The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, which was established in 1888 by Civil War veterans, stands as a tribute to those who fought to uphold American sovereignty in the face of insurrection. Prior to settling in a townhouse close to Rittenhouse Square from 1922 until 2008, when it was forced to close due to financial … Read more

Invasion of Philadelphia by the British

Invasion of Philadelphia by the British

The British troops Invasion of Philadelphia from that day until the next spring, when they marched into the city on September 26, 1777. Although wartime shortages quickly caused suffering for those who remained in the city, its arrival caused Loyalists to cheer and Patriots to flee. However, there were no tangible benefits from the occupation, … Read more

The York County Conspiracy of 1661: The History of America’s First Uprising

York County

Virginia’s York County is located right next to the Chesapeake Bay. Due to its location inside the Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area, York County is now one of the most populous areas in the state. From Yorktown, the location of the penultimate battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1781, comes the name of York County. … Read more

The Vagabond Hurricane of 1903 was New Jersey and New York City’s first big storm.

vagabond hurricane new jersey 1903

“The storm reached the city shortly after 8 o’clock in the morning and the high winds prevailed for about two and one half to three hours.”           The New York Times, September 17th, 1903.           In the early morning hours of September 16, 1903, it appeared to come out of nowhere and slam without any prior … Read more

How a Teacher and His Crossword Puzzles Almost Ruined D-Day Before It Even Began

How a Teacher and His Crossword Puzzles Almost Ruined D-Day Before It Even Began

Leonard Dawe, who is now 54 years old and works as a crossword puzzle compiler for the Daily Telegraph in London, has been employed there for almost twenty years. By the time it was June 1944, he had produced more than 5000 crossword puzzles by that time. Earlier in his life, when he was still … Read more

How Atlantic City Became America’s Middle Class Playground

Atlantic City Became America's Middle Class

In 1850, a local man named Dr. Jonathan Pitney started promoting Absecon Island, which is just off the coast of southern New Jersey, as the perfect seaside medical retreat for many of his patients who were sick with everything from tuberculosis to nervous breakdowns. As early as 1853, Pitney and civil engineer Richard Osborne, who … Read more

The mysterious story of the sinking of the Nazi submarine U-869

Nazi submarine U-869

It is the summer of 1991, and daring, pioneering, and some might even say foolhardy wreck diver and ship’s Captain Bill Nagle has been hearing rumors of a mysterious, unidentified World War Two era wreck located somewhere off the coast of the Jersey Shore. The wreck is said to be located off the coast of … Read more