I'm a sucker for books referencing George Washington and/or the American Revolution🇺🇸 "His Excellency" showed me not just the militaristic and presidential achievements of GW, but how sound his character was. His internal strength and composure came through in a time where a fledgling country needed direction towards their democratic ideals and economic interests.
Great autobiography on a marvelous president.
History mostly sticks with me through the lens of biography. One fabulous biography can enliven an entire period of history and it’s culture. The Jean Fritz books definitely did that for me during my elementary years, the most memorable being “Will You Sign Here, John Hancock.” I’m excited to know I’ll be reading it to my own kids, who loved it, as well as wonderful new books like the ones pictured here.
Happy birthday to #CindySherman ! This 1989 photograph from the @vamuseum
collection shows Sherman in the guise of a woman during the American Revolutionary period against a pastoral backdrop. Through her dramatically staged images the celebrated American artist plays with notions of gender and the tradition of portraiture. See more of her work on her Instagram @_cindysherman_
The Five Points, 1827. There was once a beautiful pond nearby that the Dutch called Kalch Hoek, “lime shell point,” after noticing #oyster middens left nearby by the natives, who had a small village on its banks called Werpoes, "beautiful village by the thicket." When the British took over, the name of the pond was Anglicized to the Collect Pond, and for many years it was a favorite spot to fish, swim, and ice skate. Folks built cottages overlooking the banks of the pond, but in the years following the #AmericanRevolution , butchers and tanners moved to the area, dumping offal and chemicals into the water. As a result, the pond became heavily polluted, and the city built a canal to drain the pond (the namesake of #CanalStreet ). Once the pond was drained, it was filled in with earth from nearby Bayard’s Mount, which was once the tallest point in #lowerManhattan . The city was rapidly spreading north, and elegant buildings were built in the area, which soon became a fashionable district known as Paradise Square. Although the pond had been filled in, the land was poor and noxious, and the buildings started to sink. Genteel New Yorkers swiftly moved uptown, and the area attracted newly arrived immigrants, along with freedpeople and former slaves. By the mid-1820s, the area was known as the Five Points, after the intersection of several intersecting roads. Soon, it was the city’s most notorious neighborhood, known for its fetid living conditions and overcrowding. The streets were filthy and covered in slop and garbage, which attracted pigs and rats. There were cheap groceries on every corner, which sold immense amounts of beer and liquor to both men and women (women weren’t allowed in saloons). The area was overrun with vicious gangs like the Dead Rabbits and Plug Uglies, who fought openly in the streets, ignored by police (who were often paid off). Prostitution was commonplace, with numerous “public houses,” some of which were seen as particularly scandalous for serving black patrons. Following the #CivilWar , the Five Points became one of the most crowded districts in the world #NYC#FivePoints#Chinatown#history#NYChistory#DiscoveringNYC
On January 17, 1781, American troops led by Brigadier General Daniel Morgan achieved an important victory over British forces at the Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina. The Patriot’s success on the battlefield was a turning point in the Revolutionary War’s southern campaign, helping to reignite the flame of rebellion in the southern colonies.
Nine days after the Battle of Cowpens, General Morgan wrote to his friend William Snickers: “I have given [Tarleton] a devil of a whipping.” Morgan’s description of his victory over British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton was accurate. In under an hour, American forces had achieved a total victory. 110 British soldiers were killed, over 40 of whom were officers, another 200 were wounded, and 500 men fighting for the Crown were taken prisoner. Morgan on the other hand fared much better, suffering less than 100 casualties.
Prior to the battle, Tarleton had been pursuing Morgan’s forces under the orders of the leader of British southern strategy, Lord Charles Cornwallis. On January 16, 1781, General Morgan arrived at the Broad River and decided to make his stand at Cowpens, a pastureland in present-day Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Morgan cornered his force in the bend of the river and delivered rousing words to his men, preparing them for the battle to come.
On January 17, Tarleton’s force of some 1,150 attacked. Morgan countered him with around 1,065 American troops, implementing a unique strategy against his foe. Nicknamed Old Waggoner for his service as a wagon driver during the French and Indian War, Morgan ordered his militia to skirmish with the enemy, but to leave the front line after firing two rounds. Tarleton’s men mistook the repositioning of the Americans as a rout. The error proved fatal for the British as they ran into an unexpected volley of concentrated rifle fire combined with a cavalry charge. That was followed by the return of the militia, essentially sealing the American victory. Tarleton managed to escape, but some 75 percent of his troops were killed, wounded, or captured. The day belonged to General Morgan and all of the men under his command. 🇺🇸 #ThisIsWhyWeStand
“Fought everywhere, was beaten nowhere.”
-Major General Daniel Morgan Response Letter to Congress, c. 1798
On the right and photo three is the location of famed Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan’s original grace. The Epitaph on Daniel Morgan's original grave marker: “Major General Daniel Morgan On July 6th, 1802 in the 67th year of his age. Patriotism and valor were the prominent features of his character and the honorable services he rendered to his country during the Revolutionary War crowned him with glory and will remain in the hearts of his countrymen a perpetual monument to his memory.
Congressional Gold Medal
awarded to Brigadier General Daniel Morgan
March 9, 1781
for his victory at the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina
January 17, 1781”
Post war Morgan subdued the Whiskey Rebellion in Pittsburg and in 1796 was elected and served one term in the House of Representatives. He died in 1802 and his remains were buried at Old Stone Church (Picture 3). His remains were moved to Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester in 1868. (On the left and picture 2)
Idea for Black History Month: Create your own “Family Heritage Trail”. Your (or your children, students) research can include old photos, oral history interviews, and census records to learn about a family’s place in a neighborhood’s, community’s and city’s history. For earlier dates, visit historical sites where a significant event occurred that your ancestors may have participated in or witnessed.
For example, my trail would begin at #FortGeorge on #Palafox Street where my ancestor fought under Col. Bernardo de Gálvez in the Siege of Pensacola (1781), one of the largest and longest battles in the #AmericanRevolution . Recruits from Mexico, Free Men of Color, Spanish soldiers, Native Americans, volunteers from the American colonies, and Acadians defeated the British at this site. The Spanish Crown awarded medals of honor and bonuses to him and other Free Men of Color, which allowed him to purchase his children’s freedom.
Map as many places you can find.
By February, as you literally walk the path that your ancestors cleared for you, remember the words of Dr. John Henrik Clarke: “History tells a people where they have been and what they have been, where they are and what they are. Most important, history tells a people where they still must go and what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people is the same as the relationship of a mother to her child.” #genealogy#blackhistory#heritagetrail#pensacola#historicpreservation#americanrevolution
Interior shot, Bruton Parish Church, Colonial Williamsburg, 2014. I would have loved to be able to hear the beautiful pipe organ played! According to the church’s website, they host over 120 recitals and concerts each year. Concerts feature local, national, and international instrumental and choral performers. The church also owns an Eric Herz harpsichord.
Fun field day trip learning about the American Revolution all from the comfort of her own wheels. I got to go too to help wheel her around. Loved spending time with her, but I realized how difficult it is these past few days having a disability and getting around. Not just with crutches but the wheelchair as well and how some people are just inconsiderate, or just don't know any better. Or the fact that other people get inconvenienced because they have to accommodate someone with a disability, AND THEY SHOW THEIR DISPLEASURE... I'm sorry, but I go out of my way for everyone because we are on this Earth to love and to serve each other. Not just ourselves. People that have a disability, whether temporary or permanent, are not aliens, or riddled with leprosy. they have the same red blood in their veins & same organs, same feelings & emotions that everyone else has. They are human beings just like the rest of the world. It hurts to be ostracized, forgotten, run over... Please take care to make sure they're ok, included in activities not just shoved to the side, have compassion, empathy, love, and laugh together. #fieldtrip#museum#americanrevolution#wheelchair#crutches#injury#handicap#benice#love#compassion#empathy#respect#momlife#momanddaughter#lovemyfamily
Drums & Fifes of Gansevoort’s Pin ca.1981-1982
The Drums & Fifes of Gansevoort’s 3rd New York Regiment was a volunteer, musical reenactment group organized in 1972. The group practiced weekly and first performed in 1975 appearing in parades, Bicentennial observances, and ceremonies throughout central New York. Membership was open to any person willing to devote the time and practice necessary to maintain the corps’ standards of performance and appearance.
The organization was named after the 3rd New York Regiment of the Continental Army, which was commanded by Colonel Peter Gansevoort. Corps’ instruments were authentic reproductions of ones used in Revolutionary War days and uniforms were based up the Continental Army regulations of 1779.
Betsy Ross is hoping the Eagles can stitch together another win Sunday! Enjoy $1 off admission to tour the House and 20% off of one single item at the Betsy Ross House Gift Shop by showing your Eagles gear, now through Sunday!
When Patrick Henry played his fiddle under this Osage tree at Red Hill Plantation in the 1790s, it was rumored to have already been more than 200 years old. His gravestone in the adjoining yard reads "His Fame is His Best Epitaph." http://ow.ly/tBD330hQ0b8
On this day in 1781, "rising hero of the south" Brig. Gen. Daniel Morgan and his men gave the Redcoats a "devil of a whipping" at the Battle of Cowpens. Learn more about this hero of the #AmericanRevolution with our #AmericanPortraits resource on voicesofhistory.org #apush
Turn: Washington’s Spies. This is one of my absolute favourite dramas and @period_dramas post yesterday made me want to watch it again 😊 I love strong female characters and Turn has oodles of them #revolutionarygirlpower
There is a revolution starting in 5th grade! Some of the classroom supplies are being taxed by King George! The patriots, loyalists and neutrals are starting to boycott! #americanrevolution#socialstudies
Happy birthday Benjamin Franklin! The Independence Visitor Center has information about all the ways you can celebrate Ben's legacy today, from the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Bench, to a historic pub crawl. Check out phlvisitorcenter.com/ben