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Saturday Stories ~ The Exploding Ship

Saturday-Stories-SDBoys of Liberty Collection 3- The War of 1812 Series

Stephen Decatur is said to have been the first national military hero after the War of Independence. Starting as a lowly midshipman in his late teens, he was promoted to the high rank of Commodore while still a young man.

Of the many adventures that advanced his career was an especially dangerous one that took him and his comrades right under the noses of enemy guns. It was in the midst of our conflict with the Barbary Pirates, a very early episode in our Read More…

Saturday Stories ~ A “Wasted” Ride

Saturday-Stories-WentworthWentworth Cheswell was a Patriot of mixed race. Although his appearance reflected that of his slave father, his mother was a free white woman. He grew up in New Hampshire prior to the War of Independence and is considered the first black American to hold public office.

Cheswell served his community and state in a number of ways and was well thought of in both church and community. One of his more exciting experiences was a midnight ride he took on the same night of Paul Revere’s famous trek, April 18, 1775.

Young Cheswell was a designated messenger for the local Committee of Correspondence in Exeter, New Hampshire. On the day of his adventure, word had come that the British intended to come around by sea and attack nearby Portsmouth. The town must be warned. Cheswell mounted his horse and took off.

It was a ride of several miles and several hours. Riding a galloping horse is dangerous in the dark and there was the added risk of running into a British patrol. But around dawn of the 19th, as the colonists faced the British at Lexington, Massachusetts the young messenger slid, exhausted from his horse in Portsmouth. Immediately the town was awake and frantically looking to her seaward defenses.

But the attack never came. In one of the dramatic twists of history, the British had settled on a plan to attack the colonists to the west rather than to the north of their headquarters in Boston.

Wentworth Cheswell was just one of several riders that night. As Paul Revere and William Dawes rode west from Boston to warn Lexington and Concord, others picked up the urgent message and galloped off in all directions. Responding to their message, hundreds of patriot minutemen picked up their muskets and hastened to Lexington to make it hot for the British as they retreated to Boston.

Paul Revere was the one made famous by a Longfellow poem (“Billy Dawes got on his hoss…” doesn’t have quite the right ring, I guess), but let us not forget the other heroes of that fateful night and following day. Some rode, some fought. One of them, Wentworth Cheswell went on to serve honorably in the war and then establish himself and his family as pillars of an early American community. You can read more about him and others in Profiles of Valor.

www.ProfilesOfValor.com

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box ~ Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-Outside-the-BoxIf you find something in your curriculum that strikes the interest of one of your kids, expand upon it.

Get a whole biography of some person mentioned in their history book, visit a veteran and learn history from those who lived it.

Cook “Math” one day instead of just doing the problems in a book. Learn the skeletal system by tracing your child and having them glue bones down to their outline, build a volcano in the sandbox with vinegar and baking soda.

Let your child start a business while they are still young to help learn financial skills.

Look for what motivates them and let it become part of your “school”.

Disturbances Of A Very Serious Nature ~ Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-P-LivingstoneNew York’s Philip Livingston was a true patriot who died in harness.

Like so many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, Livingston went from riches to rags in the Revolutionary War. Even though his vast business holdings had been ravaged by the British, Livingston and his family, driven to great difficulty by the ruin of their homes and property still managed to scrape together a significant amount to donate to the struggling rabble of Washington’s army.

Despite his financial ruin, Livingston’s heart remained true to the American cause. His doctor had given him a very unfavorable report on his health. The diagnosis was dropsy, with no rational prospect of recovery.

What to do?

The logical response would have been to set one’s affairs in order and prepare to spend the brief remaining time with those near and dear. But not so for Livingston. Instead, believing that he could still render service to his beloved country, he bade farewell to his dear family and returned to his seat in the continental Congress.

He died there on June12, 1778.

LETTER OF PHILIP LIVINGSTON TO HIS DAUGHTER

[Letter of Philip Livingston (the signer of the Declaration of Independence) to his daughter, Mrs. Van Rensselaer, at Albany. Written soon after Lexington and Concord]

NEW YORK the 5th May 1775   

MY DR KATEY:

   You have no Doubt been very uneasy at the melancholy News from Boston, which has occasioned the greatest confusion and anxiety here; the Town is however now pretty quiet, how long that will continue God only knows.

   We are in the greatest State of Uncertainty whether any Troops are coming here from England or not, if they do I am very fearful it will occasion Disturbances of a very serious Nature.

   People here are determined not to Submit to the oppressive acts of Parliament, and to give New England all the assistance they can. I shall leave this Place for Philadelphia next Monday to attend the continental Congress, where it is very probable Steps will be taken from the Necessity of the Times, that every good Man wou’d wish could be avoided.

   But in Such Times the strictest Union of Councils is necessary and I believe and doubt not but the Congress will unite like one Man in every Measure necessary for the common Safety. The Boston Delegates came to Town this Afternoon, the Account of that Battle is much as we heard it; the King’s Troops began first – they lost 112 Men & 167 wounded, the Provincials lost 37 Men – Boston is surrounded by 16,000 Men who are in high Spirits and think themselves an Overmatch for all the Troops that General Gage has there and expects to have– God grant them Success.

   Send Stephen down that he may be at School, Elizabeth Town is safe enough. I see you have let the Island– You must agree with the Tenants to pay Taxes – not to plant more than 30 acres of Corn in one year, nor nearer together than common, and not two years following in one Place. To keep at least 30 Acres in mowing Ground – (&c &c)

I remain dear Katey         
Your Affet. Father      
PHIL: LIVINGSTON.

 

 

Pens, Papers, Notebooks…Oh My!!! ~ Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-School-SuplliesI love to stock up on notebooks, construction paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, etc this time of year.

It’s usually never cheaper than it is now. I just found spiral notebooks for $.17 each at Walmart.

When my kids were little, they absolutely loved to see me come home with bags full of school supplies.

That Looks Delicious!!! ~ Tuesday Teaching Tips

Tuesday-Teaching-Tips-recipesLearn to think creatively when deciding how to keep your child’s interest for school.

For instance, consider having your daughter begin her own recipe folder or box for handwriting this year.

Instead of lessons she’ll just throw away after completing, let her compile her favorite recipes to use now and later when she’s a wife and mom.