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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery was the subject of a recent column. Readers may not be aware that there is another Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located nearby. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War can be found just seven miles from Arlington, on the burial grounds […]

Major Benjamin Shacklett’s Ancestors Mark 150th Anniversary of End of Civil War With Ceremony at Gorin Cemetery

Major Benjamin Shacklett’s Ancestors Mark 150th Anniversary of End of Civil War With Ceremony at Gorin Cemetery

On April 9th, 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, signaling the end of the Civil War. One hundred fifty years later, Norbert Shacklette traveled to a small, family cemetery near Gorin to pay tributes to his great-grandfather, a Confederate army officer. […]

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline  Lee Bouvier Kennedy was born into wealth and luxury. Her parents were John Vernon Bouvier III and Janet Lee. She learned to ride almost as soon as she would  walk. Her early years were divided between New York City  and East Hampton, Long Island. She was educated in the finest of private schools; she […]

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, DC.  The white marble sarcophagus was built to contain the remains of an unidentified American soldier from World War I.  Congress approved the burial of an unknown soldier on March 4, 1921, with the location to be in the […]

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for  personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of the U.S. Congress to military personnel only. There are three versions of the medal, […]

Mammoth Loaf

On March 26, 1804, President Thomas Jefferson attended a public party in the U.S. Senate. Featured at the party was a “mammoth loaf” of bread, baked by a Navy baker. Jefferson reportedly stepped up, pulled out his pocket knife, and cut the first slice of bread. Reports indicated the bread was accompanied by an enormous […]

James Madison 

James Madison, father of our Constitution, was born 16 March 1751 in Poet Conway, VA., the son of James Madison, Sr., and Eleanor Conway Madison. His father was a Justice of the peace, vestryman and farmer. James Madison had four brothers and four sisters. On September 15, 1794  James Madison married Dorothea “Dolley” Payne Todd […]

Culper Spy Ring

When British forces occupied New York in the fall of 1776, the city became a British stronghold and major naval base for the duration of the Revolutionary War. It was critical for Gen. George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, to get information from New York on British troop movements and plans, but he had […]


Mamie Geneva Doud was born in Boone, Iowa but moved to Denver at the age of seven. Her bangs and sparkling  blue eyes were as much a trade mark as  Eisenhower’s famous grin. Her outgoing manner,  her feminine love of  pretty clothes and jewelry, and her obvious pride in her husband and home made her […]

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 […]

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