This Day in History: Maryland Ratifies the Constitution

On this day in 1788, Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Oddly, anti-Constitution forces had failed to mount an effective defense in Maryland. The state was home to Luther Martin and John Mercer, both of whom had walked out of the Constitutional Convention in disgust. What on earth happened? Why were […]

This Day in History: James Monroe’s little-known service in Washington’s army

On this day in 1758, future President James Monroe is born. Did you know that Monroe was a participant in George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River? Monroe was then only 18 years old. He almost did not survive the experience. Washington’s army had spent much of the fall of 1776 retreating across New […]

This Day in History: The British hire mercenaries to fight the American Revolution

On this day in 1776, Lord George Germain informs British General William Howe that Hessian troops are on their way to America. What are Hessians? And why on earth would they be headed to American shores? The answer may not be what you expect. When the American Revolution began, the British had trouble recruiting sufficient […]