Written by Duane Heard, et. al.
My husband said but little that morning. He seemed serious and thoughtful; but never seemed to hesitate as to the course of his duty. As he led the company from the house, he turned himself round, and seemed to have something to communicate. He only said, "Take good care of the children," and was soon out of sight. In the afternoon he was brought home a corpse. He was placed in my bedroom till the funeral. His countenance was pleasant, and seemed little altered.
We've all seen the bumper stickers: "Freedom Isn't Free." How many friends and neighbors have died to first gain, and then retain the rights that many Americans today cannot even recite? Lives cut short. Families torn apart. We should know their names. Issac Davis was a patriot who gave all for the Cause. We should remember and honor him.
Read more: Issac Davis - Martyr of Concord
Written by John Howard Brown
"When within sure distance the Constitution opened her battery with round and grape-shot upon the thirteen gun-boats and galleys which had engaged the Americans' small craft. This storm of shot sunk one of the gun-boats, disabled two and put the rest to flight. Commodore Preble then ran in along the batteries, within musket-shot distance and fired three hundred round shot besides grape and canister into the Bashaw's castle, the town, and the batteries. He silenced the castle and two of the batteries and then hauled off. No lives were lost on the American fleet."
"Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute." In 1794 Congress commissioned the construction of six frigates to give teeth to that bold declaration. One of the new navy's first tasks was to protect American shipping from the Barbary States, what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. We sent Preble.
Read more: Edward Preble - Scourge of Tripoli