Author Archive for: ‘editor5’

  • Washingtons Army

    Valley Forge: Diary of Albigence Waldo (1777-1778)

    ~ by James Still ~ Albigence Waldo was an army surgeon at Valley Forge. Disease, especially smallpox, was one of the most dangerous enemies for Washington’s army. John Adams noted, “Disease has destroyed Ten Men for Us, where the Sword of the Enemy has killed …

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  • Valley Forge

    Valley Forge (1777-1778)

    ~ by James Still ~ On December 19, 1777, one day after America’s First National Thanksgiving, Washington’s army marched into Valley Forge to begin preparations for winter camp. Valley Forge, named after an iron forge on Valley Creek, was about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia, …

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  • Thanksgiving

    First National Thanksgiving (1777)

    ~ By James Still ~ In the fall of 1777, American and British forces engaged in two battles near Saratoga, NY. After suffering heavy losses, the British army fled to Saratoga and surrendered when surrounded by additional American forces. In recognition of this victory, Congress …

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  • The Marquis De Lafayette

    Marquis de Lafayette: America loved Lafayette (1834)

    ~ by James Still ~ Marquis de Lafayette served passionately during America’s Revolution. Along with Benjamin Franklin, Lafayette helped to obtain France’s involvement in our Revolution. Lafayette also helped secure a victory at Yorktown. During his final visit to America in 1824, Lafayette became the …

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  • Marquis De Lafayette

    Marquis de Lafayette: Lafayette loved America (1777)

    ~ by James Still ~ Marquis de Lafayette was born into French nobility and inherited a large family fortune at the age of 14. At the age of 19, and against the will of the King of France, Lafayette used his own money to secure …

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  • Samuel Adams

    America: A Refuge for Civil and Religious Liberty (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ On July 8, 1776, a huge crowd gathered outside the Philadelphia State House, now called Independence Hall, to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams witnessed the event: “The Declaration was… proclaimed from that awful …

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  • Declaration Of Independence

    Fourth of July: The First Anniversary (1777)

    ~ by James Still ~ On the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Congress adjourned for the day and dined with military officers and various dignitaries. British deserters and the Hessian band, taken at the Battle of Trenton, also joined the festivities. A naval …

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  • TEA Party Don't Tread On Me

    The Meaning of the Rattlesnake (1775)

    ~ by James Still ~ The rattlesnake was a significant symbol used throughout the American Revolution. The Dept of War, established in 1789, included a rattlesnake in its seal in recognition of the rattlesnake’s importance. The Dept of the Army (1947), successor of the Dept …

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  • An Appeal To Heaven

    An Appeal to Heaven (1775)

    ~ by James Still ~ If found guilty in a court of law, an accused has a right to appeal to a higher court. Prior to the American Revolution, the Colonists presented their grievances to the court of King George III many times and pleaded …

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  • John Adams

    Thoughts on Government (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ In 1776, John Adams was asked to share his opinions on government. In response, Adams wrote several letters and a pamphlet entitled, Thoughts on Government. Adams touched on three branches of government and a system of checks and balances. Thoughts …

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