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George Washington's Speech to the Delaware Chiefs: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”

George Washington’s Speech to the Delaware Chiefs: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”

The Speech to the Delaware Chiefs was an address given to the Delaware Nation by General George Washington on May 12, 1779, giving them news of the situation regarding the status of the American Revolution then being fought. Claimed to be a deist by modern liberalism, Washington had given numerous statements to the contrary; his writings reflect the "blessed religion" to which he was a part; ...
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Samuel Adams: "While the People are Virtuous They Cannot be Subdued; but Once They Lose Their Virtue They Will be Ready to Surrender Their Liberties"

Samuel Adams: “While the People are Virtuous They Cannot be Subdued; but Once They Lose Their Virtue They Will be Ready to Surrender Their Liberties”

Samuel Adams, in a letter to James Warren: A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader ...
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American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain

American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain

France entered the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) in 1778, and assisted in the victory of the Americans seeking independence from Britain (realized in the 1783 Treaty of Paris). The example of the American Revolution was one of the many contributing factors to the French Revolution. Following the American Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was well received in France, both by the general population and the ...
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Battle of Monmouth and the Legend of Molly Pitcher

Battle of Monmouth and the Legend of Molly Pitcher

According to legend, at the Battle of Monmouth (June 28, 1778), Mary Hays, wife of artilleryman William Hays, carried water to cool both the cannon and the soldiers in her husband’s battery—hence the nickname “Molly Pitcher.” Legend also asserts that when William Hays collapsed or was wounded, she took her husband’s place in the gun crew for the rest of the battle. To write a biography of Molly Pitcher’s ...
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Gen. Washington: "To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian.”

Gen. Washington: “To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian.”

General Washington wrote at Valley Forge, May 2, 1778: “To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian.” ...
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Washington on His Ragged Army: "men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lay on, without shoes... marching through frost and snow..."

Washington on His Ragged Army: “men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lay on, without shoes… marching through frost and snow…”

Valley forge April 21st 1778 Dr Sir On saturday evening1 I had the pleasure to receive your favor of the 16th Inst. I thank you very much for your obliging tender of a friendly intercourse between us; and you may rest assured, that I embrace it with chearfulness, and shall write you freely, as often as Leisure will permit, of such points as appear to me material ...
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Did Isaac Potts Really See Washington Pray at Valley Forge?

Did Isaac Potts Really See Washington Pray at Valley Forge?

One of the legends or myths of Valley Forge is that Washington prayed for his country here. We do not say that he did not pray at Valley Forge (he assuredly did), there simply is an open question as to how he did so and if he actually was witnessed in prayer. Although this article has been added with a date of January 17, 1778, the ...
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General Washington and his Troops arrive at Valley Forge

General Washington and his Troops arrive at Valley Forge

The images are heartrending, dramatic and so powerful that they are embedded in the nation's historical consciousness: Bloody footprints in the snow left by bootless men. Near naked soldiers wrapped in thin blankets huddled around a smoky fire of green wood. The plaintive chant from the starving: "We want meat! We want meat!" These are the indelible images of suffering and endurance associated with Valley Forge ...
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Quakeress and Ardent Patriot, Lydia Darragh, Risked her Life to Warn Washington of Secret British Plans for a Surprise Attack.”

Quakeress and Ardent Patriot, Lydia Darragh, Risked her Life to Warn Washington of Secret British Plans for a Surprise Attack.”

Lydia Darragh was a Quaker woman who crossed enemy lines during the British occupation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her mission was to pass information to General George Washington and the Continental Army, warning them of an impending British attack. Lydia Barrington was born in 1729 in Dublin, Ireland. On November 2, 1753, she married the family tutor, William Darragh, the son of a clergyman. After a few years ...
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The Continental Congress made a National Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

The Continental Congress made a National Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

As printed in the Journals of Congress below... IN CONGRESS – November 1, 1777 Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased him in his abundant mercy not only ...
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Congress Proposes Purchase of 20,000 Bibles

Congress Proposes Purchase of 20,000 Bibles

In colonial America, Bibles had to be imported from Britain, as the British government strictly regulated the printing of religious materials. It was illegal to print Bibles in the English language without a license from the king. In 1589, Queen Elizabeth I had granted Christopher Barker the title of Royal Printer, with the exclusive “perpetual royal privilege” to print Bibles in England. His son, Robert Barker, ...
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The Stars and Stripes are Born with the Passing of the Flag Act on June 14, 1777

The Stars and Stripes are Born with the Passing of the Flag Act on June 14, 1777

In the United States, Flag Day is observed on June 14, which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on Saturday, June 14, 1777. Observance of this annual event, however, did not receive prominence for many years after the approval of the resolution of the Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation ...
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Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington Rides 40 Miles Waking up Patriots with the Urgent Warning that the British were Fast Approaching

Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington Rides 40 Miles Waking up Patriots with the Urgent Warning that the British were Fast Approaching

Sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington rode 40 miles through Putnam and Dutchess Counties waking up patriots to join the militia, led by her father, Colonel Henry Ludington, delivering the urgent warning that the British had burned Danbury, Connecticut, and were fast approaching. Born in New York in 1761, Ludington was the eldest of Henry and Abigail’s twelve children. In addition to working as a farmer, Ludington’s father was ...
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John Adams: "Posterity! You Will Never Know, How Much it Cost the Present Generation, to Preserve Your Freedom! I Hope You Will Make a Good Use of It."

John Adams: “Posterity! You Will Never Know, How Much it Cost the Present Generation, to Preserve Your Freedom! I Hope You Will Make a Good Use of It.”

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, Saturday Evening 26 April 1777 I have been lately more remiss, than usual in Writing to you. There has been a great Dearth of News. Nothing from England, nothing from France, Spain, or any other Part of Europe, nothing from the West Indies. Nothing from Howe, and his Banditti, nothing from General Washington. There are various Conjectures that Lord How ...
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George Washington Inspires a Tired and Defeated Army to Continue the Fight for Liberty

George Washington Inspires a Tired and Defeated Army to Continue the Fight for Liberty

George Washington faced a grim moment January 1, 1777. All enlistments for the Continental Army had expired on that date and all of the army, or at least what was left of it, was free to go home. This would not just cripple the Revolution, but probably end it. He gathered his troops together, the drum roll began, and the general asked all those willing to ...
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George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware River in the Dead of the Night on Christmas

George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware River in the Dead of the Night on Christmas

So why were Washington and his bedraggled Continental Army trying to cross an ice-choked Delaware River on a cold winter’s night? It wasn’t just to get to the other side. Washington’s aim was to conduct a surprise attack upon a Hessian garrison of roughly 1,400 soldiers located in and around Trenton, New Jersey. Washington hoped that a quick victory at Trenton would bolster sagging morale in ...
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Continental Congress Calls for a Day of Fasting and Humiliation for the Soldiers

Continental Congress Calls for a Day of Fasting and Humiliation for the Soldiers

Because of the distressing condition of the tattered but unbowed soldiers, the American Continental Congress called for a day of fasting and humiliation: Resolved, That it be recommended to all the United States, as soon as possible to appoint a day of solemn fasting and humiliation; to implore of Almighty God the forgiveness of the many sins prevailing among all ranks, and to beg the countenance and assistance ...
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The Heroics of Margaret Corbin, the First Woman in U.S. History to be Awarded a Military Pension.

The Heroics of Margaret Corbin, the First Woman in U.S. History to be Awarded a Military Pension.

A similar story to that of the famous Molly Pitcher is that of Margaret Cochran Corbin, wife of artilleryman John Corbin. On Nov. 16, 1776, John Corbin, along with 2,800 Continental soldiers, defended Manhattan’s Fort Washington, which was being attacked by 9,000 Hessian mercenary troops. Margaret Corbin was bringing water to swab the cannon, when her husband was killed. She immediately took his place at the ...
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Washington Crossing The East River and the Miracle at the Battle of Long Island

Washington Crossing The East River and the Miracle at the Battle of Long Island

There is not a famous painting of this river crossing on the night of August 29/30, 1776 unlike the crossing of the Delaware before the Battle of Trenton four months later (see The Jersey Campaign) but it was just as important for achieving American independence. In March 1776 the British abandoned Boston, sailing away to Nova Scotia.  There, they were reinforced and developed a plan to ...
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Delegates sign the Declaration of Independence

Delegates sign the Declaration of Independence

Members of Congress affixed their signatures to an enlarged copy of the Declaration of Independence a month after Congress had approved the declaration of independence from Britain. Fifty-six congressional delegates in total signed the document, including some who were not present at the vote approving the declaration. The delegates signed by state from North to South, beginning with Josiah Bartlett of New Hampshire and ending with ...
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GW: “The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier...”

GW: “The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier…”

When the Declaration of Independence was written, a copy was rushed out to Washington, who was fortifying New York City. He had it read to his troops, then ordered chaplains placed in each regiment, stating July 9, 1776: “The General hopes and trusts, that every officer and man, will endeavour so to live, and act, as becomes a Christian Soldier, defending the dearest Rights and Liberties ...
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The Liberty Bell is Rung in Philadelphia and the People Gathered to Hear the Reading of the Declaration of Independence

The Liberty Bell is Rung in Philadelphia and the People Gathered to Hear the Reading of the Declaration of Independence

The Liberty Bell got its name from being rung July 8, 1776, to call the citizens of Philadelphia together to hear the Declaration of Independence read out loud for the first time. The Liberty Bell, weighing over 2,000 pounds, was cast in England in August of 1752. The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered it to commemorate the 50th anniversary of William Penn founding the colony in 1701 and ...
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The Declaration of Independence Approved by Congress as 56 Courageous Signers "Pledge... Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor."

The Declaration of Independence Approved by Congress as 56 Courageous Signers “Pledge… Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor.”

When the First Continental Congress adjourned in October of 1774, the delegates agreed to meet again in Philadelphia on May 5, 1775. Between the First and the Second Continental Congress, many events happened that increased the tensions between the British and the Colonists. The battles of Lexington and Concord, the Colonist defeat in Quebec. The Colonists tried to establish their rights and to fight against the British oppressive taxation ...
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The 2nd United American Republic: 'The United States Continental Congress' was founded by 12 states (New York abstained until July 8th)

The 2nd United American Republic: ‘The United States Continental Congress’ was founded by 12 states (New York abstained until July 8th)

Second United American Republic is founded: The United States Continental Congress (USCC) was formed by 12 colonies with the passage of the Resolution for Independency on July 2nd, 1776 and expired on February 28th, 1781, with the Articles of Confederation’s enactment on March 1st, 1781. There was no constitution and the republic was governed under the acts passed by the Continental Congress with each State having one ...
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General Washington to his Army: "Let us rely upon the goodness of the cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being in whose hands victory is..."

General Washington to his Army: “Let us rely upon the goodness of the cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being in whose hands victory is…”

On July 2, 1776, from his headquarters in New York, General Washington issued his general orders: “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness ...
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"The First U.S. Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

“The First U.S. Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

Best-selling author Brad Meltzer found the story behind his latest book, "The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington," in a footnote. He said he took the surprising information to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph Ellis. "I went to him and I said, 'Did this really happen?' And it really happened. When it happened, George Washington rounded up those responsible. He took one of the ...
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John Adams: "...It is Religion and Morality Alone, Which can Establish the Principles upon which Freedom can Securely Stand."

John Adams: “…It is Religion and Morality Alone, Which can Establish the Principles upon which Freedom can Securely Stand.”

Letter to Zabdiel Adams (21 June 1776) My dear Sir, Philadelphia June 21.1776 Your Favour of the Ninth of this Month was delivered to me,(1) Yesterday by Mr. Whitney, whose Health I hope will be fully restored by the Small Pox for which he was innoculated the day before. Your Letter, Sir, gave me great Pleasure and deserves my most hearty Thanks. I am fully with ...
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George Washington Writes in a Letter to his Brother, "Providence Which Has in Many Instances Appear’d for Us, Will Still Go On to Afford Its Aid"

George Washington Writes in a Letter to his Brother, “Providence Which Has in Many Instances Appear’d for Us, Will Still Go On to Afford Its Aid”

On May 31, 1776, George Washington wrote to his younger brother John Augustine Washington, We expect a very bloody Summer of it at New York. … We are not either in Men, or Arms, prepared for it. … If our cause is just, as I do most religiously believe it to be, the same Providence which has in many instances appear’d for us, will still go ...
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George Washington Orders his Troops to Observe the Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer for the 'Giver of Victory to Prosper Our Arms'

George Washington Orders his Troops to Observe the Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer for the ‘Giver of Victory to Prosper Our Arms’

The rag-tag and green Continental Army would need heaven’s help. In April 1776, they arrived in New York, a city with a large population of Loyalists and surrounded by water that was conducive to a British naval attack. By June the British fleet arrived in the harbor with some four hundred ships. It was at this time, the largest force ever sent forth by one nation ...
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Adam Weishaupt Establishes a Secret Society called the Order of the Illuminati in the Bavarian Town of Ingolstadt

Adam Weishaupt Establishes a Secret Society called the Order of the Illuminati in the Bavarian Town of Ingolstadt

On the night of Wednesday, the first of May 1776, three men gathered at the house of a young law professor, Adam Weishaupt, in the Bavarian town of Ingolstadt and established a secret society called the Order of the Illuminati. Weishaupt was the Professor of Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, part of Germany. It was secret order to undermine the social system, at ...
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General William Livingston Made a Resolution of Congress that May 17th Should be Observed by All Colonies as a Day of Humiliation, Fast, and Prayer

General William Livingston Made a Resolution of Congress that May 17th Should be Observed by All Colonies as a Day of Humiliation, Fast, and Prayer

General William Livingston made a resolution to Congress which passed without dissent: “We earnestly recommend that Friday, the 17th day of May be observed by the colonies as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer, that we may with united hearts confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions … and by a sincere repentance … appease God’s righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation ...
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Battle of Dorchester: General Washington Bold Plan to Take Back Boston is Foiled by Weather, but Maybe God kept His Young Army from a Battle they Could Not Win

Battle of Dorchester: General Washington Bold Plan to Take Back Boston is Foiled by Weather, but Maybe God kept His Young Army from a Battle they Could Not Win

Gen. Washington's bold plan to take back Boston, would have trapped him on Dorchester Heights early in the war without an escape route in which had saved the patriots several times when they found they were outmatched by the well-trained British troops. But, a sudden, unexpected storm had saved Washington and his young army and had given him time to develop military strategies that would make ...
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Thomas Paine's 'Common Sense' is Published

Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ is Published

Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense in January 1776, but it was not published as a pamphlet until February 14, 1776. He wanted people to think about what was really happening. He explained that the people must fight against the unfair and unjust ways of King George III and the British Parliament. He used plain, simple common sense in his writing to show the Colonists that there ...
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Thomas Paine: "But where, says some, is the King of America? I’ll tell you. Friend, he reigns above..."

Thomas Paine: “But where, says some, is the King of America? I’ll tell you. Friend, he reigns above…”

Quote from Thomas Paine's Common Sense: “But where, says some, is the King of America? I’ll tell you. Friend, he reigns above, and doth not make havoc of mankind like the Royal Brute of Britain.” ...
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The Legend of Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenburg: Reverend to General

The Legend of Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenburg: Reverend to General

Toward the end of 1775, Muhlenberg was authorized to raise and command as its colonel the 8th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army. After George Washington personally asked him to accept this task, he agreed. However, his brother Fredrick Augustus Muhlenberg, who was also a minister, did not approve of him going into the army until the British burned down his own church in front of ...
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Benjamin Franklin Article on the Rattlesnake as a Symbol for America

Benjamin Franklin Article on the Rattlesnake as a Symbol for America

The following letter from "An American Guesser" was published in the Pennsylvania Journal on December 27, 1775. Its author has been identified as Benjamin Franklin. Written after fighting had begun between the Colonists and the British, but before the Declaration of Independence, it gives us a glimpse into Franklin's observant mind. ‘Tis curious and amazing to observe how distinct and independent of each other the rattles ...
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King George Establishes 'The American Prohibitory Act', Forbidding the Americans from All Trade and Commerce

King George Establishes ‘The American Prohibitory Act’, Forbidding the Americans from All Trade and Commerce

American Prohibitory Act “It throws thirteen colonies out of the royal protection, levels all distinctions, and makes us independent in spite of our supplications and entreaties... It may be fortunate that the act of independency should come from the British Parliament rather than the American Congress.” —John Adams on the American Prohibitory Act “That as to the king, we had been bound to him by allegiance, ...
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Did the British use Smallpox as a Weapon During the Revolutionary War?

Did the British use Smallpox as a Weapon During the Revolutionary War?

On Dec. 4, 1775, Washington informed Congress that the British were sending civilians infected with smallpox out of the city: “By recent information … General Howe is going to send out a number of the inhabitants. … A sailor says that a number of these coming out have been inoculated with the design of spreading the smallpox through this … camp.” British officer Robert Donkin suggested, ...
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The Olive Branch Petition: A letter from the 2nd Continental Congress to King George to Repeal his Tyrannous Laws

The Olive Branch Petition: A letter from the 2nd Continental Congress to King George to Repeal his Tyrannous Laws

The Olive Branch Petition was issued  (shipped by boat) from the American colonies to King George III in England. It proposed a final peace deal with England and promised loyalty to the British government if it repealed the Coercive Acts and ended its taxation without representation policies. The King completely disregarded the petition. The Olive Branch Petition, drafted on July 5, 1775, was a letter to King George III, ...
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3. John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams 1775: "Liberty once lost is lost forever."

3. John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams 1775: “Liberty once lost is lost forever.”

My Dear I have received your very agreable Favours of June 22d. and 25th. They contain more particulars than any Letters I had before received from any Body. It is not at all surprizing to me that the wanton, cruel, and infamous Conflagration of Charlestown, the Place of your Fathers Nativity, should afflict him. Let him know that I sincerely condole with him, on that melancholly ...
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Thomas Jefferson: "We are Reduced to the Alternative of Choosing an Unconditional Submission to Tyranny, or Resistance by Force. The Latter is our Choice!"

Thomas Jefferson: “We are Reduced to the Alternative of Choosing an Unconditional Submission to Tyranny, or Resistance by Force. The Latter is our Choice!”

The Continental Congress issued A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North-America, Now Met in Congress at Philadelphia, Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms. This was written by Thomas Jefferson and Pennsylvania lawyer John Dickinson. In response to England sending soldiers to "restore order" in the colonies, Jefferson wrote: We are reduced to the alternative of choosing an unconditional submission ...
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General Gage gives Ultimatum to Bostonians: Surrender Your Firearms

General Gage gives Ultimatum to Bostonians: Surrender Your Firearms

General Gage finally gave an ultimatum to the Bostonians that they were to surrender their firearms. Anyone that was found in possession of arms would be deemed guilty of treason. (Source) ...
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Congress Approves General George Washington as the new Commander in Chief

Congress Approves General George Washington as the new Commander in Chief

Congress approved the choice of Washington as the new commander in chief, who then read a letter of acceptance. ‘Mr. President, tho’ I am truly sensible of the high honour done me in this appointment, yet I feel distress from the consciousness that my abilities and Military experience may not be equal to the extensive and important Trust,’ he said. ‘However, as the Congress desires, I ...
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The Continental Congress officially established the Continental Army

The Continental Congress officially established the Continental Army

Interestingly, the United States (U.S.) Army traces its lineage to the American Army of the 1780s, not the Continental Army that fought the American Revolution.[3] The U.S. Army, however, celebrates its birth on the 14th of June each year. This anniversary documents the birth of the Continental Army on June 14, 1775 when the Continental Congress authorized three different states to raise ten rifle companies, six ...
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Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York from the British

Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York from the British

The Green Mountain Boys  invaded Fort Ticonderoga in New York and under the leadership of Ethan Allen captured the fort from the British. They demanded the surrender of the sleeping British soldiers "in the name of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress." With the fort they captured cannons and mortars that were sent to New England where they were used on the heights of Boston Harbor. These ...
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The Start of the Revolutionary War: The Battle of Lexington & Concord begins with the Shot Heard 'Round the World

The Start of the Revolutionary War: The Battle of Lexington & Concord begins with the Shot Heard ‘Round the World

At Lexington Green, MA, the British were met by approximately seventy American Minute Men led by John Parker in a British attempt to confiscate American arms. At the North Bridge in Concord, the British were confronted again, this time by 300-400 armed colonists, and were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. By the end of the day, ...
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Paul Revere's Midnight Ride Warning the Patriots that the British were Coming

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride Warning the Patriots that the British were Coming

Riding through present-day Somerville, Medford, and Arlington, Revere warned patriots along his route, many of whom set out on horseback to deliver warnings of their own. By the end of the night there were probably as many as 40 riders throughout Middlesex County carrying the news of the army's advance. Revere did not shout the phrase later attributed to him ("The British are coming!"): His mission depended on secrecy, the ...
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Four Days Prior to "The Shot Heard Around the World", John Hancock calls for a Day of Fasting and Prayer in Massachusetts

Four Days Prior to “The Shot Heard Around the World”, John Hancock calls for a Day of Fasting and Prayer in Massachusetts

Four days before the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” John Hancock circulates this declaration to the citizens of Massachusetts: “In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements.. “All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in ...
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The First American Abolition Society was Formed in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine, Benjamin Rush, & Ben Franklin were Among its Mostly Quaker Membership

The First American Abolition Society was Formed in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine, Benjamin Rush, & Ben Franklin were Among its Mostly Quaker Membership

The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage was the first American abolition society. It was founded April 14, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and held four meetings. Seventeen of the 24 men who attended initial meetings of the Society were Quakers, that is, members of the Religious Society of Friends. Thomas Paine was also among the Society's founders. It was reorganized in ...
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Patrick Henry Gives his 'Give me Liberty, or Give me Death' Speech

Patrick Henry Gives his ‘Give me Liberty, or Give me Death’ Speech

On March 23, 1775, less than a month before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Patrick Henry addressed the House of Burgesses in Richmond, Virginia. He gave a speech that has been remembered popularly as the “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech. Although Henry’s discourse was not recorded at the time (partially because Henry delivered it extemporaneously), Henry’s biographer, William Wirt, later gathered testimony ...
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