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‘Mistake’ in Biden’s letter to fellow Democrats sparks political debate

A familiar face of America’s past political landscape has criticized Joe Biden’s letter to his party and finds it more “harmful” than helpful for the 46th president.

“I read that letter,” former Nebraska senator, governor and 1992 Democratic presidential candidate Bob Kerrey said on “The Claman Countdown” Monday.

“If I was a Democratic member of Congress, I’d call the White House and say, ‘You made a mistake. You don’t send this letter out to us,’” he continued. “If I question [whether] you can defeat Donald Trump, I’m bad for democracy? It’s blatantly untrue, it’s self-serving and not helpful.”

WHO ADDED MORE TO THE NATIONAL DEBT, BIDEN OR TRUMP?

On Monday morning, President Biden urged his colleagues to stop questioning whether he should end his re-election bid and “move forward as a unified party” in order to defeat former President Donald Trump in their 2024 election rematch.

Biden also reiterated that he’s “firmly committed to staying in this race” and argued that any further questioning of his candidacy “only helps Trump and hurts us.”

The president’s fitness for office has come into question following his rough debate performance a week and a half ago in his first face-to-face showdown with Trump.

Biden’s halting delivery and stumbling answers at the showdown in Atlanta sparked widespread panic in the Democratic Party and a rising tide of public and private calls from within his own party for him to step aside as its 2024 standard-bearer, before the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next month.

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“It sounds to me like he’s decided to stay in no matter what happens, and we’ll find out,” Kerrey reacted. “He said well, you can challenge me in Chicago. Well, there’s no challenger in Chicago. He’s got the delegates all lined up to become the nominee of the Democratic Party.”

“And again, it kind of puts him in a position that I don’t think he wants to be in. He’s told people he’s got to run,” he added, “[so] go campaign, tell people what you’re going to do instead of getting angry that people are telling you that you shouldn’t run, questioning their patriotism when they do.”

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Hilaria Baldwin joins husband Alec Baldwin at ‘Rust’ shooting trial

Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, accompanied the “Rust” actor to court Tuesday for the start of his involuntary manslaughter trial.

The pair arrived at the New Mexico courthouse in separate black SUVs. Baldwin stepped out of the second vehicle with his attorney Alex Spiro.

As the “30 Rock” star walked toward the first SUV to meet his wife, he shooed away a reporter with a legal pad who got too close to the vehicle.

Hilaria, donning a tan pantsuit and oversized glasses, stepped out of the first SUV and handed her baby to another woman then followed her husband into the First Judicial District Court where jury selection is slated to get underway Tuesday morning.

Alec and Hilaria recently celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. The couple has seven children.

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Who was Halyna Hutchins?

Halyna Hutchins was the Ukrainian-born cinematographer who lost her life from the prop gun incident on the set of “Rust.”

She was fatally shot in October 2021 by the prop gun in Alec Baldwin’s hand that unknowingly contained a live round.

Halyna was born in Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle, according to her biography. She earned a graduate degree in journalism from Kyiv National University and worked as an investigative journalist in Europe before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career. Her family, however, remained in Kyiv. 

The cinematographer worked on several films before “Rust,” including “Archenemy” (2020) and “The Mad Hatter” (2021).

Halyna’s death had a deep impact on the film industry. After her passing, the American Film Institute tweeted, “As is profoundly true in the art of cinematography, words alone cannot capture the loss of one so dear to the AFI community. At AFI, we pledge to see that Halyna Hutchins will live on in the spirit of all who strive to see their dreams realized in stories well told.”

She also left behind a legacy as a wife and mother. Halyna and her husband, Matthew, had one son, Andros, who was nine years old at the time of her death.

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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What happened on the set of ‘Rust’?

It’s still not clear how a live bullet ended up on the set of “Rust,” but prosecutors argued the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed unknowingly brought the rounds onto the set – leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The armorer was also accused of putting the cast and crew at risk by not enforcing industry safety protocols on the Western set.


Gutierrez Reed
was hired as the armorer along with the role of prop assistant by producers of the movie. She had recently completed work on Nicolas Cage’s “The Old Way.”

Hutchins died on set after a gun loaded by Gutierrez Reed discharged. Actor Alec Baldwin had been filming a close-up shot with the gun at the time of the shooting. Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer argued she was not able to focus on her armorer duties due to her two jobs on set.

Gutierrez Reed was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in March. The “Rust” armorer was sentenced to the maximum of 18 months in prison.

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Who is Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer?

The judge overseeing Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter case is Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, a judge in the First Judicial District of New Mexico.

She was appointed to the court in March 2010 by Governor Bill Richardson and was elected that November. She later served as Chief Justice of the 1st Judicial Court for five years, from 2017 to 2022.

Before her appointment by Governor Richardson, Judge Marlowe Sommer served as a child support hearing officer starting in 2008, was a partner and shareholder at the Marlowe Law Firm, and served as an assistant attorney general with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.

Marlowe Sommer received her law degree from George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School, in 1983.

Judge Marlowe Sommer also ruled in the case against “Rust” armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Fox News Digital’s Lori A. Bashian contributed to this report.

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Alec Baldwin arrives for ‘Rust’ trial jury selection

Alec Baldwin
arrived in court Tuesday to begin the jury selection process on the first day of his involuntary manslaughter trial.

Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Halyna Hutchins. 

The cinematographer died Oct. 21, 2021 after a gun Baldwin was holding discharged on the “Rust” film set.

The trial is expected to last through July 19. If convicted, Baldwin faces up to 18 months in prison.

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What criminal charge is Alec Baldwin facing?

Alec Baldwin was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter – involuntary manslaughter, negligent use of a firearm, or, in the alternative, involuntary manslaughter without due caution or circumspection – on January 19, 2024.

The actor was originally charged in January 2023, but the involuntary manslaughter charge was dropped in April 2023.

“We look forward to our day in court,” Baldwin’s legal team, Alex Spiro and Luke Nikas, told Fox News Digital in a statement at the time.

The involuntary manslaughter charge stemmed from the on-set death of Halyna Hutchins. The “Rust” cinematographer died after a gun Baldwin was holding discharged. Hutchins and Baldwin had been practicing a close-up shot where the “It’s Complicated” actor had to cross draw a revolver when the gun fired inside a small church on the Bonanza Creek Ranch.

The gun used in the shooting was later destroyed by the FBI during ballistics testing.

Baldwin attempted to use the destruction of evidence to have the case dismissed, but a judge denied the request.

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Who is Alec Baldwin?

Alec Baldwin, American actor, writer, comedian and film producer, is on trial for the charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins that occurred on the set of “Rust” in October 2021. 

He is best known for his roles in “The Departed” (2006), “It’s Complicated” (2009), “The Cooler” (2003) and “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992), according to his IMDB profile. He is also recognized for performances on “Saturday Night Live” and his role in the television series “30 Rock.” 

As an actor, he has received numerous awards including the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series in 2009 for his role in “30 Rock.” He has won Emmys for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series in 2017 and outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 2008 and 2009. Alec also won several Golden Globe Awards for best actor.

Alec is married to Hilaria Baldwin and they share seven children. He is also father to Ireland Baldwin from his previous marriage to Kim Basinger.

Baldwin fulfilled several responsibilities on the set of “Rust.”
He not only starred, but was also a producer on the film. It was on this movie set that the gun in his hand went off and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter. 

Fox News Digital’s Breana Scheckwitz contributed to this report.

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Burglars greeted with a gun while breaking into home in ritzy neighborhood

An armed California homeowner shot at a group of would-be burglars who broke into his house in a Los Angeles neighborhood Monday, police say.

Police say that at least two suspects entered a home in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Valley Village at around 3 p.m. when they were confronted by the homeowner who opened fire and struck one of the perpetrators twice with a semi-automatic handgun.

The other suspect fled before police arrived on the scene a short time later.  

CALIFORNIA HOMEOWNER SHOOTS HOME INVASION SUSPECT, ANOTHER DEAD IN TARGETED HEIST: POLICE

Police found the 25-year-old suspect injured inside the home, located at the 11600 block of Addison Street, while the homeowner, who was in the house on his own at the time, was also injured, LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said at a press briefing Monday.

Muniz did not say how the owner was injured but that he was transported to a local hospital. She believes the home was randomly targeted.  

The injured suspect, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition. It is unclear if the home invaders were armed. 

“Two suspects entered a residence with an occupant inside,” Muniz said. “That occupant armed himself with a handgun and fired at the potential burglars that were inside of his home.”

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“I can’t confirm if there was a physical altercation, but I do know that the [homeowner] was injured during this incident and transported to the hospital.”

Muniz said that the at-large suspect is described as an African American male in his early 20s.

Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood while they searched for the remaining suspect and residents were urged to stay indoors, Fox 11 reports. 

Muniz said burglaries have increased across the city of Los Angeles. 

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“Moving forward, the best line of defense is knowing your neighbors and being aware of who’s around, ensuring that you secure your windows,” Muniz said. “The weather is increasingly getting warmer, leaving windows open invites burglars as well, so just being aware of those sort of preventative measures.”

In April, a homeowner shot a burglar inside a gated home in coastal Newport Beach, California.

Parkland school shooter reaches ‘unique’ agreement with victim he shot 5 times

Florida mass shooter Nikolas Cruz has agreed to donate his brain to science in a “unique” civil settlement reached with one of his victims, according to court papers and experts.

Cruz used an AR-15 assault rifle to massacre 17 students and staffers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018, in one of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation’s history. 

An attorney for Anthony Borges, 21, who was shot five times in the attack, proposed the unusual stipulation.

“I figured if scientists studied his brain they might be able to figure out what created this monster,” Borges’ lawyer, Alex Arreaza, told Fox News Digital. “Maybe there was some kind of imbalance that caused this that we can prevent in the future.”

BROTHER OF PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIM WELCOMES DEMOLITION: ‘PROVIDES US CLOSURE’

Berkeley-based attorney Scott Herndon, who has represented victims of mass shooters, called the settlement novel. 

“I’ve never heard of anything like this before. It’s pretty unique,” he told Fox News Digital. “It underscores the feeling of those left behind that whatever can be done to avoid these massacres in the future should be done.”

The new settlement agreement also gives Borges the right to Cruz’s name for use in movies, books and other media.

The 25-year-old killer, who is serving life in prison, can’t profit from his crime and must obtain permission from Borges prior to giving any interviews.

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“We didn’t want him to be able to continue torturing the families,” said Arreaza, referencing O.J. Simpson’s book “If I Did It” as a cautionary tale.

Herndon noted that it’s not uncommon for a perpetrator to give up the rights to his name as part of a settlement. 

The agreement was hammered out in a Zoom meeting between Borges’ father Rory Borges, Cruz and Arreaza. Anthony Borges, who is suffering from PTSD, didn’t feel comfortable joining the discussions, Arreaza said.

“You could see what a psychopath he is,” Arreaza noted. “He looked at Rory when we were all done and asked if he could apologize, and Nikolas apologized to him like they had been in a car accident together. It was just very cold and weird.”

Borges, then 15, was one of 17 victims who barely survived the merciless onslaught. He barricaded a door with his body to keep Cruz from entering the classroom where he cowered with other terrified students. 

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The once promising soccer player suffered severe wounds to his legs and torso, and endured more than a dozen surgeries.

The settlement also assigns Anthony Borges $430,000 that Cruz is expected to receive from a relative’s life insurance policy.

In a prior settlement, the Broward County Public School District paid $26 million to victims of the shooting, $1.25 million of which went to Borges. An undisclosed settlement from the FBI for their inability to prevent Cruz’s rampage also went to Borges. 

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He and other victims have pending lawsuits against School Resource Officer Scot Peterson and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting continues to haunt the young man, who’s happy the site of the massacre is being torn down. “Every time he drove by there, it brought back memories,” Arreaza said. 

Elite university cleans house after shocking text exchange exposed

Columbia University has “permanently removed” three staff members after they were caught sending text messages that pushed “ancient antisemitic tropes.”

The messages were allegedly sent during the “Jewish Life on Campus: Past, Present and Future” reunion event on campus, according to FOX 5.

Columbia President Minouche Shafik condemned the messages in a Monday letter to the Columbia community. She said the “unacceptable and deeply upsetting” exchange highlighted the lack of concern regarding negative experiences voiced by Jewish community members.

The university plans to launch a “vigorous program” of antisemitism and antidiscrimination training for faculty and staff in the fall.

JEWISH COLUMBIA STUDENT GROUP CLAIMS ‘ANTISEMITISM IS SHAPESHIFTING’ IN OPEN LETTER 

“While this disturbing incident has presented us challenges as a community, Columbia’s leadership team recognizes this as an important moment to implement changes that will build a stronger institution as a result. I know that you all share this commitment,” he wrote.

Dean Josef Sorett, one of the staff members involved in the incident, apologized in his own letter on Monday.

“I am deeply sorry that this happened in a community that I lead and that I was part of any of the exchanges, and I pledge to spearhead the change we need to ensure this never happens again.”

The New York Post reported that Susan Chang-Kim, Matthew Patashnick and Cristen Kromm are the three administrators who have been removed. They have been on leave for the past month.

The incident comes three weeks after a Columbia University task force on campus antisemitism reported a string of disturbing incidents at the Ivy League university, exposing what it characterized as the “harassment of Jewish students” and antisemitic remarks made by professors.

PARENTS WARN OF ‘NIGHTMARE’ CLIMATE ON COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY CAMPUS: JEWISH STUDENTS ‘ARE BEING THREATENED’

One professor reportedly told his class to avoid the mainstream media because “it is owned by Jews.”

Task force members who spoke with Israeli publication Haaretz described a pattern of anti-Jewish bias at the Manhattan university, which has been plagued by anti-Israel protests since the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre.

Jewish and Israeli students regularly felt “targeted and ostracized” on campus and were often singled out in the classroom, task force members told the paper.

The report also found that professors repeatedly encouraged students to take part in the anti-Israel protests or the Gaza Solidarity Encampment. Some even offered extra credit or conducted classes at the protest site.

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Columbia University did not immediately return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Angel Reese caught off guard by hot mic moment at WNBA press conference

A Chicago Sky press conference was interrupted by mysterious audio on Sunday night after the team fell to the Seattle Storm, 84-71.

Sky coach Teresa Weatherspoon, rookie sensation Angel Reese and starting guard Marina Mabrey were at their desk awaiting questions from reporters when someone appeared to forget to mute their audio. 

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Video from the press conference showed the trio listening in on an apparent conversation about someone’s “intimate relationship” and their reactions were priceless. Eventually, the person’s audio was muted, but it still appeared to stun Weatherspoon, Reese and Mabrey.

Reese later reacted to the ordeal.

“I was shook,” she wrote on X.

Even as the Sky lost to the Storm, Reese was able to set the record for most consecutive double-doubles by a player. She surpassed Candace Parker’s mark with her 13th. Reese had 17 points and 14 rebounds and is the lone rookie averaging a double-double this year.

2024 WNBA ODDS: ANGEL REESE CHALLENGING CAITLIN CLARK FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

“I’m just trying to be consistent for my teammates, doing whatever I can to help my team,” Reese said, via EPSN. “I think I didn’t do enough tonight, but just being able to be there for my teammates and knowing that I have a job to do every day no matter if I’m a rookie or a vet.”

Reese and Caitlin Clark are the top candidates for the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award.

After Reese tied Parker’s mark, the Sky’s social media account made clear who it believes is the front-runner.

“Record setter. THE front runner,” the team wrote.

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Reese now has 14 double-doubles on the season. According to ESPN, it’s tied for fifth most from a rookie in WNBA history.

Tennis star’s girlfriend bites back at media for overblowing social media posts

Morgan Riddle, the girlfriend of American tennis star Taylor Fritz, blamed the media for overblowing her social media posts in which she appeared to mock Alexander Zverev and reference the assault allegations against him.

On Tuesday, Riddle posted several photos of herself at Wimbledon and attempted to clarify the remarks she posted on her Instagram Stories, which were later deleted.

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“Regarding my stories yesterday … I took them down as soon as I realized the misunderstanding and how blown out of proportion they had become by the media,” she wrote. “They were not about anything that’s happened off the tennis court & there’s no bad blood between anyone.

“Super proud of T for the match yesterday, thank you to the crowd for the support & looking forward to tomorrow.”

Fritz staged an epic comeback to defeat Zverev and advance to the quarterfinals.

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Celebrating the win, it was Riddle who had the last word. Riddle appeared to mock Zverev when she posted on her Instagram Stories.

“When ur man wins 4 the girls,” she wrote referencing allegations that he assaulted a woman in 2020.

Riddle also wrote in another post, “cheer loud ladies.”

Zverev settled the domestic abuse case after reaching an out-of-court settlement with his former partner, who made the accusations. A German court ended the trial back in June. He agreed to pay fines of around $162,000 to the state and about $54,000 to charity.

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Prosecutors said Zverev pushed the woman against a wall and choked her during an argument. Zverev maintained his innocence.

Track star known as ‘world’s sexiest athlete’ emotional as she learns Olympic fate

Alica Schmidt, the German track and field competitor who was dubbed the “world’s sexiest athlete,” revealed she made the Olympic team in a video on Friday.

Schmidt appeared to be overcome with emotions as she received the call that she would represent Germany in Paris later this summer. A TikTok video showed her in tears as she got the call.

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“When you get the call that you’ve made the Olympic team,” she screencapped the video.

She captioned a separate post, “Never stop chasing your dreams.”

@alicaschmidt My biggest dream came true 🥺 #teamdeutschland #olympics #paris #parisolympics2024 ♬ Scott Street (Slowed Down) – Phoebe Bridgers 

She added a photo of herself on Instagram with the Olympic rings behind her.

“My biggest dream came true!” she wrote.

“In just one month, I will be in Paris, creating memories that will last a lifetime. This thought has been my motivation every single day for several years now, reminding me of why it is important to never give up on my goals and to put in the work.

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“No matter how big your dreams are, if you stay committed and believe in yourself, good things will come your way.

“A big thank you to my family who always have my back and support me no matter what, to @marcello_h without him I wouldn‘t be where I‘m at right now. My coach Sven Buggel for being the mastermind in training, @noir.boutiquegym for pushing my limits in the weights room. Big thank you to my team mates, for making this journey so much more fun!! My medical team who keep me healthy and of course a big thank you to all my sponsors for believing in me and supporting my journey as an athlete. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The 24-year-old qualified for the Olympics as she competed in the mixed 4×400-meter relays in the Bahamas back in May.

Schmidt is an accomplished track athlete on the European circuit. In 2017, she helped the German team to a silver medal in the 4×400 relay at the 2017 European Athletics U20 Championships. Schmidt and her teammates won a bronze medal at the 2019 European Athletics U23 Championships. 

The team would finish in sixth place in the 2022 European Championships. She and her team also failed to qualify at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

She said in 2021 that she was “taking a break” from the sport after failing to medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Schmidt was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 member in 2023. She has more than 5 million followers on Instagram and more than 2 million on TikTok.

Artifact belonging to America’s Founding Father turns up at thrift store

An artifact that originally belonged to President George Washington recently landed in the hands of a Virginia history enthusiast – and then a museum – all thanks to Goodwill.

The piece is currently on display in the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Collector Richard “Dana” Moore stumbled across the artifact – which is a six-inch-long piece of linen fabric from Washington’s dining marquee, or tent – on Goodwill’s auction site.

The fabric was auctioned off with a note that read: “a piece of George Washingtons tent, from the history building at Jamestown exposition 1907 property of John Burns Dec 23rd 07.”

While most of Moore’s collection is made up of Civil War artifacts, he has also accumulated pieces from the American Revolution and the War of 1812 over the years through metal detecting. During an interview with Fox News Digital, the history buff said that he thought the piece “couldn’t be real” at first.

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“But when I zoomed in, the fabric looked authentically old,” he explained. “The brief handwritten note referencing the Jamestown Exposition of 1907, which was attached with a rusty pin, added to the feeling of age.”

“My gut kept telling me this could be real.” 

Feeling that the piece was special, Moore bought the fabric on the auction site for $1,300. Moore explained that after buying the piece, he felt overwhelmed about being responsible “for such an important artifact of history.” 

He waited to tell his wife, Susan Bowen, about the purchase, which she was initially skeptical about.

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“I assumed it couldn’t be real until over a year later when we watched an online presentation from the Museum of the American Revolution,” Bowen explained to Fox News Digital. “That’s what prompted us to reach out to them.”

Matthew Skic, a curator at the museum, told Fox News Digital that the fabric was cut as a souvenir while the marquee was on display in 1907. As the note confirms, the canopy made an appearance at the Jamestown Exposition of that year.

“At that time, Mary Custis Lee, Martha Washington’s great-great granddaughter and daughter of Robert E. Lee, owned Washington’s tents from the Revolutionary War,” he added. “She put the dining marquee on loan to the exposition.”

In 1778, Washington used two marquees while traveling alongside his troops – one for dining and another for his personal offices and sleeping quarters. The fabric that Moore found was part of Washington’s dining canopy. Skic certified the authenticity of the fabric after examining the piece. 

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“We took a close look at the weave of the fabric and the style and shape of the red wool edging with assistance from textile conservator Virginia Whelan,” he added. “These details match the dining marquee. We were able to determine that this fragment was cut away from the scalloped edge of the roof of the dining marquee.”

The expert noted that the fabric has darkened over the years “due to the accumulation of dirt and dust.”

“The red wool binding on the edge has faded a bit, but it retains most of its color,” he added. “The fragment’s edges are frayed from being cut away from the marquee.”

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Skic added that finding artifacts such as this is “very unusual, especially through a Goodwill Online auction!”

“Prior to the discovery of this fragment, nine fragments of Washington’s tents were known to exist, all in the collections of museums or other institutions,” he explained.  “The Museum of the American Revolution, for example, owns three fragments of Washington’s tents. There may be more fragments out there!”

The fabric is currently on display at the Philadelphia museum, along with other fragments of Washington’s tents. Historians are still actively investigating the piece, and Skic said that the museum is researching who John Burns, the man who supposedly wrote the handwritten note, was.

Bowen said that seeing the artifact in the Museum of the American Revolution was “an honor.”

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“Seeing it as part of the exhibit was so exciting,” she said. “It’s been a very emotional day for both of us.”

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