The Burning of the White House and the Star Spangled Banner


Great post on the War of 1812, the forgotten war with Great Britain.

Originally posted on War and Security:

On 2 June 1814, 2,500 men from Wellington’s army under the command of Major General Robert Ross, like many of his men a Peninsular War veteran, left Bordeaux, arriving at Bermuda on 25 July. Another battalion of 900 men was then added to Ross’s force.

Ross’s force and its naval escort then proceeded to Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay where it joined a British fleet commanded by Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, who had been appointed to command of the Royal Navy’s North American Station in March. The combined fleet included more than 20 warships, four of them ships of the line, and a large number of transports. Ross’s force was increased to over 4,000 men by the addition of 700 marines.[1]

Cochrane sent frigates up the Potomac and towards Baltimore in order to confuse the Americans before entering the Patuxent. On 19 August Ross’s force made…

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Doughboys Arrive in Great Britain 1917

The US entered World War One in April of 1917 but it would take a year before the doughboys arrived in numbers to make a difference in France. At the start of the war the US Army was tiny but by the end of hostilities on November 11th, 1918 over 4 million men had volunteered or been drafted into US Armed Forces.

The pictures below are from Liberty’s Victorious Conflict a post-war (1919) publication that illustrated the war from its start in 1914 to its end in 1918.

The doughboys were welcomed first in Great Britain and then in France. Both countries were exhausted by three+ years of war and they saw America’s entry into the war as the means to break the dead lock.

The captions below speak for themselves but I like the second one best. It features the doughboys in their distinctive campaign hats marching past an honor guard of British Horse Guards in their ceremonial uniform.




Lundy’s Lane and the Niagara Front in 1814


Great blog!

Originally posted on War and Security:

Major General Jacob Brown, commanding the US Left Division, failed to follow up the US victory at Chippawa on 5 July

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_the_Niagara_Frontier,_1869.jpg The Niagara Front Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_the_Niagara_Frontier,_1869.jpg

1812. He allowed the defeated British, commanded by Major General Phineas Riall, to retreat to Fort George near the mouth of the River Niagara on Lake Ontario.

Brown advanced to Queenston, a few miles south of Fort George, but his force, whose largest guns were 18 pounders, was too weak to assault it. He hoped that 24 pounders might be brought from Sacket’s Harbor, but British control of the lake made this impossible. On 24 July the Americans withdrew behind the River Chippawa in order to re-supply before moving on the Burlington Heights.

Lieutenant General Gordon Drummond, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, ordered a British force under Lieutenant Colonel John Tucker to advance from Fort Niagara along the east bank…

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Beyond Redemption? Part 2 Nuremberg


Part Two, Beyond Redemption from my other blog, Church, State, Faith and Culture

Originally posted on Discipleship Counseling:

I recently finished author Tim Townsend’s Mission at Nuremberg-An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis.

Mission at Nuremberg

During the reading of the book a flood of Scripture came to my mind in the different sections of the book. Some were the Scriptures quoted in the book but many were not as I considered the man who ministered to the Nazis at Nuremberg, Pastor Henry Gerecke (LCMS).

The two passages that kept coming to my mind after I finished the book were Acts 2:22-24 and Acts 2:37-39.

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the…

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Beyond Redemption? Part 1


A crossover series from my other blog based on my reading of Mission at Nuremberg, An American Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend

Originally posted on Discipleship Counseling:

This is part one of a series derived from my reading of Mission at Nuremberg, An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis by Tim Townsend.  For those with an interest in theology and history I cannot recommend this book enough. To say that it is thought-provoking would understate what Mr. Townsend has accomplished in telling Pastor Gerecke’s story and his ministry to hardened war criminals.

There are many angles to the story that I could have focused one but I chose to focus on what I believe is the central proposition-Could a hardened Nazi war criminal find redemption at the Cross of Jesus Christ? 

Part One

In 2007 on a mission trip to Poland we took a side trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Although I was familiar with Nazi death camps and intellectually understood the horror of a death camp it’s something quite different to actually visit one…

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Australian searchers may have located long-lost submarine


Australia’s first loss during WW1 was a small submarine and now it looks as it has been found. Good article from The Cotton Boll Conspiracy blog.

Originally posted on The Cotton Boll Conspiracy:


The latest effort to locate the Australian submarine HMAS AE1, lost 100 years ago this month, have proved tantalizing but inconclusive so far.

Earlier this month an Australian navy vessel searching for the submarine, which went missing Sept. 14, 1914, with 35 men on board, reported “a contact of interest” in the Papua New Guinea search area.

The loss of the AE1 in the opening weeks of World War I took place after the Australian fleet sailed to New Guinea to capture the Germany colony on Britain’s behalf. The objective was to take out telegraph stations providing key communications for the German Pacific Fleet, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We need to get more detailed analysis. That is what we are doing at the moment,” according to a source with the Australian defense department. “Different sources, not only military, need to see if it fits the submarine’s…

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Scotland the Brave_a Tribute

As a “Yank” I’ve never had a horse in the race regarding the movement for Scottish Independence from the UK. Frankly, I’ve never understood the argument from the secessionists but certainly have recognized the “William Wallace” pride associated with being Scottish.

Soooo, it has seemed to me that the two countries are better off with another than they are apart and I hope that since Scotland has chosen to remain united  with the UK the concerns of independence movement can be addressed.

My wife visited Scotland a number of years ago and knowing my interest in the UK (and Highland) history she bought me a boat load of postcards.

(As a side note my wife’s ancestors fought at Culloden on the side of the Jacobites so maybe she would have voted for independence ;-)

Here’s three of my favorites that my Clan Robertson wife purchased for me:

Piper Kenneth McKay, 79th Cameron Highlanders at Waterloo, by Lockhart Bogle.

Piper Kenneth McKay, 79th Cameron Highlanders at Waterloo, by Lockhart Bogle.

Piper McKay is my favorite. The Highland Brigade (42nd, 79th, 92nd Highland Regiments) at Waterloo covered itself with glory with drums beating and the pipes belting out Scotland the Brave.

The 79th Cameron Highlanders. 1856 from the painting by Major, R. A. Wymer

The 79th Cameron Highlanders. 1856 from the painting by Major, R. A. Wymer

This post card depicts the 79th Cameron Highlanders in the uniform of the Crimean War where they gained fame as part of the Thin Red Line at the Battle of the Alma.

Highlanders, from a print by J. A. Atkinson, published by William Miller 1807

Highlanders, from a print by J. A. Atkinson, published by William Miller 1807

This postcard does not identify the regiment but since it was published by R. H. Q., Queen’s Own Highlanders (now the Seaforth and Camerons) I am assuming that the original print sought to depict the 79th in their 1807 kilt pattern.


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