Tag Archives: World War I

WASPish

It probably wasn’t another august madness; I doubt anybody thought the doughboys would be home for Christmas (at least not in 1917 – first they had to get over there). But 100 years ago there was a lot of evidence … Continue reading

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more to come

Back in April 1917 the United States declared war on Germany. As young American men were signing up for the draft and getting ready to be shipped to France, the country observed Decoration Day on May 30th. One hundred years … Continue reading

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a war welcome

In April 1917 the United States entered World War One. 100 years ago today New Yorkers could read a sort of welcoming poem hot off the cable from a famous British writer. Rudyard Kipling had personal experience of the war-related … Continue reading

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zeppelin attack

Reportedly 100 years ago last night German Zeppelins attacked England. It wasn’t as flashy, but I’m pretty sure the British blockade during World War I caused German civilians a lot of agony.

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at any cost, except

We covet peace, and shall preserve it any cost but the loss of honor. For a little variety … A year and a half after the First World War began and during the week when the Battle of Verdun began … Continue reading

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chains into ploughshares

A poem from 150 years ago celebrated peace and the victory of freedom and free labor over slavery: From The Atlantic Monthly, VOL. XVI.—NOVEMBER, 1865.—NO. XCVII. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Our modern Veteran’s Day springs from Armistice Day: The shooting finally stopped … Continue reading

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war and peace horses

150 years ago today the delegates to the Democratic National Convention meeting in Chicago selected General George B. McClellan as their candidate for U.S. president. There was a “scattering” of support for other men, but “Little Mac” won overwhelmingly. Leading … Continue reading

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grounded steamers captured

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1863: A Rebel Raid into Illinois.   CAIRO, ILL., Aug. 13 [sic?]. About 500 rebel [c]avalry, under Col. Jonson [sic], crossed the Ohio river into Illinois, at Saline Bar Saturday. The steamers … Continue reading

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young colonel killed

at Peachtree Creek From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in August 1864: COLONEL KILLED. – Col. W. L. Logie, of Geneva, was killed at the late battle in front of Atlanta. He commanded the 141st N.Y. Volunteers. THE EIGHTH … Continue reading

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pardon from the pres

Here’s a bit more about the New York First Veteran Cavalry from 150 years ago today. The commander-in-chief telegraphed Colonel Platner. From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven: TO COLONEL, FIRST N. Y. VETERAN CAVALRY. EXECUTIVE MANSION, … Continue reading

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