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Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge

On February 27, 1776, at the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge in North Carolina, some 1,000 Patriot militia troops led by Commander Richard Caswell defeated a force of 1,600 North Carolina Loyalist soldiers recruited mainly from the Scottish population. It was the first Revolutionary War battle on North Carolina soil and the first victory in […]

Ardennes Cemetery

Ardennes Cemetery is located near the southeast edge of Neupre’, 12 miles southwest of Liege, Belgium. The approach drive leads to the memorial, a rectangular stone structure bearing on its façade a massive American eagle, and other symbolical sculptures. Within are the chapel, and three large wall maps composed of inlaid marble, one on each […]

History of Gorin School, Gorin Academy

History of Gorin School, Gorin Academy

by Sherrill Clatt Early settlers began arriving in Scotland County, particularly Harrison Township, around 1830. Most of them were practically illiterate, but wanted something better for their children. One of the first priorities was to build schools. In the mid 1800’s, on a wagon trail from the Mississippi River east of present day Gorin, the […]

Lincoln the Inventor

Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States, was born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809, son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Largely self-educated, Lincoln grew up in Indiana and Illinois. He spent time as a rail splitter, wrestler, flatboat operator, postmaster, merchant, congressman and country lawyer, before becoming President in 1860. […]

National Freedom Day

National Freedom Day is a United States observance on February 1 honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House & Senate resolution that later became the 13th  Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, although it was not ratified by the states until later. […]

Whitcomb Judson

Whitcomb Judson, Civil War veteran, machine salesman and inventor from Chicago, was the first to invent and construct a workable zipper. Although a similar device called an “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure” was patented in 1851 by Elias Howe, sewing machine inventor, Howe’s device was more like an elaborate drawstring and there was no serious effort […]

Bess Truman

Elizabeth Virginia Wallace, “Bess” was born February 13, 1885 to David and Margaret Gates Wallace. Their home was near Independence, Missouri  before they moved into town. Bess and Harry Truman were class mates in school. She was very athletic and  a superb  tennis player. She was also very opinionated…. and no hesitation  about stating them […]

Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a federal agency created in March 1933 as part of the New Deal program of President Franklin Roosevelt. It was a work relief project designed to provide employment to young unmarried men who couldn’t find work because of the Great Depression. The CCC was intended to promote environmental conservation, […]

Battle of New Orleans

On January 8, 1815, (203 years ago) American Forces commanded by General Jackson decisively defeated the British forces as they tried to capture New Orleans. The battle which took place after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed, effectively ended the war. But the British were not willing to give up. They had plans to […]

Frances Perkins

In 1933, Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a U.S. cabinet post. She was appointed as Secretary of  Labor by President Franklin Roosevelt at the beginning of his first term and served until 1945. Perkins came to the position with extensive experience in public service.  Born in Boston, Massachusetts  in 1882, Perkins was […]

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