Soldier’s Quarters

December 31, 2007

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Revolutionary War Soldier’s Cabin at Mount Vernon Museum, Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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December During the Revolution

December 16, 2007

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December seems to have been an important month for most of the years of the Revolutionary War. The following is from the museum at Mount Vernon, Virginia:

  • December 1776 – Washington crossed the Delaware River and captured Trenton, New Jersey.

  • December 1777 – Washington’s troops entered Winter Camp and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

  • December 1778 – Britain carried the war to the southern colonies by occupying Savannah, Georgia.

  • December 1779 – British General Clinton sailed from New York harbor to Charleston, South Carolina with 50,000 troops.

  • December 1783 – General Washington “voluntarily” stepped down as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

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John Miles Duvall of Maryland

December 12, 2007

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JOHN MILES DUVALL was born about 1750, in Saint Mary’s County. During the Revolutionary War he served in the Maryland militia. He also signed an Oath of Allegiance to the rebel government and furnished supplies to the continental army. After the war, he removed to Virginia where he was living when he died. 

From reading Don Frederick, a blogger for the Los Angeles Times, I have learned that presidential contender Barack Obama is a direct descendant of this Revolutionary War patriot. Mike Rowley, the head of the Iowa branch of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, sent an invitation for membership to Obama’s Senate office just last week. He noted that genealogical research had concluded that through his mother’s side of the family, Senator Obama shares a blood line with John Miles Duvall of Maryland.

In urging Senator Obama to join on with the Society, Rowley also wants to invite Obama to a cemetery in Montrose, Iowa, later this month, where homage will be paid to Cato Mead, the only black Revolutionary War soldier known to have lived and died in the Hawkeye State of Iowa.

Rowley invoked Mead’s name in part to call attention to legislation in Congress — whose sponsors include Chris Dodd, Obama’s rival in the Democratic presidential race — to build a new monument in Washington commemorating, as the effort’s website spells out, the more than 5,000 blacks who volunteered to fight in the American Revolution.

We tracked down Rowley, 50, at his home in a Des Moines suburb and, in elaborating on his letter, he displayed the political savvy we’ve come to expect from Iowans. He said that even though time is growing short, he hoped to organize the event at Mead’s grave site while Iowa is awash with presidential wannabees (Dodd also has been invited). Once the state’s Jan. 3 caucuses are over, he agreed, candidate visits to Iowa will be few and far between. (“Barack Obama’s Family Tree”)

I already wrote about Barack Obama being a kissing cousin of both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney: “Too Much Sleuthing Going On.” With Senator Obama almost enfolded in the arms of the Sons of the American Revolution”, how long can it be until an invitation is forthcoming for Hillary Clinton to join the Daughters of the American Revolution?

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It Began at Lexington Green

December 11, 2007

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Lexington Green was the first official conflict of the American Revolutionary War. Captain Parker and his militiamen faced the British army on this spot. “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here” were the Captain’s immortal words to his men on the 19th of April in ’75.

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Then Rose Sam Adams

December 6, 2007

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Recall the early days of the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. “They were too divided in religious sentiment,” what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God, they founded this great nation.

And in that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine “author of liberty.” And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, “with freedom’s holy light.”

God bless this great land, the United States of America.  ~~Mitt Romney in his “Faith of My Fathers” speech, 6 December 2007.

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Michie Tavern Interior

December 2, 2007

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William Michie, the original proprietor of the tavern, was a corporal at Valley Forge when he requested leave from the Revolutionary War to return home to his ailing father. When he arrived, his father had already passed away. Michie inherited his father’s land and in 1784, he established Michie’s Tavern in western Albemarle at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 1920s, his tavern was sold and moved to the site where it is now, next to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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