Let us be honest with ourselves….

"Let us be honest with ourselves. If our nation was built too much upon sentiment, and if the rules of patriotism and benignity that were followed in the construction have proved too impractical, let us frankly admit it. But if love of country, equal opportunity and genuine brotherhood in citizenship are worth the pains and trials that gave them birth, and if we still believe them to be worth preservation and that they have the inherent vigor and beneficence to make our republic lasting and our people happy, let us strongly hold them in love and devotion.”   - Grover Cleveland from Good Citizenship https://archive.org/details/goodcitizenship00clev/page/20/mode/1up Image: Grover Cleveland around the time he wrote Good Citizenship c. 1903 via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions

By |2021-02-17T23:13:45-05:00February 12th, 2021|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Hold These Truths

"Independence, they find that those old men say that 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,' and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men; that it is the father of all moral principal in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh, of the men who wrote that Declaration; and so they are." Abraham Lincoln, standing in 1864 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions "That is the electric cord in the Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together; that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the mind of men throughout the world.  "My friend has said to me that I am a poor hand  to quote Scripture; I will try it again, however. It is said in one of the admonitions of our Lord,"  'As your Father in heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect.' - Abraham Lincoln, 1858 

By |2021-02-02T13:41:34-05:00January 24th, 2021|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eight Fascinating Images of Theodore Roosevelt with Historical Facts

    via Library of Congress, no known restrictions After graduating from Harvard, Theodore Roosevelt studied at Columbia School of Law in the early 1880s.  Image of Theodore around the time he attended Columbia School of Law         via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Theodore Roosevelt chopping wood on his property at Sagamore Hill c. 1905 Sagamore Hill, the Roosevelt country estate on Long Island, N.Y. also housed many exotic animals. Some were given to the family as gifts.           via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Theodore Roosevelt in 1916 Like George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt did not have a middle name.                   via Wikimedia Commons, no known restrictions Roosevelt and John Muir on horseback leaving Yosemite Valley in 1903. Image was taken about 5 years before Ford's Model T was introduced.                 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Portrait of a young Theodore Roosevelt holding an axe c. 1880 About 4 years later Roosevelt moved out West, set up ranches and [...]

By |2020-12-07T07:20:45-05:00November 29th, 2020|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Great Quotes By Abraham Lincoln That Are Perpetually Relevant

"My advice, then, under such circumstances, is to keep cool. If the great American people will only keep their temper on both sides of the line, the trouble will come to an end.”         "What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where.”       “Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed”           "Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.”                   [...]

By |2020-11-01T05:38:51-05:00July 26th, 2020|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eight thought-provoking images taken during the time of The American Civil War

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain A delegation of Native Americans on the grounds of The White House in Washington, D.C.         via Wikimedia Commons, public domain A very young unidentified soldier in Confederate infantry uniform     via Wikimedia Commons, public domain A nurse and her patients at Fredericksburg, Virginia         via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Guard House and Guard of the 107th U.S. Infantry at Fort Corcoran near Washington, D.C.       via Wikimedia Commons, public domain  Three officers of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery leaning against a tree at Fort Brady, Virginia     via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Unidentified soldier of 23rd New York Infantry Regiment smoking a pipe and unidentified African American man with sword, sitting in front of tent       via Wikimedia Commons, public domain General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7 - Atlanta, Georgia       via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Three young home workers pose for a photo to help raise funds for their local Sanitary Commission     

By |2020-05-17T18:26:09-04:00August 11th, 2019|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unforgettable Images of Old Glory during WWII

From the time of Betsy Ross to this very day the symbol of our great nation, Old Glory has been there.  In the early 1940s she hung behind a President who fearlessly addressed his citizens after the dastardly attack on Pearl Harbor. She flew on our battleships as they sailed to Normandy and was carried to the top of Mt. Suribachi by heroes. America stood together at the height of the world's greatest ever conflict and our flag was ever present. Each of the following images during The Second World War also show the Stars and Stripes in the photo. Long may Old Glory wave and long may we stand united in honor to those who have courageously gone before US. President Franklin D. Roosevelt asks for Declaration of War via Wikimedia Commons, public domain (December 8, 1941)       A view of lower Manhattan from the S.S. Coamo passenger ship at the beginning of WWII via Wikimedia Commons, public domain (December, 1941)     "Are you a girl with a Star-Spangled heart?" Women's Army Corps recruitment poster via Wikimedia Commons, public domain by Bradshaw Crandell (1943)     A young woman [...]

By |2020-05-17T18:20:51-04:00July 13th, 2019|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Life of William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison c. 1813 by Rembrandt Peale, public domain via Wikimedia Commons "On the banks of the James River, in Charles City county, Virginia, is a plain mansion, around which is spread the beautiful estate of Berkeley, the birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and of one of the Presidents of the United States. The former was Benjamin Harrison... The latter was his son, William Henry Harrison, whose life we will now consider. He was born on the 9th of February, 1773. At a suitable age he was placed in Hampden Sydney College, where he was graduated; and then, under the supervision of his guardian (Robert Morris), in Philadelphia, prepared himself for the practice of the medical art. At about that time an army was gathering to chastise the hostile Indians in the North-west. Young Harrison's military genius was stirred within him, and having obtained an ensign's commission from President Washington, he joined the army at the age of nineteen years. He was promoted to a lieutenancy, in 1792; and, in 1794, he followed Wayne to conflicts with the North-western tribes, where he greatly distinguished himself. He was appointed secretary of the North-western Territory, [...]

By |2019-02-09T08:37:04-05:00February 9th, 2019|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Benjamin Franklin’s journey to Philadelphia at 17

On January 17th, 1706 Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts. When he was 17 he traveled to New York and on to Philadelphia, but his journey wasn’t easy. “Franklin arrived in New York in October, 1723, without money or letters, and at the inexperienced age of 17. He failed in finding employment there; but was told by Mr. William Bradford, a printer, who had moved to New York from Philadelphia, that he could probably find employment in the latter place, as the son of Mr. Bradford, who was a printer in Philadelphia, had just lost his principal hand by death. Accordingly, our young adventurer pushed for Philadelphia, going by boat to Amboy, and leaving his chest to come round by sea. He had a rough passage in the boat, being overtaken by a squall, driven out of his course, and forced to anchor near Long Island, where nobody could land on account of the surf. The boat leaked, and he passed a wet, uncomfortable night, without rest and the next day made a shift to reach Amboy after being thirty hours on the water, without food, or fresh water, or any other drink than a bottle of filthy rum. [...]

By |2020-11-01T05:45:23-05:00February 3rd, 2019|Heartfelt Histories|0 Comments

Andrew Jackson’s Presence of Mind

“Boys, big enough to carry muskets, incurred the dangers of men. Robert and Andrew Jackson had their guns and their horses, and were almost always in company with some armed party of their kindred and neighbors. Men could not sleep unguarded in their own houses, without danger of being surprised and murdered. It was upon such an occasion, that Andrew Jackson gave the first illustration of that quickness of conception, and readiness of action, which afterwards placed him in the highest rank of military chieftains. A patriot captain, named Lands, desired to spend a night with his family. The two Jacksons and six others constituted his guard; they were in all nine men and seven muskets. Having no expectations of an attack, they all, with the exception of a British deserter, who was one of the party, went to sleep. Lands' house was in the centre of an enclosed yard, and had two doors, facing east and west. In front of the east door stood a forked apple-tree. In the south-west corner of the yard were a corn-crib and stable, under one roof, ranging east and west. On the south was a wood, and through this wood passed the road [...]

By |2019-02-09T08:37:04-05:00February 3rd, 2019|Heartfelt Histories|0 Comments

The World’s Longest Covered Bridge That Was Burned During The Civil War

The following article appeared in Harper's Weekly on July 18th, 1863 "On Sunday, the 29th of June, 1863 it was reported that the Confederates were on the turnpike road from York to Columbia Pennsylvania (twelve miles), and were four miles from Wrightsville, at the west end of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge; but as there had been many flying reports no attention was paid to this one, until the citizens of both towns were startled by the firing musketry and artillery. The force of the Confederates was about 2000, including horse, foot and artillery - ours about 1400, composed of infantry and cavalry, without artillery.  The rebels showed themselves well acquainted with the country, and instead of attacking our rifle-pits on the front or west, they appeared from the wooded hills on the north and south. Confederate General John Brown Gordon of Georgia - In 1863, General Gordon led his brigade to the town of Wrightsville in York which was the most eastern point reached by any Confederate force in Pennsylvania during the Civil War.   Our men stood their ground well until six or eight pieces of artillery opened with shot and shell, when they broke and ran for the bridge, which [...]

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