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…

The Problem with 51 Inches of Rain

FJM-HV-Hawaii2014When 51 inches falls on an area in one month…well, it’s likely there’s going to be problems. Here, those problems provide tragic. It was a tragedy that took place 125 years ago this week…

Overwhelming Dead in Gettysburg

The numbers of dead and wounded soldiers and horses overwhelmed the population of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1863.  It was up to them and surrounding citizens to repair and rebuild the homes and businesses engulfed by a major battle…..

The Impact of Gettysburg

Most people who visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania tour the battlefield and learn about the fighting that took place in the first week of July 1863.  Many fail to grasp the long term impact the battle had on those who were living here at the time.  Today we take a look at the story of average citizens coping with the horrific aftermath of war…..

Getting Caught in the Battle of Gettysburg

When the battle began here in Gettysburg, Hettie Shriver and her two young daughters left town and went to stay with her parents.  Unfortunately, her parents didn’t live far enough away.  The story of ordinary citizens caught in an extraordinary battle…..

The Dangers of Being Kicked By A Cow

If you’ve spent much time around cattle, there’s a good chance you’ve been kicked.  The right blow can put a person down in pain.  Now imagine a secret service corp tasked with protecting a world leader, not from bullets, but a swift jolt from a bull…..

The Eisenhower Farm

It may be an overstatement to proclaim that a herd of cattle helped thaw the cold war.  However a visit to the Eisenhower farm was a way for the president to size up world leaders and better accomplish the global tasks at hand.  We look back at a visit by the leader of the Soviet Union…..

The President’s Farm

Many U.S. presidents grew up on a farm.  However, their duties as chief executive often took them away from rural life for months or years.  However, this general turned president not only liked farm life, he bought and then helped manage a farm while he was in the oval office…..

Gettysburg Week: The General (Most of) America Forgot

Screen Shot 2013-07-01 at 3.02.54 PMIn the three days leading up to Indpendence Day, 1863, Americans waged the greatest of battles against one another at Gettysburg. So on the 150th anniversary of the battle, we’ll spend this week there, taking a look back at the the people and sites that played at important role in the conflict. We begin with the man who led the Union…a man most Americans cannot name.