Which two people died on the 4th of July? Benjamin Franklin Born: 1706 George Washington Born: 1732 John Adams Born: 1735 John Hancock Born: 1737 Thomas Jefferson Born: 1743 Abraham Lincoln Born: 1809 Good luck.
Even the night before the Fourth of July, it’s easy to obtain (where legal, of course) nearly an unlimited supply of fireworks, sparklers and other brilliant incendiary devices. Though such gunpowder-based confections stir delight in children and swelling patriotism in … Continue reading
The following is a list of upcoming Footnote Member Meetings we will be holding the remainder of 2007. Salt Lake City, Utah: Friday, July 20, 2007 at 3pm IAJGS 2007 Conference Fort Wayne, Indiana: Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 2pm. … Continue reading
We will be holding a meeting of Footnote.com members at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 2pm. The meeting will be held at The National Archives building in downtown Washington D.C. Footnote … Continue reading
The National Archives unveiled a handwritten note by Abraham Lincoln written on 7 July 1863 telling his generals to bring about “the litteral(sic) or substantial destruction of (Robert E.) Lee’s army” after the battle of Gettysburg. A week after Lincoln’s … Continue reading
I read an interesting article recently about the new USS Monitor Center at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The USS Monitor, and the Monitor Class ships that came after it, played an important roll in the Civil War … Continue reading
In the bibliography of David McCullough’s bestselling book, “1776“, (see what else we’re reading) lies an interesting source: “Revolutionary Pension Records.” Much of the power of McCullough’s writing comes from his ability to recount an event that happened more than … Continue reading