This Day in History: Paul Revere’s other (not-so-famous) ride

On this day in 1774, Paul Revere makes a furious ride to warn colonists that the “British are coming!” Okay, so it wasn’t that ride. Revere’s famous midnight ride was still four months in the future. Instead, this little-known ride was made from Boston to New Hampshire—and it was made in the middle of the […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s escape across the Delaware

On this day in 1776, American forces complete an escape across the Delaware River. It was just the latest in a long string of retreats from the British army. Surely George Washington was beginning to get tired of it all? If only he and his men could have known that the miraculous victory at Trenton […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s final farewell to the Army

On this day in 1783, George Washington says his final goodbye to a group of officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York. New York had served as the British headquarters throughout the long years of the American Revolution. It was the last city to be evacuated when the war was over! On November 25, however, […]

This Day in History: Oliver Wolcott, signer of the Declaration, passes away

On this day in 1797, a signer of the Declaration of Independence passes away. You might be surprised to hear that Oliver Wolcott did not actually vote “yea” or “nay” on the Declaration. He couldn’t! He wasn’t present for the official vote in Philadelphia. But perhaps he effectively voted in the affirmative with his actions, […]

This Day in History: The American Revolution begins — with covert operations?

On this day in 1775, Americans take an important step in their fight against Great Britain: The Continental Congress establishes the Committee of Correspondence. Such a dry-sounding name for what would soon follow: secret midnight meetings, covert operations, and even a fake merchant company providing cover to France and Spain! Perhaps you won’t be surprised […]