This Day in History: The struggle to negotiate a peace with Great Britain

On this day in 1782, John Adams writes a letter to John Jay. The latter gentleman was in Paris helping to negotiate a peace treaty between Great Britain and the United States.   Those negotiations were all but impossible! George Washington’s victory over the British at Yorktown had occurred ten months earlier. Nevertheless, Americans were […]

This Day in History: A Spanish Admiral helps the American Revolution

On this day in 1780, the stage is set for a naval conflict among British, French, and Spanish ships. The British did not fare so well—which proved a huge boon to Americans on the other side of the Atlantic! At this point in the American Revolution, of course, both France and Spain were helping the […]

This Day in History: Americans’ costly victory at the Battle of Oriskany

On this day in 1777, American forces hold out against a British siege. They were trapped inside Fort Schuyler, but help was on the way! Or so they thought. Unfortunately, those anticipated reinforcements would be ambushed before they ever reached Fort Schuyler. The resulting Battle of Oriskany has been called one of the bloodiest battles […]

This Day in History: The Declaration of Independence is signed

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence is signed. If you’re surprised to hear that it wasn’t signed on July 4, then you’re in good company! Even Thomas Jefferson and John Adams later became confused about when they signed. Maybe Jefferson had cause to be distracted that summer. Would you believe that he […]

This Day in History: The Penobscot Expedition & Paul Revere’s court martial

On this day in 1779, a fleet of American ships sails north from Boston towards Maine. The so-called Penobscot Expedition would end in disaster—and a court-martial of none other than Paul Revere. The British were then working to establish a fort at the mouth of the Penobscot River, in Maine. Well, at least, the British […]