Category Archives: HISTORICAL

JOHN J. PERSHING

Written on September 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm, by

John J. Pershing (1860-1948) commanded the American Expeditionary Force (AFE) in Europe during World War I. The president and first captain of the West Point class of 1886, he served in  the Spanish and Philippine-American Wars and was tasked  to  lead a punitive raid against the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson […]

Parson Weems

Written on September 11, 2018 at 10:00 am, by

Mason Locke Weems, commonly known as Parson Weems, was born in 1759 in Maryland. He studied in England and was ordained as a minister in 1784. Several years later he became a traveling book salesman and author. He ran a mobile bookstore known as the “Flying Library,” which he took to various cities to sell […]

Fort Moultrie

Written on September 4, 2018 at 12:03 pm, by

Near the beginning of the Revolutionary War, June 1776, South Carolina patriots began to build a fort to guard Charleston, South Carolina harbor.  British Admiral, Sir Peter Parker with nine British warships, attacked the fort—still unnamed and incomplete—on June 28, 1776. The soft palmetto logs did not crack under bombardment but rather absorbed the shot; […]

Button Gwinnett

Written on August 28, 2018 at 11:41 am, by

In addition to his interesting name, Button Gwinnett lived an interesting but short life. Gwinnett was one of three Georgia delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence. Gwinnett was born in England around 1735. As a youth he was apprenticed to a merchant in Bristol and eventually owned his own ship. […]

Charles F. Kettering

Written on August 14, 2018 at 11:23 am, by

On August 17, 1915, Charles F. Kettering, co-founder of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO), received a patent for the first electric ignition (starting) device for automobiles. He developed the system while employed as an engineer with National Cash Register, where he also created the electric cash register. Drivers of early automobiles used iron hand cranks […]

Chancellorsville

Written on August 7, 2018 at 11:25 am, by

The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War.(1861-1865). It was fought  from April 30 May 6, 1863, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia near the village of Chancellorsville. The campaign  pitted Union Army Major General Joseph Hooker’s army against an army less than half its size – General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate […]

Income Tax

Written on July 31, 2018 at 12:48 pm, by

On August 5, 1861, during the early days of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed the Revenue Act, restoring earlier excise taxes and imposing a tax on personal incomes. Lincoln was becoming increasingly concerned about the government’s financial ability to engage in war with the South. The nation’s first income tax was levied at 3 […]

Rock Island Arsenal

Written on July 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm, by

Rock Island Arsenal comprises of  940 acres, located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. It lies within the state of Illinois. It is the home of First Army headquarters. The island was originally established as a government site in […]

Supreme Court

Written on July 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm, by

The nation’s highest court, the Supreme Court, was established by the U.S. Constitution and began to take shape with the Judiciary Act of 1789. The Supreme Court was initially composed of a Chief Justice and five Associate Justices. The Court is currently composed of one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices. There are a number […]

Civil War Prison Camps

Written on July 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm, by

American Civil War prison camps were operated both by the Union and the Confederacy to handle the 409,000 soldiers captured during the war from 1861 to 1865. The Record and Pension Office in 1901 counted 211,000 Northerners who were captured. In 1861-63 most were immediately paroled; after the parole  exchange system broke down in 1863, […]