Rock Island Auction Company will be auctioning a pair of flintlock pistols presented to Alexander Hamilton during the Revolutionary War. The pistols were handed down through the families of Hamilton’s descendants until the 1940s when they were sold by Hamilton’s great-great-grandson Schulyer Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton served as General George Washington’s chief aide for 4 years

On This Day: John Hancock is Born

On this day, January 23rd, in 1737 John Hancock is born to Colonel John Hancock, Jr. (a soldier, planter, and politician) and Mary Hawke Thaxter. Hancock’s father would die in 1744 at which time the younger Hancock was sent to live with his aunt, Lydia, and uncle, Thomas. Thomas Hancock was a merchant and one
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400 years ago today, November 21st, 102 passengers and 30 crew on the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock near modern day Cape Cod, Massachusetts after 10 weeks at sea. The passengers on the Mayflower were separatists from the Church of England who had fled to The Netherlands to escape what they viewed as religious persecution
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Interested in Owning a Tank?

Bring a Trailer has a 1943 M4A1 “Grizzly” tank for sale. The “Grizzly” was a slightly modified M4A1 “Sherman” tank built in Canda. The tank up for auction has a de-milled 75mm main gun, a propane-fired .50 caliber Browning M2HB replica machine gun along with a dummy .30 caliber Browning M1919A4 machine gun. The tank
George Washington is one of the most, if not the most, important men involved in the creation of our great nation. His hand is upon many of the events that were instrumental in the birth of the United States of America: as commander in chief of the Continental Army and as first President of our
Teaching American History has a short but interesting post up today that compares and contrasts the actions of Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Whittemore in the months and days leading up to April 19, 1775. Both Whittemore and Jefferson would write and speak their mind prior to the fateful day of the Battles of Lexington and
The American Antiquarian Society is hosting the “Revere in Perspective: Artisanry, Labor and Luxury” webinar series in collaboration with the Center for Historic American Visual Culture today through October 9th. While we primarily talk about Paul Revere’s role in the founding of our country, particularly his involvement in the events of April 19, 1775, it
If you haven’t already discovered the Journal of the American Revolution, you should definitely give them a look for a comprehensive compendium of Revolutionary War information. Their latest post ranks eleven Revolutionary War films and mini-series; although I haven’t watched the majority of these, I can personally vouch for the Turn mini-series as being extremely

On This Day: Samuel Adams is Born

On September 27, 1722, Samuel Adams was born to Samuel Adams, Sr. and Mary (Fifield) Adams. Samuel was one of twelve children only three of whom survived past their 3rd birthday. The younger Adams went on to attend Harvard College where he graduated in 1740. After short and failed stents working as a lawyer, in
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On this day, August 8, 1754 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph Greer was born. One of eleven children, his family would move to the frontier of Staunton, Virginia and later the Watauga River area of Tennessee. In 1769 Joseph, his father and brothers were among 40 men who would defend Fort Watauga from more than 300 Indians—he had just turned 15. During
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