The Continental Congress publishes the “Tory Act” resolution on January 2nd 1776, which describes how colonies should handle those Americans who remain loyal to the British and King George.
The act called on colonial committees to indoctrinate those “honest and well-meaning, but uninformed people” by enlightening them as to the “origin, nature and extent of the present controversy.” Read more
The Unknown Soldier Comes Home–1921 The United States lost approximately 77,000 killed during the First World War. To commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by these individuals, it was decided to select one of the many unidentified bodies buried in the American military cemeteries in France for reburial in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC.
A letter written by George Washington to one of his closest confidants more than 200 years ago served as the launching point for a spy network that played a critical role in the American Revolution. Read more
Friday, 17 January, 2014. It’s fairly late in the evening here, I was sitting in the quiet of the house just thinking–with no intent on blogging–but my thoughts led to a curiosity which in turn led me to research my questions.
We (Americans) have a preconceived notion of what brought us to insist on our independence from Britain and the subsequent war that followed to gain said independence. Have any of us asked or even had a spark of curiosity to know Britain’s side of the story? This pivotal time in WORLD history I’m afraid, is not as pretty a picture on our part as we Americans have portrayed it to be in our History books. Read more
On this day in 1784, the Continental Congress ratifies the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence.
In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that had ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, Britain officially agreed to recognize the independence of its 13 former colonies as the new United States of America.
Going through my pictures tonight and it seems I have compiled quite a collection just in the past year, and these are only my military images, I probably have every war the US has been involved with, in photos–beginning to end–the Revolutionary War being the exception. It got me to thinking, what was the very first picture I downloaded when I started collecting military in pictures?…well, I remember it well and I’m sharing it with you tonight. Along with our camel, I’ve added the second photo I downloaded in the early stages of collection–History’s my favorite subject.
Yes, a lone camel in the desert of Afghanistan. I remember thinking about our troops seeing a lot of them and out there ; I had a picture of ONE. Just one and miles of sand and sky. I’m not quite sure what it was that drew me to it and then to download and keep it all this time. Funny thing…I believe this is the first time I’ve shared my lonely camel. Below is another 1st, I guess I was looking at the terrain of the land where our troops were in battle. For such a war torn region of our world, it has to be one of the prettiest places I’ve seen. It just reminds me of the quote I have here on my front page:
“Remember, we walk on hell, gazing at flowers.”
God Bless our men and women still deployed in lands far, far away.