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Explore the History of ‘Fort Mifflin’ with The Online Book Company

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The historic landmark of Fort Mifflin is the oldest fortification continually used in the US. Over 300 Americans lost their lives here in 1777, when British forces relentlessly attacked the fort from their ships – at a rate of over 1,000 cannon rounds an hour!

The battle escalated into the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution – one which many say changed the course of American history.

Today, Fort Mifflin has been preserved as a National Historic Landmark. The unique fort and its surrounding environment is protected and used to educate and enlighten tourists, families and students about the importance of the site.

Here at the Online Book Company, we have developed a way for individuals to honour patriots and veterans in an everlasting format. The online book allows you to mark memories of loved ones by creating free memorial pages, expressing feelings in words, pictures and video clips – as well as being able to share pages with friends and family.

A memorial walkway has been built at Fort Mifflin with hand-made bricks which can be purchased through the online book. Each brick allows you to make your own mark in history and ranges in size and prices from $75 – $200.

Take a look at the book here.

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Vicki MayrickExplore the History of ‘Fort Mifflin’ with The Online Book Company

Waterloo Soldiers Become Chelsea Pensioners

This amazing 135 year-old photograph, unearthed at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and now on display at Windsor Castle, is a real treasure. It shows five men, ‘the last survivors’ of The Battle of Waterloo, posing for a photograph , 65 years after the battle ceased.

Included in the photo (and at 95 the eldest at the time of the photo) is Private John McKay, who took part in the historic Battle of Waterloo aged 20 as part of the 42nd Regiment of Foot, which he had joined at just 15, he moved to Royal Hospital Chelsea as a Chelsea Pensioner in 1877.

Other Chelsea Pensioners in the photo are Robert Norton of the 54th Regt (aged 90), Naish Hannay of the 7th Hussars (88), Benjamin Bumstead of the 73rd Regt (82) and Samson Webb of the 3rd Foot Guards (82).

This is a great find and something we at The Online Book Company will be adding into our Waterloo Descendants book for others to enjoy!Chelsea Pentioners Waterloo Soldiers

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Bethany HibbsWaterloo Soldiers Become Chelsea Pensioners

Commemorating a Very Special 200th Anniversary…The Battle of Waterloo

You may..or may not be aware that we are fast approaching the 200th anniversary of ‘The Battle of Waterloo‘!

2015 rather importantly,marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and in recognition of such, the ‘Waterloo 200 Project’¬†has evolved. Waterloo 200, is dedicated, with its partners the National Army Museum and Culture 24, to ‘commemorating’ the vital event and showing just how relevant Waterloo remains today.

The 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo provides a unique opportunity to remember the historical significance of this event and how it acted as a catalyst for change. Given the extensive structures which now exist within the European Union, the profound habit of cooperation and pooling of sovereignty to defend and promote European values and common interests, the commemorative themes of multi-national cooperation,  integration and of pan-European security and stability are relevant and timely.

Hence there was a need to commemorate, but to also celebrate the important Historical intricacies of the battle and all those who fought to bring to an end to 23 years of war, and that’s where we came in!

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The Waterloo 200 Descendants book provides a space, within which some truly remarkable stories can be and have been shared. All too often, documents and stories are ‘locked’ away, spread across the archives of vast museums even, or simply just untapped in some by-gone memory or family relic. The descendants book we have created provides a real opportunity to unearth never before told stories, to present them in our bespoke online book, and to preserve them for future generations in a way that is open, accessible and dare I say interesting!

We were fortunate enough to have ‘The Western Morning News’ pop by so we could share with them some tales of the exciting things we get up to and hence wanted to share the article they so kindly put together.

Western Morning News Article

If you would like to take a peak at, or even add your stories to our Waterloo 200 Descendants book please follow the link below!

http://www.nam.ac.uk/waterloo200/about/

Speak soon and thank you for reading the Blog! Beth (The newest and youngest member of the team!) x

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Bethany HibbsCommemorating a Very Special 200th Anniversary…The Battle of Waterloo