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19 November 2012

Are Minor Historical Events Necessary?

One never knows when a date may crucial to your research. In analyzing a claim for a personal horse that was requisitioned by the United States military in the War of 1812, I noticed that the date of the requisition was the same date on which the commanding officer of the unit was dismissed and the day after the unit was involved in a controversial burning of a village.

Coincidence?

Maybe or maybe not. But if I had never researched the unit and looked carefully at the dates, I never would have noticed.

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