Archive for August, 2013

Causes of the Civil War Trailer

August 23, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Videos by

The American Civil War was a pivotal point in the history of our nation, yet many people do not really understand the events which caused it, or how the conflict re-shaped our nation. Now students and adults can travel with Dan Horn and Discerning History to understand the men and events that led to the Civil War, all from a uniquely Christian worldview. Causes of the Civil War is the first of the War Between the States Series, a three volume set that analyzes the events that led to the war, studies the battles and campaigns, follows the end-results to the present, and helps viewers think more biblically about history. Although designed for homeschool high school students, all ages find it interesting and informative.

Discerning History: Causes of the Civil War is composed of seven hour long episodes, online resources, and a 242 page study guide containing selections from primary sources, illustrations, in-dept commentary, suggested reading, and a final exam. In this study guide accompaniment toDiscerning History: Causes of the Civil War, you can delve deeper into the history of how the bloodiest war in American History came to be.

You can purchase the series in our store.

Founding Fathers Papers

August 20, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in War for Independence by

The National Archives had recently put up a website with the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamiltion and James Madison. It has a nice interface and you can easily search by date and author. Visit the website here.

Scott’s Antarctic Dog

August 17, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Exploration by

Captain Robert Scott took a gramophone on his expedition to the south pole. Here is one of the dogs, named Chris, listening along.

Via National Geographic.

Stephen’s Battery – Building America’s First Ironclad

August 15, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in Weekly Video by

New video on the little known Stephen’s Battery, one of the first attempts in America to build an Ironclad.

Patrick Henry’s Advice to His Daughter

August 13, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in War for Independence by


Patrick Henry, the orator of the Revolution, wrote this letter to his daughter Anne upon her marriage:

My Dear Daughter—

You have just entered into that state which is replete with happiness or misery. The issue depends upon that prudent, amiable, uniform conduct, which wisdom and virtue so strongly recommend, on the one hand, or on that imprudence which a want of reflection or passion may prompt on the other.

You are allied to a man of honor, of talents, and of an open, generous disposition. You have therefore in your power, all the essential ingredients of domestic happiness: it cannot be marred, if you now reflect upon that system of conduct which you ought invariably to pursue—if you now see clearly, the path from which you will resolve never to deviate. Our conduct is often the result of whim or caprice, often such as will give us many a pang, unless we see, beforehand, what is always most praiseworthy, and the most essential to happiness.

The first maxim which you should impress deeply upon your mind, is, never to attempt to control your husband by opposition, by displeasure, or any other mark of anger. A man of sense, of prudence, of warm feelings, cannot, and will not, bear an opposition of any kind, which is attended with an angry look or expression. The current of his affections is suddenly stopped; his attachment is weakened; he begins to feel a mortification the most pungent; he is belittled even in his own eyes, and be assured, the wife who once excites those sentiments in the breast of a husband, will never regain the high ground which she might and ought to have retained. When he marries her,-if he be a good man, he expects from her smiles, not frowns; he expects to find in her one who is not to control him—not to take from him the freedom of acting as his own judgment shall direct, but one who will place such confidence in him, as to believe that his prudence is his best guide. Little things, what in reality are mere trifles in themselves, often produce bickerings and even quarrels. Never permit them to be a subject of dispute; yield them with pleasure, with a smile of affection. Be assured that one difference outweighs them all a thousand or ten thousand times. A difference with your husband ought to be considered as the greatest calamity—as one that is to be most studiously guarded against; it is a demon which must never be permitted to enter a habitation where all should be peace, unimpaired confidence, and heartfelt affection. Besides, what can a woman gain by her opposition or indifference 1 Nothing. But she loses everything; she loses her husband’s respect for her virtue, she loses his love, and with that, all prospect of future happiness. She creates her own misery, and then utters idle and silly complaints, but utters them in vain. The love of a husband can be retained only by the high opinion which he entertains of his wife’s goodness of heart, of her amiable disposition, of the sweetness of her temper, of her prudence, of her devotion to him. Let nothing upon any occasion ever lessen that opinion. On the contrary, it should augment every day; he should have much more reason to admire her for those excellent qualities which will cast a lustre over Ti virtuous woman when her personal attractions are no more.

Where Patrick Henry was Married

Has your husband stayed out longer than you expected? When he returns receive him as the partner of your heart. Has he disappointed you in something you expected, whether of ornament or of furniture, or of any conveniency? Never evince discontent; receive his apology with cheerfulness. Does he, when you are housekeeper, invite company without informing you of it, or bring home with him a friend? Whatever may be your repast, however scanty it may be, however impossible it may be to add to it, receive them with a pleasing countenance, adorn your table with cheerfulness, give to your husband and to your company a hearty welcome; it will more than compensate for every other deficiency; it will evince love for your husband, good sense in yourself, and that politeness of manners, which acts as the most powerful charm! It will give to the plainest fare a zest superior to all that luxury can boast. Never be discontented on any occasion of this nature.

In the next place, as your husband’s success in his profession will depend upon his popularity, and as the manners of a wife have no little influence in extending’or lessening the respect and esteem of others for her husband, you should take care to be affable and polite to the poorest as well as the richest. A reserved haughtiness is a sure indication of weak mind and an unfeeling heart.

Cultivate your mind by the perusal of those books which instruct while they amuse; history, geography, poetry, moral essays, biography, travels, sermons, and other well-written religious productions, will not fail to enlarge your understanding, to render you a more agreeable companion, and to exalt your virtue. A woman devoid of rational ideas of religion, has no security for her virtue; it is sacrificed to her passions, whose voice, not that of God, is her only governing principle. Besides, in those hours of calamity to which families must be exposed, where will she find support, if it be not in her just reflections upon that all-ruling Providence which governs the universe, whether inanimate or animate.

Henry Riding to Congress with Washington

Mutual politeness between the most intimate friends, is essential to that harmony which should never be once broken or interrupted. How important then is it between man and wife! The more warm the attachment, the less will either party bear to be slighted, or treated “with the smallest degree of rudeness or inattention. This politeness, then, if it be not in itself a virtue, is at least, the means of giving to real goodness a new lustre; it is the means of preventing discontent, and even quarrels; it is the oil of intercourse; it removes asperities, and gives to everything a smooth, an even, and a pleasing movement.

I will only add, that matrimonial happiness does not depend upon wealth; no, it is not to be found in wealth; but in minds properly tempered and united to our respective situations. Competency is necessary; all beyond that point, is ideal. Do not suppose, however, that I would not advise your husband to augment his property by all honest and commendable means. I would wish to see him actively engaged in such a pursuit, because engagement, a sedulous employment, in obtaining some laudable end, is essential to happiness. In the attainment of a fortune, by honorable means, and particularly by professional exertion, a man derives particular satisfaction, in self-applause, as well as from the increasing estimation in which he is held by those around him.

In the management of your domestic concerns, let prudence and wise economy prevail. Let neatness, order, and judgment be seen in all your different departments. Unite liberality with a just frugality; always reserve something for the hand of charity; and never let your door be closed to the voice of suffering humanity. Your servants, in particular, will have the strongest claim upon your charity; let them be well fed, well clothed, nursed in sickness and never let them be unjustly treated.


Samuel Davies Recruits a Regiment

August 8, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in American Other by


One of the lesser known preachers of the Great Awakening on the 18th century was Samuel Davies. His main ministry was in Virginia, and growing up Patrick Henry listened to his sermons and learned his style of oratory. Davies was very patriotic, as demonstrated in this sermon preached to the militia of Hanover county on May 8, 1759, trying to raise a company for Captain Samuel Meridith.

May I not reasonably insist upon it, that the company be made up this very day, before we leave this place? Methinks your king, your country, nay your own interest command me; and therefore I, insist upon it. Oh! for the all-prevailing force of Demosthenes’ oratory—but I recall my wish, that I may correct it;—Oh! for the influence of the Lord of armies, the God of battles, the Author of true courage and every heroic virtue, to fire you into patriots and soldiers this moment! —Ye young and hardy men, whose very faces seem to speak that God and nature formed you for soldiers, who are free from the incumbrance of families depending on you for subsistence, and who are perhaps but of little service to society while at home, may I not speak for you, and declare as your mouth,  Here we are all ready to abandon our ease, and rush into the glorious dangers of the field, in defence of our country?  Ye that love your country, enlist; for honor will follow you in life or death, in such a cause. You, that love your religion, enlist; for your religion is in danger. Can Protestant Christianity expect quarters from heathen savages, and French papists? Sure, in such an alliance the powers of Hell make a third party. Ye that love your friends and relations, enlist; lest ye see them enslaved and butchered before your eyes.1

Stirred by Davies’ powerful preaching, it is recorded that so many men wished to enlist that a regiment was formed instead of a single company.

1. Memoir of the Rev. Samuel Davies by Christopher C. Dean (Boston: Massachusetts Sabbath School Union, 1832) p. 75-76.

Gettysburg DVD Update

August 7, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in News by

Thank you to all who ordered our DVD of the Blue Gray Alliance 150th Gettysburg reenactment. We would like to give you an update on our production process, and when you can expect to receive the DVDs.

Our plan was to ship the DVDs by the end of July. But due to circumstances outside of our control we have had to delay production. We are now in the process of finalizing the edit. You can expect the video to ship in 1-2 weeks. In the mean time, you can watch out the playlist of clips we have posted from the Gettysburg reenactment. More will be coming soon.

Thank you for your patience. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Rise of the Confederacy Trailer!

August 1, 2013 with No Comments and Posted in News, Videos by

We’ve just released the trailer for Rise of the Confederacy, our new DVD series on the first half of the Civil War! You can order it now from our store.

The Civil War changed the United States forever. On hundreds of battlefields millions of men struggled in a colossal conflict that would define the future of the nation. Join us in this seven part series to explore the first half of the Civil War. Come with us to the battlefields as we meet with the nation’s greatest historians to explore their stories. Hear the tales of victory and defeat, bravery and cowardice, daring and danger. Watch as the war begins in earnest along the banks of Bull Run, and see how the Confederate struggles to beat back the Union forc