This Day in History: John André hanged for working with 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’s 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 only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor

On this day in 1942, a United States Coast Guardsman gives his life for a detachment of Marines. Signalman First Class Douglas Munro’s sacrifice would save the lives of hundreds of Marines, including then-Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller Munro would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his action. He is the only member […]