Six Surprising Facts about Appomattox and Lee’s Surrender

  McLean House in Appomattox in April 1865 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions The McLean House at Appomattox where Lee met with Grant was owned by Wilmer McLean (seen here, seated on his porch next to the front door) who moved to the farmhouse to avoid the war which began on his former property at First Bull Run nearly 4 years prior           Grant was just a few weeks from his 43rd birthday and Lee was 58           Ely S. Parker, Seneca Chief via Wikimedia Commons, public domain The Union officer who penned the terms of surrender was a Native American who was an attorney as well as an engineer.           The name “Appomattox” is derived from the name of a group of Native Americans the “Appomattoc”           Blanford Church, built in 1729 - Petersburg, Virginia via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions There was a Revolutionary War battle that was fought along the Appomattox River near Petersburg, Virginia that took place over 8 decades before Lee and Grant fought near the same town prior to [...]

By |2021-12-04T14:37:45-05:00April 8th, 2021|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2021-12-04T14:37:45-05:00February 12th, 2021|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men…

"He is an American, who leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced, the new government he obeys, and the new rank he holds. He becomes an American by being received in the broad lap of our great Alma Mater. Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labours and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world. Americans are the western pilgrims, who are carrying along with them that great mass of arts, sciences, vigour, and industry which began long since in the east; they will finish the great circle. The Americans were once scattered all over...; here they are incorporated into one of the finest systems of population which has ever appeared, and which will hereafter become distinct by the power of the different climates they inhabit. The American ought therefore to love this country much better than that wherein either he or his fore-fathers were born.” By J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur a pro-American French writer from his: Letters From an American Farmer, 1782 https://archive.org/details/lettersfromaname00stjoiala/page/54/mode/1up Source says not in copyright Image: Americans in a [...]

By |2021-12-04T14:37:45-05:00January 30th, 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  [ec_product productid="608" style="1"] [ec_product productid="77" style="1"] [ec_product productid="548" style="1"] [ec_product productid="564" style="1"] [ec_product productid="616" style="1"]

By |2021-12-04T14:37:46-05:00January 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.         [ec_product productid="552" style="2"]           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.       [ec_product productid="556" style="2"]           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 [...]

By |2021-12-04T14:37:46-05:00November 29th, 2020|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eight Thanksgiving Scenes from The Past

      Turkey Farm near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - 1940 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions         Thanksgiving in Vietnam - 1967  U.S. Infantry soldier carries a turkey on his back via Wikimedia Commons, public domain           President Harry Truman and others look on as he is presented the Thanksgiving Turkey at The White House - 1949 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain                     Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell - early 1940s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain             Thanksgiving in Camp by American artist Winslow Homer - 1862 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain           President Gerald Ford presented with Thanksgiving Turkey - 1974 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain         Thanksgiving morning in the South, (postcard) possibly Kentucky c. 1900-1909 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain           Theodore Roosevelt signing his 1902 Thanksgiving Proclamation act via Library of Congress, no known restrictions        

By |2021-12-04T14:37:46-05:00November 25th, 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 |2021-12-04T14:37:46-05:00July 26th, 2020|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ten Vintage Views of Americans and their Motorcycles

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions  Mrs. Sally Halterman, the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia - September, 1937 &nbsp     via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Men on Motorcycles, Summer of 1922           via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Motorcycle squad on Harleys near Casa Grandes, Mexico; Mexican - U.S. campaign after Villa, 1916     via Library of Congress, no known restrictions U.S. Mail Carrier wearing boots and riding gloves, sometime after 1909         via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Racer sits on his Indian motorcycle between heats in Indianapolis, 1909         via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Metropolitan police officer with motorcycle, Washington, D.C. - 1932       via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Mr. & Mrs. Willie Kay on their Indian Tricar, 1906          From Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County New Hampshire via Wikimedia Commons, no known restrictions Man on Harley Davidson motorcycle with woman in [...]

By |2021-12-04T14:37:47-05:00August 25th, 2019|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eight Great Images of Native American Chiefs

  via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Chief Washakie of the Shoshone tribe holding a pipe   via New York Public Library Digital Collections, public domain Chief Joseph, leader of the Nez Perce - Native American warrior and statesman by Edward S. Curtis c. 1903       via Wikimedia Commons, public domain         via Library of Congress, no known restrictions The lone Chief - Cheyenne, c. 1927 by Edward S. Curtis       via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Chief Kicking Bird, warrior and leader of the Kiowa nation - c. 1870          Courtesy of the McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West - public domain  Chief Red Fly by Frank Rinehart - c. 1900        via Wikimedia Commons, public domain Chief Ten Bears, Comanche leader - c. 1872     via Library of Congress, no known restrictions Chief Red Cloud, c. 1900  

By |2021-12-04T14:37:47-05:00August 18th, 2019|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 |2021-12-04T14:37:47-05:00August 11th, 2019|Heartfelt Histories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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