Tag: Object Talks

EVENT CANCELLED: Lunch Bite – The Badge of Military Merit

Due to the current public health emergency, this event has been cancelled.  Join Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a discussion of the Badge of Military Merit, the first military decoration for enlisted men and the precursor to the modern Purple Heart. Declaring that “the road to glory in a patriot army and […]

Lunch Bite – British Military Wall Gun

Join History and Education Associate Evan Phifer for a discussion of a Revolutionary War-period British military wall gun and its unique role in eighteenth-century warfare. With an overall length of more than six feet, a weight exceeding thirty-five pounds and a .98-caliber bore that fired a lead ball up to a mile, the wall gun […]

Lunch Bite – Nisbet Balfour’s Letter Book of 1781

Join Kathleen Higgins, historical programs associate, for a discussion of Nisbet Balfour’s letter book recording his correspondence in early 1781. The British commander at Charleston, South Carolina, communicated with notable figures from the war, including Sir Henry Clinton, Benedict Arnold and Sir James Wright. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for […]

Lunch Bite – A Pensioner of the Revolution

Join Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a discussion of the oil portrait A Pensioner of the Revolution, painted in 1830 by John Neagle (1796-1865), and its role in the struggle for federal pensions for Revolutionary War veterans. This somber and arresting view of a poor, elderly man hints at the financial struggles many […]