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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

News from Bizarro World: The Obama Dollar?

Well you’re not going to believe this.  I ran across this strange story on the telegraph.co.uk.  It appears that a British graphic design firm has teamed up with the Dollar Redesign Project an open competition run by New York designer Richard Smith to promote new design ideas for our one dollar bill. According to their ambitious PR spiel: “we want to rebrand the US Dollar, rebuild financial confidence and revive our failing economy.”  After spitting my drink out of my mouth due the shock of what I had just read I was relieved to find out that Richard Smith and this project are in no way associated with our government.    One of the ideas this completely out of touch group is kicking around is putting President Obama on a newly designed one dollar bill.  Yes that’s right, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bizarro World, Fringe, George Washington, Obama Dollar, Telegraph UK

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

Rebuilding the White House

by RightHandManThe White House is a curious place. Often the Capitol Building is mistaken for the White House – perhaps because it too is white. The simplicity of the mansion’s design was a major factor when John Hoban won the design competition; but its simple name (White House) wasn’t deemed until Teddy Roosevelt made it official. The White House has stood strong through many changes in our nation. It was largely built by slave labor and yet has stood long enough to have a free black man stay as its primary resident. It was initiated though never inhabited by George Washington who had no party, yet has since housed every President, all belonging to one of 6 different parties. It was built without electricity, air conditioning, telephones, internet, a drive way, … Read entire article »

Filed under: George Washington, Lansdowne portrait, rebuilding, strong foundation, war of 1812, White House

Washington Bleeds

by RightHandMan On December 13, 1799 George Washington found himself with a swollen throat, having a hard time breathing, and a fever.  The physicians were sent for and the clerk of the house, Albin Rawlins started the practice of bleeding the general at dawn.  The first physician to arrive was Dr. Craik. Dr. James Craik had received his degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  In 1777 his old friend George Washington offered Dr. Craik a medical officer position in the American Army.  Eventually he became the Chief Hospital Physician and Surgeon of the American Army.  When he responded to the call of George Washington on that December morning in 1799 Dr. Craik was 69 years old. Dr. Craik, seeing the president’s condition worsening, administered bloodletting both at mid-morning and the … Read entire article »

Filed under: bailout, bledletting, death, George Washington, Healthcare Bill, Taxes, unemployment

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

The American Crisis

From 1776 to 1783 Thomas Paine published sixteen pamphlets known as The American Crisis.  These pamphlets were crafted to inspire the colonists during the turbulent times of the American Revolution.  The first was released on December 23, 1776.  What makes this pamphlet so vital in our country’s history is that Thomas Paine crafted the right words for the right time during the early days of our struggle for independence.  Those words inspired General Washington into action.  The pamphlet, was read aloud to the Continental army on December 23, 1776, two days before the Battle of Trenton.  The first paragraph from it was a call for courage and perseverance. 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 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Constitution, Delaware Crossing, Founding Fathers, George Washington, The American Crisis, Thomas Paine