This Day in History: Confederate forces win the Second Battle of Bull Run

On this day in 1862, Confederate forces win the Second Battle of Bull Run. The two-day battle would prove to be one of the bloodier battles of the Civil War. Union General John Pope was then chasing Confederate General Stonewall Jackson across northern Virginia. Pope thought he knew where Jackson was going, and he thought […]

This Day in History: The Sons of Liberty retaliate in Massachusetts

On this day in 1765, the Sons of Liberty destroy Massachusetts Lt. Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s home. It had been mere months since the British Parliament had passed the Stamp Act, which placed much-detested taxes on the American colonies. Let’s just say that the colonists were still pretty furious! John Adams wrote of the depth of […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s mother passes away

On this day in 1789, George Washington’s mother passes away from breast cancer. Did you ever wonder about his mother? Did the two get along? What was their relationship like? Not much is known about Mary Ball Washington’s early years, but we know that she was an orphan by the time she was 12 years […]

This Day in History: The first black Marine to receive a Medal of Honor

On this day in 1968, James Anderson Jr. is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was the first black Marine to receive the Medal. “This Marine, in particular,” the United States Marine Corps website states, “accomplished in an instant, what most people will never do in a life time.” In some ways, Anderson was […]