Gettysburg National Military Park

In February I spent two weeks in York, PA on business. While there most of my time was filled with work related activities. Wanting to take a break, I took the advice of several coworkers and visited Gettysburg National Military Park one Saturday. Eight hours after arriving at the park I sat down for dinner at a local restaurant. I could have easily spent another day. There is so much material available about the battle that I will not provide a description here. Rather, I will post pictures and try to describe my impressions of the museum and battlefield.
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What it Means to Wear the Green

Very informative.

Emerging Revolutionary War Era

This St. Patrick’s Day millions of people around the world will wear green and celebrate the Irish holiday.  However there was a time when wearing the color green in Ireland could be punishable by death.

In the wake of the American Revolution, revolutions and rebellions began to breakout across Europe.  While much has been written on how the American Revolution helped inspire the epic and violent French Revolution in 1789, the Irish rebellion of 1798 has largely been forgotten.

Arklowflag.svg One of the green banners carried by Irish rebels in 1798.  This one uses a phrase common in the American Revolution.

Ireland watched with wonder as the American colonies united and declared independence from England in 1776.  They read about how the rag tag American Army defeated the British empire.  In France they watched the lower classes overthrow the aristocracy and execute their monarchs while creating a new republic.  In 1794…

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So… how have you been?

I hope all has been well? Quite a bit has happened since I last posted, way back on January 28th. Back in December an old friend, and former client, approached me with an opportunity. He had started his own successful company many years ago. In an effort to continue what he had built, he had recently sold his company to another organization. The new ownership wanted to expand the existing operation, and was looking for someone with my experience. It was an excellent opportunity.

Most of my time over the last nine weeks have been dedicated to securing the position, training for it, and launching the new effort. Unfortunately, I was not able to give any time to writing during that time. Worse still, I have not been able to read your blogs on a regular basis. Now that the paying gig is moving, I believe I can start spending more time here. Though I may be somewhat sporadic in posting, I promise to do a better job reading your posts. I am grateful for each of you.

Part of the nine weeks was spent in York, PA. Being the history lover that I am, I did take one break and spent an entire Saturday at Gettysburg National Park.

Pictures to follow…

 

The Thomas Flyer Auto Arrives in Norwalk – Setting a New Record

Another cool post by Dave at Firelands

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At five a.m. on a frigid Monday morning, one hundred-ten years ago today, a large (by 1907 standards) Thomas Flyer automobile, and its escort vehicle, chugged into Norwalk and stopped in front of the New St. Charles Hotel. A large white sign in the back of the Thomas Flyer proclaimed:

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The exhausted occupants, bundled in heavy overcoats against the cold, stumbled into the hotel for a few hours sleep, leaving the engine of the Thomas Flyer running. At eight-thirty p.m. the day before, they had unexpectedly run out of gas just before reaching Cleveland, after breaking the world record for continuously running an automobile engine (as their sign proclaimed). Less than two hours later, the engine again roared to life, and the driver vowed not to let it die until it had again broken it’s own record.

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thomas-motor-companyThe Thomas Motor Company had been in business since 1902, and following…

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Cries and Whispers – 1979 Triumph Broadside

If you are interested in automobiles (and I am), this is a great site. Interesting history on a car from my younger days.

Driven To Write

Driven to Write takes aim at Triumph’s putative TR7 successor and gives it both barrels.

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The Triumph TR7 is one of those unfortunate cars that if it hadn’t suffered from bad luck it would’ve had no luck at all. Created as the former BLMC crashed into bankruptcy and public ownership, its development was bedevilled by financial and regulatory uncertainty. 

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New Site

Hey folks, this is a new blog. My son and one of his buddies write the articles. If you like it, please follow!

LeBron is right. When compared to the Spurs or the Warriors, the depth of the Cavaliers’ roster comes up woefully short. Outside of LeBron and Kyrie, nobody else is really capable of effectively distributing the ball. Finding a functional playmaker, for a decent price, should be the top priority. However, the way LeBron aired his…

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Greatest Leaders of the American Revolution You Have Never Heard Of

Excellent history, posted on a great site! Please pay it a visit.

Emerging Revolutionary War Era

Part One 

When I was completing my graduate degree in American history from George Mason University a few years back, I took on the challenge of trying to examine the motivations of American soldiers during the American Revolutionary War.

The basis was to examine, “why they fought” if I can borrow a line used frequently by Civil War scholars and historians.

Being a native Marylander, I narrowed my focus on soldiers from that colony/state.

Yet, I was struck by the continued emergence of one name in particular and this gentleman became a focal point of mine.

This gentleman became through the war and could not be ignored with any mention of Maryland and her patriotic citizenry’s service in the war. His name is Otho Holland Williams.

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First a little background on Otho Holland Williams. Otho Williams’ early life mirrors that of many early American colonists. His parents…

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