Sunday, January 17, 2016

John Randolph of Roanoke

 
John Randolph of Roanoke opposed the War of 1812 and dueled with Henry Clay


On June 18, 1812, Congressman John Randolph told a group of Congressional war-hawks after their overwhelming vote to declare war on Britain, "Gentlemen, you have made war -- you have finished the ruin of our country -- and before you conquer Canada, your idol [Napoleon] will cease to distract the world, and the capitol will be in ruin." Although the war did not ruin the United States, Britain did burn the Capitol two years later in 1814 after Napoleon's exile freed British troops for duty in America. In fact, it was John Randolph who dubbed the pro-war congressmen "war hawks" in the first place.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Haliaeetus Washingtonii - Washington's Sea Eagle


Of all the monuments to George Washington, Audubon's dedication of this eagle to Washington is perhaps the strangest. Strange because this species doesn't exist.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ishmael Day

From Between The Lines by H.B. Smith, 1911
Barbara Fritchie with a Shotgun: Like fellow elderly Marylander Barbara Fritchie, Ishmael Day became famous for defending the flag from rebel invaders during the Civil War. But Day differs from Fritchie in several respects. Barbara Fritchie probably didn't do what she is famous for doing, and Day used a shotgun. Day was also a veteran of the War of 1812.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Civil War Love Story

She was a Confederate Heroine, He was a Union Officer;

Ford Building, 3977 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax
  Together They Found a Separate Peace.