This Week in History: Battle of Cooch’s Bridge, Recovery of Wake Island, and the first Congress

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, September 2

Medal of Honor Monday! During this week in 1944, a hero throws himself on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers. Amazingly, Robert D. Maxwell would live to tell the tale. Indeed, when Maxwell passed away earlier this summer, he was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, September 3

On this day in 1777, the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge occurs. Some believe 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. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Wednesday, September 4

On this day in 1945, Wake Island is finally returned to American hands. The Japanese had been in possession of the island since December 1941. Wake Island had not fallen without a fight. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, September 5

On this day in 1774, the first Continental Congress convenes at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia. Its goal was to coordinate a response to Britain’s Intolerable Acts. Delegates from every colony but Georgia would attend some portion of the proceedings. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, September 6

On or around this date in 1714, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. Well, to be completely accurate, no one knows exactly when Matthew Thornton was born, but it seems to have been sometime in the year 1714. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, September 7

On this day in 1776, Americans launch the first submarine attack. They hoped to break a British blockade of New York harbor. The submarine was the work of David Bushnell, an inventor from Connecticut. He called his submarine the “Turtle” because it was like “two upper tortoise shells of equal size, joined together.” FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, September 8

During this week in 1721, a Patriot is born in Virginia. This man was not inclined to support the American cause of independence at first. But once he’d decided to join the cause, he never looked back! Did your history books ever teach you about Edmund Pendleton? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram