Hometown History shares little known history from America's hometowns.
The Case of Henry Livermore Abbott
On a cold morning, October 21st, 1861, an officer in the Union army named Major Henry Livermore Abbott led the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment through another hopeless assault against a superior enemy force, up an isolated hill at the tip of northern Virginia, at what would become known as the Battle of Ball’s Bluff.
The Stabbing of Monica Seles
Sometimes the bad guys win.
Sometimes the people with the worst intentions get what they want in life and their victims lose everything, like when one unemployed German lathe operator attempted to murder the best tennis player in the world with a 9-inch boning knife in 1993 – on live TV.
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One of the most important hometowns in American history is Alexandria, Virginia. Along with being the wealthiest city in Virginia, Alexandria is home to the Institute for Defense. Analyses, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation.This city of 150,000 boasts a long list of famous residents, including Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, Doors front man Jim Morrison, Civil War general Robert E. Lee, and NASA rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, among many others. Alexandria was also location of some of the first fatalities of the American Civil War, when a Union officer, Col. Elmer Ellsworth, removed a large Confederate flag from the top of a local hotel called the Marshall House – a story we told in detail in last week’s episode.But none of this is the reason for Alexandria’s singular importance in American history, which Is simply that in 1797 it was not Washington DC.Let me explain.Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport the show by becoming a Patron at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryEpisode Sponsors:Grab your Liquid I.V. and get 25% off when you go to LiquidIV.com and use code HOMETOWN at checkoutGet 10% off your first month of online therapy at Betterhelp.com/hometownGet special financing at NetSuite.com/hometown
Forgotten Third Battle of the American Civil War
The first battle of the Civil War was the Battle of Fort Sumter, off the coast of South Carolina, in early April 1861. A week later, something like a battle erupted in the streets of Baltimore during the Pratt Street Riots, when Union soldiers faced off with a gang of Southern sympathizers during their march through the city. Four Union soldiers and 12 citizens were killed in the shooting. The next clash was a gory three-man skirmish in a staircase in a Virginian hotel, the Marshall Inn, one month later in May.Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport the show by becoming a Patron at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryEpisode Sponsors:Get a $75 credit at Indeed.com/hometown to hire great talent fastGet key nutrients - without the BS with 10% off during your first 3 months at Ritual.com/hometown Get 10% off your first month of online therapy at Betterhelp.com/hometown
The Italian Hall Disaster of 1913
Sometimes known as the 1913 Massacre, the Italian Hall Disaster was a tragedy that occurred on December 24th, 1913 in Calumet, Michigan. 73 people were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show at Patreon.com/itshometownhistoryEpisode Sponsors:Get better hydration today and get 25% off your order at LiquidIV.com and us code HOMETOWN at checkout Get key nutrients - without the B.S. with Ritual. Get 10% off your first 3 months at Ritual.com/hometown
The Potsdam Giants
Sometime in 1678, the mighty Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I, known as the “soldier king” of Europe’s most warlike state, sat in his heavily padded throne surveying his army with an ambassador from France.With a row of particularly muscular lummoxes parading before him in bright red and blue uniforms with wide golden sashes across their chests, he turned to the French ambassador and said, with a dreamy look in his eyes, "The most beautiful girl or woman in the world would be a matter of indifference to me, but tall soldiers—they are my weakness".This is the history of The Potsdam Giants. Visit us online at itshometownhistory.comSupport our show by becoming a Patron (and also receive cool perks!) at Patreon.com/itshometownhistory Episode Sponsors:Get a $75 sponsored credit to upgrade your job post to find the perfect candidate at Indeed.com/hometownGet better hydration today AND get 25% off your order of Liquid I.V. by going to LiquidIV.com and using code HOMETOWN at checkout! Hometown History is a creation of Arc Light Media in Wabash, Indiana. Learn more at itsarclightmedia.com
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