Grinding Teeth Over the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson helped write the Declaration of Independence…but he wasn’t happy with the final product.  Why was Jefferson grinding his teeth and not talking to his fellow delegates?

The Unplanned Writer of the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson took an important role in writing our Declaration of Independence, but most people don’t know he wasn’t even supposed to be in Philadelphia for the meeting that drafted the document…

Picket’s Charge

Every Independence Day we remember those who have fought for our freedom.  One well known battlefield still draws thousands of visitors who learn about a man who made an ill fated charge…

John Burns & The Battle at Gettysburg

Imagine hitting the age to retire and then deciding to volunteer for the army.  That is what John Burns did.  The military rejected him. but then the battle came to him…

The Life of Punxsutawney Phil

FJ Alaska Banner AdHe is by far the oldest and wisest groundhog in the nation, and every February 2, you can be assured the eyes of the nation will turn to a place called Punxsutawney…

The Christiana Riot

It’s called the Christiana Riot – a showdown between a slave owner and those harboring his runaway slaves.  It led to bloodshed here just a few miles north of the Mason Dixon line…

The Bravery of Former Slaves

In the years before the Civil War, many people stood up for the cause of freedom and equality.  Some of those who showed the most bravery were former slaves…

A Strange Meeting

It was a strange meeting – a British general requested the assistance of an American signer of the Declaration of Independence. It took place at the largest battle of the Revolution…

A Battle Lost But An Army Respected

It was a place the new American nation lost, yet won – a battlefield where they stood ground for six consecutive baynotte charges and earned the respect of the British…

The Battle of Brandywine

In the first years of the American Revolution, General Washington lost many battles, but he always survived to fight another day.  The battle of Brandywine was one such place…

President Lincoln at the Gettysburg Depot

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014There was a mix of emotions when President Lincoln stepped onto the platform at this Gettysburg, Pennsylvania railroad depot.  There were feelings of sadness and loss, represented by the coffins awaiting shipment to loved ones.  Yet there was hope, signified by the commander and chief’s visit and the words of comfort he was about to share…

A Historic Railroad Depot

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Many communities have saved and then restored their old rail depots.  That’s the case for this small Pennsylvania town.  However, the depot here has more history than most, for it had connections to a famous battle and a favorite president…

The Luckiest Elephant Man in America

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Some people believe that a elephant figurine will bring you good luck.  If that is true, Ed Gotwald is the luckiest man in America. Regardless, his story is one that makes people smile and effects people’s lives in more ways than he could have imagined…

A Collection That Went Viral

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014Lots of people collect things.  Sometimes the story of how and why they began collecting is more interesting than the collection itself. That may be the case for Ed Gotwald.  His collection is unique, but the story of a wedding gift that went viral is truly remarkable…

A Famous Inventor

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014His first invention involved a kite–and perhaps his most famous discovery involved one too…

A Small Rock Marking a Big Impact

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014There are hundreds of monuments here at Gettysburg National Battlefield. Many times it’s difficult to know the story behind each one…there are simply so many. That’s why one statue placed upon a small rock may not draw that much attention. But when you learn the story about the man it depicts, you’ll be intrigued by his interesting route into this battle…

The Role of Chaplains in the Civil War

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014If you are a student of the Civil War, you probably know some of the important names like Generals Lee and Grant, or battles like Antietam and Gettysburg. It’s easy to overlook important aspects of the war that often go unnoticed. Today we take a look back at one of those areas…the role of the chaplain…

The Importance of Faith in Battle

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014A soldier needs many resources in battle. One of those items is perhaps most important, yet intangible. It’s the importance of one’s faith…and today we take a look at the role of an army chaplain…a position that helps one minister to the needs of those who may be on the front lines

The 125th Anniversary of The Great Johnstown Flood

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It was an American disaster that was hard to imagine. A giant flood and an immense fire were destroying a city of over 30,000 people simultaneously. We remember the tragic story of tragedy 125 years ago…..

A Story of Heroism and Tragedy

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It was a story of miraculous heroism among a story of deep tragedy.  125 years ago a wall of water cut loose from a breached dam was about to swamp Johnstown, Pennsylvania. As a tidal wave thundered down the valley, one locomotive engineer braved the swell to warn people of the impending danger…