This Day in History: Silas Talbot, a captain of Old Ironsides, passes away

On this day in 1813, a former captain of the Continental Navy passes away. Silas Talbot also served in the United States Navy as the captain of Old Ironsides! Talbot worked his way up from poor beginnings in Massachusetts and was living in Providence when the Revolution began. After the battles of Lexington and Concord, […]

This Day in History: George Washington saves the Battle of Monmouth

On this day in 1778, George Washington’s army expects to resume the Battle of Monmouth. Instead, daylight reveals that the British are gone—they’d retreated in the middle of the night! The battle occurred shortly after Washington’s men emerged from their long winter at Valley Forge. They were in pursuit of the British, then evacuating Philadelphia. […]

This Day in History: A plot to assassinate George Washington foiled

On this day in 1776, one of George Washington’s personal guards is hanged for sedition and treachery. Thomas Hickey had been involved in an effort to undermine the Continental army—he may even have considered kidnapping and assassinating General Washington! It was a tumultuous time. Washington’s army was defending New York: No easy task! The city […]

This Day in History: The British attack on Fort Sullivan, near Charleston

On this day in 1776, the British prepare to attack Fort Sullivan, near Charleston. Americans would win a stunning victory the very next day. Perhaps you won’t be too surprised to hear that June 28 is still celebrated in South Carolina! British planning for the attack began early—maybe too early. The British Army had been […]

This Day in History: Thomas A. Baker’s bravery during a banzai charge

On this day in 1916, a future Medal of Honor recipient is born. Thomas A. Baker would spend his 28th birthday fighting in the World War II Battle of Saipan. He would live to see his birthday, but just barely. He was killed in action a few days later. Naturally, he went down fighting. The […]