October 17

Event:
1777 British General Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga. The British had planned to separate New England from the rest of the colonies by capturing the Hudson River valley. This ended the plan and was a turning point in the War for Independence.

1779 The American Army under the leadership of General George Washington opens their winter camp at Morristown, New Jersey. The winter of 1778 is one of the worst ever and Washington’s troops spend another winter with few supplies. Morale is low and there are desertions as well as attempts at mutiny.

1781 As Yorktown is about to be taken, the British send out a flag of truce. Washington and Cornwallis begin to determine the terms of surrender.

Celebrated Birth:
Jacob Broom (b. 1752 – April 25, 1810) Delaware member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the Constitution.

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October 14

Event:
1773
East India Company tea ships’ cargo is burned at Annapolis, Maryland.

1774 Congress approves Declaration of Rights and Grievances.

1780 George Washington names Nathanael Greene commander of the Southern Army. Greene takes command on December 2, 1780 at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Celebrated Birth:
Francis Lightfoot Lee (b. 1734 – January 11, 1797) Virginian, member of Virginia House of Burgesses, member of Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence.

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October 10

Event:
1774
The Battle of Point Pleasant. In Western Virginia the Shawnee are defeated and forced northward to the villages across the Ohio River.

1775 General William Howe becomes Commander-in-chief of the British Army in North America replacing Thomas Gage.

1780 A powerful hurricane approaches the Lesser Antilles and slowly passes through the islands. It possibly approached the Florida coastline on the 19th. The hurricane moved out to sea, after leaving 22,000 dead. It’s one of the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes in history. Eight British warships were sunk, and the island of Barbados was completely flattened.

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September 28

Event:

1779 Samuel Huntington of Connecticut becomes the seventh President of the Continental Congress. He replaced John Jay, who left to become Ambassador to Spain. He is President when the Articles of Confederations takes effect becoming the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled. He serves until July 9, 1781 when ill health forces him to resign.

1781 The combined American/French army of nearly 17,000 men begin the siege of Yorktown. French cannons bombard Cornwallis and his 9000 men day and night while the Allied lines slowly advance and encircle them.

1785 Sixteen year old Napoleon Bonaparte graduates from the military academy in Paris. Out of the class of 51 he is 42nd.

1787 The United States Constitution as created at the Philadelphia (Constitutional) Conference is voted by the Continental Congress to be submitted to the thirteen United States for ratification.

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September 5

Event:
1774
The First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia. The idea of a meeting of the colonies was first proposed a year before, but it wasn’t until the passing of the Intolerable Acts that it gain support. Twelve of the colonies sent delegates. Georgia decided not to attend because they were in need of British troops due to Creek invasions on their borders. It sought to right the wrongs that had been inflicted on the colonies and hoped that a unified voice would gain them a hearing in London. Peyton Randolph is named President of Congress.

1781 British fleet under Thomas Graves arrives to fight Comte de Grasse, who was guarding the Chesapeake Bay and any possible escape from Virginia by General Cornwallis. The British fleet is not successful.

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June 28

Event:
1776
The committee of five, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman, presents the Declaration of Independence to Congress.

1776 The battle Sullivan’s Island, North Carolina. The British opened a 10-hour bombardment on the Island. Henry Clinton had been led to believe that his army could storm Fort Sullivan by crossing the shallows between the two islands at low tide. When the favorable tide came, it was discovered that the waters were more than six feet deep. No land assault took place. Despite General Charles Lee’s warnings about the structure of the fortifications not being up to the challenge. The palmetto logs of the Fort possessed an elastic quality that was highly effective in warding off cannon fire. American militiamen were able to pour heavy fire into the British ships and inflict heavy damage. At the end of the long day’s fighting, the British fleet had failed to move into Charleston Harbor, which gave the Patriots a stunning victory at the cost of 10 killed and several dozen wounded.

1780 The Battle of Monmouth. The main American Continental Army under George Washington attacks the rear of the British Army’s column led by Sir Henry Clinton as they left Monmouth Court House. The battle is the last major engagement of the northern theatre. The American and British troops each had over 13,000 men and it’s the largest one-day battle of the war when measured in terms of participants. The legend of ‘Molly Pitcher’ a housewife who took the place of her fallen husband came from this battle.

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June 10

Event:
1777
Congress produces a detailed order of regulations dealing with supply issues to the army. These regulations regarded all aspects, including the how, what and whys of record keeping, governmental markings on animals and other details.

1779 Naval ships from Massachusetts while attacking the Loyalist bulwark of Castine, Maine is destroyed by the British Navy.

1781 Americans troops under Marquis de Lafayette, General Anthony Wayne and Baron von Steuben begin to form a combined force in Virginia to oppose British forces under Benedict Arnold and General Cornwallis.

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May 7

Event:
1763
Ottawa Indian Chief Pontiac begins his rebellion against British forts and settlements in resistance against additional colonization in the North America Great Lakes region.

1780 General Horatio Gates is named commander of the Southern Army by the Continental Congress.

1784 Congress authorized its Ministers in Paris, to conclude treaties of amity and commerce with Russia, Austria, Prussia, Denmark, Saxony, Hamburg, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Genoa, Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Venice, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Porte as well as the Barbary States of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli.

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May 6

Event:
1780
The British capture the unnamed and incomplete Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. The fort was named for the commander in the battle, William Moultrie. Legend has it that the soft palmetto logs of the fort did not crack, but absorbed the shots.

Celebrated Birth:
Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre (1758 – 28 July 1794) leader of the French Revolution.

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April 20

Event:
1769
Chief Pontiac, the Indian Chief who led an uprising against the British after the end of the French Indian War, is murdered by a Peoria Indian.

1775 The British forces begin the siege of Boston.

1781 The city of Williamsburg, Virginia is taken by British forces led by Benedict Arnold. He raises the British flag over the Capitol and announces the rules of occupation.

Celebrated Birth:
Cornelius Harnett (b. 1723 – April 28, 1781) an American merchant, farmer, and statesman from Wilmington, North Carolina, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779.

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