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Grant’s Air Support


The problem with this picture is you don’t get the full sense of absolute peril the pilot was facing during one of these runs. Confederate anti-aircraft batteries had grown by leaps and bounds over the years as a result of Union air dominance, to the point that the war had been in stalemate for quite sometime, as the Union army ground to a halt outside Fredericksburg. Grant, however, insisted on continuing these low level trench passes at great cost to Union pilots — in fact, the largest single day of fatalities for American pilots in history to that point occurred during the Battle of the Salient, when 224 pilots lost their lives making runs over Gen. Jebediah Flint’s 11th Virginia Artillery, one of the deadliest anti-air units of the war. It was one of Grant’s greatest errors and many believe the foolhardy gambit extended the war by at least another two years.

It wasn’t until Dutch suborbital ships, supported by the 15th New York Observation Regiment (the famous “Crackerjacks” from the third Battle of Bowling Green) broke the Confederate supply lines and allowed Grant’s electric cavalry to break through Fredericksburg’ defenses and eventually route the remaining forces.

Victory was short-lived, as the Confederates quickly regrouped and consolidated in Richmond, the most well-defended city on the continent and considered impregnable by military experts at the time. Grant’s army would nearly bleed itself out in the trenches and hedgerows surrounding the city in futile attempts to breakthrough.

Going into the second year of the Siege, a reporter noted a quiet moment in the Oval Office. Lincoln stared out the window toward the sky and whispered, “Where are my pilots, Grant?”

Roger Sherman and James Madison at Consti-Con

For the past several weeks, James Madison has entered a subterranean chamber under a Philadelphia tavern to receive the Constitution from what many believe is the word of God itself; however, things have gone a little off-track and it’s up to Roger Sherman to get the third branch of government in place, despite the best efforts of Southern delegates, whose concerns lie elsewhere…

Ben Franklin at Consti-Con

In 1787, the first ever ConstiCon was held in Philadelphia. After their first successful project, “American Revolution,” the Founding Fathers went on hiatus to pursue solo projects, but a demanding public soon forced them back into the studio to produce their sophomore effort:”American Constitution.”

It featured many of the same characters from the Revolution era, including breakout superstar and America’s Creepy Uncle: Benjamin Franklin.

Why Are My Recycling Bins Red, White, and Blue?

In this episode, we go in search of one of the mysteries of the Age: why are my recycle bins red, white, and blue? It’s a question that takes us to the horrors of the French Revolution and leads to a shocking modern-day conclusion.

Why Do Politicians Gotta Be Like That?

The modern political campaign is fairly tame, compared to politics earlier in American history. It took the arrival of Teddy Roosevelt to clean things up, and our political system is only just now recovering from his disruptive influence.

A Brief History of Power

Do you like awkward inaugural podcasts where the creator has no clue what they’re doing? That’s pretty fucked, but you do you. This episode features a brief survey of power. And arches. Plebs love my arches.

*Some statements may not align with the historical record

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