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My Top Three Favorite Characters of All Time

Joan Holloway/Harris-

Mad Men’s Joan Holloway, later Harris, is one of my favorite characters of all time from a period piece. I’ve stated in a previous blog post all of the reasons why Joan is so inspiring and captivating ( 571 more words

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Going from great to god awful

Star’s White Queen VS. The White Princess

I’ve been interested in British history for many years now, but I owe much of my understanding of the Cousin’s War to Philippa Gregory.  1,155 more words


"They’re comin’ on their all fours!"

An unknown eyewitness, fighting from the top of the breastworks defending New Orleans, describes the battle:

“Col. Smiley, from Bardstown (1), was the first one who gave us orders to fire from our part of the line; and then, I reckon, there was a pretty considerable noise.  137 more words

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Kentuckians vs Indians

In a letter dated 3 November 1813, from Headquarters, Fort George, from General William Henry Harrison to a British General John Vincent, 49th Foot, discussion is made of the use of Native Americans by the British against the Americans, and the treatment of prisoners of war, with the following from Harrison: 385 more words

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Shelby at the Thames

From “Richardson’s War of 1812; with notes and a life of the author” by Major John Richardson, 41st Regiment:

Persuaded moreover, from the sudden cessation of the firing in that direction, that our centre and left (for the wood intercepted them from our view), had been overcome, we, at the suggestion and command of Lieutenant Hailes, the only officer with us, prepared to make good our retreat, but, instead of going deeper into the wood as we purposed, we mistook our way, and found ourselves unexpectedly in the road ; when, on glancing to the right, we beheld, at a distance of about five hundred yards, the main body of our men disarmed grouped together, and surrounded by American troops. 361 more words

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'Phantom Thread' Film Review

Grade: C+

Daniel Day-Lewis gives his allegedly final performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ (which is also in fact, their second collaboration). Like his character, Reynolds Woodcock, Day-Lewis expects nothing short of perfection in everything he does; both have a method to their madness that can be hard for some to deal with, but undeniably something to admire as the final result becomes. 280 more words

Jon Spencer Reviews

Ohio blessings on Kentuckians

From the Memoirs of Capt. Micah Taul, company commander in Colonel Joshua Barbee’s 7th Regiment of Kentucky Militia.  Barbee’s regiment was raised in the fall of 1812 and served in Ohio through the spring of 1813.  326 more words

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