Ulysses S. Grant – Posthumous Promotion

Introduction If you look through the new FY2023 U.S. Defense Authorization Bill, you will see a familiar name: Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant has the chance to be honored posthumously if the bill is approved. This section of the bill, section 587, would promote Grant, giving him the rank of General of the Armies... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

Background It was in 1621 that the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated by Massachusetts settlers. The pilgrims and the Wampanoag people celebrated this day in November of 1621 to celebrate the first successful colonial corn harvest. In response to this and to show appreciation, Governor of the colony William Bradford called for a feast to last... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – 159 Years Later

Background It was on November 19, 1863, that President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now famous Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. These remarks were given just four months after the conclusion of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). Gettysburg The Battle of Gettysburg was the result of Lee’s second invasion... Continue Reading →

Reconstruction – Civil War

Civil War Reconstruction Era (1862 – 1877) Preface Reconstruction was a devastating era for America. Almost as destructive as the Civil War itself. Imagine what it was like: for four years we were engaged in a bloody war with ourselves followed by the wars end in 1865, leaving America with hundreds of thousands of men... Continue Reading →

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