Captain O’Neil at Lawrence Presbyterian Church–Sept. 24, 2017 Uncovering new historical information and piecing the evidence together brings new revelations to Captain Thomas O’Neil’s talk at The Presbyterian Church at Lawrence.
It was June 28th, 1778. The Continental Army had been trained for an extended period by General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. They knew what they were doing, why they were doing it, and followed orders well. Despite the oppressive and relentless heat, which was believed nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the Continental Army held, and the… Continue reading General von Steuben and The Battle of Monmouth
REVOLUTIONARY WAR MONUMENT TO A BOOT One might think it strange, and indeed it is, but on the Battlefield at Saratoga lies a monument. The monument is of a boot! I’m sure you’re wondering why good money purchased and crafted a beautiful monument to footwear, but there’s a little more to this story. An… Continue reading
A wreath. Adorned with evergreens to show strength, even in the harshest winter’s cold. And flowers to show our fragility and beauty. What does it mean? Wreaths go back a very long way to Southern Europe and even as far back as the Etruscans. Wreaths denote a continuation of respect and honor for those who… Continue reading Just A Wreath?
Do you realize that George Washington lost every battle for the first five months as commander of the Continental Army? Enlistments were one year, and since the American forces weren’t doing so well, many soldiers left after their year was up. They surmised that the jig was up and that America would stay a colony… Continue reading FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH–A GREAT STARTING POINT.
To honor Washington Crossing the Delaware River, Mahlon Dickerson Eyre carved this statue in Italy and it had a prominent display in America’s first World’s Fair in Philadelphia, 1876. It was purchased by the City of Trenton, and was originally placed in Cadwallader Park. In 1976, the statue was moved to South Montgomery Street near Mill… Continue reading Washington Crossing the Delaware Statue
In an effort to honor the memory of Washington’s march from Trenton to Princeton, historical associations formed and began formulating a way to remember the march and the route around 1907-1909. The obelisk plate shown is ground zero for Washington’s trek, and Ezekiel’s March, to honor Ezekiel Anderson, son of Captain John Anderson, who… Continue reading Twelve Obelisks
Washington’s Letter to Cadwalader about keeping the Hessian’s attention diverted This note, penned at McConkey’s Ferry, asked Cadwalader to keep the enemy’s attention diverted so that he could gain the upper hand. And, so it was, and the victory at Trenton was the first defeat of British/Hessian forces. Coupled with the defeat of the British… Continue reading Washington’s Letter to John Cadwalader
JEFF EDELSTEIN: Marine vet traces his Lawrence roots … all the way back to the Revolutionary War Former Lawrence resident Tom O’Neil during his Afghanistan days. By Jeff Edelstein, The Trentonian POSTED: 04/10/16, 12:01 AM EDT | UPDATED: ON 04/10/2016 0 COMMENTS His whole life, Thomas O’Neil III heard stories about some relative of his… Continue reading Marine vet traces his Lawrence roots … all the way back to the Revolutionary War
Few countries, in the history of the world, were born like America. Britain, France, Germany, each took hundreds of years to develop, but not the United States. By strange, coincidental circumstances, men and women came together to defeat a foe that had NO EQUAL at that time. And during the Battle of Princeton, Ezekiel… Continue reading No Place Quite Like America!