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military history

David S Sigler,6th Iowa Infantry

My sister came across this original Civil War discharge letter at an antique shop. She purchased it in hopes that it would someday make its way back to family members. David S. Sigler was born 10 December 1842 in Ohio.... Continue Reading →

Today In History: Victory at Yorktown (1781)

"After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet. We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief..." - Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) from Hamilton: An American Musical (2015)... Continue Reading →

Stars & Stripes Forever

It was 240 years ago on June 14, 1777, that the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution adopting the "Stars & Stripes" as the national flag of the United States of America. "Resolved, that the flag of... Continue Reading →

Abel Torrey and his Political Views

I love this story about my 3rd Great Grandfather, Abel Ripley Torrey. What a great way to honor his memory and give insight into the character of the man.

The Soap Opera of Kibbie B. McCoye

Grab your popcorn and sit back while I tell you a soap opera worthy story of aliases, German spies, jilted lovers, and insidious gossip from a group of Los Angeles neighbors who make Melrose Place look like amateur hour. This is actually a true... Continue Reading →

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