I had kind of a nerd-out this morning. But I felt like everyone needed to know about this.
Checked out Fort Trumbull for the first time! The first fortifications built on this spot go back to the American Revolutionary War; at the time of Benedict Arnold’s attack on New London in 1781, the fortifications were not yet finished. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website, the main fort was built between 1839 and 1852. It is marked by Egyptian-style features, which you can see a little of on the door in the back right of the top picture.
I’ve been told that the stone blockhouse, also in the top picture, is the only remaining structure of dozens of forts built along the East Coast during George Washington’s presidency!
For more about Fort Trumbull, check out its webpage here.
Our Antarctic, melting.
Displayed in the Saint-Étienne church in France is the figure of René de Chalon, Prince of Orange. The prince died at the young age of 25 during the siege of Saint-Dizier in 1544.
Rather then memorialize him in the standard hero form, his wife requested (or René himself requested, or possibly both) that he be shown as “not a standard figure but a life-size skeleton with strips of dried skin flapping over a hollow carcass, whose right hand clutches at the empty rib cage while the left hand holds high his heart in a grand gesture.” (Source)