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 […]

This Day in History: John Stark, the “Hero of Bennington”

On this day in 1728, a future Revolutionary War hero is born. John Stark is perhaps best known for coining the motto, “Live Free or Die!” Okay, so technically he wasn’t the first to use the phrase, but his usage was certainly memorable! “Live Free or Die,” he wrote in 1809. “Death is not the […]

This Day in History: The Last Battle of the American Revolution — in Kentucky?!

On this day in 1782, the Battle of Blue Licks is fought. The conflict occurred exactly 10 months after Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, and it has been called the “Last Battle of the American Revolution.” Unfortunately, the battle went very badly for American forces. Good thing we’d already won the war?!  Just a […]