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  • Happy Casimir Pulaski Day

    03/02/2015 2:20:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | March 2, 2015
    Casimir Pulaski Day is a holiday observed in Illinois on the first Monday of every March in memory of Casimir Pulaski (March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779), a Revolutionary War cavalry officer born in Poland as Kazimierz Pułaski. He is praised for his contributions to the U.S. military in the American Revolution and known as "the father of the American cavalry".More
  • Hole in the Wall (Project Appleseed Newsletter)

    01/12/2015 11:13:16 AM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 4 replies
    Project Appleseed Newsletter ^ | November 07, 2012 | Kaylee
    I would like you to imagine something with me. I would like you to imagine that you are in your kitchen, preparing the evening meal for your family. It's something you've done countless times before, and will do countless times again. And as you stand there, cutting carrots, your eyes drift up again to the spot. That spot. Every house has them - tiny scars of documented memory, incidents of life written in wood and plaster. In some houses it's the scratched door where an over-eager dog always begs to go out. In others a series of pencil marks on...
  • The Dictatorship of Obamas Bureaucrats

    12/22/2014 5:07:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Early in the morning, two hundred thirty eight years ago, George Washington and the Continental Army reached the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. Much like today, no-one really wanted to go to New Jersey, but they were forced by circumstances to make the arduous trek. Washingtons force of 2,400 men surprised, and ultimately defeated, the 1,400 Hessian mercenaries who were fighting on behalf of the British Crown. A much needed win was tallied under the Patriots side of the scoreboard, emboldening the Continental Army and our quest for freedom. Washington had lead his men through the icy waters of the...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Purple Heart

    08/07/2014 4:23:37 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | August 7, 2014 | JasonZ
    The Badge of Military Merit, which would eventually become the Purple Heart, was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782 and awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers. It was not awarded again until after World War I and, having not been formally abolished, is the oldest military award still given in the United States.
  • The American Flag Daily: Marinus Willett Birthday

    07/31/2014 6:17:25 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 31, 2014 | JasonZ
    Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the leaders of the Sons Of Liberty, Marinus Willett. Willett participated and also led in many battles throughout the Revolutionary War, eventually becoming a New York state assemblyman, then sheriff and later mayor of New York City. We fly the Sons Of Liberty flag today in his honor.
  • The American Flag Daily: I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight

    07/18/2014 6:27:02 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 4 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 18, 2014 | JasonZ
    July 18, 1792 is the date of John Paul Jones' death in France, following his service to the United States during the Revolutionary War (along with brief service to Russia afterward). During the Revolutionary War, he commanded Ranger in the defeat of HMS Drake, then later commanded Bonhomme Richard in the battle with HMS Serapis. Although Jones captured Serapis, the Richard sank following the battle, and Jones sailed the Serapis to Holland. To help Jones avoid charges of piracy, the "Serapis Flag" was entered into Dutch records as the flag he flew when he captured the ship, and it became...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Culpeper Minutemen

    07/17/2014 3:46:20 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | July 17, 2014 | JasonZ
    On July 17, 1775, The Culpeper Minutemen were organized in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. The Minutemen, including John Marshall, future Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court, participated in the battles of Hampton and Great Bridge late in 1775 before being disbanded in January 1776. They are remembered also for their distinctive company flag, which we raise in their honor today.
  • The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776

    07/06/2014 8:35:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    kottke.org ^ | August 13, 2013
    For the Journal of the American Revolution, Todd Andrlik compiled a list of the ages of the key participants in the Revolutionary War as of July 4, 1776. Many of them were surprisingly young: Marquis de Lafayette, 18 James Monroe, 18 Gilbert Stuart, 20 Aaron Burr, 20 Alexander Hamilton, 21 Betsy Ross, 24 James Madison, 25 This is kind of blowing my mind...because of the compression of history, I'd always assumed all these people were around the same age. But in thinking about it, all startups need young people...Hamilton, Lafayette, and Burr were perhaps the Gates, Jobs, and Zuckerberg of...
  • The Revolutionary War: By The Numbers

    07/04/2014 5:16:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | July 4th, 1776
    As we celebrate the 4th of July let's take a moment to reflect on the enormous cost, in lives and treasure, that it took us to earn our independence. 8.37 years was how long the war lasted 80,000 militia and Continental Army soldiers served at the height of the war 56,000 British soldiers fought at the height of the war 30,000 German mercenaries known as Hessians fought for Britain during the war 55,000 Americans served as privateers during the war 25,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died during the war 8,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died from wounds inflicted during battle 17,000 Revolutionary Soldiers died...
  • The American Flag Daily: Molly Pitcher

    06/29/2014 5:32:22 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 29, 2014 | JasonZ
    On this day in 1778, General George Washington issued a warrant to Mary "Molly" Hays, making her a non-commissioned officer in the Continental Army, for her bravery during the Battle of Monmouth the previous day. During the battle, Molly carried water to the troops in the field. When her husband collapsed while manning one of the cannon, Molly took his place, continuing to swab and load the cannon through the remainder of the battle, despite having one British cannonball pass between her legs but doing nothing more than removing the bottom portion of her petticoats.
  • The American Flag Daily: The Battle Of Bunker Hill

    06/17/2014 5:57:23 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 17, 2014 | JasonZ
    One of the more famous of the early battle of the Revolutionary War took place on this day in 1775 when the Colonial Army faced the British at the battle of Bunker Hill. Although it was a British victory in the end, the American colonists inflicted much heavier casualties on the British than they suffered, and proved to the British they could - and would - stand up against the British army. Today's flag is known as the Bunker Hill flag.
  • The American Flag Daily: The Arrival Of La Fayette

    06/13/2014 5:18:03 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 13, 2014 | JasonZ
    Today in 1777, the Marquis de La Fayette, at the age of 19, arrived in South Carolina in an effort to join the American Revolution. After informing Congress he would serve without pay, Congress commissioned him as a major general and Washington accepted him as his aide-de-camp in August 1777. La Fayette would eventually lead troops throughout the Revolution, and helped defeat Cornwallis in Yorktown in 1781. An American flag continues to fly on his grave in France to this day.
  • The American Flag Daily: Dr. Joseph Warren

    06/11/2014 4:22:54 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 2 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 11, 2014 | JasonZ
    Dr. Joseph Warren, one of the more notable members of the Sons of Liberty, was born on this date in 1741. It was Warren, after receiving intelligence on the impending attack by the British on Concord, who sent William Dawes and Paul Revere on their midnight rides to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock and sound the alarm. Warren later led troops in the battles of Lexington and Concord and later at Bunker Hill, where he helped inspire the men to hold their ground against the British, and where was killed in action. In his honor, we raise the Sons...
  • The American Flag Daily: Adams' Proposal

    06/10/2014 6:56:41 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 10, 2014 | JasonZ
    John Adams stood before Congress in Philadelphia on this day in 1775 and proposed the formation of a Continental Army, utilizing the men laying seige to British-occupied Boston. A few days later, Adams would formally nominate George Washington to lead this new army.
  • The American Flag Daily: A Proposal Of Independence

    06/07/2014 6:29:55 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 7, 2014 | JasonZ
    Today was one of the most pivotal dates in American history in 1776, when Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee put forth a motion to the Second Continental Congress, in part: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." Lee's resolution was debated and eventually led to the approval and signing of the Declaration of Independence a few weeks later. Lee himself...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Night Ride Of Jack Jouett

    06/03/2014 5:21:10 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 3, 2014 | JasonZ
    Today marks the beginning of Jack Jouett's Ride in 1781. When Jouett spotted a British force moving toward Charlottesville, Virginia to attempt to capture the Viriginia government and Governor Thomas Jefferson, the "Revere Of The South" rode 40 miles in rough terrain to beat the British there and sound the alarm. He first notified Jefferson at Monticello, where several legislators were staying, then rode to Charlottesville a few miles further. Jouett's efforts saved Jefferson, most of the legislature and General Edward Stevens from capture by the British.
  • Paul Revere's Ride (Tomorrow in History- 4/18/1775)

    04/17/2014 7:01:00 PM PDT · by One Name · 34 replies
    Poets.org ^ | 12/18/1860 | Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,-- One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and...
  • New AMC show: Turn (about America's first spy ring in the Revolutionary War)

    04/03/2014 11:52:22 AM PDT · by FrdmLvr · 20 replies
    I thought this sounded good. It starts this Sunday on AMC. Has anyone heard anything about it yet?
  • Turn, AMCs New Series About Americas First Spy Ring, Is A Visually Arresting Historical Epic

    04/06/2014 9:42:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    The new AMC series Turn, which premieres April 6, is bewildering at first. Were dropped smack in the middle of British-occupied New York. The year is 1776, and Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) is scraping by as a cabbage farmer and sometime innkeeper in Setauket, Long Island. Hes husband to Mary (Meegan Warner), and father to a young child. His father, Richard (Kevin McNally), is a local magistrate loyal to George III. Then the scene shifts. Were now in New Jersey. A stunning overhead shot reveals a sprawling field of bluecoat rebel bodies lying next to a pool dyed red with...
  • Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death (Or Free Birth-Control)

    03/23/2014 12:41:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    While speaking to the second Virginia Convention on this day, in 1775, Patrick Henry voiced his opposition to the increasingly violent British rule over the colonies. The issue at hand was not insufficient healthcare or an unlivable minimum wage America was growingly increasingly weary of Brits telling us how to live. (It turns out, the sentiment stuck with us as is evidenced by Piers Morgan getting kicked off of CNN.) Speaking to the delegates of the Convention, Henry cried the now famous ultimatum: Give me liberty, or give me death! And when spoken in opposition to the worlds most...
  • Patrick Henrys Speech to the Virginia House of Burgess, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775

    02/13/2014 4:55:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Lit2Go ^ | January 1817
    No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part I consider it...
  • The American Flag Daily: George Washington

    01/28/2014 6:56:59 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 28, 2014 | FlagBearer
    Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth. -George Washington, 1776
  • The American Flag Daily: The Noble Train Of Artillery

    01/27/2014 4:16:22 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 8 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 27, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1776, Henry Knox reported to General George Washington that cannon he had transported from forts Ticonderoga and Crown Point in upstate New York had finally arrived at besieged Boston. The move had taken six weeks to accomplish, involving men and oxen moving 60 tons of cannons and other supplies approxomately 300 miles in the middle of winter. Once the cannons were deployed at Dorchester Heights, the British withdrew their fleet from Boston Harbor, ending the siege. Knox would continue to serve under Washington through the Revolutionary War, eventually becoming the United States' first Secretary of...
  • Today in U.S. Military History - 17 January 1781 - Battle of Cowpens

    01/17/2014 6:54:47 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 12 replies
    Map of the Battle of Cowpens From Today in U.S. Military History: The Battle of Cowpens took place in the latter part of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and of the Revolution itself. It became known as the turning point of the war in the South, part of a chain of events leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown. The Cowpens victory was one over a crack British regular army and brought together strong armies and leaders who made their mark on history. From the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge on, the British had made early and mostly...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Battle Of Cowpens

    01/17/2014 10:55:54 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 8 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 17, 2014 | FlagBearer
    Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens in 1781, a victory for the Continental Army in South Carolina. To mark the day, we raise the Cowpens Flag, the United States flag which was flown during the battle, designed much like the Betsy Ross 13-star flag except for the one star in the middle of the circle. Independence Forever!
  • The American Flag Daily: Thomas Paine Quote Of The Day

    01/14/2014 7:04:19 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 2 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 15, 2014 | FlagBearer
    Men who are sincere in defending their freedom, will always feel concern at every circumstance which seems to make against them; it is the natural and honest consequence of all affectionate attachments, and the want of it is a vice. But the dejection lasts only for a moment; they soon rise out of it with additional vigor; the glow of hope, courage and fortitude, will, in a little time, supply the place of every inferior passion, and kindle the whole heart into heroism. -Thomas Paine, The American Crisis No. IV
  • Letter Tied to Fight for Independence Is Found in Museums Attic

    01/01/2014 8:13:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2014 | James Barron
    It was lying in a drawer in the attic, a 12-page document that was not just forgotten but misfiled. Somehow it had made its way into a folder with colonial-era doctors bills that someone in the 1970s decreed was worthless and should be thrown away. Luckily, no one did. For when Emilie Gruchow opened the folder last summer and separated it from the doctors bills, she recognized it as a one-of-a-kind document. Ms. Gruchow, an archivist at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, was an intern at the museum in Upper Manhattan when she made her discovery. The mansion served as George Washingtons...
  • The American Flag Daily: Thomas Paine and The American Crisis

    12/23/2013 3:55:22 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 2 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | December 23, 2013 | FlagBearer
    Today marks the anniversary of the publication of one of Thomas Paine's most celebrated works, The American Crisis, a series of pamphlets published over a span of seven years during the Revolutionary War. The first pamphlet was published on December 23, 1776, and contained some of Paine's most memorable work. A few of those words from the first pamphlet include: "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and...
  • The American Flag Daily: Valley Forge

    12/19/2013 4:16:04 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 7 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | December 19, 2013 | FlagBearer
    On this day in 1777, General George Washington led his Continental Army into Valley Forge for what would be a brutal winter encampment where approxomately 2,500 soldiers would eventually perish due to exposure, disease and starvation. However, the remaining men in the Army would eventually leave Valley Forge a better army, due in part to increased and unified training during the winter, along with the knowledge that France had joined the American effort to defeat the British. In their honor, we raise the Betsy Ross flag along with our own modern Stars and Stripes, which would have been impossible today...
  • Preservation group identifies 15 soldiers at NY Revolutionary War site

    11/14/2013 4:23:57 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 6 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 11/12/13 | Anon
    RICHMOND, VA. A group working to preserve a New York military cemetery from the Revolutionary War says it has identified 15 soldiers from Virginia believed to be buried there. The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot has pored over old muster rolls, military correspondence, private letters, physicians journals and other documents to identify soldiers buried in unmarked graves on privately owned land in New Yorks Hudson Valley. So far, theyve been able to identify 84 listed in the records as having died at Fishkill. The group announced the new identifications on Monday, including the soldiers from Virginia who died...
  • "April Morning" - April 19, 1775: The first day of the American Revolution (Movie Review)

    10/29/2013 5:44:13 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | August 22, 2001 | John Elsegood
    This is simply a gem of a movie based on Howard Fast's excellent 1962 novel,( which I still have), of the first day of hostilities between colonists and Britain. There may have been bigger blockbusters made about the American Revolution (The Patriot, Revolution etc) but to me this under- rated 1988 film is a true classic, capturing the quintessential decency of American colonial village life in Lexington and the developing tensions and conflict on that fateful day of 19th April 1775. I agree with the 2 previous reviewers that this film is a great teaching tool. It shows many things:...
  • Faces of the men who won America's independence: Amazing early photos of heroes

    10/29/2013 4:07:34 PM PDT · by VermiciousKnid · 66 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4 July 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    These stunning images are early photographs of some of the men who bravely fought for their country in the Revolutionary War some 237 years ago. Images of Americans who fought in the Revolution are exceptionally rare because few of the Patriots of 1775-1783 lived until the dawn of practical photography in the early 1840s. These early photographs known as daguerreotypes are exceptionally rare camera-original, fully-identified photographs of veterans of the War for Independence the war that established the United States. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356524/Faces-American-revolution-Amazing-early-photographs-document-heroes-War-Independence-later-years.html#ixzz2j9ggoFAd Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • TEA PARTY TALIBAN TERRORISM AMERICAN PATRIOTISM AT ITS BEST..

    08/30/2013 6:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Delaware Newszap ^ | August 30, 2013 | RoadWarrior
    Typically domestic terrorists in the U.S. are people who cling to obsolete beliefs from the time of the American Revolution. They are conservative Christians, reactionary Republicans and conspiracy theorists many of whom belong to racist hate groups. Tea Partiers commonly own guns and stock up ammunition and food in anticipation of starting another civil war to overthrow the will of the governing body that represent all of the American people. Did I miss anything here? I dont think so because we see this everyday on national television with the Tea Party Taliban accusing the government of infringing on their God...
  • George Ws Spooks: Inside the Culper Ring. [NR Interview]

    08/10/2013 10:45:23 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | June 19, 2013 | Alexander Rose
    ALEXANDER ROSE: Thankfully, this isnt a chicken-and-egg question, so the answer is a simple one: Washingtons spies, otherwise known as the Culper Ring. There were five primary members. First in seniority was Benjamin Tallmadge, a dragoons officer who acted as the Rings manager in American-held Connecticut and made sure their intelligence was passed on to Washington back at headquarters. The agent who sailed back and forth across Long Island Sound (I prefer the more colorful contemporary description of it, the Devils Belt), tussling with freebooters and dodging patrol-boats, was Caleb Brewster, a former whaleboatman who really, really liked fighting. Brewsters...
  • THE 1780 PRESBYTERIAN REBELLION AND THE BATTLE OF HUCK'S DEFEAT

    07/04/2013 7:43:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Coming predominantly from former homes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, the first permanent European settlers began arriving in the area west of the Catawba River during the 1750s. These settlers were overwhelmingly Scots-Irish Presbyterians who traveled here by way of the "Great Wagon Road." Allied by both blood and religious affiliations, the Scots-Irish pioneers moved through the Shenandoah Valley and the present-day towns of Winchester, Lexington, and Roanoke in Virginia, and eventually pushed south to Salisbury, North Carolina. From here they drifted southward along the Catawba into South Carolina. In order to set the stage for the 1780 Presbyterian Rebellion,...
  • Fact or Fiction? - The Tragic Fates of the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

    07/01/2013 7:38:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | July 1, 2013
    You may have received an email that details the tragic fates of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. I myself have received that email many times over the years. It's been in circulation since at least 1999. For reference, a copy of but one version of that email is shown at the end of this message. The question: is it fact or fiction? The answer: it's a bit of both, but it's mostly fiction. Here are some sites debunking that email: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/p/patriots.htm#.UdIYbG3Bi8A http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp http://hnn.us/articles/860.html http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-law&month=0007&week=c&msg=rtHq7uwHGsimCiOOhtqH/g&user=&pw Here is a version of that email: The Price They Paid Have you...
  • The Battle of Bunker Hill and Death of General Joseph Warren

    06/17/2013 3:41:51 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 18 replies
    He arrived just as the fight began, and seeking out General Putnam (who was already there) desired to be posted where the service was to be the most arduous. Putnam expressed sorrow at seeing him, in a place so full of peril; but since you have come, I will obey your orders with pleasure. Warren replied, that he came as a volunteer not to command. Putnam requested his to take his stand in the redoubt, where Prescott commanded, On his entering the redoubt, he was greeted with loud huzzas; and Prescott, like Putnam, offered him the command. He again...
  • History buffs gather in River Vale to mark 234 years since the Baylor Massacre

    11/26/2012 5:20:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 21 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 09.24.12 | TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG
    RIVER VALE At the 234th commemoration on Monday of the Baylor Massacre, it was easy to see how New Jersey earned the nickname Crossroads of the Revolution. River Vale Historian Ed Moderacki wears a British infantry uniform as he helps Lincoln Schefter of Hackensack hold a musket at the site of the Baylor Massacre. The site, along the banks of the Hackensack River near Red Oak Drive, played host to a skirmish that took place in the middle of the night on Sept. 28, 1778, in which 54 soldiers from the rag-tag Continental Army were killed, captured or wounded,...
  • Colonial Baptists used Bible to rally support for revolution

    10/17/2012 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ken Camp
    From the days surrounding the American Revolution, Baptists used religious arguments to make political points and political arguments to make religious points, historian James P. Byrd, associate dean at Vanderbilt Divinity School, told a conference at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the same time Baptists argued for separation of church and state, they did not hesitate to preach on political topics or embrace patriotic causes with religious fervor, Byrd said, addressing an Oct. 12-13 conference on Baptists and the Shaping of American Culture. In a sense, Baptists reflected their culture. Neither Thomas Jefferson nor Benjamin Franklin accepted orthodox Christian...
  • The Presbyterian Rebellion: An analysis of the perception [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day!]

    07/04/2012 7:20:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Raynor Memorial Libraries at Marquette University ^ | January 1, 2005 | Richard Gardiner
    Abstract During the era of the American Revolution, King George III and his supporters perceived that the war was a "Presbyterian Rebellion." Why? The label "Presbyterian" was a much more ambiguous designation than it is at present. Employed broadly as a synonym for a Calvinist, a dissenter, or a republican, the term was used with considerable imprecision in the eighteenth century. Furthermore, it was used as a demagogic tool to inflame popular passions. The term Presbyterian carried with it the connotation of a fanatical, anti-monarchical rebel. Those who designated the war a Presbyterian Rebellion could be considered biased, partisan, and...
  • Lost And Found: Rare Paul Revere Print Rediscovered

    04/16/2012 4:32:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 15 April 2012 | NPR
    The 237th anniversary of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride during the Revolutionary War falls on Wednesday. But long before Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made him famous, Revere was known as an engraver and a silversmith in Boston.Brown University announced this week that it had found a rare engraved print by Revere, one of only five in existence. The print was tucked inside an old medical book that had been donated by physician Solomon Drowne, a member of Brown University's class of 1773."It was an engraving, not a terribly large one," Richard Noble, Brown University's rare books cataloguer tells weekends on All...
  • 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...
  • Letters from the Front: Retreat from New York [RevWar]

    11/02/2011 9:07:01 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 28 replies
    The David Library of the American Revolution ^ | Oct. 28, 2011 | Jedediah Huntington
    "...they were not able to effect any Thing on Acco of the heavy & incessant Fire from the Enemies Forts & Ships; no less than Eight Coll: & Lt. Colonels have been taken, died or killed since the Landing on L: Island" By the end of September 1776, the George Washington's Continental Army was in the midst of a stubborn retreat from New York City. In late August the British Army under General Sir William Howe maneuvered the Americans off Long Island. On September 15th, Howe landed at Kip's Bay, forcing the Americans to evacuate New York City and retreat...
  • Is the US Declaration of Independence illegal?

    10/20/2011 12:07:53 PM PDT · by FritzG · 68 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 Oct 2011 | Matt Danzico and Kate Dailey
    Was the Declaration of Independence legal? In Philadelphia, American and British lawyers have debated the legality of America's founding documents.On Tuesday night, while Republican candidates in Nevada were debating such American issues as nuclear waste disposal and the immigration status of Mitt Romney's gardener, American and British lawyers in Philadelphia were taking on a far more fundamental topic. Namely, just what did Thomas Jefferson think he was doing? Some background: during the hot and sweltering summer of 1776, members of the second Continental Congress travelled to Philadelphia to discuss their frustration with royal rule.By 4 July, America's founding fathers approved...
  • Angry Mobs & Founding Fathers should be part of every patriots library

    Michael E. Newtons new book Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers is a must read for anyone interested in Americas founding and should be part of every patriots library. His book is clear, concise, well documented, and chock-full of quotes from the founding fathers. Newton takes the reader back to Colonial America when angry mobs were protesting British tyranny. He brilliantly juxtaposes the debate over separating from Great Britain and how the founders skillfully navigated America through the stormy waters that resulted from the Declaration of Independence. After defeating the English, he expertly guides you through the articles of confederation and...
  • Did You Love America?

    07/21/2011 4:29:42 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    Do you realize our country, the country many of us loved, and were willing to lay down our lives for, is no more? Dont despair my fellow refugees and citizens of our beloved former America, but please do come to terms with the fact that our country was ill and dying for decades and it has now ceased to exist as we once knew it. Nevertheless, this is not intended as an essay of gloom, but as a signpost denoting the reality of where we are, and an ensign for some, of the second American Revolution that has already begun...
  • Courage, New Hampshire -- A New Colonial Drama

    05/04/2011 7:40:12 PM PDT · by stand_your_ground
    Colony Bay Entertainment ^ | 5-4-2011 | Self
    What looks like a new conservative media company. A great trailer! From their site: The bald truth of the matter is that we don't get enough of it. A handful of major feature films have been made about the American Revolution and very very few about the formative years from Jamestown to Bunker Hill. America, even today, is still very much about those five generations who braved the New World in the fearful decades between Roanoke and Lexington. They were a sturdy lot of men and women who dreamed of a city built on a hill. Their struggle to create...
  • Meigs native recounts controversy over battle [WV]

    01/21/2011 5:55:54 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 33 replies
    Parkersburg News and Sentinel ^ | January 21, 2011 | JESS MANCINI
    PARKERSBURG - A Meigs County native has written a book about the Battle of Point Pleasant and whether it was the first fought in the Revolutionary War. Charles S. Badgley of the Badgley Publishing Co., Canal Winchester, Ohio, says he often heard while growing up along the river in Meigs County that the battle was the first in the war, the basis of his most recent novel, "A Point of Controversy." Conventional wisdom was the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 were the first in the war of independence. "The controversy has been around a long time, it actually...
  • Hundreds gather for Washington's NJ river trek

    12/25/2010 6:27:13 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 34 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | 12/25/2010 | staff
    Overcast skies and cold temperatures did not stop George Washington from making his Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River. The 58th annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War was staged Saturday on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border.
  • Americas First Christmas - How we reversed our fortunes in the Revolutionary War

    12/23/2010 10:21:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 23, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    America's First ChristmasHow we reversed our fortunes in the Revolutionary War Gen. George Washington’s army retreated from New York in ignominy in November 1776. As it moved through New Jersey, Lt. James Monroe, the future president, stood by the road and counted the troops: 3,000 left from an original force of 30,000. In December 1776, the future of America hung on the fate of a bedraggled army barely a step ahead of annihilation. The Americans confronted about two-thirds of the strength of the British army, and half of its navy, not to mention thousands of German mercenaries. Ron Chernow recounts...