This Day in History: The Daughter of Mount Vernon

On this day in 1779, Eleanor “Nelly” Parke Custis is born. She has been called the “Daughter of Mount Vernon,” because she was raised by Martha and George after her father passed away. Nelly’s birthday offers an opportunity to get a glimpse into the softer side of General Washington. Nelly was his step-granddaughter. George Washington […]

This Day in History: The United States Military Academy at West Point is founded

During this week in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is founded. The academy has trained some of America’s greatest military minds, including such notables as Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton. Generals on both sides of the Civil War were trained at West Point as well. West Point […]

This Day in History: George Washington passes away

On this day in 1799, President George Washington passes away. He was living in retirement at Mount Vernon at the time. The importance of this latter fact cannot be emphasized enough! Remember: Washington could probably have been a King, if he’d really wanted to be. Yet, at the end of the day, all Washington ever […]

This Day in History: The only time George Washington surrendered

On this day in 1754, a young Colonel George Washington surrenders his “Fort Necessity” to the French. It was the only time he ever surrendered. At this point in time, ownership and control of the Ohio Country were hotly contested. Washington had been dispatched to the area with orders to “make Prisoners of or kill […]

This Day in History: George Washington writes his “Patcy”

During this week in 1775, George Washington writes his wife, Martha. He called her “my dear Patcy.” Only a handful of letters between George and Martha still survive. This letter is one of them. The two wrote more often than that, of course. And, if any of those letters could be recovered, they would contain […]