This Day in History: George Washington’s second victory at Trenton

On this day in 1777, the “second battle of Trenton” occurs. Americans had won an astounding victory only one week earlier. Now, the British were back, trying to recover the ground they’d lost. Much had happened in one short week. On December 25, Washington’s men made a difficult trip across the Delaware River. On the […]

This Day in History: Americans’ “first” flag, the Grand Union Flag

On this day in 1776, the Grand Union Flag is hoisted by George Washington and his army. They were celebrating the birth of a new Continental Army! How could they be celebrating a “new” army at this point? You may remember that, at this juncture, Washington and his men had been outside Boston for many […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold’s audacious attack on Quebec

During this week in 1775, the Battle of Quebec is fought. American General Richard Montgomery is killed. Benedict Arnold is wounded. Daniel Morgan and more than 400 others are captured. I guess you could say that it didn’t go too well. Readers of this page may recall that Benedict Arnold undertook a daring mission during the […]

This Day in History: Mum Bett fights slavery in Massachusetts

On this day in 1829, Elizabeth Freeman passes away. The woman better known as “Mum Bett” was the first woman to be declared free from slavery under the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. That document joined the Declaration of Independence in declaring: “All men are born free and equal.” In 1781, with mere months left in […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s stunning victory at Trenton

On this day in 1776, General George Washington wins the Battle of Trenton. 1776 had been a difficult year! The victory provided a much-needed morale boost. As discussed in yesterday’s post, the first weeks in December found Washington and British General William Howe on opposite sides of the Delaware River. As the weather deteriorated, Howe […]