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Minute Men and Their World

Model of the fort and town of Louisbourg. Louisborg was captured by a force of New England militia in 1745 as part of the war of Austrian succession. In the treaty of 1748 it was given back to the French (which greatly angered many New Englanders and would be a bone of contention for a long time). It was again captured by the British in 1758 during the French & Indian War. At that point British engineers systematically destroyed it’s fortifications in 1760 in case the town reverted back to the French at the end of the war (it didn’t).

On this day in history, September 16, 1782, Congress stamped a document with it’s own seal for the first time. In this document the design is very hard to see. Sometimes in really important documents a hanging, or pendant, seal was used as in the case of the hanging seal on the Louisiana Purchase Treaty.

jaderaven93:

September 16, 1776:

The death of Lt. Col. Thomas Knowlton at the Battle of Harlem Heights

Images from The Dreamer by Lora Innes, Act I, Issue 13

Texts written by:  Joseph Reed, Ashbel Woodward, George Washinton*, and Frederick Knowlton*
(* = transcripts below)

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The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought on this day in history, September 16, 1776. This is considered Washington’s first battlefield victory of the Revolutionary War.

(via haleofyale)

On this day in history, September 16, 1814, Francis Scott Key finished writing the poem The Star Spangled Banner.

Washington's World

This is pretty cool—it’s an interactive map of Washington’s life. 

bantarleton:

On this day in 1762, one of the final battles in the American theater of the Seven Years War is fought. At dawn on September 15, 1762, British troops, including highlanders and light infantry, climbed the hill held by the French. The surprise was total, and the engagement was brief but fatal. The commander of the French detachment, Guillaume de Bellecombe, was seriously wounded. On the British side, a bullet shattered the legs of one of Amherst’s officers, MacDonell. The French withdrew to their nearby fort, which capitulated without further resistance three days later. 

scarabattoli said: Regarding the Thomas Jefferson’s ivory pocket notebooks, How do you write and erase text on Ivory? Thanks for the answer and nice blog :)

According to Monticello.org he just wrote on them with pencil. He kept pretty detailed records. Wherever he was at he recorded the temperature, wind conditions and precipitation when he woke up. In the afternoon at 4pm he would record the temperature again because he thought that was the hottest part of the day. In addition to his notebooks he also kept other portable scientific instruments in his pockets such as scales, sketchbooks, a surveyor’s compass, and other such items. 

thegentlemanscloset:

Re-enactor portraying Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia. He’s got all of the trademarks of an 18th century gentleman—powdered wig, the cane, the beautifully cut suit of clothing that’s impeccably tailored. 

thegentlemanscloset:

Re-enactor portraying Lord Dunmore, the royal governor of Virginia. He’s got all of the trademarks of an 18th century gentleman—powdered wig, the cane, the beautifully cut suit of clothing that’s impeccably tailored. 

(Source: colonialwilliamsburg.photoshelter.com)