This Day in History: The Gunpowder Incident rocks Virginia

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry faces off against Virginia’s Royal Governor. The Gunpowder Incident was afoot! Naturally, the conflict was created by guns, ammunition . . . and a British attempt to confiscate them. How unsurprising that our ancestors wrote the 2nd Amendment, with incidents such as these inspiring them. King George III […]

This Day in History: The British hire Hessians to fight American colonists

On this day in 1776, Lord George Germain informs British General William Howe that Hessian troops are on their way to America. What are Hessians? Why would they be headed to American shores? And why would that have been considered a thumb in the eye to the colonists? The answer may not be what you expect. When […]

This Day in History: The women of Pepperell, Massachusetts, fight for freedom

On or around this day in 1775, a group of women from Massachusetts capture suspected Tories. They weren’t going to sit around twiddling their thumbs while their husbands left to fight at Lexington and Concord! These women were determined to contribute to the Patriot cause, too. This is one of those stories in which many […]

This Day in History: Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence

On this day in 1724, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Connecticut. Lyman Hall may have had the oddest path of anyone to his historic vote for independence. When he first showed up at the Continental Congress, he didn’t technically represent *any* colony. He’d been sent by only a small portion of […]

This Day in History: Andrew Jackson, captured

On this day in 1781, future President Andrew Jackson is captured by the British. He was only 14 years old. His older brother Robert was also captured. Jackson’s childhood, including his imprisonment during the Revolution, no doubt explains the feisty nature of our 7th President. He once said of himself: “I was born for a […]