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King Philip's War, Battle of Bloody Brook

King Philip’s War

It was a costly and destructive war between the English and Native American Indians in New England.

Andre Spy Affair, Andre Captured by NY Militia

Hamilton’s Account of John André

In 1780, Alexander Hamilton wrote a letter to John Laurens and explained the details of the André Spy Affair.

John Wilder, Portrait, Lightning Brigade, Civil War

Wilder’s Lightning Brigade

The Lighting Brigade was a short-lived, but legendary, cavalry unit under the command of Colonel John T. Wilder.

Battle of Bunker Hill, Fight in the Redoubt

Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)

It took place on June 17, 1775, and was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Ulysses S Grant, at Cold Harbor, Portrait

Ohio Civil War Generals

Many Ohioans rose to the rank of General during the Civil War, including Ulysses S. Grant.

Colonial America and the French and Indian War

Examination of a Witch, Salem Witch Trials, Matteson

Salem Witch Trials (1692–1693)

The famous Witchcraft Crisis took place in Salem Village in 1692–1693.

Signing the Mayflower Compact, Painting

Separatists (Pilgrims)

Puritan Separatists — the Pilgrims — left Europe and sailed to America for Religious Freedom.

Battle of Lake George, Painting

Battle of Lake George (1755)

Learn about the intense battle from the French and Indian war that included the Bloody Morning Scout, the Bloody Pond, and the death of King Hendrick.

AmericaN Revolution and the Revolutionary war

General Nathanael Greene, Portrait, Illustration

Nathanael Greene

Greene was a master strategist and a hero who helped lead American forces to a stunning victory in the Southern Theater.

Burning of the Gaspee, Painting

Gaspee Incident and Affair

The Sons of Liberty nearly started the war with Britain in 1772 when they attacked a British ship, shot a British officer, and burned the ship.

Boston Massacre, Illustration, Hunt

Boston Massacre (1770)

When British troops fired into a crowd and killed colonists, Samuel Adams called it “The Boston Massacre.”

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Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction

Battle of Fisher's Hill, Confederate Troops

Battle of Fisher’s Hill

The Union victory at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill opened up the Shenandoah Valley and led to “The Burning,” Philip Sheridan’s scorched earth campaign.

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, On His Deathbed, Painting, Chappel

Lincoln Assassination

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes struck a blow for the Confederacy when he shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater

Abraham Lincoln, Portrait, Gardner

Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln’s proclamation freed enslaved people in areas that were in rebellion against the United States.