The Guards, on their arrival, were ordered to land and refresh themselves after a tedious voyage, but they desied to be led on directly to action, in resentment of the atrocious insults to their King and country. Their impatience was beyond expressing, when they were told of some of the indignities lately offered to the statue of their royal sovereign in New York.
—  An anonymous account of the arrival of the Brigade of Guards in North America, August 1776.

OKAY BUT CAN WE TALK ABOUT DEBORAH SAMSON, A WOMAN WHO DISGUISED HERSELF AS A MAN TO FIGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

AS A KID SHE GOT EDUCATED BY BRIBING NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS TO TEACH HER WHAT THEY LEARNED IN SCHOOL, AND ENDED UP BECOMING A TEACHER

IN 1778 AT AGE 18 SHE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY, UNDER THE NAME OF ROBERT SHIRTLIFFE

SHE FOUGHT IN MANY BATTLES FOR THREE YEARS WITHOUT ANYONE SUSPECTING SHE WAS A WOMAN

SHE GOT INJURED TWICE (STABBED IN THE HEAD AND SHOT IN THE SHOULDER) BUT DOCTORS STILL DIDN’T FIND OUT HER SECRET

SHE WAS ONLY DISCOVERED DURING TREATMENT WHEN SHE CAME DOWN WITH BRAIN FEVER. BUT THE DOCTOR WAS NICE AND DIDN’T TELL ANYONE. INSTEAD WHEN SHE GOT BETTER HE SENT HER TO DELIVER A MESSAGE TO WASHINGTON

WHEN WASHINGTON READ THE LETTER HE WASN’T EVEN MAD HE JUST DISCHARGED HER AND WROTE HER A MESSAGE AND GAVE HER MONEY TO GET BACK HOME

SHE WENT BACK HOME AND GOT HERSELF A CUTE MAN AND HAD THREE KIDDIES

SOME YEARS LATER SHE GOT SUMMONED TO DC WHERE SHE GOT A PENSION AND LAND IN EXCHANGE FOR HER SERVICE (WHICH PAUL REVERE HELPED TO ARRANGE)

SHE DIED AT THE AGE OF 66, AND IN 1983 WAS NAMED OFFICIAL HEROINE OF THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS 

PLEASE LET US TALK ABOUT THIS AMAZING WOMAN

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The evolution of the warrior.

From top to bottom: 

Greek warrior - 600 BC.

Roman Centurion - 100 BC.

Persian warrior - 6th century. 

Viking warriors - 10th century.

Samurai warrior - 16th century.

Continental Army soldiers - 1775 / The American Revolutionary War.

German Wehrmacht soldier - 1940 / Second world war.

U.S Army soldier - Korean war / Vietnam war.

U.S Army soldier - Afghanistan war / 2014. 

Polish special forces / GROM - 2014.

BADASS WOMEN OF AMERICAN HISTORY, TEENAGED GIRLS SAVE THE WORLD EDITION

Okay, people. This here is a statue of Sybil Ludington.

In 1777, just a few weeks after her 16th birthday, Sybil rode forty miles across New York, warning residents about the oncoming British Army, and telling militia members to prepare to march. She started at 9pm and rode until dawn.

She beat off a highwayman with a stick.

She rode twice as far as Paul Revere, and unlike him, was not captured, and was able to complete her mission. Also, Paul Revere was one of three riders that night. Sybil went alone.

Sixteen years old. Riding 40 miles through the countryside and small towns of New York. By herself. In the middle of the night.

George Washington later dropped by the Ludington house to say thanks.

The statue above was sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1961, and is in Lake Carmel, New York.

Did y’all know that Lafayette was in charge of some spies during the Revolution? One of the spies was a slave named James, and James did a bang up job spying on the British and was a hero. Then America won the war and Lafayette went home. Then he came back for a visit and happened to run into James. He was like, “Hi, James.”

James was like, “Hi, Lafayette. BTW, I’m still a slave.”

Lafayette was all “That ain’t right”, so he wrote this letter about how great a spy James had been, and James was given his freedom and a pension. In thanks, James adopted Lafayette’s last name.

did y’all know that

Question for the History Side of Tumblr...

I’m currently listening to Hamilton the Musical soundtrack for the first time. (Yes, I know. As a musical theatre nerd I’m terribly behind. I’ll catch up. I still need to save to buy the Fun Home soundtrack.)  

My question is… how much of this musical is historically accurate? What portions were fabricated ( if any)? 

If anyone could answer this I’d be forever grateful. Please and thank you. :) 

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June 13th 1777: Marquis de Lafayette arrives in America

On this day in 1777, the nineteen-year-old French aristocrat, Marie-Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert du Motier (Marquis de Lafayette), arrived in South Carolina to aid the American Revolution. Lafayette, from a prominent military family, had been recruited by a representative of Congress the previous year. However, King Louis XVI feared French intervention would provoke British anger, and sought to prevent Lafayette from departing. Determined to reach America, Lafayette set sail, managing to evade capture by British ships. He arrived in South Carolina in June 1777, and travelled to Philadelphia, the seat of Congress. The young Frenchman impressed the initially sceptical Congress with his devotion to the cause of independence, and in July he was commissioned as a major-general. Lafayette served in a number of battles, including the Battle of Monmouth, and became a close friend of General George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. After France formally allied itself with the United States, Lafayette was recalled to Paris to consult the king. He returned to America later that year, and fought at the decisive Battle of Yorktown in 1781, before once again returning to France. Lafayette joined the French army, and advocated political reform, co-authoring the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen. However, his military duties meant he had to protect the royal family upon the outbreak of revolution in 1789, and he fled the country in 1792 after radical revolutionaries called for his arrest. Lafayette maintained a low profile during the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, and later supported a constitutional monarchy. Marquis de Lafayette, the ‘hero of two worlds’, died in May 1834, aged 76, and was buried in Paris under soil from Bunker Hill.