Jefferson on Jackson

Thomas Jefferson saw enough of Andrew Jackson to form this succinct, remarkably accurate description of the “military chief” in 1823. “I feel much alarmed at the prospect of seeing General Jackson President.  He is one of the most unfit men I know of for such a place.  He has had very little respect for lawsContinue reading “Jefferson on Jackson”

Finest Two Minutes

Lincoln thought he failed November 19, 1863…  obligatory applause from a damp crowd in Gettysburg offered him little consolation.  Lincoln had just followed a masterful two-hour speech from America’s greatest orator, Edward Everett.  The President sat down in his seat and commented to his friend, Ward Lamon, that the speech wouldn’t “scour” (would fail to clearContinue reading “Finest Two Minutes”

John Wilkes Booth: Heartthrob and Assassin

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
In April 1865, John Wilkes Booth was 26 years old. JWB: The Solid Theatrical Pedigree Edwin Booth, legendary actor In a day when theatrical personages were still looked on askance, the Booths of Maryland had a fine and well regarded pedigree. Junius Brutus Booth was one of the foremost…

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park in Pocahontas County, West Virginia

Originally posted on M.A. Kleen:
Visit the scene of West Virginia’s largest Civil War battle, with breathtaking mountain views. Click to expand photos The Battle of Droop Mountain was fought on November 6, 1863 between Union forces commanded by Brig. Gen. William W. Averell and Confederate forces commanded by Brig. Gen. John Echols in…

Citizen Soldiers Pt. 2

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain answered his… nation’s call with extraordinary valor.  His standing in the social circles of Maine could have won him a Colonel’s commission, but Chamberlain deferred- he wanted to  learn the craft of soldiering before commanding troops.  His training was hands-on and brutal.  The 20th Maine’s baptism of fire was on the killingContinue reading “Citizen Soldiers Pt. 2”

Citizen Soldiers Pt. 1

Olive Wendell Holmes Jr. was a soldier…  Many present day Conservatives strongly dislike him. They accuse him of being a eugenicist (tantamount to being a communist these days,)  and his opinion on national security makes their blood boil.   If ever there were sunshine soldiers and summer patriots, they are in the modern Conservative movement.  OliverContinue reading “Citizen Soldiers Pt. 1”

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (Virginia)

Originally posted on The History Mom:
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Virginia is rich in Presidential history, with 4 of the first 5 Presidents hailing from the Commonwealth. While most people know about Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, fewer people know about his country retreat, Poplar Forest. Located in the picturesque mountains around Lynchburg, this historic home has…

November 5, 1775: Washington Ends Guy Fawkes Day

Originally posted on Almost Chosen People:
The idiotic anti-Catholic celebration of Guy Fawkes Day , observed each November fifth, was effectively ended two hundred and forty-tw0 years ago in America during the Revolution, in large part due to George Washington.  Here is his order on November 5, 1775: As the Commander in Chief has been apprized…

Wyatt Earp on Film

Wyatt Earp has been the subject of 13 major feature films…and has appeared in dozens of television shows.  Which portrayals stand up to the scrutiny of history? James Garner– Hour of the Gun :   Dark, torn, repressed…Earp at his most troubled.  Garner is the real deal in this John Sturges classic. Kurt Russell- Tombstone : Continue reading “Wyatt Earp on Film”

Infamy in Tombstone

Wyatt Earp fired the most important shot…during the gunfight at the OK Corral.  Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday enjoyed the name recognition, but the most dangerous man on the streets of Tombstone that day was Frank McLaury.  McLaury was known throughout the Arizona territory as a dangerous gunman; but, he was also a notorious cattleContinue reading “Infamy in Tombstone”