American Coots swim like ducks, but they do not have the webbed feet of that species. Their toes have broad lobes of skin that allow it to easily move through water. The lobes fold back when the bird lifts its foot while walking to facilitate moving on dry land, but it still supports the bird's weight on muddy land. Nine American Coots were found in Central Park in this year's Bird Count.
Pvt. William J. Parker, 9th Georgia Infantry, Company K, CSA. Born in 1843 in Georgia.He enlisted as a Pvt. on 6 July 1861 with the 9th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Company K. (Americus Volunteer Rifles). This regiment fought in the ANV and was assigned to Longstreet's Corps- Jones Division- Anderson’s Brigade. Engaged at South Mountain, MD Sept. 14, 1862 and then at Antietam, MD Sept 17, 1862. (Continued in comments.)
I love this painting of George Washington http://pinterest.com/pin/24066179230806784 in prayer at Valley Forge during the American Revolutionary War. What a good example of an honorable leader who recognized his need to rely on a power greater than himself in the performance of his duty and defending the noble cause of liberty. "In God we trust."