On this day, July 13th 1729, Captain John Parker was born. “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” Captain John Parker’s words to his men on Lexington Green on April 19, 1775 have become inextricably associated with the beginnings of the Revolutionary
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On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in New York in front of George Washington and his troops. In reaction to what had been read, soldiers and citizens went to Bowling Green, a park in Manhattan, where a lead statue of King George III on horseback stood. The
One of our experienced volunteers found an interesting document from the Concord, MA Chamber of Commerce with an hour-by-hour account of the events of April 19, 1775.  While the pamphlet has limited citations for its sources its a quick and easy read that outlines the major events of the day and is well worth checking
On this day in 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
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An Ode for the 4th of July 1788

AN ODE FOR THE 4th OF JULY 1788., OH for a muse of fire! to mount the skies And to a list’ning world proclaim— Behold! behold! an empire rise! An Æra new, as he flies, Hath enter’d in the book of fame. On Alleghany’s tow’ring head Echo shall stand—the tidings spread, And o’er the lakes, and
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On this day, May 4th, 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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On April 24th, 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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Poetry is about questioning, sometimes addressing the concerns of current society while reflecting on the moments that crafted our History. As a contemporary Teen Poet (2010) Mr. Hingham discusses an issue we all should address – what was the cost and are we truly living a version of the Vision? Or have we regressed to
The author is unknown yet the words could be said to resonate in many American Revolutionary War Veterans. The physical suffering is not the dominating factor of this prose, but the realization that what is left behind by those “tot’ring o’er the grave” is the contribution to “Generations yet to come, Shall find a lasting peaceful
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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