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An army of visitors a quarter million strong, including legions of Civil War re-enactors, is converging on Gettysburg, Pa., to mark the 150th anniversary of the nation's bloodiest battle, a three-day clash that helped turn the tide of the war.

JEB Stuart's Hat at the Museum of the Confederacy

Catherine de' Medici – Born on 13 April 1519 in Florence, she grew up under custodianship of bother her uncles Pope Leo X and Pope Clement VII. She was married to Henry d'Orléans who became King of France in 1547. After his death their sons Franz II, Charles IX and Henry III were following, some of them under Chaterine's guidance. She was the "Patron of Art" and her sustainable influence on the French quisine was immense, she is the "Mother of French Quisine".

What Life Was Like in 1776: Americans had the highest per capita income in the civilized world, paid the lowest taxes—and were determined to keep it that way. America in 1776 was also a diverse nation. The first census, taken in 1790, revealed that only about 60% of the people came from England. The rest were German, Irish, Dutch, Scottish, Swedish and African.

Few present-day Americans waving the Stars and Stripes this Independence Day realize it, but the earliest days of the Grand Old Flag remain clouded in mystery. Few remnants or images—on powder horns or otherwise—of Revolutionary War-era flags exist, and most historians believe early flags involved many hands and multiple versions. No one knows for sure who designed the American flag with its stars and stripes, although Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence...

The U.S. went to war to fight British trade restrictions and London's impressments of U.S. sailors, part of its much-larger war with Napoleon. Britain also helped Native Americans fighting U.S. expansion. U.S. leaders, like ex-President Thomas Jefferson, were calling for the "final expulsion of England from the American continent."

Next to Longstreet and Jackson, I consider A.P. Hill the best commander with me. He fights his troops well and takes good care of them. - Robert E. Lee

JOHN PAUL JONES was the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolutionary War... His actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day... During his engagement with HMS Serapis, Jones uttered, according to the later recollection of his first lieutenant, the legendary reply to a taunt about surrender from the British captain: "I have not yet begun to fight!"

A Guide to the War of 1812 by the Library Of Congress

American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

On Saturday, Armed Forces Day, 200 buglers will fan out among the graves at Arlington National Cemetery to sound "Taps" simultaneously at noon. The event marks the start of a series of tributes honoring the 150th anniversary of the elegiac song originally composed in July 1862 during the Civil War.