This Day in History: The little-known Battle of the Flockey

On this day in 1777, the little-known Battle of the Flockey takes place in New York’s Schoharie Valley. The battle ended with Loyalists in retreat! Maybe a little-known fact? A Patriot cavalry charge during this battle has been identified by some as the first cavalry charge of the American Revolution and the U.S. Army! Americans […]

This Day in History: Georgia defies the British government!

On this day in 1774, the Sons of Liberty hold a meeting—except it was more than just a meeting! It was Georgia’s first formal act of defiance against the British government. The center of the storm was Tondee’s Tavern in Savannah. Just a few weeks earlier, the Sons of Liberty had held a meeting there. […]

This Day in History: George Washington creates the Purple Heart. Sort of!

On this day in 1782, General George Washington created a military award that would be the predecessor for the Purple Heart. Washington’s award was called the “Badge of Military Merit.” It was a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk with binding and the word “Merit” stitched across it. The award was specifically intended for soldiers in […]

This Day in History: A signer of the Declaration of Independence is born!

On this day in 1749, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in South Carolina. Thomas Lynch, Jr.’s life would come to a tragic end a mere 30 years later when he was lost at sea, possibly in the Bermuda Triangle. Both Lynch and his father worked hard for the Patriot cause! The […]

This Day in History: Siege of Ft. Schuyler & the bloody Battle of Oriskany

On this day in 1777, American forces inside Fort Schuyler hold out against a British siege. Help was on the way! Unfortunately, those reinforcements would be ambushed by Loyalist and Indian forces before they ever arrived at Fort Schuyler. The resulting Battle of Oriskany has been called one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolution. […]