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  • The First Battle Of The Wars Of The Roses - 713 words
    York Leadership: Richard, Duke of York; Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury; Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick Lancastrian Leadership: Humphrey Stafford, Duke of Buckingham; Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset; Thomas, 8th Lord Clifford Notable Deaths: Thomas, 8th Lord Clifford; Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland; Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset In early February 1455 Henry VI recovered his health and the protectorate of the Duke of York came to an end. Parliament was disolved, York's ally, the Duke of Salisbury, was dismissed from the office of Chancellor and York's enemy, the Duke of Somerset, was released from the Tower. As soon as York lost his position of power, a Lancastrian ...
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  • Bunker Hill - 1,001 words
    ... better attacking position than at Bunker Hill. Regardless of the reason, the Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breed's Hill. The fighting began as soon as the day did. As soon as the men on British frigate awoke they opened fire on the colonial fortifications. Carol McCabe states that one soldier wrote there would be firing for about twenty minutes, then a lull, then the ships would start firing again. At about 3:00 pm Thomas Gage, the British commander, ordered men to try and take control of the hill. It took Gage this long to issue a command due to a shortage of boats and an unfavorable tide. Peter Brown, an American soldier, would later write about this, "There was a matte ...
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  • The Mexicanamerican War - 346 words
    The war with Mexico had fundamentally broken out because of Americas rapid expansion and confidence due to their great size and wealth. Also, because Mexico had owed money to America, many people thought that they could obtain the money forcefully. Furthermore, Mexico had never fully recognized Texas independance and to maintane their pride, broke off diplomatic relations when the US annexed the republic. President Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor into Texas to defend the border which at the time was in dispute. In July, 1845, Taylor reached the Nuccess River with about 1500 toops and crossed into the disputed area. He did not go all the way to the Rio Grande to avoid provoking the Mexica ...
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  • Hamlet - 671 words
    The epic hero, Beowulf the Geat, shows a lot of qualities of a born king. In this epic poem, Beowulf overcomes the fact that his father was exiled and becomes a great man. He gains the loyalty and devotion of his men and defends good from evil. He was portrayed as being almost invincible, having the strength of three men and successful in battle. To be a good king, a person must possess leadership, inspire confidence, and demonstrate compassion. In this poem, Beowulf showed all the qualities that made him not only a good hero, but also a great king. First of all, Beowulf shows the makings of a good king because he displays leadership. As shown in the story, Beowulf led a band of fourteen Gea ...
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  • Crane Open Boat - 1,619 words
    ... ritates Henry, who challenges Wilson, saying that he may well run when the battle comes. Wilson replies cooly, "Oh, that's all true, I s'pose . . . but I'm not going to skedaddle. The man that bets on my running will lose his money, that's all" (19). Henry is not the only one experiencing problems with bravery. Despite his outward appearance, Wilson is similarly insecure and fears fighting in the upcoming battle. He copes with his fright in a different manner than Henry. Rather than ponder over his fears, Wilson obnoxiously exhibits that he feels sure of himself. In fact, just before the battle begins, Wilson hands Henry a packet of letters for his family after his death, for Wilson is c ...
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  • Crane - 1,619 words
    ... ritates Henry, who challenges Wilson, saying that he may well run when the battle comes. Wilson replies cooly, "Oh, that's all true, I s'pose . . . but I'm not going to skedaddle. The man that bets on my running will lose his money, that's all" (19). Henry is not the only one experiencing problems with bravery. Despite his outward appearance, Wilson is similarly insecure and fears fighting in the upcoming battle. He copes with his fright in a different manner than Henry. Rather than ponder over his fears, Wilson obnoxiously exhibits that he feels sure of himself. In fact, just before the battle begins, Wilson hands Henry a packet of letters for his family after his death, for Wilson is c ...
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  • General William Sherman - 730 words
    William Tecumseh Sherman was born on May 8, 1820 in Lancaster, Ohio. He received his education at the United States Military Academy and then eventually became a Union General in the U.S. civil war. Sherman declared his resignation from the army in 1853 and became a banking firm in San Francisco. He became the president of the Military college in Louisiana (currently LSU) from 1859-1861. Sherman offered his services at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 and was placed in command of a voluntary infantry regiment. He became a brigadier general of the volunteers after the first Battle of Bull Run. He was the leader at the battle of Shiloh and was then promoted to general to the volunteer. Fo ...
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  • William Tecumseh Sherman - 1,089 words
    On May 8, 1861, William Tecumseh Sherman wrote to the Secretary of War, offering his services not for three months, but for three years. He did not want to become a political general and on June 20, 1861 accepted the grade of Colonel in the Thirteenth Regular Infantry. He assumed command of a brigade in the First Division of McDowell's army under the command of Brigadier-General Daniel Tyler. His brigade, stationed at a stone bridge during the battle of First Manassas( Bull Run), was routed by devastating Confederate cannon fire. In August, 1861, Sherman and George H. Thomas were promoted to Brigadier General and were assigned to the Department of the Cumberland under the command of Brigadie ...
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  • The Soviet German War - 1,860 words
    The Soviet-German War is the most brutal episode of the most vicious war that mankind has ever seen (Clark 1). During the Great Patriotic War, as Joseph Stalin coins it, the Soviet Union emerges through pure tenacity as one of the worlds great superpowers. Although Stalin and the USSR emerge victorious, the sacrifices made are enormous (Clark 446). Estimates show between 20-25 million Soviets die from 1941-1945. Only 7-8 million Germans die during this same period (Encarta). Many of these deaths are a direct result of the brilliant (sometimes insane) chess match between two of the most tyrannical leaders in history: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Even today, some people ponder which leader ...
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  • Englands Downfall - 1,919 words
    Soon after England established the colonies in the New World, it began a period of salutary neglect. The English rarely intervened with colonial business. It was during this time that the colonies began gradually to think and act independently of England. This scared England, and initiated a period in which they became more involved in the colony's growth. Parliament tried o establish power in the New World by issuing a series of laws. The passage of these laws undermined the Colonist's loyalty to Britain and stirred the Americans to fight for their freedom. Before 1763, the only British laws that truly affected the colonists were the Navigation Acts, which monitored the colony's trade so th ...
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  • Critical Analysis Of Beowulf - 803 words
    The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is the most important work of Old English literature. The epic tells the story of a hero, a prince named Beowulf, who helps rid the Danes of the monster Grendel and tells of his heroic acts fighting Grendel's mother and a Dragon. Throughout the epic, the Anglo-Saxon story teller uses many elements to build depth to the characters. Just a few of the important character elements in Beowulf are Wealth & Honor, Biblical, and Man vs. Wild themes. Many of the characters in Beowulf are defined by their status. But, in addition to status, the Anglo-Saxon culture also adds an element of honor. To the Anglo-Saxons, a character's importance, as well as their wealth and stat ...
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  • Red Bage Of Courage - 1,578 words
    The important conflict in The Red Badge of Courage is Henry Flemings fear about how he will perform in his first battle. There are three people who expressed their ideas abou their fears before the first skirmish. They are Henry Fleming, Tom Wilson, and Jim Conklin. Henry is worried about how he will do in this first battle. He isn't sure if he will run or not, and he is scared that he might. He doesn't want to look like a fool and run, but he is also scared of getting killed. Even though Henry never expressed his fears to Tom Wilson or Jim Conklin the audience could tell by the expressions on his face that he was scared. While he was writing a letter to his parents he writes about how he is ...
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  • Hannibal - 1,061 words
    Hannibal, a Carthaginian general and one of the greatest generals that ever lived was renown for his strategies and courageousness, such as crossing the Alps and using the bottleneck strategy at Lake Trasemene. He used strategies that a lot of generals at this time, especially Roman generals, would never think of and in doing this he almost destroyed the Roman republic. Hannibal's first battle took place when he was only nine. He went on an expedition with his father, Hamilcar Barca, to conquer Spain. From the beginning Carthages push into Spain, Hannibal vowed eternal hatred for Rome; Hannibal became Commander in Chief of Carthages army when he was 26 after his father was assassinated. His ...
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  • Red Badge Of Courage Themes Stated - 1,413 words
    Stephen Crane was one of the most superlative writers. In his short time he wrote several novels including: Maggie, The Blue Hotel, The Open Boat and The Red Badge of Courage. Crane was the first to notify the public that war wasnt a good thing. Crane also was the first to depict the anti-war hero, (the one that war demonstrated that war wasnt always a good thing). Crane dared depict the anti-hero, the one who failed to live up to the image society creates and the one that he would like to have himself. (Knapp 181). The anti-hero was a new suggestion. Everyone thought that battles were games and heroes were the only things that came out of war, but Crane soon showed the public that that was ...
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  • Boston Massacre - 980 words
    The Boston Massacre is considered by many historians to be the first battle of the Revolutionary War. The fatal incident happened on March 5 of 1770. The massacre resulted in the death of five colonists. British troops in the Massachusetts Bay Colony were there to stop demonstrations against the Townshend Acts and keep order, but instead they provoked outrage. The British soldiers and citizens brawled in streets and fought in bars. The citizens viewed the British soldiers as potential oppressors, competitors for jobs, and a treat to social mores (Mahin 1). A defiant anti-British fever was lingering among the townspeople. There are three major things that led to the Boston Massacre: First was ...
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  • Good V Evil In Star Wars - 1,587 words
    The novel, Star Wars, by George Lucas, is a story about the classic struggle between Good and Evil. The story illustrates what the Evil will do to achieve its goals and how the Good will overcome many diversities to achieve justice. To get a good idea of the background and setting of Star Wars, the prologue to the movie Star Wars: A New Hope tell us, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It is a period of civil war. . . .Rebel spaceships...have won their first battle against the evil Galactic Empire. (from the movie Star Wars: A New Hope) The main characters in the book that represent evil are Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. Darth Vader, a black night. . .having chosen to use his mag ...
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  • Bipolar Disease - 1,151 words
    The American Revolution contained many key points in American History. Without this revolution, American citizens could possibly not have the freedom they have today. This war was, and still is one of the most important wars the American army has ever battled. The American Revolution began when the king of Britain sent colonists to colonize which is now known as the thirteen original colonies. After a few years of being settled the King of Britain put a tax on many needed items such as tea, stamps, newspapers, and sugar. This enraged the settlers, which led them to rebel against the government. Their first act of rebellion was known as the Boston Tea Party. During the Boston Tea Party revolu ...
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  • Stephen Crain - 612 words
    Stephen Crains The Red Badge Of Courage shows clearly how the fear and courage soldier goes through in war. The psychology in war changes the soldiers that are in it. Psychology can also be displayed by the propaganda the government will put into the one-sided war effort. Another point would be the pre-programming or instinctive learning people develop by adaptive behavior. In the beginning of the story The Red Badge Of Courage Henry has an internal conflict about whether or not he should go to war. He was influenced by his friends to make the decision on enlisting to a regiment that was forming outside of town. Henrys friends were influenced by the governments heavy influence of propaganda. ...
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  • Civil War End Of A Tragedy - 1,224 words
    The American Civil War was a war of epic proportion. Never before and not since have so many Americans died in battle. It was truly tragic in terms of material losses, financial losses, and irreplaceable human life. By January of 1865, the war that started nearly four years earlier was coming to an end. Federal (Union) armies were spread throughout the south and the Confederate Army had shrunk extremely in size. In the year before, the North had lost an enormous amount of lives, but had more than enough to lose in comparison to the South. General Grant became known as the Butcher (Grant, Ulysses S., Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, New York: Charles L. Webster & Co.,1894) and many wanted to s ...
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  • Washingtons Address - 1,470 words
    Some might say that Gen. George Washington was a prophet to the U.S. He made predictions and gave us warnings about politics in the future. He warned us about: remaining true to the union, staying away from political parties, work against sectional hostilities, and not to form any permanent foreign alliances. Washington even predicted what would happen in these circumstances. He was right about sectional hostilities breaking up the union and remaining true to the union. The civil war was a big effect of ignoring his warnings. The first point Washington made in his address was that all Americans need to remain true to the union. We did not follow this point at all and it thus, on December 20, ...
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