This Day in History: George Washington’s midnight crossing of the Delaware

On this day in 1776, General George Washington makes a harrowing trip across the Delaware River, in the dead of night! You’ll remember from previous posts that Washington and his army had just endured a series of crushing defeats: The British had won important battles in New York and had chased the Americans across New […]

This Day in History: General George Washington resigns

On this day in 1783, General George Washington resigns his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the American army. Okay. So we’ve all heard this story about Washington before. We’ve heard it so often, perhaps it is easy to gloss over the astonishing nature of Washington’s action. Let me emphasize: What Washington did on this day 235 […]

This Day in History: Robert Barnwell, (almost) forgotten Patriot

On this day in 1761, South Carolina patriot Robert Barnwell is born. He’s one of those guys whose life is a little lost to history. We mostly just have a sense of what he sacrificed. Isn’t that true of so many Patriots, who suffered—even died—so that we might have freedom? Barnwell volunteered to serve in […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s army marches into Valley Forge

On this day in 1777, George Washington’s army marches into Valley Forge. The army would stay there for a long winter encampment. When you think of Valley Forge, you probably think of half-clothed and starving men, suffering through a long (long!) winter, barely surviving. But Valley Forge was so much more than that. For one […]

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 […]