The Washington Times - July 17, 2008, 09:51AM

Who is the person who fired the first Union shot at Manassas 147 years ago next Monday, who engineered the work to make Hains Point and the Tidal Basin, and designed the GW Parkway??? Check the America’s Wars page and find out.

Not only that, but Hains was the only officer to have served in the Civil War and then be recalled into World War I. ¬†Quite a distinction for the shoemaker’s son from Philadelphia.

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Hains is a fascinating indivdual, and was responsible for some of the things today that we take for granted like a smooth ride on the George Washington Parkway and the beauties of the Tidal Basin.

And once again it is an individual we can trace back to Civil War days.

Read the entire story in “Plugged In” ¬†today!