America’s First Indian War

We all might think that the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763) was the first American war against what we now call Native Americans. It wasn’t because at the time, we – the descendants of our Founding Fathers – were British citizens. The colonists who fought in...

Alumni of the Legion of the United States

  While rarely mentioned in history books, the legacy of the Legion of the United States lives on today. It was born in 1792 because President Washington and the Congress realized they needed a military force to protect settlers moving into what we now know as...

The Legion of the United States

Most American history books skip over the fact that between the Continental Army and the formation of the U.S. Army, there was an interim organization, or force, if you will. It was called The Legion of the United States and it saw combat. When Washington said...

Back When America Was Defenseless for 9 Years

Right after the American Revolution ended and the Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3rd, 1783, the United States of America began to disarm. On December 3rd, 1783 Washington said good-bye to his officers and the Continental Army was no more. One by one, the...

A Toast for Every Day of the Week

After it was founded on October 13th, 1775, both officers and men on Continental Navy ships were served alcohol. A weak 2% beer was the primary beverage for everyone on board the ship. However, in the wardroom, in addition to beer furnished by the government, the...

Beer and Freedom

Most people would never associate the two words, but they are closely related. Ben Franklin wrote “in wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom and in water, only bacteria.” In the 1700s, water came from wells, lakes, streams and rivers as it does today. However,...