This Day in History: The origins of the Great Seal of the United States

On this day in 1782, the Confederation Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States. The seal was nearly 6 years in the making! Congress had been working on it since July 4, 1776, not too long after the American Revolution began. You may think of July 4 as the day that the Continental […]

This Week in History: The Battle of Bunker Hill

During this week in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. The battle was technically a British victory, but it proved to be a morale booster for Americans who discovered that they could hold their own against the renowned British army. If the details of this battle have left you a bit puzzled, then […]

This Day in History: George Washington is appointed Commander-in-Chief

On this day in 1775, George Washington was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. That army had been created only one day earlier.   Washington’s appointment came at the suggestion of John Adams, who spoke before Congress of a “Gentleman from Virginia who was among Us.” This man, Adams concluded, “would command the Approbation of […]

This Day in History: John Adams advocates for a Continental Army

On or around this day in 1775, John Adams gives a speech before the Continental Congress, urging delegates to create a new, unified American army. His proposal was approved within a matter of days. A Continental Army—the predecessor to the United States Army—was born! The colonies were still trying to get organized following the Battles […]

This Day in History: Joseph Warren, hero of Bunker Hill

On this day in 1741, a great Patriot is born. You may know him as the man who sent Paul Revere off on his ride, but he was far more than that. Dr. Joseph Warren was an active, charismatic leader who ultimately gave his life for the American cause. In doing so, he left his […]