The Birth Anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien

There are many days where it can be difficult to find a single stamp in my collection to match an anniversary of an event, a birth, or occasionally a death on a particular date. When this occurs, I usually pick a “random stamp” portraying something not usually associated with a date such as an animal, fruit or place. However, there are days when I need … Continue reading The Birth Anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien

The Battle of White Plains

On October 28, 1776. the Battle of White Plains was fought during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War near White Plains, New York. Following the retreat of George Washington’s Continental Army northward from New York City, British General William Howe landed troops in Westchester County, intending to cut off Washington’s escape route. Alerted to this move, Washington retreated farther, … Continue reading The Battle of White Plains

The Siege and Surrender at Yorktown

On October 19, 1781, British peer and Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the three-week Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, German Battle or the Siege of Little York. This was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over … Continue reading The Siege and Surrender at Yorktown

The Battle of Brooklyn, New York

The Battle of Long Island is also known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. It was fought on August 27, 1776 and was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776. It was a victory for the British Army and the beginning of a successful … Continue reading The Battle of Brooklyn, New York

The Shot Heard Round the World

On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord — the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War — were fought in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge. They marked the outbreak of armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America. In late 1774, Colonial leaders … Continue reading The Shot Heard Round the World

Washington’s Birthday

  Future soldier and first President of the United States of America George Washington was born on February 11, 1731, on Pope’s Creek Estate near Colonial Beach, Westmoreland Country, Virginia. If that sounds different from the date that you learnt in school, it is because that date is according to the Julian calendar and Annunciation Style of enumerating years then in use in the British … Continue reading Washington’s Birthday

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on February 21, 1885. ASAD previously covered the early history of the monument’s design and construction in a post on the December 6 anniversary of its completion. At the dedication ceremonies, over 800 people were present on the monument grounds to hear speeches during a frigid day by Ohio Senator John Sherman, the Reverend Henderson Suter, William … Continue reading Washington Monument

Encampment at Valley Forge

On December 19, 1777, the American Continental Army commanded by General George Washington began its winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Valley Forge was located 18 miles (29 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia. The Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 there during the American Revolutionary War. Starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed more than 2,500 American soldiers by the end of February 1778. George Washington had … Continue reading Encampment at Valley Forge