September 11

The Staten Island peace conference is held. Because of the slowness of transportation and communication in that era, an effort to arrange a peace conference was not made until late summer. General John Sullivan, who had been captured in the Battle of Long Island on August 27, was released by the British and sent to the Continental Congress to convey a proposal for a conference. Congress responded affirmatively by sending Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Edmund Rutledge to the British headquarters at Staten Island. The tone of the talks was civil, but they were doomed from the start. The Howe brothers were under instructions to insist upon a retraction of the Declaration of Independence before true negotiations could commence. The Americans were unwilling to consider that demand. The British, confident of the military superiority, felt no need to compromise.

1777 The Battle of Brandywine Creek. British General Howe had hopes to capture the City of Philadelphia. This was the first important encounter of the campaign. While the American’s lost this battle, General George Washington was able to keep his troops on the field.

1786 The Annapolis Convention begins. The formal title of the meeting was a ‘Meeting of Commissioners to Remedy Defects of the Federal Government’. The defects were those barriers that limited trade or commerce between the largely independent states under the Articles of Confederation. Only five of the states (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia) had delegates at this convention. Since there were not a sufficient number of states represented, those there felt they couldn’t make an agreement and asked the Continental Congress to support a broader meeting in May of 1787 in Philadelphia. The May Convention would produce the constitution.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period goto: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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