This Day in History: The Legend of Nancy Hart, Revolutionary War Heroine

On this day in 1779, an unsung Revolutionary War heroine fights gallantly in the Battle of Kettle Creek! Or . . . maybe she didn’t. Nancy Hart’s story is “too good not to tell,” as one historian notes, but it also “seem[s] to hang in a mythical realm somewhere between fiction and history.” Where is […]

This Day in History: The origins of the “Sons of Liberty”

On this day in 1765, the term “Sons of Liberty” is used in a letter written by Jared Ingersoll, Sr. The term would soon be adopted by many American patriots, and these “Sons of Liberty” would fight against British tyranny. Perhaps most memorably, of course, the Sons of Liberty were responsible for the Boston Tea […]

This Day in History: The failed attempt to kidnap General George Washington

On this day in 1780, Lt. Gen. Wilhelm von Knyphausen and his men attempt to capture General George Washington.[i] Did you know that there was a plot to kidnap Washington just 20 short months before the British surrender at Yorktown? Fortunately, the kidnapping attempt failed. Once again, the American Revolution survived what could have been […]

This Day in History: The Affair at Young’s House ends badly for Patriot forces

On this day in 1780, British troops begin marching toward a Patriot outpost. Their intent? Attack the Continental soldiers then stationed at that outpost—the Westchester home of a local Patriot. Unfortunately, the so-called “Affair at Young’s House” would end badly for American forces. At this point in the American Revolution, portions of New York were […]

This Day in History: American militia win the Battle of Millstone

On this day in 1777, American militia win the Battle of Millstone. The engagement followed immediately in the wake of George Washington’s unexpected victories at Trenton and Princeton. After Princeton, both armies retreated: Washington moved toward Morristown, while the British moved toward New Brunswick. It was then that the so-called Forage War began! Between January […]