Tag Archives: History

A Time for Choosing

27 Oct

Delivered on this day in 1964.

As relevant today as it was then. Perhaps moreso.


Minnie Pearl: 50 Cent Kiss

25 Oct

Minnie Pearl, Born on this Day in 1912

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon
October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996

On this Day in History – October 19, 1791

19 Oct

The Surrender at Yorktown, by John Trumbull, 1820

October 19, 1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.

On this Day in History, October 14, 1926

14 Oct

October 14,  1926
Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, is first published.

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?””

~ Winnie the Pooh

Remembering Robert E. Lee

12 Oct

Robert E. Lee died 140 years ago today, October 12, 1870.

Each day at lunch, when the weather cooperates, I take about a 40 minute walk from my office near the Capital, down along with Richmond Canal Walk out to Brown’s Island. At the end of Island and just across from the American Civil War Center at Tredegar Ironworks is a walking bridge, or a partial bridge. The bridge commemorates the fall of Richmond. Carved into the planks are quotes from those affected by the siege of the Capital of the Confederacy. First among them, a quote from Robert E. Lee.

“It is absolutely necessary that we should abandon our position tonight.”
General Robert E. Lee to Jefferson Davis.

It is difficult for many to understand the respect and admiration of Robert E. Lee, one of the most brilliant military minds of his time. for that reason, he was offered a commission by President Lincoln, but declined and returned to his native Virginia.

Yes, Lee fought for a losing cause, and for a cause that defended the buying and selling of fellow human beings. That much cannot be ignored. But it will not be debated here.

When he died Lee was serving as President of then Washington University. Not long after, the name was changed to Washington and Lee University.

Robert E. Lee was a man of integrity, a man of deep faith and his adversaries recognized that. While at Washington University Lee recruited students from the north and stated that “We have but one rule here, and it is that every student be a gentleman.” In post war politics, lee supported civil rights and a system of free public schools for blacks.

The day of his passing the headline in a Richmond paper read:

“News of the death of Robert E. Lee, beloved chieftain of the Southern army, whose strategy mainly was responsible for the surprising fight staged by the Confederacy, brought a two-day halt to Richmond’s business activities.”

Lee’s last words were “Strike the Tent.”

Robert Edward Lee
January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870

On this Day in History – September 17, 1787

17 Sep

On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution.


We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Wouldn’t it be a novel thought if our politicians would actually read it?

Born on this Day, April 3, 1922

3 Apr

Doris Day, April 3, 1922
born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff

On this Date in History, March 25, 1584

25 Mar

March 25, 1584

Sir Walter Raleigh is granted a patent to colonize Virginia.

On This Date in History – March 23, 1775

23 Mar

Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free– if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending–if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained–we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable–and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Maybe that's why Abe grew the beard.

13 Mar

Abe Lincoln Totally Looks Like Jefferson Davis…

Abraham Lincoln Totally Looks Like Jefferson Davis
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