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  • This day in history

    03/23/2008 4:44:06 PM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 8 replies · 337+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | March 23, 2008 | Associated Press
    This day in history...VIDEO
  • The American Revolution

    03/17/2008 6:33:43 AM PDT · by deadrock · 14 replies · 293+ views
    Sorry for the vanity - but I can't think of a better resource than FR regarding this topic. I don't trust Amazonian recommendations. Please, if you can, recommend the best book/s detailing the American Revolution. Not just the battles, but the politics leading up to the war, the writing of the Declaration of Ind., who the signers were ...etc. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks for your time.
  • Then and Now - The startling parallels between the Iraq War and the American Revolution.

    03/14/2008 7:28:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 832+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2008 | Thomas E. Ricks
    Five years into their war to retain control of America, the British thought they were winning. As Piers Mackesy relates in his brilliant, classic history of the American Revolution, The War for America, 1775-1783, the British cabinet believed the rebel cause was disintegrating by 1780. One of the best American generals, Benedict Arnold, had changed sides. Rebel finances were weak. Morale in George Washington's army appeared to be plummeting, and there was talk of mutiny in the rebel camp. The British army had landed in the South and was chewing up American forces there. The intervention of the French on...
  • Medal belonging to American hero Lafayette to be sold at auction

    12/09/2007 8:10:42 PM PST · by RDTF · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Dec 9, 2007 | AFP
    A gold and enamel medal that once belonged to the American Revolutionary hero the Marquis de Lafayette goes on auction here Tuesday, and could fetch as much as 10 million dollars, experts said. The medal being sold by Lafayette's descendants was given to the Frenchman in 1824 by relatives of America's first US President George Washington, when Lafayette was 67 years old. The gift was made a quarter-century after the death in 1799 of Washington, who as a general led US troops to victory in their battle for independence against Britain. -snip-
  • Looking Back: Future governor, Revolutionary soldier born

    12/03/2007 8:23:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 49+ views
    star ledger ^ | December 03, 2007 | Claire Heininger
    ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:On Dec. 3, 1756, Aaron Ogden was born in Elizabethtown, the son of a legislator who would rise to a public service career of his own.Ogden, who served in the military during the American Revolution and the undeclared war against France, grew into a skilled orator and debater. He served in Congress from 1801 to 1803 and was elected governor of New Jersey in 1812. Ogden, who also had business interests in steamboat machinery, later became embroiled in a Supreme Court case concerning the monopoly of steamboat service in New York waters. Drained of his...
  • George Washington takes Fort Lee exit from redcoats

    11/22/2007 11:58:03 AM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 231+ views
    the record ^ | November 18, 2007 | JOHN BRENNAN
     Andrew Wnukowski of Hillside checks his redcoat costume in the glint of a car window. About 5,000 British troops came ashore at Closter Dock in Alpine on Nov. 20, 1776, setting the stage for the redcoats to capture Fort Lee from the upstart American revolutionaries later in the day.   On Saturday, four "soldiers" with red coats, muskets and goatskin backpacks -- along with a dozen or so intrepid "civilians" -- re-created the climb up the Palisades toward the site named after Gen. Charles Lee, who would be court-martialed two years later for disobeying Gen. George Washington's orders during the...
  • New fight brews at famed Princeton battle site, A plan to build housing on historic site

    08/21/2007 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 509+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 08, 2007 | TOM HESTER
    The way Jerry Hurwitz sees it, it doesn't take an Einstein to understand the significance of the hal lowed ground on which a pivotal Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton was fought 230 years ago. Part of the battle on Jan. 3, 1777, was waged on 22 acres of gently sloping farmland now owned by the Institute for Advanced Study. The institute -- an independent, private research institution that counted physicist Albert Ein stein among its faculty -- is adja cent to the 85-acre Princeton Battlefield State Park. But that section of the battlefield was never incorporated into the state park,...
  • Revolutionary War remnant pulled from Delaware River

    11/24/2007 8:25:17 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 440+ views
    AP via ^ | 11/24/2007 | EDWARD COLIMORE
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a small survey boat, maritime archaeologist J. Lee Cox Jr. was checking the bottom of the Delaware River at the Sunoco Logistics pier in South Philadelphia when he got a hit on the side-scan sonar. A pipe? A log? A hazard to the oil tankers docking nearby? No one was sure until a diver was sent down weeks later and found a strange pointed object buried in the muck about 40 feet down. Earlier this month, Cox identified it as the business end of a cheval-de-frise, an iron-tipped log once embedded in the river, along with...
  • 100 Days That Shook the World

    08/20/2007 6:11:20 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 27 replies · 961+ views
    The Smithsonian ^ | July, 2007 | John Ferling
    On March 15, 1781, American forces inflicted heavy losses on the British Army at Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina. The redcoats had seemed invincible only a few months before. Winter clouds scudded over New Windsor, New York, some 50 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan, where Gen. George Washington was headquartered. With trees barren and snow on the ground that January 1781, it was a "dreary station," as Washington put it. The commander in chief's mood was as bleak as the landscape. Six long years into the War of Independence, his army, he admitted to Lt. Col. John Laurens,...
  • Revolution was won around here

    07/22/2007 8:09:15 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 29 replies · 576+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Jul. 22, 2007 | DAN HUNTLEY
    IN MY OPINION One of the first lessons you learn when studying history is that history books are usually written by the side that wins the war. After the Civil War, the South's role in the American Revolution was relegated to practically a footnote. My 10th-grade U.S. history book basically had two paragraphs about the South's role -- the British took Charleston, there were lots of backwoods skirmishes in the Carolinas at places such as Kings Mountain and Cowpens, and the British surrendered at Yorktown. The implication was that the only battles of consequence took place within 200 miles of...
  • How a Jewish patriot saved America

    07/04/2007 8:16:03 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 102 replies · 1,760+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/4/07 | Richard Booker
    In 1975 the United States Postal Service issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back. On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink: "Financial Hero – Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse." I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Salomon all...
  • If Washington Crossed The Delaware In 2007 (American Revolution Run Aground By PC Alert)

    07/04/2007 1:40:44 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 14 replies · 713+ views ^ | 07/04/2007 | Tom Purcell
    "Let me get this straight, Gen. Washington: You want us, the representatives of the Second Continental Congress, to fund a sneak attack on British troops starting on Christmas?" "That is correct, sir. After we declared our independence from King George, he was most unhappy. He ordered his army to attack us. The Brits have made tremendous gains on our homeland." "Gains, Washington?" "Sir, whereas our Continental Army is something of a motley crew, the Brits are well-trained and well-funded. Their forces include Hessian mercenaries, professional fighters who are most skilled at the art of war." "Your point, Washington?" "The Brits...
  • Escape From New York

    07/02/2007 9:14:23 PM PDT · by gpapa · 7 replies · 738+ views ^ | July 3, 2007 | BRENDAN MINITER
    In 1776 Lt. Col. Thomas Knowlton seemed to be precisely the kind of military officer the American military needed to win the Revolution. He was a veteran of the French and Indian War two decades earlier. He proved to be a supreme leader of men in combat outside Boston. And he was tapped by Gen. George Washington to start a new elite military unit--Knowlton's Rangers--that was capable of operating behind enemy lines.
  • Independence Forever: Why America Celebrates the Fourth of July

    06/30/2007 5:06:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 977+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 6/28/07 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
    The Fourth of July is a great opportunity to renew our dedication to the principles of liberty and equality enshrined in what Thomas Jefferson called "the declaratory charter of our rights."As a practical matter, the Declaration of Independence publicly announced to the world the unanimous decision of the American colonies to declare themselves free and independent states, absolved from any allegiance to Great Britain. But its greater meaning—then as well as now—is as a statement of the conditions of legitimate political authority and the proper ends of government, and its proclamation of a new ground of political rule in...
  • Will the North Sea give up America's most prized naval treasure?[John Paul Jones]

    06/28/2007 8:59:42 AM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 1,639+ views
    Yorkshire Post ^ | 28 June 2007 | Martin Hickes
    The Americans will be taking to the high seas off the Yorkshire coast this summer in search of their nautical "Holy Grail". Martin Hickes reports on an expensive obsession. THIS August, a flotilla of American scientists will mount a £175,000 expedition off Flamborough Head in search of a wreck, more than 200 years after it sank. Two US teams will plunge into the North Sea in search of the flagship of a Scottish captain, known to the Brits as little more than a pirate, but to the Americans as a hero of the American Revolution and the "Father of the...
  • This Day In History - American Revolution June 17, 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill

    1775 : The Battle of Bunker Hill During the American Revolution, British General William Howe lands his troops on the Charlestown peninsula overlooking Boston and leads them against Breed's Hill, a fortified American position just below Bunker Hill. As the British advanced in columns against the Americans, Patriot General William Prescott reportedly told his men, "Don't one of you fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" When the Redcoats were within 40 yards, the Americans let loose with a lethal barrage of musket fire, cutting down nearly 100 enemy troops and throwing the British into retreat. After reforming...
  • April 19: Freedom’s Birthday

    04/19/2007 9:40:59 AM PDT · by Irontank · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Americans revere a great number of dates that hold special significance for their culture and history. The Fourth of July, Veterans Day, the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. — a quick glance through any calendar provides numerous other examples. Yet the one day of most importance, to both the nation and its culture, is the one that is conspicuously absent from any mention of notable historical dates. No parades honor the fallen; no speeches in Congress remind us of their deeds; no wreaths are laid; no moments of silence requested. On this sacred date no president will stand on...
  • The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution

    03/10/2007 5:54:23 PM PST · by NonValueAdded · 24 replies · 3,401+ views ^ | March 10, 2007 | NonValueAdded
    A monument and historical marker were dedicated today at Port Canaveral, Florida, commemorating The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution From the historical marker, dedicated on March 10, 2007: The last naval battle of the American Revolutionary War took place off the coast of Cape Canaveral on March 10, 1783. The fight began when three British ships sighted two Continental Navy ships, the Alliance commanded by Captain John Barry and the Duc De Lauzun commanded by Captain John Green sailing northward along the coast of Florida. The Alliance, a 36-gun frigate, and the Duc De Lauzun, a 20-gun ship,...
  • The Man Who Would Not Be King (George Washington)

    02/17/2007 12:45:14 PM PST · by wagglebee · 43 replies · 1,683+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/5/07 | Matthew Spalding
    George Washington is one of the most recognized figures in U.S. history. But familiarity breeds contempt. More often than not, Washington is an old painting on the wall – solemn, impersonal and distant – or the subject of childhood stories and nursery rhymes. We all know that he chopped down a cherry tree and had wooden teeth. The actual Washington is much more compelling. We can all see the brilliant flourishes of Jefferson's pen, Madison's constitutional handiwork or the success of Hamilton's economic policies, and that can cause us to overlook or underestimate the magnitude of Washington's achievement. Yet he...
  • Forcing Girls To Cheer For Girls (Dennis Prager: The Left Is Obssessed With Running Your Life Alert)

    01/29/2007 11:01:27 PM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 1,474+ views ^ | 01/29/2006 | Dennis Prager
    High school cheerleaders must now cheer for girls' teams as often as for boys' teams thanks to federal education officials' interpretations of Title IX, the civil rights law that mandates equal playing fields for both sexes. According to The New York Times, almost no one directly involved wants this -- not the cheerleaders, not the fans, not the boys' teams, and not even the girls' teams. But it doesn't matter: The law coerces cheerleaders to cheer at girls' games. Of all the myths that surround Left-Right differences, one of the greatest is that the Left values liberty more than the...