America’s Birthday

July 6th, 2010

Patriotism runs deep within the War Department documents.  This spirit is more of an unspoken common vision, expressed in how the officials deal with legal procedures, assess the use of public money, foreign relations, powers of the Executive Dept, and so on.   A search of documents written on July 4th by ANYONE to or from the War Department does not discuss the nations birth, growth, and progress.  There is a lone document by Samuel Hodgdon that gives a nod to the celebration of another year of independence.   Has anyone found other documentation within the archive that discuss patriotism and independence on the “birthday” of the United States of America?

I’ve answered my own question.  There’s document by Samuel Hodgdon that remarks about the use of powder for 4th of July celebrations.  The document was written on July 9th.