This Day in History: William Prescott, a hero of Bunker Hill

On this day in 1726, William Prescott is born in Groton, Massachusetts. He is best known for his role in the Battle of Bunker Hill. You may remember that Americans besieged the British in Boston following the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. A few months into the siege, Americans became worried that […]

This Day in History: The Sam Adams of the South is born!

On this day in 1724, the “Sam Adams of the South” is born. You may not know this Patriot’s full name, but you have certainly seen the flag named after him! Christopher Gadsden was nothing if not a fiery patriot. He was among the first to see the need for a declaration of independence. He […]

This Day in History: Battle of Burke County Jail

On this day in 1779, a group of American patriots holds off a contingent of British soldiers at the Burke County Jail in Georgia, despite being badly outnumbered. By this point in the Revolution, the British were frustrated with the status of the war in the North. They decided to pursue a new strategy: A […]

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: A Signer of the Declaration of Independence is Born

On this day in 1729, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is born in Amesbury, Massachusetts. In the modern-day show “West Wing,” President Josiah Bartlet is a fictional direct descendant of this guy. You have to wonder what the real Josiah Bartlett would think of that. 😉 Bartlett studied to be a doctor and […]