October 31, 2008
Even though it was pretty much a draw, and not the startling victory that was the American Revolution, the War of 1812 does have the distinction of being the cheapest in American History! According to the Bound Dragon blog, the roughly two and a half year skirmish with our former British overloards cost only half the price tag of the Mexican War, one quarter of the Revolutionary War, and nearly a hundred times less than the Gulf War. Sure, the see-saw, back and forth action allowed neither side to gather enough momentum to pull out the victory, but then President James Madison sure knew how to get the most war for the dollar!
Go here to see the list.
Follow the links below for more on Mr. Madison’s War:
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October 30, 2008
In honor of his recent Emmy wins, I give you TJTube: The John Adams Edition…
TJ and Adams at a drive-through…
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October 29, 2008
The UVAtoday blog noted this past Monday marked the 113th anniversary of fire of the famed Rotunda at UVA. The building was rebuilt by 1898 and the improved version lasted all the way to 1973.
An amusing detail about the fire itself was that a UVA engineering professor saw the Rotunda burning and decided the solution to the problem was…dynamite! The result? Yes, it made the problem much worse, but hey – high marks for ingenuity and chutzpah!
For a great online resource on the history of the Rotunda, visit the Rotunda History page. Click here.
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October 28, 2008
We’ve been playing Founding Fathers Football (ok, I just made that up) all season long by following HighschoolRivals Top 100 teams. As the regular season comes to a close for most teams, Madison claws its way further into the Top 30, with an undefeated 6-0 record. West Monroe climbs to number 30, also undefeated at 7-0. Hamilton, who had the weekend off, climb two spots to 33.
Despite crushing West Mifflin 42-7, TJ of Jefferson Hills, PA drops 3 spots to 54th this week. Independence of Charlotte, NC jumps forward to number 81 and Columbus of Miami is riding TJ’s wake at number 54.
For the Civil War version of Founding Fathers Football, Union is at 34 and Grant of Sacramento splits the south at 74.
Finally, the two Trinitys (at numbers 1 and 75) look like they will stand alone without a third for the season.
Photo courtesy of Saquan Stimpson
October 18, 2008
We chronicled the recently completed renovations over at the Madison’s Montpelier home. Here’s another perspective on it over at the American Presidents Blog. Click here to read about it.
And while your there, be sure to vote for the most consequential presidential election. The 1800 election, won by President Jefferson is currently in 3rd place in the poll.
Source: American Presidents Blog
October 17, 2008
Sounding like a prehistoric, miniature horse (that would be Eohippus to the dinosaur-savvy), Esopus Spitzenburg was considered one of TJ’s four favorites. Like the mighty A.P., Esopus Spitzenburg was a dessert fruit. Despite cultivating less than two dozen trees, Monticello’s most famous Pomologist, apparently journalled (read: blogging in pre-Internet times) more about Esopus Spitzenburg than any other kind.
Source: The Twinleaf Journal
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