John Clem and his Hymn Book

John Clem When looking back upon his service in the Civil War, John Clem remarked, “Almost literally it might be said that I went from the nursery to the battlefield.”[i] Such an observation was not an overstatement. Widely held to be the youngest soldier in the Union army,[ii] John Clem first attempted to [...]

By | 2017-08-23T15:49:18+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

Benjamin Harrison 1894 Letter to His Son

Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was a lawyer, a Civil War brigadier general, and eventually the twenty-third president of the United States from 1889-1893. In this letter to his son, Russell Benjamin Harrison, on July 12, 1894, he admonishes the younger Harrison to remain steadfast in the faith. The former president explains to his son, “It’s well [...]

By | 2017-08-23T14:40:00+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Featured, Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

“The General Principles of Christianity” – Context Leading to Adams’ June 28, 1813, Letter to Jefferson

When writing to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813, John Adams discusses the fact that America achieved independence through the general principles of Christianity. The letter itself, however, was the culmination of events which had begun nearly fifteen years earlier. Adams and Jefferson had been friends for many years but had a falling out after [...]

By | 2017-08-18T10:39:24+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

Laura Bridgman Letter

Laura Bridgman (1829-1889) was a blind and deaf student under Samuel G. Howe at the Perkins School for the Blind during the middle of the 1800’s. (The school was originally chartered in 1829 and opened in 1832 by Dr. John Fisher and Howe with the support of Col. Thomas Perkins. It sought to enable the blind [...]

By | 2017-08-18T10:41:00+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

Abraham Lincoln General Order

The following General Order was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on July 30, 1863. See an interesting print of the Emancipation Proclamation from the WallBuilders library. GENERAL ORDERS,                       WAR DEPARTMENT, No. 252.                                                          Adjutant General’s Office,                                                                          Washington, July 31, 1863. The following order of the President, is published for the information and government of all [...]

By | 2017-08-09T12:29:57+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

Wentworth Cheswell Documents

Wentworth Cheswell (sometimes Chiswell or Cheswill), from New Hampshire, held some position in local government for half a century, holding a position every year from 1768 until 1817. Below are documents from the WallBuilders library signed by Cheswell during the twelve years he served as Justice of the Peace. Wentworth Cheswell Document from 1812 Wentworth [...]

By | 2017-07-31T08:20:47+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

General Order Respecting the Observance of the Sabbath

At the height of the Civil War in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued this General Order regarding the observance of the Sabbath in the military. In his General Order, President Lincoln quoted from two separate General Orders (February 26, and July 9, 1776) issued by George Washington during the Revolutionary War. This is the text [...]

By | 2017-07-11T10:50:05+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study

Founding Father Benjamin Rush's handwritten personal Bible study booklet entitled “References to Texts of Scriptures Related to Each Other Upon Particular Subjects.” In it he listed scriptures under various topics and wrote his own notes on those scriptures. We have included excerpts of the booklet below.   Booklet Cover   Rush recorded three pages of [...]

By | 2017-07-27T10:53:11+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|0 Comments

John Basilone Magazine Cover

Sergeant John Basilone won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during the Campaign of Guadalcanal (August 1942-February 1943). He was killed during the Battle of Iwo Jima, after again showing great courage, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Below is a June 24, 1944 Collier's magazine cover with a picture of [...]

By | 2017-06-28T10:42:23+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|0 Comments

Tuskegee Airmen

Between 1941-1946 nearly 1,000 pilots trained at Tuskegee Institute (founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington). These pilots are known as Tuskegee Airmen. They formed the 99th Fighter Squadron and went overseas in 1942. Later the 99th joined three other all-black squadrons in the 332nd Fighter Group. Especially noteworthy, these pilots flew over 1,400 combat [...]

By | 2017-06-14T09:07:25+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: Black History, Historical Document, Library|0 Comments