This Day in History: The women of Pepperell, Massachusetts, fight for freedom

On or around this day in 1775, a group of women from Massachusetts capture suspected Tories. They weren’t going to sit around twiddling their thumbs while their husbands left to fight at Lexington and Concord! These women were determined to contribute to the Patriot cause, too. This is one of those stories in which many […]

This Day in History: Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence

On this day in 1724, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Connecticut. Lyman Hall may have had the oddest path of anyone to his historic vote for independence. When he first showed up at the Continental Congress, he didn’t technically represent *any* colony. He’d been sent by only a small portion of […]

This Day in History: Andrew Jackson, captured

On this day in 1781, future President Andrew Jackson is captured by the British. He was only 14 years old. His older brother Robert was also captured. Jackson’s childhood, including his imprisonment during the Revolution, no doubt explains the feisty nature of our 7th President. He once said of himself: “I was born for a […]

This Day in History: Americans’ first capture of an armed British ship

On this day in 1776, the Continental Navy captures the HMS Bolton. The Bolton was the second British ship to be captured in only two days. The episode marked the first time that an American ship had been able to take an armed British ship. What a moment that must have been! If only the […]

This Day in History: Mary Draper, unsung hero after Lexington & Concord

On this day in 1719, an American heroine is born. No books would ever be written about this woman. She would never receive any awards or a pension for her service. She simply did what she could: Mary Draper cooked for the men who were rushing towards Boston in the wake of the “shot heard […]