April 19, 1775: Lexington and Concord-Why They Fought

    In 1843 twenty two year old Mellen Chamberlain, who would later be a legislator, a judge and chief librarian of Boston, interviewed 86 year old Captain Levi Preston, last surviving veteran of the battle of Concord: Question:  “Captain Preston,

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April 19, 1775: The Shot Heard Round the World

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson       “Sheriff Taylor” reminds us in the above

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January 28, 1813: Pride and Prejudice Published

Two centuries today since the publication of Pride and Prejudice.  I confess that I have generally found Jane Austen to be a snore fest unless her text is enlivened, if that is the proper word when Zombies are involved, as

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Interviews With Veterans of the Revolution in 1864

  Hattip to commenter RL for finding this American Heritage article. In 1864 the Reverend Elias Brewster Hilliard, a minister from Connecticut, at the request of a Hartford publisher, set out on the task of interviewing the seven surviving veterans

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