This Day in History: The Medal of Honor & 24 Nearly Overlooked Heroes

On this day in 2014, twenty-four soldiers are belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House. A congressional investigation had determined that these veterans were denied the Medal because of their heritage. An old wrong was finally made right! Unfortunately, only three veterans were alive to receive their Medals in […]

This Day in History: George Washington drives the British out of Boston

On this day in 1776, the British army evacuates Boston. It was the culmination of an American effort that had begun many months earlier. The City of Boston had been under siege by the Americans since April 1775. As the months wore on, a colonel in George Washington’s army, Henry Knox, had an idea: Why […]

This Day in History: West Point is founded

On this day 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: The Battle of Guilford Courthouse

On this day in 1781, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse takes place. It was technically a British victory—but only technically. Indeed, one member of Parliament later noted: “Another such victory would ruin the British army.” The British had become frustrated with the status of the war in the North, and they decided to turn to […]

This Day in History: George Washington is posthumously promoted

On this day in 1978, George Washington is posthumously promoted. It had been more than two centuries since the American Revolution began! Washington’s new rank? General of the Armies of the United States. Washington’s promotion was retroactively dated to July 4, 1976, the bicentennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the rank is the […]

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