Hancock County, West Virginia, in the Civil War

Virginia, the home state of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was notably divided during the Civil War. The growing factions were evident in the state’s most northern reaches. In May 1861, pro-Unionists in Hancock County, VA(now West Virginia), decided to organize a company of men to help fulfill President Abraham Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers….

February 14, 1814: The USS Constitution vs. the HMS Pictou

In March 1794, the USS Constitution became one of the first naval ships commissioned by the United States government. Also known as “Old Ironsides”, its construction was a reactionary measure to the Barbary Pirate attacks on U.S. vessels near North Africa. The ship was named by President George Washington. Construction on the ship was not…

Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

On February 13, 1833, Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face the Inquisition for his radical theories which appeared to contradict the Bible. Nearly every lover of history and/or science has heard of the famous astronomer and physicist, but have you heard of his daughter?

Congressman Joshua R. Giddings: The Measure of a Man

On December 3, 1838, Joshua Reed Giddings, a lawyer and an abolitionist from Ohio’s 16th congressional district, was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. That day, he met his future mentor and former president, John Quincy Adams. In his diary, Giddings went into great detail about his first encounter with…