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“Burning of the White House by British Soldiers”

“Burning of the White House by British Soldiers” by Tom Freeman. The White House Historical Association

Under President James Madison’s watch, British forces , led by Major Robert Ross, set fire to the White House on August 24, 1814, in retaliation for the American destruction of Port Dover in Upper Canada.

Other buildings throughout Washington were set ablaze as well. However, less than a day later, a sudden thunderstorm struck, pouring needed water upon the flames, and thus saving the Capitol. This event became known as “The Storm that Saved Washington”!

 

 

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Author: Janet Moy

Michael P. Smith (1937-2008)

During his nearly forty-year career, photographer Michael P. Smith (1937-2008) immersed himself in the larger world of New Orleans’s musical culture. At public events, from music festivals and concerts to street parades both mournful and celebratory, Smith was there with his Nikon cameras and, in later years, a tape recorder.

Beyond his public presence, Smith earned the trust of musicians and churchgoers who let him into their private lives. These relationships allowed him to create a photographic record bearing witness to often elusive cultural and spiritual events.

Though documentary in style, his photographs transcend the mere description of their subjects, pushing viewers to consider the cultural diversity of the world around them.

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History of the Purple Heart

“GEORGE WASHINGTON” by Artist Unknown from the US Navy Art Collection gallery on RequestAPrint.net

On this day in 1782, George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit”; this award was first given to three soldiers of the Revolutionary War. In 1932, on the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday, the U.S. Department of War resurrected this award as the “Order of the Purple Heart”. Since then, 1.8 million have received the award.

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References: This Day In History: History.com and The Purple Heart

Guns of the “Devil Dogs”: American Rifleman

The August issue of the “American Rifleman” features a number of images from the Marine Corps Art Collection. “Guns of the Devil Dogs” discusses the small arms used during WWI and is illustrated using works by Colonel Charles H. Waterhouse, USMCR.

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