This Week in History: The Grunt Padre, The Swamp Fox, & the Marquis de Lafayette

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, September 3

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1967, a Navy chaplain makes the ultimate sacrifice as he ministers to his Marines during the Vietnam War. Father Vincent Capodanno was no ordinary military chaplain. In fact, he was affectionately dubbed “The Grunt Padre” by his men because of his insistence upon sharing their burdens and duties—however dangerous they might be. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, September 4

On this day in 1780, Francis Marion wins a victory against Loyalist forces at the Battle of Blue Savannah. Marion later came to be known as the “Swamp Fox.” Perhaps you will see why! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, September 5

On this day in 1774, the first Continental Congress convenes at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia. Its goal was to coordinate a response to Britain’s Intolerable Acts. Delegates from every colony but Georgia would attend some portion of the proceedings. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, September 6

On this day in 1757, a future Revolutionary War hero is born—in France! Do you know about the Marquis de Lafayette, the Frenchman who became like a son to George Washington? The two men first met in 1777, soon after Lafayette came to America. Lafayette was then just 19 years old. General Washington was 45. Nevertheless, one of Lafayette’s biographers would say, “the two men bonded almost immediately.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, September 7

During this week in 1780, George Washington loses a trusted senior officer. Allegedly, Brigadier General Enoch Poor died because of a sudden illness. But was it all really a cover-up? Poor’s unexpected death remains one of history’s great unsolved mysteries. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, September 8

On this day in 1974, President Gerald Ford grants a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon, who then faced possible criminal charges related to the Watergate scandal. Ford had been in office for only a month. Americans were irate! Shouldn’t Nixon be put on trial, just as any normal citizen would? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, 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. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

StoryTime Sunday! FDR’s plan to pack the Supreme Court. FULL STORY: Facebook