This Confederate general opposed slavery

by Bill Federer -- Wilmer McLean's farm in Manassas Junction, Virginia, was the location of the first battle of Bull Run in 1861. Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, who was using McLean's house more…

'Greatest show on earth' wasn't a circus

by Bill Federer -- "The Greatest Show on Earth" was owned by P.T. Barnum, who died April 7, 1891. Selling millions of tickets, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus had more…

Most have forgotten horrors of World War I

by Bill Federer -- "The Great War" began in 1914 between Germany and its allies, and England and France and their allies. Battles were fought in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the more…

What can a single man do? Here is the answer

by Bill Federer -- "The Man Without a Country" was a classic novel written by Edward Everett Hale. It was loosely based around Aaron Burr, who had been vice president under Thomas more…

What it took to turn the tide of World War II

by Bill Federer -- Considered the largest land-sea-air battle in world history, it began April 1, 1945, with the most massive amphibious attack by the U.S. in the Pacific war. 60,000 U.S. more…

The biggest fruit that ever grew in Hawaii

by Bill Federer -- Henry Opukahai'a was an orphan raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest but he became disillusioned with rituals and chants. He fled Hawaii in 1807 with more…

This single death changed course of Civil War

by Bill Federer -- During the Civil War, on March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of humiliation, fasting and prayer: "Whereas, the Senate of the United States devoutly more…