Author Archive for: ‘editor5’

  • Articles Of Confed

    Articles of Confederation: Circular Letter to the States (1777)

    ~ by James Still ~ The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was the first Constitution of the United States. Richard Henry Lee wrote, “In this great business, dear Sir, we must yield a little to each other, and not rigidly insist on having everything …

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  • Articles Of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation (1777)

    ~ by James Still ~ The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was approved by Congress on November 15, 1777 and went into effect on March 1, 1781, following the ratification by all 13 States. There was no provision for a president, judiciary or means …

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    Baron von Steuben (1778)

    ~ by James Still ~ Friedrich “Baron” von Steuben was a Prussian officer and served as an aide to Frederick the Great. Following his military career, von Steuben received a recommendation from Benjamin Franklin and wrote to George Washington, “… the object of my greatest …

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  • 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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