Category: History

The Junior Patriot: The Hornet’s Nest and a Sunken Road

Forts Henry and Donelson made “Unconditional Surrender” Grant a hero, but Shiloh made him Lincoln’s right-hand man.  Why was Shiloh so important?  The little known settlement of Shiloh was located in southern Tennessee.  Soon, however, this village would be known for the deadly battle fought there.

Fresh from his victories at Henry and Donelson, Major General U.S. Grant was ordered to take Corinth.  Located in Northern Mississippi, this town, if captured, would open the way into the deep South.  He had two armies to accomplish this task:  the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Ohio.  Facing him was General Albert Johnston’s Army of the Mississippi.  He was one of the Confederate’s best Generals and a master of defense.  He was determined to make Grant’s task as difficult as possible.

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Lessons From the Past – Endurance Part 3

Although the crew of Endurance had finally reached Elephant Island their struggle for survival was far from over.  Elephant Island was remote, uninhabited, and rarely visited by whalers or other ships.  Shackleton now made a difficult decision, he would sail for South Georgia with only five of the crew, leaving the rest behind.  They would travel close to a thousand miles through one of the stormiest oceans in the world, the Drake Passage, to an Island which was only 25 miles wide at its widest point.  It would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but it was a risk Shackleton was willing to take for the sake of his men.

On April 24, after leaving the rest of the crew under Wild’s command, Shackleton along with Worsley, Crean, McNeish, Vincent, and McCarthy set sail in the Caird to begin their arduous journey to South Georgia and civilization.  Wood and parts had been used from the other two boats in order to make the Caird sea worthy for such a long trip.  Orde-Lees wrote, “We watched them until they were out of sight, which was not long, for such a tiny boat was soon lost to sight on the great heaving ocean; as she dipped into the trough of each wave, she disappeared completely, sail and all.”

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America’s Christian Heritage – The Miraculous Constitution

It was 1777.  The Second Continental Congress had successfully passed the Declaration of Independence a year ago, and the War for Independence was still ongoing.  Unity was critical; it had made the passage of the aforementioned document possible, even while many within the different states objected to its approval.

But now that unity was needed more than ever.  A select committee had been assigned a year earlier to determine the form of government the colonies would adopt.  Now their proposal lay before Congress; indeed, this was the key moment which would determine the fate of the Articles of Confederation.

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Locke: What Thou Sows Is What Thou Reaps

For one of my courses that focuses on major issues in western political thought, my professor posed this question to the class as a prompt for which we were to analyze in a research paper:

“Locke is right that an individual’s primary motivation in life is to accumulate property.  Furthermore, I should have every right to accumulate as much property as I want, and I shouldn’t have to care that other people are less successful than me.  The rich are rich because they work hard and it is right for the government to look out for those of us who have property.  If people are poor, it is because they don’t work hard enough.  In fact, they are not living up to their potential as rational beings.  As such, neither I, nor the government, should have any obligation to provide for them.”  Comment.

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