Greene

General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

British Military

Sir Robert Pigot

Major  General Francis Smith

Major General Richard Prescott

Hessian General Friedrich Wilhelm von Lossberg

French Military

Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector, comte d’Estaing

Westholme Publishing, the publisher of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War donated two copies of the book that were given as a “door prizes” during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Oregon and the other to a listener in Massachusetts. A big thank you to the Westholme Publishing for  their generosity!


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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney


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LIVE: THURSDAY, 27 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak with author Christian McBurney about The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.

On July 29, 1778, a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay. Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War. The new allies’ goal was to capture the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island. With British resolve reeling from the striking patriot victory at Saratoga the previous autumn, this French and American effort might just end the war.

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Christian McBurney

The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War unravels one of the most complex and multi-faceted events of the war, one which combined land and sea strategies and featured controversial decisions on both sides. Many prominent patriots participated, including Nathanael Greene, Marquis de Lafayette, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. Most important, while the campaign’s failure led to harsh criticism of the French in some quarters, leaders such as Greene, Lafayette, and George Washington steadfastly worked to ensure that the alliance would remain intact, knowing that the next joint operation could well succeed. Relying on in-depth research from American, French, British, and German original sources, author Christian McBurney has written the most authoritative book on this fascinating episode in American history.

CHRISTIAN M. McBURNEY, a graduate of Brown University, is a partner in a Washington, DC, law firm. He is the author of several books and articles on early Rhode Island history, including A History of Kingston, Rhode Island, 1700–1900 and British Treatment of Prisoners During the Occupation of Newport, 1776–1779.

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

Show Notes – The Last Muster with Maureen Taylor

Following are some notes on items that were mentioned during the 27 September 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with photo detective Maureen Taylor, author of The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War Generation and Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

You can learn more about Maureen Taylor at her website and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Maureen has been writing the Photo Detective column for Family Tree Magazine since 2001.

Sources for example period photographs

Dressed for the Photographer by Joan Severa 

Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900 by Maureen Taylor 

Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900 by Maureen Taylor

The Family Photo Detective by Maureen Taylor (to be published January 2013 by Family Tree Books)

Big Announcement
Maureen made a big announcement during the interview. She revealed that, in conjunction with Verissima Productions, she will be making a documentary of the based on The Last Muster book. The documentary, which is currently in the fundraising stage, has its own website so that you can follow its progress.

Maureen also announced that volume two of The Last Muster will be published around June 2013.

Kent State University Press, the publisher of The Last Muster, donated two copies that were given as a door prizes. A big thank you to Kent State University Press for  their generosity!

Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis

The Last Muster with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective
Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective

LIVE: THURSDAY, 27 September 2012 at 1:00pm EST

Listen to Fieldstone Common this week as host Marian Pierre-Louis talks to Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, about her books The Last Muster and Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900.

The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images of the Revolutionary War generation. This extraordinary collection of images assigns faces to an un-illustrated war and tells the stories of our nation’s Founding Fathers and Mothers. The array of seventy images is expansive and includes veterans, loyalists, Native Americans, African Americans, children who witnessed battles and aided soldiers, and women who nursed the wounded and even took up arms themselves.

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, New Morning (Hallmark Channel), Life Magazine, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Claritin’s Moment of Clarity, Creative Memories’ Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine. 

The Last Muster by Maureen Taylor
The Last Muster

Maureen investigates photographs the way private eyes investigate cases. She discovers stories behind family pictures by following clues … a hat, the shape of a woman’s sleeve, or a sign in the background. Through her website, PhotoDetective.com, Maureen offers practical, affordable advice on how to save and organize photos. She also writes about the latest photo-related topics, products, and media coverage on her Photo Detective blog.

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Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis