A Student of History

February 7, 2012

The soldiers’ skeletons of Fort William Henry

Filed under: Early America,Historic Places,The past that is still with us,Wars — John Maass @ 7:09 am

Skeletons at Ft. William Henry, NY

A number of websites over the past few days have covered the story about skeletons of the dead from the battle of Ft. William Henry, in NY, during the French and Indian War.

Many of the articles go with the “Last of the Mohegans” angle of the story.

Here’s a typical link.  The Daily Mail in the UK has some better photos. And an extract from the piece:

Demands have been made for the return of soldiers’ skeletons to Fort William Henry in New York after it emerged today they were never laid to rest during a burial ceremony at the site nearly 20 years ago.

The remains of unidentified soldiers who fought during the 1755 Indian and French War near the American fort – which was the historical setting for The Last of the Mohicans – were discovered in the 1950s during an excavation of the site.


February 6, 2012

French and Indian War Conference in Pa.

Filed under: Early America,Wars — John Maass @ 8:46 am

Bushy Run Battlefield is putting on its 2012 conference, with details here. Dates are March 24-25, 2012. It includes bus tour as well.

Battle of Bushy Run

February 2, 2012

White Plains National Battlefield?

Filed under: Early America,The past that is still with us,Wars — John Maass @ 4:37 pm

Did you know that the Whites Plains, NY battlefield was once part of the NPS?  It is no longer, which is too bad.  It was a big battle in the early part of the Revolutionary War.

According to National Parks Traveler blog:

The Revolutionary War Battle of White Plains receives scant attention, not least because the Continental Army did not win the battle and the battlefield is not a National Park System property. Although the National Park Service administered the White Plains National Battlefield Site for 23 years, no national park materialized there and the property was eventually delisted. 

The National Park Service didn’t buy or acquire any battlefield land and didn’t build any facilities. No development at all occurred, unless you count the placement of three descriptive markers. In 1956, the National Park Service quietly dropped the White Plains National Battlefield Site from its list of National Park System properties.



KC vs DC: where is the home of WWI in the US?

Filed under: Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 7:06 am

Interesting article about 2 cities trying to make themselves the center of WWI commemoration in the US.  Does the public really care?

Congress will squabble over just about everything anymore, it seems, even where to honor the soldiers and sailors of World War I:

Kansas City, Mo., which has a heritage of honoring the war, or Washington, D.C., which has the National Mall?

Washington also already has a memorial to World War I, though it’s strictly a tribute to the 26,000 city residents who served overseas. But pride of place among politicians can be a powerful incentive.

World War I Battle


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