This Day in History: San Antonio is surrendered to the Texian Army

On this day in 1835, Mexican General Martin Perfecto de Cos raises a flag of truce.   He was ready to surrender San Antonio to the Texian Army. The capture concluded the long Siege of Béxar. Texians were feeling pretty optimistic at this point in the Texas Revolution! Could it really be as easy as that?! […]

This Day in History: John W. Minick at the Battle of Hürtgen Forest

During this week in 1944, a U.S. soldier is killed during the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. He’d put his life on the line repeatedly, traversing minefields, withstanding machinegun fire, killing nearly two dozen of the enemy—and capturing even more. Just before John W. Minick was killed, some of his fellow soldiers heard him yelling out […]

This Day in History: “Seward’s Folly” and the purchase of Alaska

On this day in 1867, the United States takes control of territory in Alaska. Secretary of State William Seward had just brokered a deal to buy it from the Russians. Perhaps you’ve heard that the purchase was decried and labeled as “Seward’s Folly”? It’s a catchy phrase, isn’t it? Except it’s not exactly true. “The […]

This Day in History: The odd duel between Christopher Gadsden and Robert Howe

On this day in 1778, Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden and Major General Robert Howe engage in a duel. Perhaps you remember Gadsden for the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that was named after him? The duel was the culmination of a long-running dispute over rank. Then-Brigadier General Howe had been put in charge of Continental […]