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  • Our Forgotten Fallen, from an earlier war.

    05/28/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 8 replies
    05/28/2012 | Self
    Today is Memorial Day, once also known as Decoration Day, hallowed to honor our military dead. Started to honor our Civil War dead, it has been expanded to honor all of our military dead of the United States from the Revolutionary War on (1775 to present). Yet in doing so, we still leave some out unless we become more expansive yet and include the 10,000+[1] of an even earlier conflict. I request those who read this, cast their minds back to a war that too many have forgotten but that forged an unbreakable mold upon our continent, "The French and...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • War in the Wilderness [Book Review of George Washington's First War]

    01/20/2011 5:29:35 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 29 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | STEPHEN BRUMWELL
    A callow youngster's thirst for honor triggered the Seven Years' War. Unlike many of his fellow Founding Fathers, George Washington never wrote an autobiography...His sole effort at memoir emerged from notes he wrote clarifying points for a proposed biography by a former aide and trusted friend, David Humphreys. These "Remarks" were written in 1787-88, when Washington was in his mid-50s and pondering the daunting prospect of becoming the first president....Washington chose to reminisce about the five years when he had labored as a loyal subject of the British Empire to thwart French designs on the Ohio Valley. In late 1753,...
  • The American Colonist's Library-A Treasury of Primary Documents (Repost)

    12/05/2004 12:30:14 PM PST · by Gritty · 24 replies · 37,065+ views
    Rick Gardiner Website ^ | various | various
    The American Colonist's Library A TREASURY OF PRIMARY DOCUMENTS Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American HistoryAn invaluable collection of historical works which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals  The following is a massive collection of the literature and documents which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America. If it isn't here, it probably is not available online anywhere. ARRANGED IN CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENCE (500 B.C.-1800 A.D.)  (Use Your Browser's FIND Function to Search this Library)  Given the Supreme Court's impending decision, the ultimate historic origins of the national motto, "In God We Trust" and...
  • George W's Quagmire (HAPPY 4th OF JULY,FREEPERS!!!)

    07/01/2005 7:13:06 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies · 1,228+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/01/05 | Michael Graham
    July 01, 2005, George W's Quagmire Different war, same old complaints. By Michael Graham PHILADELPHIA, THE AMERICAN COLONIES, JULY 4, 1776 — Leaders of the self-described "American patriots" movement gathered in this Pennsylvania city today to sign an official declaration of their political intentions, despite widespread criticism of a failing war policy and complaints that their military action was launched under false pretenses. "Here it is, July of 1776, and George W. and his lackeys are just now getting around to declaring what this war is supposedly all about?" complained Loyalist playwright Michael LeMoore. "Washington and his neo-congressionalists rushed us...
  • Washington monument for a "damned old fox"

    02/13/2006 4:10:22 PM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 25 replies · 1,654+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    According to an email received by McCabe from the office of U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), the Marion monument project has already received the blessings of U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), as well as Congressmen Henry Brown (R–S.C.), Gresham Barrett (R–S.C.), Bob Inglis (R–S.C.), John Spratt (D–S.C.), James Clyburn (D–S.C.), and Wilson. The next step is the actual bill, which McCabe believes, will be introduced in Congress over the coming weeks.
  • "Bulletproof" George

    02/24/2007 3:19:23 PM PST · by Liberty Wins · 19 replies · 989+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | January 20, 2007 | Kathryn McCluskey
    Misguided motives for politically correct education have cut a deadly swath through public school textbooks, resulting in less and less information about the Founders. The heroism and virtuous character of Washington, in particular, are seldom discussed. Children start developing personal heroes at age five and six. Our kindergarten and first grade students study George Washington for most of the month of February, with gratifying results. Temporarily at least, we persuade them to give up Spiderman and Superman and adopt George as their role model and hero of the month. (Even though George didn’t fly, he did have a cape.) They...
  • Mark Steyn: Before the white man came? War

    07/18/2006 7:45:03 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 208 replies · 6,262+ views
    Macleans ^ | 07/18/06 | Mark Steyn
    We've deluded ourselves into believing in the myth of the noble and peaceful primitive Nicholas Wade's Before The Dawn is one of those books full of eye-catching details. For example, did you know the Inuit have the largest brains of any modern humans? Something to do with the cold climate. Presumably, if this global warming hooey ever takes off, their brains will be shrinking with the ice caps. But the passage that really stopped me short was this: "Both Keeley and LeBlanc believe that for a variety of reasons anthropologists and their fellow archaeologists have seriously underreported the prevalence of...
  • Redcoats shot Acadians in 1755 expulsion: letter

    10/29/2001 5:27:02 AM PST · by jerod · 10 replies · 770+ views
    H A L I F A X - A 1755 letter recently acquired by the University of Louisiana provides rare evidence that British soldiers shot people during the Acadian expulsion from Grand Pré, N.S. The letter, by British Major-General John Winslow, describes how soldiers rounded up 1,510 inhabitants by force and put them on ships. "Have had no uncommon disturbance," Maj.-Gen. Winslow wrote to a friend described only as a doctor. Some of the young men in the settlement, however, tried to get away, he said. "Kil'd one & I believe one other as he has not been heard of ...
  • THE FUTURE OF THE PAST (Mark Steyn)

    03/12/2009 2:50:57 PM PDT · by JLS · 17 replies · 966+ views
    Macleans ^ | 12 March 2009 | Mark Steyn
    THE FUTURE OF THE PAST Thursday, 12 March 2009 from Maclean's When the metaphorical dust has settled on the Plains of Abraham – metaphorical dust being the only kind you’re allowed to kick up on the sacred sod a quarter-millennium on – the larger question remains: What’s the future of the past? That’s to say, the lesson of the last few weeks is that the latter depends on the former. In 1759, General Wolfe won a decisive victory that led to the end of French rule on this continent: that is what we used quaintly to call a “fact”. To...
  • NY: Archaeologists find 18th-century store (Ft. Edward, Hudson River, 1800s-era 'Stop'n'$hop')

    10/08/2006 7:55:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,948+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/06 | Chris Carola - ap
    FORT EDWARD, N.Y. - This history-rich Hudson River community has yielded a museum's worth of 18th-century military artifacts over the decades, from musket balls to human skeletons. But a colonial soldier's daily lot wasn't all fighting and bloodshed. They had their share of down time, and that's where the sutler came in, offering for sale two of the few diversions from frontier duty: alcohol and tobacco. A five-year-long archaeological project has unearthed the 250-year-old site of a merchant's establishment that sold wine, rum, tobacco and other goods to the thousands of soldiers who passed through this region during the French...
  • Ft. Massac Encampment this weekend in Metropolis

    10/17/2007 9:08:20 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 7 replies · 769+ views
    Marion Daily Republican ^ | Oct 17, 2007 | Diane Wilkins
    FT. MASSAC — This weekend one of the highlights of Southern Illinois will spotlight a portion of history as the Ft. Massac Encampment is held this weekend, Oct. 20 and 21. The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the ceremonial posting of the colors and runs through 5 p.m. with various activities. Sunday hours are from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Parking is free and is available at the old fairgrounds adjacent to the park. Tram service is provided and is wheelchair accessible. This re-creation of the lifestyles and atmosphere of the late 1700s attracts more than 80,000 people....
  • You say you want a revolution? [TV Series on French&Indian War Alert]

    01/12/2006 5:24:59 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 29 replies · 598+ views
    The Arlington Advocate ^ | January 12, 2006 | Jennifer Mann
    When reflecting upon the momentous battles that shaped America as a country, most go no further back than the Revolutionary War. The French and Indian War, or what British and Canadians refer to as the Seven Years' War, is often relegated to a smaller place in U.S. history. But an upcoming four-part dramatic documentary, Episodes 1 and 3 of which were written, produced and directed by Arlington resident and filmmaker Eric Stange, intends to change perceptions of the 1754 to 1763 struggle. Titled "The War That Made America," the documentary premiering on PBS Jan. 18 and 25 explores how the...
  • Braddock's Road to War

    08/22/2004 9:53:14 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 733+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, August 22, 2004 | Richard Robbins
    In the summer of 1755, soldiers faced heat, disease and enemies as they marched across a quarter of the American continent to do battle. That summer, some 2,400 French and Indian War troops under the command of British Gen. Edward Braddock walked from Virginia to stage what turned out to be a botched assault on the Point in Pittsburgh, the key to westward expansion and in the firm grip of the French and their Indian allies in the 1750s. "These were tough people," mused tourist Douglas Roach, as he rested on a bench next to Braddock's Grave along Route 40...
  • Franklin letters found (Copies, that is. In UK.)

    04/23/2009 11:34:24 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 517+ views
    University of California - San Diego ^ | Apr. 23, 2009 | Unknown
    A trove of Benjamin Franklin letters has turned up in the British Library. Discovered by University of California, San Diego professor Alan Houston, the letters are copies of correspondence that hasn't been seen in more than 250 years. All dating from the spring and summer of 1755, the 47 letters by, to and about Franklin are in the hand of one Thomas Birch, a contemporary of Franklin's who was a prodigious – almost inveterate – compiler and transcriber of historical documents. They are being published for the first time in the April issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. The...
  • Skeletons found at Army Ranger site

    06/08/2006 10:46:48 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 73 replies · 2,786+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Mon Jun 5, 2006 | CHRIS CAROLA
    FORT EDWARD, N.Y. - A husband and wife team of amateur archaeologists have unearthed human skeletons, believed to be about 250 years old, at a burial site here on the Hudson River island that's considered the birthplace of today's U.S. Army Rangers. AP - Mon Jun 5, 1:18 PM ET JoAnne Fuller unearths a skeleton on Rogers Island at Fort Edward, N.Y., Thursday, June 1, 2006 . The Fullers, a husband and wife team of amateur archaeologists, have unearthed human skeletons on the Hudson River island that's considered the birthplace of today's U.S. Army Rangers. (AP Photo/ Jim McKnight) Richard...
  • The Prerevolutionary War: Book Review

    01/07/2006 12:27:03 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 31 replies · 597+ views
    NY Times ^ | Jan. 8, 2006 | JAY WINIK
    In 1754, a senseless massacre began innocently enough. A young George Washington, leading a force of Virginia volunteers and Indians, stumbled into an engagement with a French detachment in a remote Allegheny glen. To this day, the circumstances are cloudy as to who shot first and how the hostilities broke out. What is not in doubt is that Washington bungled badly: he lost control of his men, and before the mayhem ended, 13 Frenchmen were killed, wounded soldiers were brutally scalped and one man was even decapitated. As is so often the case in history, this one small act, however...
  • Timing of Statue's Unveiling Upsets Vets

    05/28/2005 9:47:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 723+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 28, 2005 | CHRIS CAROLA
    Associated Press FORT EDWARD, N.Y. — Maj. Robert Rogers, the frontiersman whose 18th century manual on guerrilla warfare has become a blueprint for Army Ranger fighting tactics, is getting what some consider a long-overdue honor: a statue in his memory. But some veterans believe unveiling the monument on Memorial Day is insensitive because Rogers was loyal to England during the Revolutionary War. "I think it's a travesty that we would think about honoring a person, especially someone who fought against us, on that day," said Bob Bearor, who served in the Army's 101st Airborne Division in the 1960s. "It's a...
  • Events mark 250th anniversary of French and Indian War

    03/13/2005 9:07:32 AM PST · by Willie Green · 28 replies · 979+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, March 13, 2005 | Richard Robbins
    This spring and summer will bring a full slate of events keyed to the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War.
  • No, It Wasn't French vs. Indians

    01/01/2005 6:44:12 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 161 replies · 4,040+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2005 | GLENN COLLINS
    Associated Press Re-enactors fire their muskets at British soldiers near Fort Ticonderoga. There are as many as 3,000 French and Indian War re-enactors in the United States and another 800 in Canada. Welcome to 2005: the Year of the French and Indian War. Actually? Make that years, plural. The celebration is continuing through 2010. It seems that New York would like to be known as the French and Indian War State, since it will serve as host of a national, and international, five-year-long commemoration of the many battles that took place within its borders. Just exactly why are we...