There’s a new statue outside the Spanish Embassy in Washington and though it honors someone who died more than 230 years ago, it seems oddly relevant today.
I’d never heard of Bernardo de Gálvez, the Spanish general who was honored last month at the statue’s dedication, but I had heard of Galveston, the Texas city that’s named after him. And I’d heard of the 18th-century conflict in which Gálvez played a pivotal role, a little something called the American Revolution.
Gálvez (1746-1786) was a military officer who served ...
PRINCE OF WALES FORT, Hudson Bay — This stone fortress in the middle of nowhere was surrendered without the firing of a single shot during one of the final engagements of the American Revolution.
The battle that wasn’t really a battle at Prince of Wales Fort in Churchill, today a small town on Hudson Bay in the Canadian province of Manitoba, may be entirely forgotten, but was noteworthy because the combatants were neither the British Army nor the Continental Army under the command of George Washington. Rather, France, allied with the American cause since 1778, captured the valuable post belonging to the Hudson’s Bay Company.
He arrives at Fort Ticonderoga in the spring of 1777 and conducts an inspection of the fortifications as well as those on Mount Independence, a fortified point across the strait of Lake Champlain on the Vermont side. Although an artist, Kosciusko is no dummy and asks why no one is fortifying nearby Mount Defiance, which basically controls both Ticonderoga and Independence.
So, we know all about the heroes of the American Revolution, right? George Washington, John Adams, Paul Revere – OK, well, not him, he was a good silversmith, an average errand rider, and a godawful general. But odds are you probably haven’t heard of Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kosciuszko. Nor can you spell it or pronounce it; join the club, but we’re working on it.
Reynolds Farm Equipment’s popular and massive holiday light display that’s long been a fixture outside its store at State Road 37 and 126th Street in Fishers is moving to Conner Prairie for the museum’s Merry Prairie Holiday Festival.
Conner Prairie and Reynolds announced Wednesday that the farm equipment supplier would donate most of its 400 light structures to the living history museum for its first holiday festival, which debuts Nov. 29. Conner Prairie plans to display the lights throughout its grounds during the festival. The move will help preserve the light display ...