The Declaration of Independence

I haven’t checked this out myself yet, but I’ve been told that the word Independence, although it’s in the title, is not in the body of the document. How can that be? Time to read it again.

It should be noticed that of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, only two went on the become Presidents of the United States of America. And they were the two who had the most to do with the writing and adoption of that historic document. Those two were Thomas Jefferson (3rd President) and John Adams (1st Vice President and 2nd President, to serve only 1 term). read more

More On Dolley and James Madison

I once asked the kids in that Seniors government High School advanced class “When was the War of 1812?” They thought it was a trick question, and didn’t know at first. Someone finally realized that 1812 was the date of the War of 1812. It was a fun class!

In June of 1812, President Madison was fed up with the British attacks on our ships, and on their violations of the treaty ending the Revolutionary War. He asked Congress to give him a declaration of war. They did. The war had its ups and downs. In 1814 the British Army was marching to Washington, D.C. President Madison felt it was necessary for him to visit the front lines, see the state of things and encourage the soldiers. read more

Coincidence With the Founding Fathers

washington crossing the delawareCan you imagine if James Monroe, the lieutenant in charge of the cannon with General George Washington’s troops that crossed the Delaware River in December 1776, hadn’t been rescued by a medic when he suffered life-threatening wounds in the Battle of Trenton? If he hadn’t survived to become the fifth President of the United States of America we wouldn’t have the Monroe Doctrine.

But there was a medic there, and he was well suited to come to the rescue of James Monroe. Monroe survived the wounds and went on to make history. read more

Alexander Hamilton and Treasury

hith-alexander-hamilton-EAlexander Hamilton was a favorite of General George Washington. Few remember that Hamilton was with Washington as he crossed the Delaware and captured the Hessian fighting force at Trenton in December, 1776. Hamilton actually lit the touchholes with the flames that fired the canon at the Hessian barracks that night. James Monroe, the future President, was in charge of the charge. You remember, they won that battle and much later went on the win the Revolutionary war.
Hamilton was appointed the secretary for General Washington, and later, the Secretary of the Treasury under President Washington. He was also the man behind the agreement that the U.S. would pay the debts of all the States due to the War. And he was the mastermind behind the Treasury Department of the United States. read more

Character and the Founding Fathers

monroeJames Monroe, while not considered one of the Founding Fathers directly, did serve with and was influenced by them. Monroe was in the camp with George Washington in December, 1776. You recall that was the month that Washington directed the assault across the Delaware River in a snowstorm to attack the British and their hired warriors, the Hessians. The Hessian were considered the most mighty and brutal of all the fighting armies at the time.

Washington’s men were exhausted and discouraged after making that dreadful voyage across the river and then marching to Trenton. Bloody footprints marked the passage of the Revolutionary army. They attacked the town in the early morning. And the American troops won a great victory that day. read more

James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton at Trenton

monroeI would like to remind you of the acts of two of the other great American heroes of the Revolution who took part in that battle. The Battle of Trenton.

At the age of 18 James Monroe was a lieutenant in the division of soldiers which transferred the canon across the Delaware River in that dangerous journey. He was the leader which attacked the Garrison of Hessian recruits camped in the dormitory at the end of the main street. It undid the composure of those soldiers to the point that they all surrendered. read more