This Day in History: The Continental Congress and its flight from Philadelphia

On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress reconvenes in York, Pennsylvania. Members of Congress had fled Philadelphia mere days earlier! They were running from the British Army, then moving to occupy the American capital. “If Congress have not yet left Philadelphia,” Alexander Hamilton had written Congress in mid-September, “they ought to do it immediately […]

This Day in History: John André punished instead of Benedict Arnold

On this day in 1780, the head of the British Secret Intelligence, John André, writes a letter to British General Sir Henry Clinton. André had been captured and sentenced to death as a spy. His plan to take West Point with the help of Benedict Arnold had been discovered. That conspiracy had been unraveling for […]

This Day in History: George Washington and the Siege of Yorktown

On this day in 1781, French and American forces begin a siege of Yorktown. It was the beginning of the end for the British! They’d made a few mistakes that led to this moment. In the days and weeks just before the siege, General Charles Cornwallis was established with his troops in Yorktown, Virginia, near […]

This Day in History: The Battle of Charlotte & its aftermath

On this day in 1780, the British recover from the Battle of Charlotte. Americans had been badly outnumbered, but that didn’t stop them from putting up a valiant fight! In fact, resistance in that region became so intense that the British ended up pulling out of Charlotte in mid-October. British Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton would […]