This Week in History: Independence Day, George Washington’s only surrender, & the Dogs of World War I

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 and MeWe, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, July 2

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1943, a U.S. soldier begins a mission that would ultimately earn him the Medal of Honor. Would you believe that he took out a tank with a tommy gun!?! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, July 3

On this day in 1754, a young Colonel George Washington surrenders his “Fort Necessity” to the French. It was the only time he ever surrendered. At this point in time, ownership and control of the Ohio Country were hotly contested. Washington had been dispatched to the area with orders to “make Prisoners of or kill & destroy” anyone who disputed British control of the region. He had roughly 160 men. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, July 4

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopts our Declaration of Independence. It had already resolved on July 2 that “these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States . . . .” Now it formally adopted a written document, too. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, July 5

On this day in 1924, President Calvin and First Lady Grace Coolidge tend to their son at Walter Reed Army hospital. Their teenaged son was deathly ill and not expected to survive. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, July 6

On this day in 1781, the Battle of Green Spring is fought. Technically, the battle was a British victory. Strategically, it was anything but! The British might have won the field, but they squandered an opportunity to squash American forces in Virginia. That failure would set up the British to lose the all-important Battle of Yorktown. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, July 7

During this week in 1755, a young George Washington becomes the “hero of the Monongahela.” Only one year earlier, he had been given an early command, but then forced into a disgraceful surrender at his hastily constructed Fort Necessity. Now he finally had a chance to redeem himself. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, July 8

On this day in 1835, city bells toll as a funeral procession for Chief Justice John Marshall makes its way down Philadelphia streets. Some reports say that the Liberty Bell cracked on that day, although the story has never been proven. Marshall was one of the nation’s early Chief Justices, and his tenure established the Court as we think of it today. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+

StoryTime Sunday! Dogs, the Army, and World War I (live feed). MORE: Facebook; YouTube