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Capt Samuel H Watts Commissioning Papers - The Rest of the Story

Surnames: Bean, Bennet, Kingsley, Watts, Weston,Whitney, Williams.  Locations: Burnham Tavern, Machias, ME; Florida; Haverhill, MA; Jonesboro, ME; Windber, PA.

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On this day

On this day in 1757, Robert Rogers and seventy-six of his officers and Rangers ambushed a column of French supply sleds headed from Fort Carillon (now Fort Ticonderoga) towards Fort St. 306 more words

On this day

On this day in 1756, England enters the Seven Years’ War (called the French and Indian War in the colonies) against France, this was a global conflict fought between 1756 and 1763 involving every European great power of the time and spanned five continents, affecting Europe, the Americas, West Africa, India, and the Philippines, the conflict split Europe into two coalitions, led by the Kingdom of Great Britain (including Prussia, Portugal, Hanover, and other small German states) on one side and the Kingdom of France (including the Austrian-led Holy Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, Bourbon Spain, and Sweden) on the other meanwhile, in India, the Mughal Empire, with the support of the French, tried to crush a British attempt to conquer Bengal, Saratoga based on its location along strategic waterways and on the front line in war as thousands of soldiers, and their Indian allies, battled back and forth along the waterway for five years before the British finally won the war and, with it, title to all French holdings in Canada; in 1776, Colonel Riedesel, who had been appointed commander of the auxiliary troops of Brunswick, received his commission as Major General and instructions; in 1781, the USS Saratoga was in a fierce battle off the coast of England’s loyal province of East Florida, with the USS Saratoga capturing a British ship named the Tonyn, a 20-gun letter of marquee which had recently sailed from St. 130 more words

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Was George Washington bulletproof?

George Washington is one of the seminal figures in US history. He saw the fledgling nation through the Revolutionary War, served as the first president under the current constitution, and had the wisdom to give up power so as to encourage a peaceful transition to the next leader. 652 more words

Jumonville Glen

Unless you’re very interested in early American history, Jumonville Glen is probably not a place you’re familiar with. Located in what is now Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the quiet shaded glen was the site of one of the most significant — and troubling — events in our nation’s past, for it was here that the  1,454 more words


Impact of the French and Indian wars

By Jared Olar
Library assistant

Last week we reviewed what Illinois was like during the latter 1600s, when the French first encountered the Illiniwek Confederation and began to explore and settle the Illinois Country. 944 more words