This Day in History: The “infamous and rascally affair” in Annapolis

On this day in 1774, a letter is written about an “infamous and rascally affair.” You’ve heard of the Boston Tea Party, but did you know that Annapolis had one, too? Both the Boston and Annapolis Tea Parties were driven by the hated tax on tea. In 1773, the Boston Tea Party had been a […]

This Day in History: The American victory at Yorktown

On this day in 1781, British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to American General George Washington, bringing an end to the Siege of Yorktown and effectively ending the American Revolution. Negotiations for that surrender had begun after Cornwallis first raised a white flag of surrender two days earlier, on October 17. Americans had won an […]

This Day in History: John Glover outwits the British, saves Washington’s army

On this day in 1776, Americans fight the Battle of Pell’s Point. The battle was later described as a “smart & close Skirmish” in which the “Men behaved with great coolness & Intrepidity . . . .” The Patriots technically lost the battle, but they achieved a strategic victory! Washington’s army was reeling from a […]

This Day in History: An astounding American victory at Saratoga

On this day in 1777, British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga. It was an astounding American victory, and it changed the course of the Revolution! Months earlier, Burgoyne had come to America with a bold mission: His army was supposed to break the back of the American Revolution by cutting off the […]

This Day in History: The Affair at Little Egg Harbor

On this day in 1778, the Affair at Little Egg Harbor occurs near the coast of New Jersey. Unfortunately, “affair” is too kind of a word. It was more like a massacre. Little Egg Harbor was a base for American privateers during the Revolution. These privateers would capture British transport ships, then take the captured […]