This Day in History: The little-known Battle of Shallow Ford

On this day in 1780, a band of Loyalists are defeated at the lesser-known Battle of Shallow Ford. It was the second Patriot victory within a matter of days! The Battle of Shallow Ford was a relatively small battle, and it doesn’t usually get too much attention in history books. The bigger American victory at […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold & the Battle of Valcour Island

On this day in 1776, Benedict Arnold burns his fleet of American ships, preventing them from being captured by the British. He and his men flee to safety. Mere days earlier, Arnold had learned that a large British fleet was in Lake Champlain, headed his way. Arnold was outmanned and outgunned, so he hid his […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold’s middle-of-the-night escape from the British

On this day in 1776, Benedict Arnold fights the Battle of Valcour Island. He was still a good guy back then, fighting valiantly for the American cause! Indeed, before the day was through, he would lead his men on an amazing, middle-of-the-night escape from British General Guy Carleton. The British thought he was cornered. They […]

This Day in History: Americans win a critical victory at the Battle of Saratoga

On this day in 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga is fought. The American victory was the beginning of the end for British General John Burgoyne. Perhaps more importantly, we demonstrated to the world that we could hold our own, even against the powerful British army! We’d earn support from other nations as a result. […]

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 […]