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Posted by Carl Rhodes at 18 July 2019

Category: American History, British History, Featured Old Photos, History of Western Civilization

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 1 July 2018

Category: American History, British History, Featured Old Photos

Differences Between Rich And Poor In Victorian Times

-Rich And Poor In Victorians Times- The quality of life during the Victorian times depended on whether you were rich or poor. Wealthy Victorians children enjoyed a life of ease, where the poor may have to work in a mine, or be shoved down a chimney, as a chimney sweep.

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT33BrJ0l04

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 30 June 2018

Category: American History, British History, The American Revolution

Here are two examples taken from the post:

Aide-de-camp: a military officer acting as secretary and confidential assistant to a superior officer of general or flag rank.

Jaeger corps: in the German army, one belonging to a body of light infantry armed with rifles, resembling the chasseur of the French army. Sharpshooter. Also Yager and Jager.

Source: www.karenfurst.com/blog/revolutionary-war-vocabulary/

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 17 April 2018

Category: American History

President Abraham Lincoln’s Slippers

Abraham Lincoln wore these size 14 goat slippers while relaxing at home, right up until the day he was assassinated. Soon to be displayed at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., the slippers are on loan from the President Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, where they are part of a permanent exhibit. Replicas of the slippers were used in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln.Alex Williamson, tutor to William and Tad Lincoln, presented the slippers to President Hayes, a collector of historical artifacts, after Lincoln’s death. Williamson attached a note that read, “Sir, Please accept the accompanying slippers. They were worn by the late President Lincoln up to the day of his murder.”

Source: www.neatorama.com/2014/07/01/President-Abraham-Lincolns-Slippers/

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 14 September 2017

Category: American History, The American Revolution

Alvan Fisher - Coffee clap
The following was recorded in the journal of John Boyle on that date: A Female Riot. ~ About 100 Women from the North-Part of the Town, getting information of a Quantity. of Coffee being in the Store of Thos. Boylston, Esqr. which he refused to sell at the regulated Price, attacked him in King-Street, and demanded the Keys of his Store, which he refusing to deliver, they immediately placed him in a Cart, and threatened to Cart him out of Town, upon which he delivered them the Keys. — A Committee was appointed to keep him Custody while the Body was employed in getting the Coffee out of the Store, which they speedily effected, and went off with their booty.
Writing from Boston, on July 31, 1777, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, away attending the Continental Congress in Philadelphia wrote on the account:
“There is a great scarcity of sugar and coffee, articles which the female part of the state is very loath to give up, especially whilst they consider the great scarcity occasioned by the merchants having secreted a large quantity. It is rumored that an eminent stingy merchant, who is a bachelor, had a hogshead of coffee in his store, which he refused to sell under 6 shillings per pound.
“A number of females—some say a hundred, some say more—assembled with a cart and trunk, marched down to the warehouse, and demanded the keys.
“Upon his finding no quarter, he delivered the keys, and they then opened the warehouse, hoisted out the coffee themselves, put it into a trunk, and drove off. A large concourse of men stood amazed, silent spectators of the whole transaction.”

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 30 August 2017

Category: American History

The Rev. John Norton was born at Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, where he was ordained. He joined the Puritan movement, and sailed in 1634 to New England, arriving Plymouth. In 1638 at the age of 38, he was called to become the “teacher” for the congregation in recently-settled Ipswich.

In 1652 Norton left Ipswich and later succeeded John Cotton as minister of First Church in Boston. Cotton Mather wrote in his eulogy of the Rev. Rogers, “Here was a Renowned Church consisting mostly of such illuminated Christians, that their Pastors in the Exercise of their Ministry, might His Colleague here was the celebrious Norton, and glorious was the Church of Ipswich now, in two such extraordinary persons, with their different Gifts, but united Hearts, carrying on the Concerns of the Lord’s kingdom in it!”‘

For the Puritans, the “Lord’s Kingdom” did not include Quakers, and the Rev. Norton is known as the chief instigator of the persecution of Quakers in New England. He is quoted as saying, “I would carry fire in one hand and faggots in the other, to burn all the Quakers in the world.” The punishment for a Quaker to set foot in Massachusetts in 1660 was death by hanging.

Follow this link to read the compete post: storiesfromipswich.org/2015/10/13/persecution-of-quakers-by-the-puritans/

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 3 June 2017

Category: American History, British History

“No one has ever found this many together.”

It is believed they may have been discarded in lieu of  the new Charleville muskets & bayonets delivered from the French, who had of late become an ally of the Americans .

Source: www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bayonets-revolutionary-war-archaeology

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 7 May 2017

Category: American History

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The history books tell of the Puritans coming to America for freedom of religion. This is true, tho, it seems ironic that they did not extend this same rights to the Quakers. According to the Puritan’s leaders in Colonial New England, you could only worship as they would, or face the wrath by them. If you didn’t, you would be severely punished, exiled from New England, or even put to death for practicing your own faith. In the late 1650s my 9th Gr-Grandfather, a Quaker named Nicholas Phelps (1625-1663), was beaten and imprisoned for practicing the Quaker faith. In Boston, 27 October 1659 three Quakers were hung, William Robinson, Marmaduke Stephenson and Mary Dyer. About 1661, Nicholas Phelps, and Samuel Shattuck, another Quaker, sailed to England to petition Parliament to help the Quakers. When King Charles II heard of the treatment of them, he was aghast. They returned to Salem, and got the hangings to stop, but not until a total of four had been hung. Nicholas, and his family were banished from New England, so they to migrated to Virginia. Nicholas was still very weak from the sea voyage, and he died soon after.
Read more about the persecution of the Quakers in Colonial New England here: Mary Dyer, born Marie Barrett (c. 1611 – 1 June 1660), become the third of four Quaker martyrs.

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 9 August 2016

Category: American History, History of Western Civilization


This astounding event caused massive loss of life and impacted the world for centuries to come. Yet, we never read about it in school!
The 1815 Eruption of Mount Tambora was one of the most powerful eruptions in recorded history and is classified as a VEI-7 event. The eruption of the volcano, on the island of Sumbawa in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia), reached a climax on 10 April 1815 and was followed by between six months and three years of increased steaming and small phreatic eruptions.
The eruption column lowered global temperatures, and some experts believe this led to global cooling and worldwide harvest failures.
Folks began to notice that the usual signs of spring weren’t there in 1816. First-hand accounts tell us that the weather was so cold that birds dropped from the sky mid-flight (presumably from exposure or starvation). The ground was frost-covered in May in some regions, but that was the least of the problems to come since snows in June and July were a huge problem for Appalachian and New England farmers. The spring and summer months were dotted with slightly warmer periods that did not last, giving false hope to some. Crops could not grow and yields were reduced by 90% in some places.
To read more click the following link: Source: 1816: The Year Without a Summer That Changed The World

Posted by Carl Rhodes at 18 November 2014

Category: The American Civil War

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