Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Thomas Jefferson

Written on November 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm, by

Thomas Jefferson (April 23, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from (1801—1809). Previously, he had served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. The principal author of the Declaration […]

Veterans Day

Written on November 5, 2019 at 9:58 am, by

Veterans Day is a national holiday observed each year on November 11.  It originated after the end of World War I as Armistice Day, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor the veterans of World War I. The date of November 11 was significant because the armistice to […]

Boston Rebellion

Written on October 29, 2019 at 10:29 am, by

Starting in 1764, Great Britain enacted a series of measures aimed at  raising revenue from its thirteen colonies. Many of those measures, including the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townsend Acts generated fierce resentment among the colonists, who protested against “taxation without representation”. Boston, the site of the 1770 Boston  Massacre and the 1773 Boston […]

Pledge of Allegiance

Written on October 22, 2019 at 9:58 am, by

The first pledge to the American flag was composed in 1885 by a Civil War veteran named Col. George Balch. His simple version read:  “We give our heads and our hearts to God and our country; one country, one language, one flag.” Balch’s pledge was used in some schools. It was later replaced by a […]

Pony Express

Written on October 15, 2019 at 9:49 am, by

On October 24, 1861, the first transcontinental  telegraph system was completed by Western  Union, making it possible to transmit messages rapidly (by mid-nineteenth-century standards) from coast to coast. This technological advance, pioneered by inventor Samuel F.B. Morse. heralded the end of the Pony Express. Only two days later,  on October 26, the horseback mail service […]

Daughters of the American Revolution

Written on October 8, 2019 at 10:28 am, by

On October 11, 1890, 18 ladies and four gentlemen met in Washington, D.C. at the Strathmore Hotel to formally organize a National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Each of the ladies present was a direct descendant of a Revolutionary War Patriot.  The four gentlemen were members of the first Advisory Board of […]

Mark Twain

Written on October 1, 2019 at 10:44 am, by

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835-1910) known  by  his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist this country has produced” and William Faulkner called him “the father of American Literature”. His novels included The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel […]

Battle of Yorktown

Written on September 24, 2019 at 10:10 am, by

The Battle of Yorktown, Virginia began on September 28, 1781, and became the final major battle of the Revolutionary War that was fought in the American colonies.  A large force of Continental and French troops led by General George Washington and French General Comte de Rochambeau fought the British on land, aided by a French […]

Grand Army of the Republic

Written on September 17, 2019 at 10:04 am, by

The Grand Army of  the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army.(United States Army) Union Navy (U.S. Navy) Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. It was founded in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois by Benjamin F. Stevenson on April 6th, and grew  […]

Patriot Day

Written on September 10, 2019 at 9:48 am, by

Patriot Day is observed in the United States on September 11, as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, in memory of the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Patriot Day, Americans are called to volunteer in their local communities as a tribute to the individuals killed and injured in the […]