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Historic Footnotes

Vince & Angela DiLoreto

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Often obscure and /or forgotten pieces of history brought to you weekly through the travels of FittinginAdventure.com

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11/15/22 • 4 min

Thomas Jefferson Only Planned on Buying New Orleans, Not Doubling the Size of the US

When President Thomas Jefferson sent James Monroe to France, he authorized him to spend $10 million to buy New Orleans and all or parts of Florida. Instead, Monroe ended up doubling the size of the United States.

In the year 1800, the 830,000 square miles of the Louisiana Territory was controlled by France after Napoleon reached an agreement with Spain. This vast area also posed a military risk if the French controlled the Mississippi River.

To combat this threat, President Jefferson sent James Monroe to France in 1803. Monroe and US Minister to France Robert Livingston would meet with the Napoleon regime to attempt to buy some part of the territory, namely New Orleans, to head of a potential armed conflict.

But, to Monroe and Livingston’s surprise, Napoleon had already decided to sell the entire territory to the United States. He saw this as a way to protect other French territories in the Caribbean and to finance his military conquests in Europe.

Initially, Napoleon wanted $22 million for the territory, and after several weeks of negotiations, a deal was struck for $15 million. Or, roughly .04 cents and acre. But there was one problem. It was more than they were allowed to spend.

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11/15/22 • 4 min

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Bedford, Virginia. An idyllic little town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. You’re excused for having not heard of it before, as most people haven’t. But in the early hours of June 6th, 1944, this small town of around 3,200 paid a higher price per capita than any other American town. 19 soldiers are lost in the first few minutes of the assault. 3 more would die during the Normandy campaign. In all, 22 men, forever remembered as the Bedford Boys, laid down their lives. Men who were husbands and fathers, sons and brothers, former schoolmates, and coworkers.

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11/08/22 • 13 min

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If you look around Richmond, Virginia, or Washington, D.C. you will see the influence of Thomas Jefferson. You see it in the symmetry of the buildings. You see it in the columns. And you see it in much of early US architecture. Jefferson was a passionate student of architecture from the time he purchased his first book on the subject. Over the course of his lifetime, he amassed one of the largest libraries in America. Architecturally, he is probably best remembered for his two homes. Monticello, in Albemarle County, Virginia. And Poplar Forest, in Bedford County, Virginia.

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11/01/22 • 9 min

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10/18/22 • 2 min

It’s been called “peacefully strange” and that sums it up well. This small, high-desert, west Texas town. A surprising arts hub and the site of a supernatural phenomenon has people flocking to the unassuming town of Marfa, Texas.

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10/18/22 • 2 min

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If you disobey the rules of society, they send you to prison; if you disobey the rules of prison, they send you to Alcatraz.

The air is cold. It almost always is. The mist covers everything. Everything is wet. Handrails. Gangways. Deck planks. You pull your thin jacket tighter around your neck because that’s all you brought. It was almost 30 degrees warmer when you left to come here this morning.

The boat leaves the dock for the short ride to the island. That Godforsaken rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay. When the fog lifts, you can see Fisherman’s Wharf a little over a mile offshore. You are now surrounded by frigid water. This makes Alcatraz Island an ideal place for a Federal Prison.

Stepping off the boat, you are ushered into the Reception area. Here, they go over the rules of Alcatraz.

“You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention. Anything else that you get is a privilege.”

Fortunately, you can leave whenever you want. But, for 1,576 prisoners, this was the end of the line. Today, US Penitentiary Alcatraz is no longer a prison. It is one of America’s most popular National Parks. It currently welcomes over 1.4 million visitors a year.

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10/04/22 • 6 min

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In the early morning of April 9th, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee clings to the belief the war was not over. Those under Lee’s command lined up for battle west of the village of Appomattox Court House. His hope is there’s only a thin line of Union cavalry stopping him from finding supplies and rations. Then, turning south, he plans to march to North Carolina to continue the fight. This plan, and the Southern war effort, are thwarted by Grant and his Army.

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09/20/22 • 7 min

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Gruene Hall! Famous for all the right reasons. The town’s meeting place, high school graduations, and Saengerfests. You don’t know what a Saengerfest is? Me neither, but I found out it’s a German singing festival. And what it’s most known for, is a concert venue for some of Country music’s biggest stars. And where some other stars got their start.

Some Country Stars You May Have Heard Of That Played Here

  • Willie Nelson
  • Waylon Jennings
  • Merle Haggard
  • George Strait
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Pat Green
  • Ryan Bingham
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • ...and many, many more!!

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09/17/22 • 9 min

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The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know”

HARRY S TRUMAN

A mere two blocks from bar-lined Duval Street in Key West sits a nondescript house that served numerous Presidents and other world leaders. Facilitating working vacations for our nation’s leaders, this tropical paradise is a far cry from the marble and granite edifices of Washington, D.C.

Facts about Harry S Truman and his Little White House
  • Harry S Truman actually had no middle name. His parents gave him the initial S to honor his grandfathers. Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.
  • The house was built in 1890 as housing for the Navy Commandant and Paymaster.
  • It served as Command Headquarters during the Spanish-American War.
  • It was turned into a single-family dwelling, in 1911.
  • In 1912, President Taft stayed here on his way to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
  • Scientist Edward Hayden lived here from 1912-1915 while conducting hurricane research.
  • Thomas Edison spent 6 months here in 1918 while developing new weapons for the war effort. One invention was a device to detect submarines by sounds from moving vessels. It could “hear” a torpedo from 5,000 yards away.
  • President Truman first visited the house in 1946.
  • In 1948, the Joint Chiefs of Staff met here to merge the Departments of War and the Navy.
  • During the cold war, it served as the headquarters for the East Coast Anti-Submarine Warfare School.

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09/16/22 • 8 min

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For much of the 19th century, brick and masonry fortifications are impenetrable. All this would change with the innovation of rifling technology. Forts once believed to be invincible are now conquerable with a strategic bombardment. Thus, coastal defenses such as Fort Pulaski become obsolete.

Fort Pulaski Facts
  • It took 18 years to construct Fort Pulaski.
  • Approximately 25 million bricks compose the fort. Many from nearby Savannah, but some shipped in from Maryland and Virginia. Granite and sandstone blocks are from New York and Connecticut.
  • Fort Pulaski’s moat averages 7 to 8 feet deep.
  • The walls tower 22 feet high inside the fort and 32 feet high outside.
  • The walls average between 5 to 11 feet thick of solid brick.
  • The only battle at the fort occurred April 10th-11th, 1862. Union forces positioned on Tybee Island attack Confederate troops inside.
  • Union General David Hunter issued General Order No. 7, freeing area slaves. This predates Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Fort Pulaski was a final destination on the Underground Railroad.

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09/13/22 • 10 min

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

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12/22/22 • 5 min

A Christmas Miracle?

Maybe.

It was the unexpected temporary truce between England and Germany started by Christmas carols and leading to a (temporary) pause for one battlefield during World War I.

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12/22/22 • 5 min

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FAQ

How many episodes does Historic Footnotes have?

Historic Footnotes currently has 21 episodes available.

What topics does Historic Footnotes cover?

The podcast is about Places & Travel, Society & Culture, History and Podcasts.

What is the most popular episode on Historic Footnotes?

The episode title 'Jefferson's Big Deal: The Louisiana Purchase' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Historic Footnotes?

The average episode length on Historic Footnotes is 7 minutes.

How often are episodes of Historic Footnotes released?

Episodes of Historic Footnotes are typically released every 7 days.

When was the first episode of Historic Footnotes?

The first episode of Historic Footnotes was released on Aug 19, 2022.

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