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Debarred Arms
June 23, 2016, Snopes by Dan Evon

CLAIM: Thomas Jefferson wrote that "the strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms" is to "protect themselves against tyranny in government."

STATUS: False
British spy John Andre’s 1776 sketches sold at NYC auction
June 22, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff

Portraits of an Albany mayor and his wife drawn by British officer-turned-spy John Andre during the Revolutionary War have been sold for $47,500 at a New York City auction.

Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan say the circa-1776 pencil-on-paper sketches were sold Tuesday to an unidentified buyer. The artwork, mounted together and sold as one unit, had an estimated pre-sale price of $50,000 to $75,000.
After 17 Years, La Belle Shipwreck Now Complete
June 20, 2016, Texas A & M Today (TX) by

It’s been a ship restoration like none other in Texas history – spanning 17 years, using more than 100 staff, volunteers and graduate students in two different locations – but efforts to restore the La Belle, a French ship that sank off the coast in Matagorda Bay during the winter of 1686, have been completed by researchers at Texas A&M University’s Conservation Research Laboratory.

Dr. Peter Fix, watercraft conservator at the Lab, under the direction of Lab director Dr. Donny L. Hamilton has managed the project from its early stages and the ship now rests far from the choppy waves of the Gulf of Mexico. It is preserved in the Bullock State History Museum in Austin where thousands of visitors can learn about the ship’s colorful past.
British Groups Join Fight Over Revolutionary War Battlefield
June 20, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff

Two British military heritage organizations have joined the fight to prevent the development of privately owned portion of a Revolutionary War battlefield site in New Jersey.

The UK Battlefields Trust and the Royal Leicestershire Regiment Association have joined forces with the Save Princeton Coalition. They're fighting the Institute for Advanced Study's plans to build faculty housing on land adjacent to Princeton Battlefield State Park.
John Andre Sketches for Sale
June 20, 2016, The Associated Press by Staff

Two portraits drawn during the Revolutionary War by a British officer-turned-spy linked to Benedict Arnold are being auctioned in New York City.

Swann Auction Galleries in Manhattan on Tuesday is selling John Andre's circa-1776 portraits of Albany Mayor Abraham Cuyler and his wife. The pencil-on-paper sketches are mounted together and being sold as one unit. The estimated sale price is $50,000 to $75,000.
Remains of slaves owned by Hamilton's father-in-law reburied in New York state
June 18, 2016, The Guardian (UK) by Alan Yuhas

The 14 bodies were found during work on water pipes, each of them aligned to the east. They were the remains of a man, six women, five children and two infants, and they were near land once owned by the father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton, a hero of the US revolutionary war. They were the family’s slaves.

On Saturday the community that survived them in Albany, New York, will see them buried again in a cemetery first dedicated in the run-up to the civil war for Irish Catholics, the unwanted immigrants of the 1860s.
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