U.S. Army general soldier, born on July 1, 1877, in Washington, D.C. Benjamin Oliver Davis became the first African American general in the United States Army. Davis attended Howard University. He began his military career as a volunteer during the Spanish-American War in 1898. He was promoted to first lieutenant on March 30, 1905; to captain on December 24, 1915; to major (temporary) on August 5, 1917; and to lieutenant colonel (temporary) on May 1, 1918. He reverted to his permanent rank of captain on October 14, 1919, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel on July 1, 1920; to colonel on February 18, 1930; In 1930, Davis became the first black colonel.
Families were torn apart. The country was torn apart, and the South was “winning” at this point. Then had come the Battle of Gettysburg. On June 30, 1963, just 5 days before the country’s Independence Day, the Confederates walked from Chancellorsville, VA to Gettysburg, PA meeting the Union Soldiers half way. General Robert E. Lee had decided to take the war north into the Union territory.
The Battle of Richmond began on August 29 and ended on August 30 in 1862. The battle was fought on the grounds of the Blue Grass Army Depot, right outside of Richmond, Kentucky. It was an extravagant Confederate victory by Major General Edmund Kirby Smith against Union Major General William Nelson. Others may describe this as the most complete Confederate victory of the war. This battle was the first major battle fought in the Kentucky Campaign and the second largest battle in Kentucky.
Since then the Fourth of July has had several peculiar recognitions. The two most distinguished men in the framing and support of the Declaration were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams -- the one having penned it and the other sustained it the most forcibly in debate -- the only two of the fifty-five who sustained it being elected President of the United States. Precisely fifty years after they put their hands to the paper it pleased Almighty God to take both from the stage of action. This was indeed an extraordinary and remarkable event in our history. Another President, five years after, was called from this stage of existence on the same day and month of the year; and now, on this last Fourth of July just passed, when we have a gigantic Rebellion, at the bottom of which is an effort to
Jones fought like a hero and said when asked if he would surrender, “I have not yet begun to fight. Out of 375 American sailors only 75 survived including Jones but they won the battle and took over both of the English ships and sailed home with over 500 prisoners. After narrowly escaping being murdered in England, Jones returned to Paris in May 1790. On July 18, 1792, he died at the age of 45. His body was preserved and buried in an unmarked tomb for more than 100 years.
Michael Rosenthal 5/12/11 No one person would have more influence on the United States Army during its first 100 years of existence than General Winfield Scott. Known as Old Fuss and Feathers because of his attention to detail and a penchant for gaudy uniforms, Winfield Scott fought in the War of 1812, the Blackhawk War, the Seminole Wars, the Mexican-American War, and the War for Southern Independence (American Civil War). A Civilian Conservation Corps park and lake bear the name of the man who oversaw the removal of the Cherokee from the state of Georgia. Born of parents who were both wealthy and famous (his father was a hero in the American Revolution), Winfield Scott attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Road to victory of Vimy Ridge From April 9 to April 12 1917 the Canadian corps accomplished the impossible = the successful capture of Vimy Ridge, the highest and best defended position on the western front. During the previous 3 years the French and British had lost nearly 200,000 men trying to capture Vimy Ridge, but it was the Canadians who did it. The Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge proved that they were an elite fighting force. Victory was possible because they learned from past mistakes and successes and planned effectively. Next the Canadian prepared by training infantry and artillery.
The Battle of Alamo is one of the most famous battles in United States history, and it still inspires American patriotism today. On February 23,1836 the sentinel saw an army in the distance, It was Santa Anna's army. The long expected fight was about to begin. After a few days Santa Anna ordered a cannon to start firing. From then on there was a continuous shooting of guns and cannons going off, day and night.
President William Harrison won re-election in 1840 and Zachary Taylor, first elected 1848. Both were major military leaders whose names are associated outstanding victories, and if Harrison was active in politics for many years to Taylor's presidential election was actually debut in politics. By coincidence, both died in office after a short reign. Harrison died a month after his inauguration in April 1841, and Vice President John Tyler took his place, but was expelled from the party. The hero of the Mexican-American War, Zachary Taylor was president just over a year, from March 1849 to July 1850.
Here are just a few examples of Soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor from three wars. Their actions, like the other receivers of the medal, were way above their call of duty. During the Civil War, the job of color bearer was one of the most dangerous, but important duties in the Army. Soldiers looked to the flag for direction and inspiration in battle and the carrier was usually out in front, drawing heavy enemy fire while holding the flag high. On Nov. 16, 1863, regimental color carrier Pvt.