Saturday, June 17, 2006

Battle of Bunker Hill

To mark the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Massachusetts Historical Society presents its first "web exhibition" -- personal accounts and eyewitness descriptions of the battle, along with contemporary maps, drawings, engravings, broadsides, and artifacts, either preserved by the participants or found on the battlefield.
The exhibition is divided into seven sections:

An essay by Bernard Bailyn giving an overview account of the battle

A timeline of events and documents described in the exhibition

Ten contemporary manuscript and printed accounts of the battle with transcriptions of the texts

Brief biographical sketches of the authors and recipients of documents in the exhibition

Contemporary maps and views of Boston in 1775 and battle plans

A bibliography of sources on the Battle of Bunker Hill
While the exhibit includes well-known documents such as Abigail Adams's letter to her husband John, quoted above, there also are letters and journals of American and British soldiers, including ordinary soldiers in the ranks, as well as civilian observers who lived in the Boston area.
The purpose of the web exhibition is to make available documents from the Massachusetts Historical Society's collections to a wider audience. The events of June 17, 1775 are told here through the words of those who were present.

The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill byJohn Trumbull.

Battle of Bunker Hill
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Sunday, June 04, 2006


Moxie, a carbonated beverage, is considered to be the nation's first mass produced soft drink.

The word "Moxie" means courage, guts, self-sufficiency, chutzpah, confidence, fighting spirit, and nerve -- it also took a lot of moxie to swallow more than a mouthful of the stuff. At best, the flavor has been described as unforgettable. Early advertising campaigns informed potential patrons that they would have to "Learn to Drink Moxie." The thought of people drinking this stuff out of pleasure is incomprehensible, yet Moxie has a strong following who will drink no other soda. In fact, as late as the 1920s Moxie was our nations most popular national brand.

Moxie is found throughout New England.

Maine holds a Moxie Festival every year in July.

Moxie World
Monarch Beverage Company brands
Moxie Festival
Moxie Facts

UPDATED: August 26, 2008
Cornucopia Beverages has acquired the Trademark and rights of the Moxie brand and all associated beverages from the Monarch Beverages Company of Atlanta, Georgia.

Their new can/bottle reflect this change (finally!)