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The Patriot Marksman

British Colonel George Hanger fought the American Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. He later said he had never seen better rifles than those made in America, nor men who could shoot better.  The British troops used the Brown Bess rifle, which could hit a man at 80 to 100 yards. It was unusual for […]

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Hey Tories, Don’t Mess with Nancy Hart  

Here is the story of another brave woman of the American Revolution that deserves telling. Nancy Hart was a tough and resourceful figure, a power to be reckoned with when it came to protecting her family. She had a hot temper, a fearless spirit, and the ability to deliver revenge when she or her children were […]

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Blizzard of 1780: “Buried like sheep in the snow…”

Most Americans think about the fight for independence and sacrifices made by our Founders on the 4th of July. It’s summertime and the weather is usually hot while we are vacationing and visiting Independence Hall or Boston. But the story of the American Revolution is best told in the freezing days of winter. “The oldest people […]

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“The Fightinest Marine I Ever Knew”

The United States Highest award for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” is the Congressional Medal of Honor. In over 150 years only 19 men have won it twice.  One of the most legendary two time recipients is Marine Corps Sergeant Major Dan Daly. […]

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The Southern Invasion

What comes to mind when you think of the American War of Independence? Paul Revere and Lexington? Bunker Hill? Washington crossing the Delaware? Northern states are rightly proud of these spots and more. But did you know the British campaign in the South was in fact the final turning point in the war?The British forces […]

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“The silence was deafening.”

The World War II Battle of Guadalcanal was the first major offensive and a decisive victory for the Allies in the Pacific. Japanese troops were stationed in this section of the Solomon Islands, when U.S. Marines launched a surprise attack in August 1942 and took control of an air base under construction.  Reinforcements came in, […]

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N U T S !

Four German soldiers approached American lines at Bastogne, Belgium in December 22, 1944. Major Wagner of the 47th Panzer Corps was coming to deliver a typed message demanding American surrender. The message, as you can imagine, was not too polite. Among other things, it pointed out that the Americans were surrounded, and included these words: […]

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Teenage Heroine: Emily Geiger

Even in the 1700’s women could be patriots and heroines. There are numerous accounts of brave women who nobly and courageously performed their patriotic duty during the American Revolution.  Here is the story of one such woman of South Carolina, Emily Geiger.  General Nathaniel Greene had retreated before Lord Rawdon had divided his forces. When […]

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“Don’t Tread on Me”

In 1751 Benjamin Franklin wrote a commentary in his Pennsylvania Gazette suggesting a way to thank the Brits for their policy of sending convicted felons to America – the colonists should send rattlesnakes to England!Three years later, Franklin created and published the first known political cartoon in an American newspaper. It was the image of […]

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“Goodnight Chesty Puller, Wherever You Are!”

In his thirty-seven years of service to the United States Marine Corps, Lewis Puller, nicknamed “Chesty,” would rise through the ranks from Private to General,  and become the most decorated Marine in American history. How does a guy get a nickname like “Chesty”? It is said that he had perfect posture and his torso resembled a […]

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