This Week in History: Burr & Hamilton duel, Battle of Huck’s Defeat, and Howard Hughes’s flight

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, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, July 8

Medal of Honor Monday! On this day in 1944, a hero is born. William “Pits” Pitsenbarger once tried to quit high school to join the Army. Instead, he finished high school, then joined the Air Force. He would go on to serve in Vietnam, completing hundreds of rescues as a pararescue medic. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, July 9

During this month in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention debate an important question: How should a President be elected? You’d be surprised by the great variety of crazy ideas they had. For starters, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that we’d have only one President. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, July 10

On this day in 1777, British Major General Richard Prescott is captured. One author has called this event “the outstanding special operation of the Revolutionary War,” which “still ranks as one of the greatest in American military history.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, July 11

On this day in 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in a duel. In a sad and ironic twist, Hamilton’s oldest son had been killed in a duel on the very same dueling grounds less than three years earlier. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, July 12

On this day in 1780, Americans win the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation (or Huck’s Defeat) in South Carolina. The battle took place shortly after the surrender of Charleston and the massacre at the Battle of the Waxhaws. Those two battles had been demoralizing for the Patriot cause. The British were beginning to think that they’d squashed resistance in South Carolina. Perhaps worse, many Americans feared that they were right. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, July 13

On this day in 1938, Howard Hughes nears the end of his flight around the world. He wasn’t the first to make such a flight, but he was well on track to being the fastest. Naturally, Hughes wanted more than mere speed. The entrepreneurial pilot had another vision in mind. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, July 14

On this day in 1776, George Washington refuses to accept a letter from British Admiral Richard Howe. The admiral and his brother, General William Howe, were attempting to contact Washington without recognizing the legitimacy of his military title. Of course, what they really meant is that they did not accept the legitimacy of the American cause.. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram