This Day in History: The British attack on Long Island

On this day in 1776, the British began an effort against General George Washington’s troops, then stationed in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The effort would ultimately result in the seizure of New York by British troops. Americans knew an attack was coming. How could they expect anything else? A massive fleet of warships had been gathering […]

This Day in History: The origins of “E Pluribus Unum”

On this day in 1776, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin propose “E Pluribus Unum” as a national motto to be used on the Great Seal of the United States. On July 4, 1776, these three men were appointed to a committee to “bring in a device for a seal for the United States […]

This Day in History: Brigadier General Stark’s victory at Bennington

On this day in 1777, Brigadier General John Stark writes a letter, reporting on his stunning victory at the Battle of Bennington. It was an important victory for the Patriot cause. Americans were then fighting off British General John Burgoyne, who was moving from Canada to Albany. Along the way, Burgoyne was running into supply […]

This Day in History: Peter Salem, former slave & Revolutionary War veteran

On this day in 1816, Peter Salem passes away. This Patriot was born into slavery, but he ended life as a free man—and a veteran of George Washington’s army. Many details of Salem’s early years are lost to history, but we do know that he leapt to the defense of the Patriot cause early on. […]

This Day in History: The brave women of Bryan’s station

On this day in 1782, the Siege of Bryan’s Station begins. Once again, a group of American women showed incredible bravery—and their actions saved the day! Did you know that some fighting continued, even after George Washington’s victory at Yorktown? One hot spot for these skirmishes was Kentucky (then a territory of Virginia). The British […]