Entries by Our Lost Founding

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John Adams on “The Second Day of July…”

On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopts the resolution for independence from Great Britain. Of course, Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. Twelve of the thirteen colonial delegations vote unanimously, with New York abstaining. Previously, in early June, Congress appointed a committee consisting of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson to draft that declaration of independence. Then, the committee presented it to Congress on June […]

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Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address : “Far above our poor power…”

On this day in 1863, the largest military conflict in North American history begins when Union and Confederate forces collide at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The epic battle lasted three days and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia retreated to Virginia. Gettysburg Address So, below is the full text of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This version is inscribed in the South Chamber of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Four score and seven years ago our […]

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Patriot Matthew Thornton : “Duty to God, to ourselves, to Posterity”

On this day in 1803, Patriot, physician, surgeon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Matthew Thornton dies at age 89. Thornton was also a New Hampshire delegate to the second Continental Congress. Additionally, he was the President of the five man committee that drafted the first New Hampshire constitution. In fact, New Hampshire was the first of the thirteen states to establish a constitution. The Only Foundation Back in 1775, as the newly elected President […]

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The Constitution: “God Governs In the Affairs of Men”

On this day in 1788, the U.S. Constitution is ratified, which currently makes it the most long-standing written constitution in the world. The Constitution is the second of two of Our essential founding documents. The first is the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration explains the foundation of Our nation, and contains several direct references to God. The Constitution explains how our nation is to function, and is firmly rooted in the Declaration, which explains the why. […]

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The Great Seal of the United States : Found(ing) in Translation

On this day in 1782, Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States. Adoption came six years after the Continental Congress appointed the original committee to design a seal. Congress appointed the original committee just a few hours after they adopted the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. The Obverse E Pluribus Unum, Latin for Out of Many, One, was once a de facto motto of the United States. However, it was never codified […]

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Colonel William Prescott : “Providence has placed you…”

On this day in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill (and Breed’s Hill) begins in Boston. Legend has it that it was during this battle that Patriot Colonel William Prescott gave soldiers this famous order: “Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” This was in order to conserve limited ammunition supplies. “Be of one heart…” It is with certainty, however, in August of 1774, in the wake of the Boston Tea Party […]

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Abraham Lincoln and “A house divided…”

On this day in 1858, senate candidate Abraham Lincoln addresses more than 1,000 delegates at the Illinois Republican Convention in Springfield. He points out the incompatibility of slavery in a nation whose Declaration of Independence states “all men are created equal.” In doing so, Lincoln paraphrased Mark 3:25 of the New Testament: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” He went on: “I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do […]

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Commander-in-chief George Washington and “Out of my power…”

On this day in 1775, the second Continental Congress unanimously selects George Washington as first Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Thankfully for all Americans then, and ever since, he accepted the appointment. What follows is an excerpt of a letter he wrote to his wife, Martha, shortly thereafter; he wrote: “[I]t was utterly out of my power to refuse this appointment without exposing my Character to such censures as would have reflected dishonour upon myself, […]

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Hi! Hi! Hey! Happy Birthday to the United States Army!

Happy Birthday to the United States Army! On this day in 1775, the Second Continental Congress passes the resolution establishing the Continental Army. Here is the text of that resolution: Resolved, That six companies of expert riflemen [sic], be immediately raised in Pennsylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia; … [and] that each company, as soon as completed [sic], shall march and join the army near Boston, to be there employed as light infantry, […]

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Unfurling Flag Day

On this day in 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as the national flag: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.” Flag Day Then, on May 30th 1916, President Woodrow Wilson gave Proclamation 1335 – Flag Day: My Fellow Countrymen: Many circumstances have recently conspired to […]

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Dream Team Drafts “Divine” Declaration

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress selects Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to draft the Declaration of Independence. We know this remarkable group as the Committee of Five. First, here is how the Declaration begins: “When, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of […]