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  • [Redux: from July 4, 2012] The 7 Most Badass Founding Fathers

    07/05/2015 12:11:18 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    PJ media ^ | July 4, 2012 | David Forsmark
    They all pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honors,” and it was more than just an idle boast. The Founding Fathers were committing treason against the most powerful empire that the world to date had ever seen. It was also their Mother Country, to which many of their friends, family, and neighbors were still loyal. And while they certainly, in the words of Patrick Henry, “made the most” of their treason, the idea that they would establish the most free and powerful nation in the history of mankind was not the most likely outcome. So in singling out these 7...
  • Complete 6-part Revolutionary War series free on YouTube

    07/03/2015 3:15:41 PM PDT · by ETL · 33 replies
    YouTube (individual link to each episode provided)
    LIBERTY! The American Revolution is a dramatic documentary about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. The George Foster Peabody award-winning series brings the people, events and ideas of the revolution to life through military reenactments and dramatic recreations performed by a distinguished cast. _________________________ EPISODE 1: "The Reluctant Revolutionaries" 1763-1774In 1763, the capitol city of America is London, George Washington is lobbying for a post in the British army, and no one thinks of Boston harbor when they hear talk of tea parties. In a dozen...
  • Texas Liberals Sign Petition to Remove ‘Racist’ George Washington Statue

    06/26/2015 12:46:52 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 63 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 6/25/2015 | Marilyn Calkins
    “It’s so bad….it’s like having a statue of Hitler” Liberals at the University of Texas signed a petition to remove a statue of GeorgeWashington and memorials to other founding fathers in another illustration of thepolitically correct insanity that has emerged in the wake of the Charleston massacre. (Watch video at link) Students at the University have started an actual petition to remove statues of Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate army, and Albert Sidney Johnston, a Confederate general who died during the Civil War, remarking, “It is impossible to reach the full potential of an inclusive and progressive...
  • 18th century French warship replica makes historic voyage to America

    06/07/2015 8:31:45 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | June 7, 2015 | Kathy Stewart
    The replica ship called the Hermione and its crew made the trans-Atlantic trip from Rochefort, France; the same place where Lafayette left on his journey to America back in 1780. (Courtesy of York County, Virginia) WASHINGTON — It was a battle a young America was losing  —  the battle for  independence.  That was until the French stepped in, providing the edge America so desperately needed in its revolution against the British.A young Frenchman played a pivotal role in helping secure independence from Great Britain.   His name was Marquis de Lafayette, and he was on board a French warship in 1780 that...
  • History revealed: What people of Baltimore left in time capsules

    06/02/2015 6:08:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | June 2, 2015 | Katia Hetter
    Early pictures of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and many artifacts commemorating the centennial of the "Star-Spangled Banner," Baltimore's Washington Monument and other key aspects of American history were revealed Tuesday. The 1915 Centennial Time Capsule was one of two time capsules discovered during the renovation of Baltimore's Washington Monument, the first to honor George Washington. The monument has been going through a $5.5 million restoration by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy since January 2014. The 1915 time capsule was opened Tuesday at the Walters Art Museum, while the contents of a time capsule from the 1815 cornerstone, some of...
  • A friend of the American Revolution is reborn

    05/24/2015 10:40:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5-24-15
    "Freedom's Frigate" is the nickname of a sailing ship now on its way to America. It's a replica of the French vessel that helped our country win the war of independence. Before its departure, Mark Phillips went aboard: As memorials to American wars go, this one goes right back to the first one -- the Revolutionary War. And it is certainly among the most handsome and most intricate history lessons ever built. A newly-launched replica of the French frigate, Hermione, is now in mid-Atlantic, ploughing her way westward toward the U.S. East Coast. She's retracing the voyage of the original...
  • AMC’s “Turn”: The Best Television Show You’re Not Watching

    05/14/2015 2:12:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 155 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    As a huge television buff, I'm uniquely qualified to render this opinion: "Turn" is the best show currently playing on any network.It's the story of young father caught up in the American Revolution, who, trying to keep his head down and nose clean, ultimately decides to become a spy for the Continental Army. Based upon a book I'd neither read nor even heard of, Alexander Rose’s "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring,” it adroitly weaves in the exploits of Abraham Woodhull with the better-known stories and events of the war.I was first drawn to it due its...
  • French frigate to recreate Lafayette's voyage to US

    04/19/2015 4:16:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2015-04-18 | Video by FRANCE 3; Text by NEWS WIRES
    A replica of the French navy frigate Hermione that brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, will set sail for the United States again on Saturday, 235 years after the original crossing.
  • George Washington and most of Jamestown had gay sex... and John Wilkes Booth was one of Abraham [tr]

    04/15/2015 1:43:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 216 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 15, 2015 | Alexandra Klaunser
    Abraham Lincoln and George Washington were gay, says a new book by a gay activist and award winning writer. Larry Kramer, 79, says he believes what's written in his history book is true though he is selling it as fiction to avoid legal troubles. In Volume One of his two part book 'The American People,' Kramer says that Abraham Lincoln was gay and his killer John Wilkes Booth was actually Lincoln's spurned gay lover. 'We know that Abraham Lincoln was gay,' Kramer told CBS in an interview about the book which came out this month.
  • The First President Of the United States Was A Black Man (John Hanson)

    01/22/2007 2:38:46 PM PST · by mcg2000 · 72 replies · 114,327+ views
    The TMB ^ | January 2007 | Thaddeus Matthews
    Let me start black history month a few weeks early. Barack Obama has plans of running for President of the United States, But will he be the first Black President or the 8th Black President? I know this posting will stir controversty but George Washington was not the first President of the U.S. Let's take a look at history. A "Black" Man, A Moor, John Hanson Was the First President of the United States! 1781-1782 A.D.??? George Washington was really the 8th President of the United States! George Washington was not the first President of the United States. In fact,...
  • Trailer: Colonies Into a Nation: TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 2 Premiere

    03/18/2015 4:47:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    AMC ^ | 3-18-15
    Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of TURN: Washington's Spies, returning Mon., April 13th. Only on AMC. Go behind the scenes for a look at what's in store in Season 2 of TURN: Washington's Spies. he cast looks back on their characters' journeys through Season 1 of TURN: Washington's Spies.
  • Celebrate George Washington's 280th Birthday at His Home, Mount Vernon!

    02/14/2012 7:13:34 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 28 replies
    MOUNT VERNON, Va., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, celebrates our first president's birthday with three days of special events including an outdoor cooking demonstration by celebrated chefs, a new food exhibition with more than 125 objects from the Washingtons' kitchen, a surprise birthday celebration for "George Washington", book signing with PBS's A Taste of History host Chef Walter Staib, and much more! Saturday and Sunday events are included in Estate admission, and admission to all events on Monday, February 20, events are FREE in honor of George Washington's birthday! Saturday, February 18All events...
  • Washington’s Boyhood Home Is Found

    07/03/2008 5:09:59 AM PDT · by Soliton · 36 replies · 92+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2008 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Researchers announced Wednesday that remains excavated in the last three years were those of the long-sought dwelling, on the old family farm in Virginia 50 miles south of Washington. The house stood on a terrace overlooking the Rappahannock River, where legend has it the boy threw a stone or a coin across to Fredericksburg.
  • Archaeologists Find George Washington's Boyhood Home

    07/02/2008 1:25:55 PM PDT · by Scythian · 32 replies · 61+ views
    The cellars held a large number of artifacts including pieces of the house's ceilings and painted walls, fragments of 18th century pottery and other ceramics, glass shards, wig curlers and toothbrush handles made of bone. Muraca said they also recovered larger objects such as pieces of a tea set that probably belonged to George's mother, Mary Ball Washington; wine bottles, knives, forks and 10 pieces of a group of small figurines that might have stood on a mantle. They also discovered a well-used pipe bowl, blackened from smoking, that was marked with a Masonic crest. Washington joined the Fredericksburg Lodge...
  • Cheap Laughs: A Weekly Review of the New York Times

    02/21/2015 10:24:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | Mark Nuckols
    The third Monday of February is President’s Day, when we celebrate the birthday of George Washington, at least when we’re not pre-occupied with President’s Days sales. This year the holiday fell on the 16th, and predictably the New York Times chose this day to publish a hatchet job on our first President. You see, for the op-ed page editors of the Times, America (or Amerikkk with an A!) is a fundamentally flawed, perhaps uniquely evil country. And so on a regular basis they will print the See How Bad America Was Back Then (And Still Is) op-ed piece. The Times’...
  • A surprising number of presidents never graduated college

    02/16/2015 10:09:14 AM PST · by blueyon · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/16/15 | Claire Daniel |
    Media and potential opponents are scandalized that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is considering a run for president even though he didn’t graduate from college. But if Walker (who dropped out of Marquette University in his senior year) won in 2016, he would be joining an exalted group that includes the two presidents most frequently named as the favorites of the American people. Eleven presidents — exactly 25 percent — were not college graduates. Most prominent on that list are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who make up half of Mt. Rushmore’s foursome and are in the top three or top...
  • Sons of Liberty: A Review

    01/29/2015 7:59:38 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/29/2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    The History channel’s new miniseries, Sons of Liberty, will anger the purists and the prudes. But it will delight the swashbuckler in the rest of us. It is a big, bodacious screening with superb production values that covers the lead-up years to the American Revolution, 1765-1775. Yes, certain liberties are taken with some of the facts and events.
  • The Newburgh Incident George Washington Stops A Mutiny

    12/15/2014 10:41:34 AM PST · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 9 replies
    Ciolonial Williamsburg Journal ^ | Autum 2014 | by Ed Crews
    In 1783, with the Revolutionary War nearly over, the American dream of an independent republic almost died at the hands of the army that fought for it. While Continental Army officers waited in camp at Newburgh, New York, for negotiators to end the conflict, their long-simmering frustration with Congress finally boiled over. Anger swept through the corps from the lieutenants to the generals. These men had had enough—enough of inedible rations, inadequate clothing and supplies, and, most important, years of foregoing pay. A coup was in the making. Even the British knew it. As one of their spies reported, military...
  • Women at war: The 'lady' and George Washington's secret six (the Culper Ring)

    11/08/2014 9:32:44 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Brian Kilmeade
    Let the politicians debate equal pay and pursue the folly of a war on women in America. Personally, I would like to take a moment to salute woman at war—one woman and one war in particular: Agent 355, the female covert operative of the Revolutionary War’s Culper Spy Ring. When my book "George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution" ,written with co-author Don Yaeger, was first released in November 2013, over half-a-million people scrambled to buy it and one of the elements that struck a chord most strongly with readers was the enigmatic figure of...
  • The 1814 burning of Washington, D.C.

    08/31/2014 12:25:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8-31-14
    Moving from the Capitol, British Navy Rear Admiral George Cockburn, Army Major General Robert Ross, and 150 redcoats marched to the White House. Rocca asked Allman what the Britons' impression of the White House would have been as they walked in the door: "I think that it was a pretty good-sized house, but not a palatial one. No Buckingham Palace. No Versailles. That it was, you know, reasonably well decorated." The biggest surprise? A dinner set for 40. So the British feasted in the White House dining room before burning the mansion down. Here, too, the walls survived. But little...
  • College Board Erases the Founding Fathers

    08/16/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August16, 2014 | Patrick Jakeway
    August 16, 2014 College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. By Patrick Jakeway The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority. It also details how this control was first established. First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage. Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014. The College Board,...
  • Was the American Revolution sinful?

    08/05/2014 7:14:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 64 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 8/2/14 | Rod D Martin
    A father explains to his son why the Founding Fathers were justified in overthrowing the rule of King George... There is a recurring—albeit ill-informed—question in Christian circles regarding Romans 13 (which counsels dutiful subordination to legally established authorities) and the American Revolution: Were the Founding Fathers in sin when they rebelled against King George? Most recently, my son (a Harvard- and Yale-educated Mayo Clinic doctor who performs heart and lung transplants daily but does not have a lot of time for historiography) asked me for some references he could read to help answer this question, which was raised by some...
  • 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...
  • New England man had oldest birth date ever to be photographed

    05/30/2014 4:00:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 105 replies
    New Market Press VT ^ | Thursday, July 25, 2013 | News & Staff Reports
    Conrad Heyer crossed the Delaware with Washington... was born in 1749 and was 103 when he was photographed, He was the earliest born man in history to have been photographed. Heyer crossed the Delaware River with George Washington in 1776. Conrad Heyer was born in 1749 and was 103 when he was photographed, He was the earliest born man in history to have been photographed. Heyer crossed the Delaware River with George Washington in 1776. New Englander Conrad Heyer was born in 1749 and was 103 when he was photographed. According to the Maine Historical Society, Heyer may be the...
  • Historic stone house being restored to former stature [Battle of King's Mountain]

    12/29/2005 3:44:44 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 35 replies · 2,059+ views
    Kingsport Times-News ^ | December 29, 2005 | JAMES BROOKS
    The old Klepper house, also known as the old stone house, was built in 1792 for Col. George Gillispie, who with his son Capt. Thomas Gillispie were members of the Overmountain Men that turned the tide of the American Revolution at King's Mountain, S.C., in 1780. Tony Duncan photo.LIMESTONE - They called it the old Klepper house in Limestone. As memories of the family faded and the house began to be obscured by brush and trees growing up around it, it was known as the old stone house. It is one of three stone houses built in Washington County...
  • April 30th, The Lost Holiday

    04/27/2014 8:17:33 AM PDT · by No One Special · 33 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2014 | Craig Seibert
    A little-remembered anniversary occurs this April 30 -- the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Constitution being put into operation. Many might remember that April 30, 1789 was the day that George Washington took the oath of office and gave his inaugural address. But lest we forget, this very act also marked the launching of the American Constitutional System. Those living at the time knew what a landmark day it was and the details surrounding the events of the day show this depth of understanding. Through the process of time, neglect and the active rewriting of American history, these details have...
  • Chronicling the Course of Human Events

    07/05/2012 6:57:12 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 5, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In June, 1776, with Richard Henry Lee’s proposal for independence from Great Britain awaiting a vote in the Continental Congress, a committee of five – Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, Roger Sherman, and Thomas Jefferson – selected one from among their number to be the key author of a formal Declaration of Independence. While the entire Continental Congress contributed to it, through their helpful editing, the principal author has long been known to be Thomas Jefferson, and he was rightly so proud of it that he wanted his authorship of this document to be on his tombstone rather...
  • If the Times Covered the American Revolution (Must Read)

    07/06/2006 10:55:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 797+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 7/7/2006 | Andrew Cline
    If the Times Covered the American Revolution (We'd still be paying exorbitant taxes on breakfast tea.)If the New York Times had been around to report on the American Revolution, its coverage might have looked something like this... * Dec. 16, 1773: Sons of Liberty to raid East India Company ships BOSTON -- Members of the undergound organization called the Sons of Liberty are plotting to raid three East India Company ships tonight and dump the cargo -- thousands of pounds worth of Darjeeling tea -- into Boston Harbor, the Times has learned. Contacted at his headquarters, Gov. Thomas Hutchinson said,...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Enjoys a Lazy Sunday - January 30th, 2005

    01/29/2005 9:46:14 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 82 replies · 1,299+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Mount Vernon, Alarmed by Fading Knowledge, Seeks to Pep Up Washington's Image

    07/29/2002 5:19:55 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 46 replies · 2,396+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7-29-02 | STEPHEN KINZER
    Gen. Washington courageously attempting to rallyfleeing militia at Kip's Bay, Manhattan MOUNT VERNON, Va. — Say goodbye to the stern and remote George Washington, the boring one who wore a powdered wig, had wooden teeth and always told the truth. Embrace instead the action hero of the 18th century, a swashbuckling warrior who survived wild adventures, led brilliant military campaigns, directed spy rings and fell in love with his best friend's wife. That is the new message from the people who run Mount Vernon, the estate where Washington spent much of his life and where more than one million people...
  • Experts say: George Washington's honesty a sign of stupidity

    05/27/2010 9:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 1,241+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/27/2010 | Peter Wilson
    It is no secret that many of us who reject Obama's neo-communist agenda have turned to the Founding Fathers for guidance; when you think your country's founding principles are under attack, it's natural to re-acquaint yourself with the writings of the extraordinary group of men who wrote our founding documents.   When we examine this genius cluster, George Washington is perhaps the best loved.  Last week Glenn Beck recommended the four-year old, 1208-page tome, George Washington's Sacred Fire, which discusses pop culture fave topics like the religious beliefs of our first President.  The book shot to number one on Amazon's bestseller...
  • How George Washington Celebrated Christmas

    12/25/2013 10:57:57 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 12-25-13 | John Avlon
    The father of our nation knew how to throw a Christmas party. I’m talking thousands of pounds of bacon, gallons of homemade rye whiskey, a massive “great cake” and what he called an “attack of Christmas pies.” Everyone got four days off to celebrate at his Mount Vernon plantation and while there was no regular scheduled appearance by Santa, there was at least one recorded visit by a camel. But the abundant Christmas feasts of Washington’s later years were preceded by some years that were lean on Christmas cheer. When young George was 8 years old in 1740, his home...
  • The American Flag Daily: George Washington's Death & Alabama Statehood

    12/14/2013 5:47:03 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | December 14, 2013 | FlagBearer
    Today, in 1799, George Washington died at his Mount Vernon home. He was remembered by Congressman Henry Lee with these famous words: "First in war—first in peace—and first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was second to none in the humble and enduring scenes of private life; pious, just, humane, temperate, and sincere; uniform, dignified, and commanding, his example was as edifying to all around him as were the effects of that example lasting...." Today also marks the statehood of Alabama, the 23rd state to join the Union.
  • 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,’ AMC’s New Series About America’s 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. We’re 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. He’s 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. We’re now in New Jersey. A stunning overhead shot reveals a sprawling field of bluecoat rebel bodies lying next to a pool dyed red with...
  • New RevWar TV series on AMC: "Turn," about Gen. Washington's Long Island spy network.

    03/23/2014 2:43:39 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 43 replies
    AMC ^ | March 23, 2014 | Anon
    It looks really, really good from the previews/website. I don't want to go beyond crazy here, but it seems to have a slant that Freepers would like. We can only hope...From their website:"Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, AMC’s TURN tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring. A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, TURN centers on Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring -- an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington...
  • Book(s) about George Washington

    03/08/2014 8:51:35 AM PST · by roofgoat · 29 replies
    Looking to buy a book or books that accurately and honestly cover the life of George Washington. Something I can find on Amazon. Any comments why you liked the book would be appreciated. Thanks
  • Why is George Washington the Greatest President?

    02/17/2014 10:51:10 AM PST · by Reagan79 · 62 replies
    Acton PowerBlog ^ | February 17 | Ray Nothstine
    Sometimes I recoil a little when somebody declares that there can be an American president greater than George Washington. Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee declared Washington, “First in the hearts of his countrymen.” Washington is great for many things, but perhaps he is greatest for the manner in which he surrendered power not once but twice. One of the best recent commentaries written on Washington is David Boaz’s, “The Man Who Would Not Be King.” In the piece from 2006, Boaz wonderfully sums up the depth of Washington’s immense character and what that means for liberty and America. The entire commentary...
  • Washington's Farewell Address 1796

    01/21/2014 8:18:49 AM PST · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Avalon Project ^ | 1796 | George Washington
    Friends and Citizens: The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made. I beg...
  • America Does Not “Need a King”, America Needs a President

    01/13/2014 5:18:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2014 | Rebecca Furdec
    Consider George Washington. Led the Continental Army. Presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Elected unanimously to serve as the first President of the United States. Elected unanimously to serve a second term. Endearingly titled “father of his country” even during his own lifetime. Like many leaders, George Washington was a powerful man. A great man. A popular man. Ultimately, though, he knew how to do something that so many revolutionary leaders do not. He knew how to relinquish power. He did so twice, both after his leadership of the Continental Army and after his second presidential term, the latter...
  • Video doc link: Washington's 12/26/76 attack on Hessian camp: Trenton/Delaware Crossing

    12/23/2013 6:08:10 PM PST · by ETL · 12 replies
    This is part three of a 6-part 1997 PBS documentary on the Revolutionary War. The episode is titled "The Times That Try Men's Souls" (1776-1777). In addition to the Delaware River crossing and Hessian camp attack it also covers the British invasion of New York and subsequent Battle of Brooklyn, aka, The Battle of Long Island. "Days after the Declaration of Independence is signed, a British force arrives in New York harbor. Washington and his troops are driven to New Jersey. With only a few days of enlistment left for many of his volunteers, a desperate Washington leads his army...
  • George Washington’s Return from Service to Mount Vernon, Christmas Eve, 1783

    12/23/2013 1:48:31 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 58 replies
    Pharmboy | 12/23/13 | Pharmboy
    As many of you know, there was an hiatus between Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown (October 19, 1781) and the Treaty of Paris (September 3, 1783). Washington stayed with his army and did not return to his beloved Mount Vernon until word of the treaty’s signing reached him, and he would see the British Army and Navy depart NYC on Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783. New Yorkers had made up a rhyme, “From Kip’s Bay to Evacuation Day” that had much meaning to them since Kip’s Bay (near present day First Avenue and 30th St. on the East River) was the...
  • George Washington Finally Gets His Presidential Library

    09/27/2013 8:55:36 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | September 27, 2013 | David A. Patten
    Since Franklin Roosevelt, every modern U.S. president has opened his own presidential library. On Friday, President George Washington, the nation’s first, finally will get his turn, as a state-of-the-art presidential library is christened in his honor. Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon steps into a bold new era with the formal opening of The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Some 800 dignitaries, officials, and VIPs will be on hand to witness the unveiling of a library purpose-built to preserve the original books and papers from Gen. Washington’s personal collection. Noted historian and best-selling author David McCullough...
  • The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776

    08/13/2013 3:43:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies
    kottke.org ^ | August 13, 2013 | Todd Andrlik
    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...
  • George W’s 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 isn’t a chicken-and-egg question, so the answer is a simple one: Washington’s 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 Ring’s 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 Devil’s Belt”), tussling with freebooters and dodging patrol-boats, was Caleb Brewster, a former whaleboatman who really, really liked fighting. Brewster’s...
  • 12 Little-Known Facts About the Declaration of Independence (Part 1)

    06/25/2013 3:50:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Being about a week away from Independence Day, I was doing a little reflecting upon the history surrounding the Declaration of Independence. And I thought it would be of equal interest to many of my readers to look at some often-overlooked aspects of the declaration's production and legacy. Several historical websites hold some fascinating facts about this national treasure -- including the National Archives and Records Administration's site, at http://www.archives.gov. In addition, on History's website, the article "9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence," by Elizabeth Harrison, has some intriguing notes. Let me elaborate on some...
  • 12 Little-Known Facts About the Declaration of Independence (Part 2)

    07/02/2013 3:58:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Last week, I highlighted four little-known facts about the Declaration of Independence. Here are a few more facts to add to those oddities: There are at least 26 surviving paper copies of the Declaration of Independence of the hundreds made in July 1776 for circulation among the Colonies. After Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Committee of Five, which was appointed to write it, was also responsible with overseeing its reproduction for proclamation to those living in the Colonies. The reproduction was done at the shop of Philadelphia printer John Dunlap. "On July 5, Dunlap's copies were dispatched across...
  • 12 Little-Known Facts About the Declaration of Independence (Part 3)

    07/09/2013 3:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Over the past two weeks, I've highlighted eight little-known facts about the Declaration of Independence. (If you missed the first two parts of this series, you can find them at http://www.creators.com/opinion/chuck-norris.html.) Here are the last four facts in my series: 9) One of the 26 known July 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence was found behind an old painting purchased at a flea market for $4. In 1991, one of 24 known copies at the time of the declaration -- and one of only three known to be privately owned -- was auctioned for $2.42 million. What's even more...
  • Who coined the name: 'United States of America'? Mystery might have intriguing answer.

    07/05/2013 8:48:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 07/05/2013 | By Byron DeLear
    Historians have long tried to pinpoint exactly when the name 'United States of America' was first used and by whom. A new find suggests the man might have been George Washington himself. As if George Washington hasn’t been credited enough with laying the foundation stones of the American republic, a new discovery might put one more feather in his cap. Our leading Founding Father could have been author of the country's name. The identity of who coined the name “United States of America” has eluded historians for years. Online sources vary greatly, erroneously crediting Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton,...
  • George Washington: The Crossing

    07/05/2013 3:32:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7.4.13 | Jeffrey Lord
    Jack Levin’s Fourth of July reminder of the courage that created America. It was December, 1776. George Washington’s army, encamped on the banks of the frozen Delaware River, was struggling and near death. As Jack E. Levin recounts in his New York Times bestseller, the famous story of George Washington: The Crossing (with a preface by his son Mark Levin) is riveting. A timely reminder on this Fourth of July 2013 — 237 years later — of the sheer, raw courage it took to bring the United States of America to life as more than the ringing words written on...