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Hancock County, West Virginia and the Start of 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. The enlistments were for only three months, but those men quickly cemented their place in history by fighting in the first military land engagement of the Civil War, which catapulted Union General George B. McClellan to the national stage.

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Ricketts’ Circus: George Washington and Americas First Circus, 1793

John B. Ricketts

John B. Ricketts

Obviously, nearly every American knows who George Washington was, and the role he played in American history. However, did you know that the battle hardened General and astute President loved the circus?

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

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USS Constitution

This year marks the bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. One of the most famous naval vessels from the war was the USS Constitution, or better known by the nickname “Old Ironsides”. There are many written histories about Old Ironsides.  This post will detail the clash between the USS Constitution and the HMS Pictou. The reason I chose this topic is because it occurred exactly 200 years ago to the day, on February 14, 1814. Read more…

Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

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Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

On this day, February 13th, exactly 381 years ago, Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face the Inquisition for his radical theories which contradicted 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?

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Congressman Joshua R. Giddings: The Measure of a Man

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Joshua R. Giddings

On December 3nd, 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 goes into great detail about his first encounter with Adams. He states that Adams was…

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