This Week in History: The Battle of the Alamo, the Newburgh Conspiracy, & the Boston Massacre

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, March 5

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1966, a Green Beret engages in a multi-day battle in Vietnam. The Army estimates that Bennie Adkins took out anywhere from 135 to 175 enemy forces during the course of the conflict. You never would have known that Adkins himself had sustained multiple injuries. He just kept going! And he refused to leave until every other soldier had been evacuated. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote: Federalist Paper No. 64: “The power of making treaties is an important one, especially as it relates to war, peace, and commerce; and it should not be delegated but in such a mode, and with such precautions, as will afford the highest security that it will be exercised by men the best qualified for the purpose, and in the manner most conducive to the public good.” MORE: Permalink; Facebook

Tuesday, March 6

On this day in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo is fought. Despite a valiant defense by the Texans (then called Texians), the Mexican Army is victorious. When Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna first arrived at the Alamo, he sent a courier with a demand that the Texians surrender. Do you want to take one wild guess as to how the Texians responded? They responded with a cannonball! The Texas spirit was born early, wasn’t it?! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, March 7

On this day in 1777, future President John Adams writes three letters to his wife, Abigail Adams. The partnership and marriage between those two Patriots is one of the great stories from the Revolutionary period. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote: Federalist Paper No. 65: “[Impeachment proceedings] will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused. In many cases it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions . . . ; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” MORE:  Permalink; Facebook

Thursday, March 8

On this day in 1884, Susan B. Anthony testifies before a House committee. She asks Congress to give women the right to vote. It was the 16th year in a row that she had appeared before Congress and asked for such a right! She would eventually testify before every Congress from 1869 to 1906. Did you know that suffragettes such as Anthony began their battle early, in the mid-1800s? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote: Federalist Paper No. 66: “The truth is, that in all such cases it is essential to the freedom and to the necessary independence of the deliberations of the body, that the members of it should be exempt from punishment for acts done in a collective capacity; and the security to the society must depend on the care which is taken to confide the trust to proper hands, to make it their interest to execute it with fidelity, and to make it as difficult as possible for them to combine in any interest opposite to that of the public good.” MORE: Permalink; Facebook

Friday, March 9

On this day in 1862, the Battle of Hampton Roads comes to an end. That Civil War battle was notable: For the first time ever, two ironclad warships had met in combat. Between the two of them, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia would have a lasting impact on naval warfare. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, March 10

On this day in 1783, an inflammatory letter circulates among the soldiers in General George Washington’s army. The so-called Newburgh Conspiracy was afoot. At this juncture, the war was basically over, but a peace treaty between Britain and America had yet to be signed. As the soldiers waited, they grew restless. They had been paid only on an irregular basis throughout the war. They were ready to mutiny. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, March 11

During this week in 1770, the Boston Massacre occurs. Five Bostonians are killed by British soldiers. Others are wounded. Tension had been mounting for years. Parliament wanted to establish its authority to tax the colonies, and it had approved a series of duties: the much-hated Townshend Acts. Naturally, the colonists didn’t think too much of THAT. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Bonus quote: Federalist Paper No. 67: “The ordinary power of appointment is confined to the President and Senate JOINTLY . . . ; but as it would have been improper to oblige this body to be continually in session for the appointment of officers and as vacancies might happen IN THEIR RECESS, which it might be necessary for the public service to fill without delay, the succeeding clause is evidently intended to authorize the President, SINGLY, to make temporary appointments . . . .” MORE: Permalink; Facebook