Tag Archives: Independence Day

“Independence Forever”–except in Vicksburg

To commemorate 1826’s July Fourth celebrations in Quincy, Massachusetts—which marked the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—the organizing committee approached the town’s elder statesman, John Adams. Adams, the single most important voice of the independence movement in the Second … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

It’s a holiday rooted in the Revolutionary War and celebrated during the Civil War era. When the thirteen colonies declared themselves “free and independent” from Great Britain in 1776, they launched a great experiment of freedom which culminated in the … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July from ECW!

Wishing you a joyously patriotic day, celebrating American freedoms and values! “It was the Fourth of July, and never has the cheering on that anniversary been more hearty and welcome than it was in 1863. On the summits, in the … Continue reading

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Confederate Heritage: Getting it Wrong on Independence Day Weekend

I generally try to be empathetic about Confederate heritage issues, but a lot of times, hardcore neo-Confederates make it hard for me. For every reasonable voice I hear, I run into a guy like this one: a lone flag bearer … Continue reading

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James Monroe at War

  Part Two With an excess of officers in the Continental Army and little prospect of getting a field command, James Monroe resigned his commission in 1779.  He became a Lieutenant-Colonel of Virginia forces, but was unable to recruit enough … Continue reading

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A Word About Independence Day in The Civil War

As we all celebrate the the Fourth of July Independence Day, let us also remember that Independence Day was considered an important cleebration duirng the Civil War in both the north and the south. In the North, Indpendence Day was … Continue reading

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