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Pen and Sword_Images of War_Book Review

Pen and Sword_Images of War_Book Review

I enjoy going to rummage sales, antique stores and second-hand book stores in the hopes of finding that rare jewel of a book that fits my interests and is a bargain. Such was the case a week ago on a trip to Half-Price Books when I turned in three boxes of books for the princely […]

The Regulars are Coming Out_April 19th, 1775

The Regulars are Coming Out_April 19th, 1775

One of the enduring myths about the American War of Independence is that Paul Revere and William Dawes rode through the New England countryside shouting, ‘the British are coming, the British are coming.” Had they done so it would have been incomprehensible to to the average colonist who thought themselves British and indeed they were. […]

We Call Him Chesty

In my younger years, conventional parents and teachers encouraged boys and girls to read stories written about famous Americans.  I recall reading about William Penn, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Kit Carson, George Custer, Ulysses Grant, and Robert E. Lee.  They weren’t academically vetted manuscripts, of course —they were intended…

A Brief History of the American_British Alliance

A Brief History of the American_British Alliance

I’m not a particular fan of Twitter. I guess I don’t like counting characters. One of the things I do like is the incredible array of historical pictures one can find there through your follows. This one below popped up in my feed today. The picture symbolizes (to me anyway) the alliance the US and […]

The Hero Who Refused His Medal

Originally posted on KapyongKorea:
Ola Mize could have stepped right out of a Hollywood movie. Except he was no actor, to put it mildly. He was the real deal. Mize came from the humblest of backgrounds and went on to become one of his nation’s great heroes. Despite the adulation showered on him, he remained an…

The Red Baron_Movie Review

The Red Baron_Movie Review

We have Netflix and in my queue I have a lot of war movies. I keep them there in reserve so-to-speak for when my wife wants to watch something I have zero interest in. I can then break open the laptop put the head phones on and take a chance on a war movie I […]

Battle of the Chippewa, July, 1814- when Cousin Jonathan finally received some respect

This coming Christmas Eve the United States and Great Britain will be celebrating the end of the War of 1812. It was on December 24th, 1814 that the two powers signed the Treaty of Ghent that ended the conflict. It is unclear at this point whether President Obama and PM David Cameron intend to mark […]

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Originally posted on Church, State, Faith and Culture:
I don’t know why anyone is surprised that Russia has gobbled up the Crimea. Just because Russia is not officially communist anymore does not mean they do not have national ambitions for territory. It amazes me that our current President seems to think that making statements about…

Who was Bar-Kokhba?

Who was Bar-Kokhba?

The Jews fought two major wars against their Roman occupiers. The First Jewish War ended in 70 AD when the Roman General Titus stormed Jerusalem and destroyed what is known as the Second Temple. The temple’s destruction fulfilled what Jesus had prophesied in Matthew 24:1-2. The Second Jewish War was fought during the reign of […]

A Coal War in West Virginia circa 1921

A Coal War in West Virginia circa 1921

A few years ago my wife and I traveled to Virginia for our wedding anniversary. Our destination was the beautiful Shenandoah Valley but to get there we had to travel through another beautiful area, the mountains of West Virginia. West Virginia is coal country. The people (not those struck down by poverty and lack of […]

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