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The nasty atrocities of the War of 1812

The French Revolution had left that country in chaos. Twenty-six-year-old Napoleon fired cannons down the streets of Paris, mowing down French citizens in the 13 Vendémiaire revolt, 1795. The French Directory then made the young Napoleon general of the army of Italy. Napoleon won decisive victories against the Italians and Austrians in 1796. Napoleon conquered […] ...

The forgotten carnage of the Revolutionary War

“Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes!” commanded Colonel William Prescott, repeating the order of General Israel Putnam, June 17, 1775. Colonel William Prescott’s men were in the center redoubt located on Breed’s Hill, adjacent Bunker Hill, guarding the north entrance to Boston Harbor. Samuel Swett wrote in his “History of Bunker […] ...

‘Greatest rocket scientist in history’ had something to say about God

The “Father of Modern Space Flight” was Wernher von Braun. He acknowledged his debt to the “Father of Modern Rocketry,” American scientist Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945): “Goddard’s rockets … may have been rather crude by present-day standards, but they blazed the trail and incorporated many features used in our most modern rockets and space vehicles.” […] ...

Reality of socialism: Not what they teach in school

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” announced President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987. Begun after Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the Soviet Union existed from 1922 to 1991. With its motto “Workers of the World, Unite!” the Soviet tactic was to train agitators, community organizers, labor organizers and agent provocateurs – […] ...

Reality of socialism: Not what they teach in school

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” announced President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987. Begun after Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the Soviet Union existed from 1922 to 1991. With its motto “Workers of the World, Unite!” the Soviet tactic was to train agitators, community organizers, labor organizers and agent provocateurs – […] ...

The horrific price paid by early patriots

Dr. Joseph Warren sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their midnight ride to warn Lexington and Concord that the government was coming to seize their guns. The British were also headed to Pastor Jonas Clarke’s home to arrest two anti-government activists: Tea Party leader Samuel Adams and businessman John Hancock, who was targeted by […] ...

The place we build our proud maritime tradition

The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, graduated its first class on June 10, 1854. The Academy was established under George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy under President James K. Polk, 1845-46. Bancroft also established the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. He is the namesake of the Naval Academy’s “Bancroft Hall,” the largest […] ...