On July 5, 1779, Hugh M. Brackenridge delivers an Eulogium to those gathered in Pennsylvania to honor those who have fallen during the Revolutionary War: “IT is the high reward of those who have risked their lives in a just and necessary war, that their names are sweet in the mouths of men, and every
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On June 11, 1741, Joseph Warren is born in Roxbury, Province of Massachusetts Bay. Joseph’s father died in 1755 after falling off a ladder while picking fruit in his orchard; Joseph was only 14 at the time. Joseph later attended Harvard, graduating in 1759, and taught for a short time at Roxbury Latin School where he
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On this day, May 4, 1918, the relocated graves of Colonel Israel Agnell and his first wife, Martha, were dedicated at a ceremony in Providence, Rhode Island. Israel Agnell was born on August 24th, 1740 to Oliver and Naomi Agnell in Providence, Rhode Island and was a fifth generation descendant of one of the original settlers
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New Book: Pox Americana

The military history of the Revolutionary War is well studied. However, the impact that smallpox (variola major) had on the conduct of the war is not as commonly known. George Washington himself contracted smallpox while in Barbados with his tuberculosis stricken half-brother Lawrence. Washington survived the disease with only slight scarring to his face, but
On April 24, 2017 a second copy of the Declaration of Independence was discovered in Chichester, England. The copy is believed to have been commissioned by Charles Lennox, Third Duke of Richmond: “Richmond was a strong critic of Lord North’s American policy. In December 1775, he declared in the House of Lords that the resistance
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The Massachusetts Spy was a colonial weekly newspaper founded in 1770 by Isaiah Thomas and his former master, Zechariah Fowle; later Thomas would buy out Fowle to become sole publisher. Having a circulation of around 3,500, the Spy was substantially more popular than other newspapers of the day which typical had circulations of less than
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Thomas Jefferson, principle author of the Declaration of Independence, representative for Virginia to the Continental Congress, 3rd President of the United States, 1st Secretary of State under George Washington, 2nd Governor of the state of Virginia, diplomat, lawyer, philosopher and statesman, was born on this day in 1743. Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia, the
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A Revolutionary War era two-story log structure was recently revealed during the demolition of a condemned building in Washingtonville, PA. The building was last used as a bar and storage and had been condemned by the town. Valley Girl News has more details of this amazing find: The old bar, once known as KCs Corner,
Three new books have been added to the Revere’s Riders online store. Obviously, each of these books are outside of our usual focus on Revolutionary War history, but we have included them in our online store to highlight American military heroes of more modern times. Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the
A WWI diary written by Private Arthur Edward Diggens (born August 26, 1895 in London) has been recently found in a barn in Leicestershire, England. The diary was discovered in a box along with other unrelated militaria items the provenance of which is unknown. Entries in the diary begin on February 13, 1916 and end