November 29, 2006
Mrs. Bell confronted the British general to ask if he was planning to torch the mill when he finished grinding meal for his troops. She told him that if he planned to destroy the mill, that she would to burn it herself. Bell’s Mill was spared and continued in operation.
Martha McFarland McGee Bell was honored at Guilford Court House Battleground with a monument that reads, “Loyal Whig, Enthusiastic Patriot, Revolutionary Heroine“.
Sadly, reports Gary Strader whose photograph of Bell’s Mill is here posted, the historic mill site is now under water. For more information see his web site: “Bell’s Mill”
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November 23, 2006
From the Library of Congress
Congressional Fast Day Proclamation
Congress proclaimed days of fasting and of thanksgiving annually throughout the Revolutionary War. This proclamation by Congress set May 17, 1776, as a “day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer” throughout the colonies. Congress urges its fellow citizens to “confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his [God’s] righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness.” Massachusetts ordered a “suitable Number” of these proclamations be printed so “that each of the religious Assemblies in this Colony, may be furnished with a Copy of the same” and added the motto “God Save This People” as a substitute for “God Save the King.”
Congressional Fast Day Proclamation, March 16, 1776
November 12, 2006
“The Philadelphia was one of the gunboats constructed in Skenesborough (now Whitehall, new York) and fitted out at Mount Independence / Fort Ticonderoga. The boat was sunk at the Battle of Valcoour. The wreck was recovered in 1935 by Lorenzo F. Hagglund and is now in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.”
The ship model was made by W. West Frazier and is on display at Fort Ticonderoga, New York.
Small gunboats such as Philadelphia were commissioned after the American capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775. The boats were built under the direction of one-time patriot, Benedict Arnold. In 1776, these small warships engaged a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Champlain, where almost all of them, including the Philadelphia, were sunk. However, the battle delayed the British push south from Canada until the following year. (9)
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