Today in American history…First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York.
“Even though people may be well known, they hold in their hearts the emotions of a simple person for the moments that are the most important of those we know on earth: birth, marriage and death.” – Jacqueline Kennedy
Today in American history…Mary Todd Lincoln passed away on July 16, 1882 in Springfield, Illinois. She passed away in her sister’s home – the same home in which she married the love of her life, Abraham Lincoln, on November 4, 1842.
She was most likely the most maligned and misunderstood First Lady in U.S. history.
She was the First Lady during the Civil War and was continually falsely accused of being a traitor being that she was originally from the Southern state of Kentucky and had family that were fighting for the Confederacy. Her allegiance to the United States was always in question for those who disliked her.
She also suffered from mental illness which only increased after the horrible death of her husband. She suffered the loss of her three children at early ages and her only surviving child, Robert, had her institutionalized in her later years.
Today in American history…Martha Washington was born on June 2, 1731 on her parents plantation, Chestnut Grove, in the Colony of Virginia. She was married to the first President of the United States, George Washington, and was often referred to as “Lady Washington” being that the term “First Lady” wasn’t used until several years after her death.
“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” Martha Washington
Today in American history…President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at the hands of John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. President Lincoln was attending the play, Our American Cousin, when he shot at 10:15 PM. His wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was sitting by his side as well as their guests in the Presidential box, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris.
He passed away the following morning at The Peterson House, located across the street from Ford’s Theater, at 7:22AM.
Today in American history…Franklin Delano Roosevelt married Eleanor Roosevelt on March 17, 1905 in New York City. She was escorted down the aisle by her uncle, President Theodore Roosevelt (Photo Credit: Associated Press)
Today in American history…James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia. He would become our 4th US President (1781-1783) and is known as the “Father of the Constitution” for his crucial role in drafting the US Constitution and was the also the author of the US Bill of Rights.
It was a wonderful day visiting Harpers Ferry National Historical Park today.
My husband and I visited the historic firehouse where the infamous abolitionist John Brown was captured during his raid on the townwhich occurred from October 16-18, 1859.
John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry was an effort on his behalf to initiate a slave revolt in Southern states by taking over the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. He was captured and hence put on trial for treason and executed via hanging by the Commonwealth of Virginia on December 2, 1859. Some say that this was the first “shot” of the Civil War.
On a lighter note, we enjoyed our visit to True Treats Historic Candy which is the only historic confectionary in America. We enjoyed tasting George Washington Carver’s original recipe for peanut brittle and it was fantastic! We also enjoyed a much needed respite along the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.