This Day in History: “Mad Anthony” Wayne, the British, & the Paoli Massacre

On this day in 1777, the British launch an attack that would be known as the Paoli Massacre. Some considered the action to be cold-blooded murder, not war. These events occurred as George Washington was trying to protect Philadelphia from the British. The American army had narrowly avoided disaster at the Battle of the Clouds, […]

This Day in History: George Washington bids the nation farewell (again)

On this day in 1796, George Washington bids the nation farewell. He was retiring from the presidency and making his last exit from public life. His move was astonishing! How many people voluntarily give up power and return to civilian life? Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to. Yet, […]

This Day in History: Union and Confederate forces face off at Antietam

On this day in 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee decides to make a stand! His decision would lead to the bloody Battle of Antietam. Federal forces were then reeling from their defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run. (See August 30 history post.) That battle had left Union General John Pope’s army retreating […]