This Week in History: Unsung Revolutionary War heroes, Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, & New York ratifies the Constitution

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 22

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1980, Lt. Col. Matt Urban receives the Medal of Honor. That Medal had been a long time coming: Urban’s bravery came years earlier, during World War II. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, July 23

On this day in 1746, a future Spanish Governor and supporter of the Patriot cause is born in Malaga, Spain. You probably don’t know his name, but you’ve surely heard of a city named in his honor: Galveston, Texas! Or maybe you’ve traveled down Galvez Street in New Orleans? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, July 24

On this day in 1789, President George Washington accepts a letter of resignation from someone you’ve never heard of. But maybe your schools should have told you about him?! Charles Thomson was the perpetual secretary of Congress throughout the American Revolution. His job was to do much of the unglamorous, behind-the-scenes work that made our Revolution possible. Yet most Americans have no idea he existed. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, July 25

On this day in 1861, the U.S. Senate approves the Crittenden-Johnson Resolution, a version of which had already been approved by the House. The official purpose of the Civil War, Congress had decided, was to defend the Constitution and to hold the Union together, not to abolish slavery. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, July 26

On this day in 1788, New York ratifies the U.S. Constitution. It was the 11th state to join the Union, but the timing of that decision created some interesting dynamics for New Yorkers to consider. Remember, only nine states were needed to put the Constitution into effect. At this point in the process, then, New York’s vote was no longer really needed. The United States of America could (and would) exist, with or without New York. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, July 27

On or around this day in 1716, a signer of the Declaration of Independence was born. Or maybe his birthday wasn’t in July after all. Maybe it was closer to Christmas—or Easter. He could have been born in the middle of a rare Irish tornado for all we know. Almost nothing is known about the circumstances of George Taylor’s birth. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, July 28

During this week in 1775, George Washington’s army gets a new Surgeon General. Unfortunately, that man would turn out to be a traitor. What a terrible blow! Dr. Benjamin Church had long been a trusted member of the Sons of Liberty. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram