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The shock was so sudden and violent they could not stand it

On January 17, 1781, American General Daniel Morgan scored a stunning victory over British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre “Barbarous Ban” Tarleton’s regulars at the Battle of Cowpens, in what is now Cherokee County, SC. This win came at a crucial time for Revolutionary War patriots in the South, who had been repeatedly forced to retreat.   […]

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Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country’s flag

Barbara Frietchie’s story has been immortalized in plays, poems, and local Frederick, MD lore. The story relates that a 96 year old widow draped the Union flag from her window as Confederate troops rode by. Stonewall Jackson saw the display and ordered his troops to shoot the flag. Frietchie is reported to have said, “Shoot […]

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The Lincoln Memorial, the NY Stock Exchange, and Tate, GA

Small marble quarries had been active in north Georgia since the discovery in the 1830’s of the rare, bright pink marble that the area is famous for. But under the 3-generation dynasty of the Tate family, the Georgia Marble Company, begun in 1884, rose to monopoly status. Georgia Marble Company stone can be found in […]

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The Maupins, the Walkers, and Tennessee Lead

The ‘Walker’ is today the most popular of the American Foxhound dog breed. This breed can be traced to Madison County, KY and a stolen hound called Tennessee Lead. According to legend, drover Tom Harris stole the hound out of a deer chase in Tennessee a few miles south of Albany, Kentucky in November 1852. […]

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Washing clothes the modern way

This photo, from the ‘Museum of Found Photographs’ on Flickr.com, measures 8 x 10 inches, photographer and exact location unknown. It was found in southern Ohio. Everyone in this image appears to be very pleased with the family’s new washing machine save the young daughter on the right who seems indifferent. Note the son is […]

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