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Christmas Day 1776: Battle of Trenton

As we all take time today and enjoy our time with friends and family, take a moment to thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon  our great nation  and remember where we came from.  It was on this day in 1776 when George Washington did the unthinkable; against all odds he crossed the Delaware River a surprise attack against better trained and better equipped Hessian soldiers in the town of Trenton.  At the time this victory was seen as only a minor  nuisance and setback for the powerful British forces, but as you read below, its significance was greatly miscalculated. Battle of Trenton: December 1776 was a desperate time for George Washington and the American Revolution. The ragtag Continental Army was encamped along the Pennsylvania shore of the Delaware … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1976, American History, American Revolution

October 19, 1781: Surrender at Yorktown

It was 229 years ago today that the British surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia.  British forces numbered 6,000 and were under the leadership of Major General Lord Cornwallis.  George Washington led an American force of 8,800 colonials soldiers while a French force of 7,800 soldiers was led by Lieutenant General de Rochambeau.  It was the last major engagement of the Revolutionary War and marked the final nail in British rule over the colonies.  Below is how the battle and surrender unfolded. Losing his grip on the Carolinas, Cornwallis marched his army into Virginia and seized Yorktown and Gloucester, towns on each side of the York River. With the arrival of the French fleet of Admiral De Grasse, General Washington was able to march south from New York with the joint American … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, American Revolution, Battle of Yorktown, French, George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, Surrender of Yorktown

August 1814: Saving the Declaration of Independence

When people think of the War of 1812 two significant events of the war come to mind; the Battle of New Orleans and the burning of Washington D.C.  For the purpose of this post we will focus on the burning of Washington D.C. on 24 August 1814. The young capital of the new nation was relatively small and held little strategic value.  However the British were determined to send a message to the young American nation.  President Madison and Secretary of State Monroe received word that the British were landing their forces near a small village named Benedict just off the Patuxent River.  They mounted their horses and rode out to Benedict.  Their fears were confirmed.  A large British force was indeed landing near Benedict and President Madison was convinced that … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, British, Declaration of Independence, Stephen Pleasonton, war of 1812

Video: Judge Napolitano’s – History of Liberty – The Original Tea Party!

I found this great video from Judge Napolitans’s History of Liberty series.  Enjoy: We need to continue to look towards our past and Founding Fathers to find the solutions to the problems we face today and to help us understand who we are and what we need to do to get back on track.  When we head out to vote this November we need to remember who we are and what we need to do.  The first step in this process and journey to restore the Republic starts with our vote this November on both the national and local scale. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Constitution, History of Liberty, Judge Napolitano, The Road to Serfdom Video

V-J Day: 65 years ago

On 15 Aug 1945, Japan’s emperor broadcasted to his people the surrender of Japan via radio all over Japan.  This was the first time that most of his subjects heard about the dire straits facing Japan and their war effort against the United States.  The emperor explained that “the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan’s advantage,” and that “the enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb.” For three and a half years Japan had been locked in an all out war with the United States.  Their imperial navy once the pride of the Empire of Japan was decimated after years of war.  It was no longer a factor and Japan knew that invasion was inevitable.  You can read more about the days that led up to Japan’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Japan, World War II

Public Law 140: In God We Trust

It was 55 years ago today on July 11, 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 140 making it mandatory that all coinage and paper currency display the motto “In God We Trust.” The history of how our motto “In God We Trust” found its way on our coins and paper money can be traced back to 1861.  1861 was an extremely turbulent time for our young Republic.  The slavery issue had driven a wedge between the states.  Religious sentiment was increasing as the nation inched closer to an all out civil war. The Secretary of the Treasury was a man by the name of Salmon P. Chase.  “He received many appeals from devout persons throughout the country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity on United States coins.” On November 13, 1861 Rev. M. R. Watkinson wrote to Secretary Chase appealing for the nation to recognize … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Civil War, Dwight D. Eisenhower, In God We Trust, Paper money, U.S. Coins

July 3, 1863, Gettysburg Day 3: Pickett’s Charge

This is my last post on the Battle of Gettysburg.  I wanted to take the time to remember this battle because it was so vital in our nation’s history.  After the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg and the surrender of Vicksburg on July 4th the Confederacy never fully recovered. The following is from CivilWarAcademy.com. “It was 1:00pm when the Confederate artillery began the first phase of the battle plan. Over 150 guns opened fire on the Union center. The Federals returned fire and the most massive artillery bombardment during the Civil War had begun. The sound was so loud the gunners ears actually bled. The barrage was so loud it could be heard as far away as Philadelphia and Baltimore.” “For over an hour the artillery duel continued. At a little past 2:00pm the Union … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Civil War, Pickett's Charge

July 2, 1863, Gettysburg Day 2: Little Round Top

Today marks day two of the battle of Gettysburg.  The following excerpt is from HistoryNet.com. “On July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee ordered Lieutenant General James Longstreet to attack and roll up the Federal left flank. At the same time, Lieutenant General A.P. Hill’s corps would threaten the Union center to prevent Major General George Gordon Meade from reinforcing the Union left and would then continue the attack when Major General Richard Anderson’s brigades, holding the corps’ right, made contact with Longstreet. On the Confederate left, Lee instructed Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell to make diversionary attacks all along his front and then launch an all-out assault if practicable. If the plan succeeded, the Union army would topple helplessly from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Battle, Civil War, Gettysburg, Joshua Chamberlain

July 1, 1863: Gettysburg Day 1

Today I wanted to take a moment to remember one of the most crucial days in our nation’s history.  It was 147 years ago on this day that two brigades of Union Calvary commanded by General John Buford and two Confederate brigades commanded by General Heth collided on the outskirts of a small market town named Gettysburg.  What started off as a small skirmish evolved into one of the largest and most important battles of the Civil War.  In a span of three days approximately 51,112 individuals were killed, wounded, missing, or captured. Below is a clip from the movie Gettysburg of day one action. Day one fighting broke out around 8 a.m. as the Confederate Brigades moved in from the Northwest. They expected little resistance but were quite surprised to find the Union Brigades. … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, Civil War, Gettysburg

Assignment: American Revolutionary War

Earlier in the week my wife asked me if I would like to come to her school and give a lecture to a 5th grade class about the American Revolutionary War.  They are finishing up their school year with this period of American History.  Well as most of you can already guess I jumped at the opportunity. She brought me home their social studies book to look through.  I must say I was a bit disappointed.  From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the surrender at Yorktown it ran about 20 pages.  I seem to remember my 5th grade history book’s coverage of the Revolutionary War was much more in-depth.  Their book touched on most of the major points, but only briefly.  I asked my wife how long I … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, American Revolution, Elementary School

May 5th: This Day in American History

Today I want to touch on some significant historical events in American history.  Yes I know that today is cinco de mayo, but this is the United States of America and this is my tribute to her.  I also know that I’ll probably be called some type of racist because I’m an American acknowledging historical American events but I really don’t care.  So below are a collection of those American events that happened on May 5th. 1780 – 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston). 1816 – American Bible Society organized (NY) 1864 – American Civil War: The Battle of the Wilderness begins in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.   1866 – Memorial Day first celebrated in United States at Waterloo, New York. 1891 – The Music … Read entire article »

Filed under: American History, May 5th, thecurrent