This Day in History: George Washington and the Siege of Yorktown

On this day in 1781, French and American forces begin a siege of Yorktown. It was the beginning of the end for the British! They’d made a few mistakes that led to this moment. In the days and weeks just before the siege, General Charles Cornwallis was established with his troops in Yorktown, Virginia, near […]

This Day in History: The Battle of Charlotte & its aftermath

On this day in 1780, the British recover from the Battle of Charlotte. Americans had been badly outnumbered, but that didn’t stop them from putting up a valiant fight! In fact, resistance in that region became so intense that the British ended up pulling out of Charlotte in mid-October. British Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton would […]

This Day in History: Washington discovers Benedict Arnold’s treachery

On this day in 1780, George Washington discovers Benedict Arnold’s treachery. “Arnold has betrayed us!” he reportedly lamented. “Whom can we trust now?” What a shock! Arnold was one of Washington’s most trusted generals, but now Washington knew that he’d been plotting to turn over West Point to the British. What gave Arnold away? Mere […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold, on the brink of being discovered

On this day in 1780, British Major John André writes a letter to George Washington. He’d been caught with incriminating papers in his boots! His capture would ultimately expose Benedict Arnold as a traitor. Arnold had become resentful during the course of the war. He felt that he’d been passed over for promotions and wasn’t […]

This Day in History: Benedict Arnold secretly meets with British Major John André

On this day in 1780, Benedict Arnold secretly meets with British Major John André. His act of treason has become notorious! In fact, to modern Americans, the name “Benedict Arnold” is synonymous with “traitor.” But did you know that Arnold started off as someone that you might admire? He overcame quite a lot: Several of […]