This Week in History: President McKinley shot, Battle of Eutaw Springs, & the first submarine attack

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

Monday, September 4

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1916, a hero is born. Nathan Gordon is known to some as the longest-serving Lt. Governor in Arkansas history. Before that, he was a pilot who made a daring air-sea rescue during World War II. But for Gordon, fifteen American airmen would have lost their lives in the churning waters of the Bismarck Sea—assuming they weren’t captured by the Japanese first. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, September 5

On this day in 1779, Benjamin Tallmadge leads a raid on Lloyd’s Neck. You may know Tallmadge as the leader of George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, but did you know that there was a more traditional military side to him, too? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+

Wednesday, September 6

On this day in 1901, President William McKinley is shot by a gunman. He would pass away eight days later. The McKinleys were then attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. The President had been invited to give a speech. He’d accepted the invitation and was eager to attend, although Mrs. McKinley was worried. She had a bad feeling about the event and didn’t really want him to go. The President went anyway. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, September 7

On this day in 1942, Allied forces win the Battle of Milne Bay—the very first Allied victory against Japanese land forces! Needless to say, the victory proved to be a tremendous morale booster. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus post! On this day in 1776, Americans launch the first submarine attack! They hoped to break a British blockade of New York harbor. The submarine was the work of David Bushnell, an inventor from Connecticut. Submarines were not entirely new, but Bushnell was still figuring out many underwater logistics for the first time. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook

Friday, September 8

On this day in 1781, the Battle of Eutaw Springs takes place. It would be the last major Revolutionary War battle fought south of Virginia. George Washington’s victory at Yorktown was just around the corner! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, September 9

On this day in 1786, George Washington writes a letter on a difficult topic. His views on slavery had been changing for many years. Perhaps unfortunately for him, his new perspective on slavery was making it difficult for him to settle a debt. The estate of John Mercer owed him money. An attempt was made to pay off part of that debt by giving him some slaves, but Washington did not want that! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, September 10

On this day in 1736, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Virginia. Carter Braxton was a wealthy and influential man with a lot to lose! His family had received large land grants from King George II. He had a thriving tobacco business. He held many public offices. It would have been easy for him to hold on to his position, power, and money. Instead, he supported the Patriot cause. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram