Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Battle of Fort Moultrie

Written on June 28, 2016 at 9:03 am, by

The Battle of Fort Moultrie, June 28, 1776, was fought and won against a formidable British fleet… just six days prior to the Declaration of Independence and resulted  in a significant  American victory over the British. Earlier that year, a  crude log fort  had been built on Sullivan’s Island as a first line of defense […]

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley

Written on June 21, 2016 at 9:33 am, by

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, dressmaker to Mary Todd Lincoln, was born into slavery in Virginia in 1818. After enduring years of abuse from the son of her master, she was taken to St. Louis by the master’s daughter. There she was married to James Keckley, a union of short duration. Along the way, Elizabeth learned the […]

BATTLE OF FORT MOULTRIE

Written on June 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm, by

The Battle of Fort Moultrie 28 June 1776, was fought and won against a formidable British fleet… just six days prior to the Declaration of Independence and resulted  in a significant  American victory over the British. Earlier that year, a  crude log fort  had been built on Sullivan’s Island as a first line of defense […]

D-DAY

Written on June 7, 2016 at 9:59 am, by

June 6 is the anniversary of the largest amphibious military operation in history, commonly known as D-Day.  On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control. The operation involved thousands of landing craft, […]

LUCY STONE

Written on May 31, 2016 at 3:51 pm, by

Lucy Stone (13 August 1818- 19 October 1893) was a prominent American orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847 Stone became the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree. She spoke out for women’s rights and against slavery at a time when women were […]

Memorial Day

Written on May 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm, by

Many people associate Memorial Day with the start of the summer season, a long weekend to enjoy picnics and barbecues, an occasion to go shopping and take advantage of the special sales, and a time to place flowers on the graves of family members. While there is nothing wrong with any of those activities, they […]

Manila Cemetery

Written on May 17, 2016 at 11:45 am, by

Manila Cemetery is situated about six miles southeast  of the city of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, within the limits of Fort Bonifacio, the former U.S. Army Fort William McKinley.  The cemetery is 152 acres in extent, is on a prominent plateau, visible at a distance of from the east, south or west. It contains […]

Local WWII Veteran Makes Return Visit to USS Intrepid

Written on May 10, 2016 at 3:26 pm, by

Retired farmer Eugene Howard of Granger has many stories of his service on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid during WWII, from time spent on liberty in San Francisco to a terrifying impact by a kamikaze plane which killed 69 sailors.  Ever since his daughter Denise learned in the mid 1990s that the Intrepid was converted […]

National Cemeteries

Written on May 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm, by

The National Cemetery Administration of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs maintains 131 of the 147 national cemeteries. The Department of the Army maintains two national cemeteries (including Arlington), and the National Park Service maintains 14 cemeteries connected with historic sites and battlefields. The national cemeteries are burial sites for military personnel, veterans, and their […]

Thomas Jefferson

Written on May 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm, by

Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743, was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He was elected the second Vice President of the United States (1797) serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected our third President.  He was a proponent of democracy and individual rights, […]