Today’s guest post was written by Jim Zeender, senior registrar in Exhibits at the National Archives in Washington, DC. This post continues the story of Jefferson as Governor, began in Part I. Jefferson’s term as Governor ended on June 2, 1781, a dangerous and chaotic time for Virginia. General Cornwallis had heard of the General [...]
Posted by Hilary on May 16, 2013, under - Declaration of Independence, - Presidents, - Revolutionary War.
Tags: Charlottesville, Cornwallis, Governor, Jefferson, Monticello, revolutionary war, virginia
Today’s guest post was written by Jim Zeender, senior registrar in Exhibits at the National Archives. This week, we celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 270th birthday—April 13, 1743—and look at one particular year in his life, 1781. That year did not begin auspiciously for Jefferson, and on April 13 he would have matters on his mind more [...]
Today’s History Crush post is from archives technician Timothy Duskin, who confesses that his admiration for our first President has only increased since researching the records related to George Washington at the National Archives. I have always considered George Washington to be the greatest Founding Father, the greatest President, and the greatest American. Two years ago, I [...]
Posted by Hilary on April 25, 2012, under Uncategorized.
Tags: Articles of Confederation, Boston Tea Party, constitutional convention, declaration of independence, Fairfax County Resolves, Founding Father, French and Indian War, george washington, history crush, militia, Mount Vernon, President, Quasi-War, Reolutionary War, virginia, Virginia Declaration of Rights
America is a celebrity-crazed nation, a place where movie stars, musicians, and even politicians are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. But you may be surprised to learn that our national fascination with fame predates Hollywood and the modern media. The proof is in an original letter written by President Washington to his friend, Gov. Henry [...]
Posted by Gregory Marose on February 20, 2012, under Uncategorized.
Tags: birthday, george washington, Henry Lee, letters, national archives, paprazzi, portraits, President, Presidents Day, video short, virginia, washington, Washington's Birthday
The Medal of Honor is the highest honor in recognition of “gallantry in action.” Yet when President Abraham Lincoln signed “An act to further promote the efficiency of the Navy” into law on December 21, 1861, the creation of this honor is just a paragraph in section seven. Only 200 “medals of honor” were [...]
Posted by Hilary on December 6, 2011, under - Civil War, Letters in the National Archives, Unusual documents.
Tags: 14th New York Artillery, 1862, 37th Massachusetts Regimental Association, abraham lincoln, Lt. John S. Bradley, Medal of Honor, Navy, Pennsylvania, Petersburg, Philadelphia, Pvt. Samuel E. Eddy, Rotunda, Sailor’s Creek, Sgt. James Hill, virginia, William Wilson & Sons