May 5, 2015 |
Bruce Knapp remembers learning about the Revolutionary War Battle of Paoli in his seventh-grade classroom in the San Francisco area. Years after he moved to Chester County as an adult, he joined a group that had successfully raised money to save the Paoli Battlefield, a pristine piece of Main Line property, from developers in the 1990s. Now, the retired federal investigator is leading the charge to get the National Park Service to recognize the site for what the community believes it is: a national historic landmark.
March 8, 2015 |
PRINCETON - The battle was hanging in the balance that January day in 1777 when Gen. George Washington boldly rode between the American and British lines to rally his soldiers. "Instantly, there was a roar of musketry followed by a shout," wrote an American colonel who was there. "It was the shout of victory. " Washington emerged from the smoke waving his hat and urging his soldiers on in pursuit of retreating Redcoats. Two hundred and thirty-eight years later, another counterattack is underway - focused on the same land where some historians say combat was fierce.
December 24, 2014
SIX FAMILY members slaughtered by a Montgomery County man who then took his own life. One hundred forty-three, mostly children, killed in a Pakistan school by the Taliban. One hundred sixty-five children kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Two New York police shot in cold blood. And that's just last week. The world is never exactly a sane place, but lately it seems that the madness has increased. Few corners of the world are free from strife, from unbearable tensions.
July 30, 2014 |
When a breathless Jonas Cattell dashed into Fort Mercer that October day in 1777, the enemy wasn't far behind. Hours earlier, the 18-year-old had overheard talk of an attack on the American fort and ran the 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, Gloucester County, bypassing Hessian mercenaries along the way. His timely warning gave the American defenders time to reposition their artillery and set a trap that decimated the Hessians. About 400 of them - a third of the German force - were mowed down by cannon and musket fire, then buried in a mass grave at what is now Red Bank Battlefield Park.
January 30, 2014 |
PRINCETON Finding a way to make the two sides happy is going to take an Einstein. When the Institute for Advanced Study gained a planning board's approval in 2012 for a faculty housing project on its land next to Princeton Battlefield State Park, opponents vowed to fight on. This month, they won the next round, after arguing that the project would cut off surface water to wetlands on the site and disturb ground where George Washington led...
November 11, 2013 |
NORMANDY, France - At dawn on June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the northern coast of France, and June will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II military operation against the German march to dominate Europe, which began with American, British, and Canadian sacrifices of a magnitude unimaginable to all but survivors of infantry and invasion warfare. A visit to the Normandy beaches, invasion sites, and cemeteries is an opportunity to appreciate today's freedom by honoring not only the soldiers who died but also the survivors - and to attempt to grasp the horror of war by seeing the battlefields and mind-numbing rows of headstones.
October 31, 2013 |
When a soldier died on a Civil War battlefield, it was often a long way to the family burial ground. If it was too long, and the weather was warm, well - perhaps the less said, the better. Unless, of course, you are Anna Dhody, curator at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Just in time for Halloween, Dhody is speaking at the Wagner Free Institute of Science on Wednesday evening on a macabre subject: the history of embalming in the United States.
July 6, 2013
The most mistaken passage of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address predicted: "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here. ... " Of course, remembering Lincoln's 272 words proved to be far easier than preserving the great battlefield he stood upon. One hundred fifty years after the Civil War's most pivotal and bloody battle, government officials and preservationists have not only expanded the hallowed ground dramatically, from the 17-acre cemetery Lincoln dedicated to the nearly 6,000 historic acres the national park encompasses today.
July 6, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - Stare hard at a line of soldiers marching to the battlefield reenactments here, and you'll likely spot a ponytail or two tucked under an infantryman's cap. "There are a lot of girl soldiers here," said Courtney Yoder, 17, clad in Union blue. "You just have to look for them. " Hundreds of women did fight incognito in the Civil War, and thousands more supported troops on the home front or at the battlefield, cooking or working for field hospitals and aid societies.
July 5, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - For a moment, the line was quiet. As the sun beat down on the field, a row of men dressed in gray adjusted muskets, hoisted flags, and wiped sweat from their foreheads. Then, with a whoop, they were off across the field, followed by ranks and ranks behind them. But the majority of the crowd sprinting across the battlefield Wednesday afternoon was decidedly and defiantly anachronistic: middle-aged men in T-shirts, children riding on parents' shoulders, young women in sundresses, and more than a few amateur photographers with cellphone cameras.