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John Clem and his Hymn Book

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

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 [...]

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

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

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 [...]

Laura Bridgman Letter

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

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 [...]

Abraham Lincoln General Order

By | August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

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 [...]

Wentworth Cheswell Documents

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

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 [...]

General Order Respecting the Observance of the Sabbath

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

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. [...]

Benjamin Rush Personal Bible Study

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document, Library|

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 [...]

John Basilone Magazine Cover

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

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 [...]

Tuskegee Airmen

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Black History, Historical Document, Library|

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 [...]

V-E Day Proclamation – Truman

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: Historical Document|

V-E (Victory in Europe) Day was celebrated around the world on May 8, 1945. One day earlier, German forces unconditionally surrendered to the Allies, thus signaling the end of fighting in Europe. (The Allies, however, would continue fighting against Japanese forces for an additional 3 months.) President Harry Truman addressed the [...]

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