This Day in History: Benedict Arnold wounded at the Battle of Quebec

On this day in 1775, the Battle of Quebec is fought. American General Richard Montgomery is killed. Benedict Arnold is wounded. Daniel Morgan and more than 400 others are captured. I guess you could say that it didn’t go too well. Readers of this page may recall that Benedict Arnold undertook a daring mission during […]

This Day in History: West Virginia’s controversial admission into the Union

On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed a bill admitting West Virginia into the Union. At the time, some questioned whether West Virginia—formerly a part of the State of Virginia—could legally be admitted into the Union without Virginia’s consent. Virginia, of course, had not consented. It was a part of the Confederate States of […]

This Day in History: Thomas Jefferson & the Louisiana Purchase

On this day in 1803, the United States formally takes possession of the Louisiana Territory. The United States had just purchased 827,000 square miles of land from France. The price tag for the Louisiana Purchase? $15 million! France hadn’t owned Louisiana for too long. The territory had been a Spanish possession since the 1760s. But […]

This Day in History: Texas joins the Union as the 28th state

God Bless Texas! On this day in 1845, Texas joins the Union as the 28th state. Of course, we were the Republic of Texas immediately before that. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836, and it was an independent nation for more than nine years before it joined the Union. But annexation into the […]

This Day in History: British forces, on the verge of capturing Savannah

On this day in 1778, British forces begin landing at Girardeau’s Plantation, in Georgia. They would capture Savannah from the Americans the next day. Needless to say, it was a low point for the Patriot cause. The British were then beginning a new effort aimed at the South. The war in the North had stalled. […]