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Museum gets sailor's account of Revolutionary War escapades

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NEWPORT, N.Y. (AP) - A manuscript detailing a New York man’s experiences as a teenage prisoner of the British during the Revolutionary War has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution. Curators at the Philadelphia museum say Rhode Island native Christopher Hawkins was 13 when he was captured in 1777 while serving aboard an American ship. He later escaped from one of England’s infamous prison ships moored in New York Harbor. After the war, he was the first settler of the town of Newport in New York’s Mohawk Valley. In 1834, at age 70, he wrote down his wartime experiences in a journal. The manuscript stayed in his family and was rediscovered about 20 years ago in a descendant’s home in Kansas City, Missouri. The family recently traveled to Philadelphia to donate the journal to the museum. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

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The Latest: Travel ban opponents protest at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on arguments at the Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries. (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Opponents of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries are demonstrating outside the Supreme Court ahead of arguments in the case. Demonstrators that gathered outside of the courthouse Wednesday morning as rain fell held signs that read “No Muslim Ban. Ever.” and “Refugees Welcome” among other things. Demonstrators also displayed large mock-ups of…