President James Monroe

November 27, 2007

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James Monroe was born at Monroe’s Creek in Westmoreland County, Virginia, to Scottish – Welsh parents. In 1774, he began studying at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. The next year, with Revolutionary War fever sweeping the country, he dropped out of school to join the Williamsburg Militia. He eventually enlisted in the Third Virginia Regiment in 1776, and at eighteen years of age he was crossing the Delaware River with General George Washington that December. He was later wounded at the Battle of Trenton, and camped during the next winter of 1777, at Valley Forge. James Monroe had a distinguished military career, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to Trenton, he fought in the battles of Harlem Heights, White Plains, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.

James Monroe was the last Revolutionary War officer to serve as President of the United States. He was elected in 1816 and 1820. The statue is from his home Ash Lawn-Highland in Albemarle County, Virginia.

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Happy Birthday Marines

November 10, 2007

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Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps was begun on November 10th, 1921. That date was chosen because it was the date that the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775, to raise two battalions of Continental Marines. The rest is history, as this plaque memorializes the Marines of the Battle of Princeton.

Continental Marines Memorial, Princeton, New Jersey

“DEDICATED TO THE CONTINENTAL MARINES WHO FOUGHT WITH GENERAL WASHINGTON’S TROOPS DURING THE BATTLE OF PRINCETON JANUARY 3, 1777”

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General Richard Montgomery

November 4, 2007

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“to transmit to Posterity a grateful remembrance of the patriotism conduct enterprize & perseverance of Major General RICHARD MONTGOMERY”

Directly across from what once was the World Trade Center, Saint Paul’s Chapel still stands in New York City . There is a memorial at the east window to Brigadier General Richard Montgomery who fell at the Battle of Quebec in 1775, fighting for the Americans.

The memorial plaque was erected just a few months after the American army’s great loss of General Montgomery. It reads:

This Monument is erected by the order of CONGRESS 25th Janry 1776 to transmit to Posterity a grateful remembrance of the patriotism conduct enterprize & perseverance of Major General RICHARD MONTGOMERY Who after a series of successes amidst the most discouraging Difficulties FELL in the attack on QUEBEC 31st Decbr 1775. Aged 37 Years.

At the start of the rebellion, the Americans had plans to conquer the British colony of Canada. On November 13, 1775, General Richard Montgomery led American troops in an attempt to capture the city of Montreal. Later that year, General George Washington ordered Benedict Arnold to capture Quebec. Things did not go well for the rebels, as Montgomery was killed, Arnold, severely wounded, and Canada remained in the hands of the British.

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