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posted on Colonial Sense: 04/06/2014 New AMC drama ‘Turn’: a Revolutionary War spy ring April 03, 2014, The Associated Press by Frazier Moore A classic spoof of the Revolutionary War finds Gen. George Washington interrupted by a bill collector out on the battlefield.
“Could you come back in a little while?” Washington proposes. “I’m going down in history at the moment.”
In real life, Washington didn’t know he was going down in history any more than do the characters of “Turn,” a new AMC drama about four young Americans who find themselves part of an espionage network destined to help the Continentals beat their British oppressors. It premieres Sunday (9 p.m. EDT).
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/06/2014 Getting George February 21, 2014, Now I Know by Dan Lewis Pictured above is one of the most iconic images in American history, even though it’s historically inaccurate. The painting, titled “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” depicts the start of the Battle of Trenton, a famous battle in the American Revolution. General George Washington is leading the Continental Army across the Delaware River into Trenton, New Jersey, late on the evening of Christmas, 1776. Across the river were a garrison of German soldiers-of-fortune known as Hessians, who were fighting in support of the British. Washington’s army overwhelmed the surprised Hessians, and the colonies were able to recapture Trenton before noon the next day. The battle is widely regarded as one of the key moments in the War of Independence, acting as a rallying point for the outnumbered and otherwise overmatched colonists in their struggle versus the British.
The Americans, of course, won the war. But the British destroyed the painting.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/05/2014 First Flag of 13 Colonies Up for Auction In NYC April 04, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff A New York City auctioneer is offering for sale a rare Revolutionary War flag it says could bring between $1 million and $3 million.
Doyle New York says the 1775 Forster Flag is the earliest surviving flag representing the 13 original colonies.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/05/2014 The Bicholim Conflict February 28, 2014, Now I Know by Dan Lewis. The Bicholim Conflict lasted either eight months or five and a half years, depending on one’s vantage point. It either began in the middle of 1640 and lasted until early 1641; or it started on the fourth of July, 2007, and came crashing down on December 29, 2012. It took place in what is now the Indian state of Goa, or it took place in cyberspace. Either way, no one died.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/02/2014 What Really Killed William Henry Harrison? March 31, 2014, The New York Times by Jane Mchugh and Philip A. Mackowiak William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, holds a distinction that with luck will never be equaled: He was our shortest-serving president, dying on April 4, 1841, after just a month in office.
What killed him? Historians have long accepted the diagnosis of Harrison’s doctor, Thomas Miller: “pneumonia of the lower lobe of the right lung, complicated by congestion of the liver.”
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/02/2014 Were the Irish Living in the Southeast Before Columbus Arrived? March 17, 2014, Indian Country Today by Christina Rose Irish culture is filled with tales of fairies, banshees and leprechauns, and there is nothing as Irish as a good story. It only makes sense then that there could be a good Native American story about the Irish, maybe as unprovable as the others, but as one archaeologist said, “Anything is possible.”
There are records that suggest the Irish came to America before Christopher Columbus, but while there is no solid evidence, there certainly are hints.
As the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission explored the neighborhood of Shockoe Bottom, it uncovered stories and relics that exposed Richmond’s role as an epicenter of the U.S. slave trade. An auction house. A gallows. A jail. Gradually, the idea of marking a slave trail grew into the bigger vision of creating a historical site, with both the state and city likely to help fund the effort. There is even talk of building a slavery museum.
posted on Colonial Sense: 04/01/2014 The ‘year of awe’ March 19, 2014, DailyDose by Tessa Harris A deadly fog that killed both man and beast, a blood-red moon, savage thunderstorms and great meteors: no wonder most people in eastern England thought the world was about to end in 1783!
coverSince the publication of my third novel, The Devil’s Breath, in January, several readers have told me they had never heard of this eponymous phenomenon that caused so much havoc in Europe in the years 1783-4. I have a confession to make; nor had I. Not, that is, until in April 2010 when most of Scotland and England and, indeed, much of northern Europe, found themselves at the mercy of a volcanic ash cloud. Thousands of flights were canceled, millions of air passengers were stranded and the economic fall-out was huge. I had friends who found themselves stuck in Italy for over a week longer than they planned and my husband couldn’t fulfil a business engagement in Aberdeen.
posted on Colonial Sense: 03/31/2014 How to Unmake a Sea Serpent: The Case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus March 29, 2014, EsoterX by Staff The process of unmaking monsters is often as illuminating as the process of making them. Not debunking them, rather historically revising them, for certainly a “hoax is a hoax, of course, of course” and humans are indeed predisposed to regard the unfamiliar with horror (evolutionarily important, since before we figured out that rocks were good for hitting things over the head with, it was a good bet that the unfamiliar was distinctly interested in eating you), rather I’m speaking of the steady and inexorable reinterpretation of phenomena into noumena (that which is known without the use of senses) over time. The mechanism by which conventional wisdom asserts itself to explain away the anomalistic across the years and establish the ever-elusive, scientific “truth”, a truth that is only ever at best admittedly partial (and thus discontinuous with some sort of universal verity), is in the sagacious words of Charles Hoy Fort, “like looking for a needle that no one ever lost in a haystack that never was”.
At a museum in Milan, Italy, a student reportedly broke that second rule: he climbed on a statue dating back to the early 19th century to take a selfie and caused the statue’s left leg to fall off. The discovery was made on Tuesday morning by the staff of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, one of Italy’s most renowned academic institutions, and it was apparently also recorded by security cameras.