This Day in History: The Battle of Cooch’s Bridge

On this day in 1777, the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge occurs. Some speculate that this battle was the first at which the Stars and Stripes were flown! Appropriate, if so? This battle was the only Revolutionary War battle to occur in Delaware—later the first state to ratify the Constitution. The battle occurred mere days after General […]

This Day in History: V-J Day effectively ends World War II

On this day in 1945, a formal surrender ceremony is held aboard the USS Missouri. Today is the anniversary of V-J Day! On this day, World War II effectively came to an end. It had been less than a month since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bomb dropped on Hiroshima had been devastating, […]

This Day in History: The first ships in “Washington’s Navy”

On this day in 1775, George Washington directs Nicolson Broughton to take command of the first ship in Washington’s navy. Washington’s action was separate from the first congressional action on this point, which would occur more than a month later. The war had just started! The colonies were figuring out how to work together. Washington […]