Dave Grossman

August 23, 1956 

  • Born in Frankfurt, West Germany
  • Specialized in the study of the psychology of killing
  • Lieutenant colonel in the United States Army
  • Professor of psychology at West Point
  • 1995 – Author – On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
  • 1999 – Author – Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence
  • 2004 – Author – On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace
  • 2016 – Author – Assassination Generation : Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing

Col. William C. Church

(August 11, 1836 – May 23, 1917)
– 1861–62 Washington correspondent of the New York Times
– 1863 Founded the Army and Navy Journal
– 1866 co-founded Galaxy Magazine, which published the early writings of Mark Twain
– 1870 one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

– 1871 co-founder of the National Rifle Association
– 1872 Second president of the National Rifle Association
– 1882 commissioner to inspect the Northern Pacific Railroad
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Conant_Church

Gen. Ambrose Burnside

(May 23, 1824 – September 13, 1881)
– 1843-1847 United States Military Academy – graduated 18th in a class of 47
– 1847–1853 Mexican–American War (1st Lieutenant)
– 1853 manufactured the Burnside carbine
– 1861 – 1865 Civil War, Major General
– 1866-1869 Governor of Rhode Island
– 1871 NRA’s first President
– 1875-1881 U.S. Senator from Rhode Island
– His distinctive style of facial hair became known as sideburns

Harriet Tubman

March 1822 – March 10, 1913

  • Araminta “Minty” Ross
  • Born into slavery
  • 1844 – Married John Tubman
  • changed her name from Araminta to Harriet soon after her marriage
  • 1849 – escaped and made 13 missions to rescue 70+ slaves
  • Tubman carried a small revolver, and was not afraid to use it
  • 1858 – met abolitionist John Brown and became “General Tubman” when she helped him plan his raid (that he was killed for)
  • 1859 – Purchased property in Auburn, New York
  • 1860 – her last rescue mission
  • Civil War worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy
  • 1863 – The first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war
  • June 1 & 2, 1863 – Tubman guided the raid at Combahee Ferry wich liberated 700+ slaves
  • 1865 She returned home to NY
  • 1869 – Her biography was published – Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
  • 1886 – Volume 2 was published – Harriet, the Moses of her People
  • 1889 – Congress passed and President William McKinley finally approved a $20 per month pension for some of her efforts during the Civil War
  • 1896 – keynote speaker at first meeting of  National Federation of Afro-American Women
  • 1908 – Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged  opened on her NY property
  • 1913 – She was buried with semi-military honors at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY
  • 1937 – Her grave marker was erected by the Empire State Federation of Women’s Clubs
  • 1999 – Her grave was added to National Register of Historic Places

“There was one of two things I had a right to”, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other”

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