This Week in History: Battle of Lundy’s Lane, Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin & “In God We Trust”

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, July 24

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1966, a United States Marine leaps to the defense of his comrades. Lance Corporal Richard Pittman would receive the Medal of Honor for his valor, but it would be years before he really knew, in his heart, that he’d done some good in Vietnam. For a while, he wasn’t so sure. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, July 25

On this day in 1814, Americans fight the Battle of Lundy’s Lane—the bloodiest land battle of the War of 1812. The conflict occurred just after American forces invaded Canada near the Niagara River. Yes, you read that right. We invaded Canada! And that invasion was going pretty well at first. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, July 26

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress creates a postal system and appoints Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. It’s hard for modern Americans to understand the importance of a post office in 1775. We are more likely to complain about postal inefficiency and to joke about “snail mail.” But for our ancestors, establishment of the post office was a bold move—and it was yet another thumb in the eye of the British King. Remember, the American colonists had been accustomed to using a British postal service. Obviously, that would no longer do once the Revolution began. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+

Bonus quote: Benjamin Franklin: “[A]n assembly of great men is the greatest fool upon earth.” MORE: Facebook

Thursday, July 27

On this day in 1775, George Washington’s army gets a new Surgeon General. Unfortunately, that man would turn out to be a traitor. What a terrible blow! Dr. Benjamin Church had long been a trusted member of the Sons of Liberty. When you think “traitor,” you probably think of Benedict Arnold. Well, it turns out that Dr. Church beat Arnold to the punch. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, July 28

On this day in 1746, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in South Carolina. The patriotic song “God Save our Thirteen States” is sometimes attributed to Thomas Heyward, Jr. If he did write it, then he penned the words as he sat in a British prison! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, July 29

On this day in 1781, Loyalists win the Battle of the House in the Horseshoe. Yes! The battle really occurred in a house. Perhaps you won’t be surprised to hear that the lady of the house would turn out to be a heroine that day? The house belonged to North Carolina Patriot Philip Alston, who’d been trying to capture Loyalist commander David Fanning. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, July 30

On this day in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law making “In God We Trust” the national motto. His action came just two years after he signed a law adding “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram