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The World Turned Upside Down: Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown

On this day 230 years ago General Lord Cornwallis commander of the British forces at Yorktown surrendered to the combined French and American forces who surrounded his 8,000 man army.  This event marked the beginning of the end of British occupation of the colonies and led to the eventual signing of the Pairs Peace Treaty in 1783 two years later.  Even though there were minor skirmishes between British and American forces from October of 1781 to September of 1783, Yorktown was the last major engagement of the Revolutionary War for American Forces.  Below is an account of the events that took place on October 19, 1781. After a five-day bombardment, the combined American and French forces attacked and overwhelmed Cornwallis’s fortified position on the night of October 14. The British commander … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Revolution, Uncategorized

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

Country First

by RightHandMan I’ve copied the following post from the blog of an old friend that went to my church when I was younger. Her name is Nicole White and she writes a blog named “Eye of the Storm“. Nicole is the wife of an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) – the best of the best in the Special Forces. He’s gone a lot! Amazingly, her brother is also a PJ. These guys are constantly in the middle of very dangerous areas and scenarios. They put their lives in danger often and too many times they lose them. Their sacrifice is great, but the sacrifice of their loved ones is just as great. Nicole’s blog is centered on PJ’s and is mainly apolitical. Her latest post, however, is important and has a great tie … Read entire article »

Filed under: abigail adams, air force, American Revolution, eye of the storm, john adams, nicole white, pararescue, sacrifice

Meet a Founding Father

by RightHandMan George Clymer was born in Philadelphia in 1739. He came from a respectable family, but was orphaned at an early age. Young Clymer’s mother died when he was one, and his father, the captain of a ship, died when he was seven. He was left in the care of his maternal uncle William Coleman, a respectable citizen of Philadelphia. Clymer was well educated by his uncle and showed to be a good student, curious and of clear mind. George never took to any of the learned professions but was well versed in the principles of law, history, and politics. When George was twenty-seven he married the daughter of a Philadelphia man named Mr. Meredith. This family association would prove valuable. Mr. Meredith was generous and well meaning. At some … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Revolution, bank of philadelphia, Declaration of Independence, George Clymer, George Washington, united states constitution

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

Washington Wept

by RightHandMan In the Fraunces Tavern of New York City on December 4, 1783, General Washington wept in front of a group of his officers. For years Gen. George Washington led the Continental Army against the forces of Britain in the revolutionary war. His men fought beside him against the greatest force in the world despite plague, food shortages, harsh weather, a lack of clothing, supplies, and the devaluation of the Continental currency. Worse yet, many of these men went years without pay. Most of us recall the names of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, and for good reason – they were valiant men, great leaders, and brilliant minds. They were men forged by the times, refined by their circumstances, and molded by their creed. The names we don’t know are those of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Revolution, continental army, general washington, George Washington, king george III, Liberty, tyranny

Valerie Jarrett and Those Simple Minded Tea Partiers

I’m sure glad the voices that echoed the same sentiments of Valerie Jarrett early in our nation’s history didn’t prevail.  Yes that’s right there were people back in the early days of the American revolution that felt to speak out against the king was not only extreme and rebellious, but downright treasonous.  They were called loyalist or Tories. Maybe the Tories should have simplified their views in some sort of written document as to why it was so important to remain loyal to a tyrannical king so many miles away.  Or better yet they could have explained in simpler terms why the Intolerable Acts were actually good for the colonies and how the concepts of liberty and freedom that the early tea partiers held so near and dear to their hearts … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Revolution, Tea Party, Valerie Jarret