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James Marshall found this tiny piece of pure gold in the tailrace of John Sutter’s Coloma, California, sawmill on January 24, 1848. This is the actual nugget that sparked the rush for California gold.

On the Water - Maritime Nation, 1800-1850: To California by Sea

Private collector Andrew Carroll has collected 90,000 wartime letters from the Revolutionary War to now to be displayed in Southern California's Chapman University

Raw with emotion, a goodbye note by a WWII POW on the back of 2 family photos he carried with him throughout the war. Lt. Thomas R. Kennedy died soon after writing the Jan. 1945 note aboard a Japanese prison ship. 'Momie Dad: It is pretty hard to check out this way without a fighting chance but we can't live forever. I'm not afraid to die, I just hate the thought of not seeing you again. Take care of my nieces and nephews don't let them ever want anything as I want even warmth or water now.'

This is the first known photograph of the American flag taken on June 21, 1873. The flag was flown over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during an infamous battle between the British and the United States during the War of 1812 that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Flag at Fort McHenry

Champ Ferguson was one of only two men to be tried, convicted and executed for war crimes during the Civil War. Ferguson was a Confederate guerrilla who claimed to have killed over 100 Union soldiers. After being pronounced guilty, he responded, "I am yet and will die a Rebel … I killed a good many men, of course, but I never killed a man who I did not know was seeking my life." He was hanged on October 20, 1865.

Longstreet Wants to Disband the Partisan Rangers

A dying soldier clutching to a priest after being hit by sniper fire. Whether you're religious or not, this soldier was given comfort in this last moments by an extraordinary brave man.

December 1929. Photographer on Fleet Street, the distance can be seen St Paul's Cathedral.

Лондон: история в фотографиях

George Takei standing outside of an ex-concentration camp he was kept at as a child in Arkansas.

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A lovely photo of an unidentified soldier, wife and child. Both wife and husband wear a hint of a smile. Look closely at their clasped hands over her shoulder and you will see it appears they have traded rings. She wears a large band on her right index finger, and he wears a small band on the little finger of his left hand.

Union Battery on Antietam battlefield (Before colorization).

In 1943, Charles B. Hall became the first black fighter pilot to down an enemy aircraft. Hall was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor in this World War II action. His squadron presented him with its own reward, a chilled bottle of Coke, a precious commodity in the Mediterranean theater. Hall was a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron.

Georgy Zhukov. "Father" of the Soviet victory - a mastermind behind the largest battles of WW2: Moscow, the greatest battle in human history with 7 million officers and men taking part on both sides, Stalingrad (4m) and Berlin 3.5m to name a few. Without a doubt, a military genius: he never lost a battle. But also known by his soldiers as a “Butcher”, for disregarding causalities with his efforts to win at any cost.

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Tobacco pouch or sweet bag; probably made for a Kentucky soldier serving with the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Young Confederate, Alabama Cavalry. His revolver is almost bigger than he is !

Museum of the Confederacy's display of R.E.Lee's actual pistol and other personal items.

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Pancho Villa - Following guerilla leader Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, New Mexico (in which 16 Americans died), President Wilson sent Gen. “Blackjack” Pershing and 10,000 soldiers into the mountains of northern Mexico to hunt Villa down. The mission ultimately failed but Mexicans viewed the act as an unjust invasion. It is said that the pejorative designation “gringo” came from this time, as US soldiers clad in olive uniforms were met with cries of “Green, Go!”

World War I fighter ace and air advisor Eddie Rickenbacker, (1890-1973), c. 1920.

1865. Pvt. Benjamin Franklin, Company H, 2nd Regiment, Minnesota, Cavalry. Private Franklin lost all four limbs to frostbite December of 1865


Rasputin 1900--Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1872-1916) was the infamous 'holy man' whose ability to heal the Tsar and Tsarina's son Alexis led to his being adopted as a supreme mystic at court. Growing in influence to the point where he effectively dictated policy he was eventually assassinated by a group of court conspirators in December 1916

The Recliner Jockey: Five Strange Historical Facts