This Day in History: A Signer of the Declaration loses all he holds dear

On this day in 1713, a future signer of the Declaration of Independence is born. Francis Lewis is perhaps best known for his signature on a single document! Yet he would pay dearly for that simple signature. How odd is it that he sacrificed so much, yet most modern Americans have never heard his name? […]

This Day in History: George Washington’s second victory at Trenton

On this day in 1777, the “second battle of Trenton” occurs. Americans had won an astounding victory only one week earlier. Now, the British were back, trying to recover the ground they’d lost. Much had happened in one short week. On December 25, Washington’s men made a difficult trip across the Delaware River. On the […]

This Day in History: Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On this day in 1791, Virginia ratifies the Bill of Rights, making those ten constitutional amendments the law of the land. The Bill of Rights, of course, includes protections for such things as freedom of speech, the right to a trial by jury, and the right to keep and bear Arms. Ratification of the Bill […]

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 […]