Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Olive Branch Petition

Written on October 17, 2017 at 11:32 am, by

The Olive Branch Petition was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 5, 1775 in a final attempt to avoid a full-on war between Britain and the thirteen colonies represented in that Congress. The Congress had already authorized the invasion of Canada more than a week earlier, but the petition affirmed American loyalty to […]

The Residence Act

Written on October 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm, by

The permanent location of the U.S. capital at Washington, D.C. resulted from the Residence Act, approved on July 16, 1790. The official title was “An Act for Establishing the Temporary and Permanent Seat of Government of the United States.” The Residence Act provided for establishing a district or territory, not to exceed ten miles square, […]

Thomas Hart Benton

Written on October 3, 2017 at 9:17 am, by

Thomas Hart Benton was born in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on March 14, 1782. He was the son of Jesse Benton and Ann Gooch Benton. When Thomas was eight years old, his father, a respected attorney, died of tuberculosis. At the age of 16, Benton was admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]

Battle of Yorktown

Written on September 26, 2017 at 11:48 am, by

The Battle of Yorktown, Virginia has been called the most important battle of the Revolutionary War.  The decisive battle began on September 28, 1781. On that day, General George Washington, commanding a force of 17,000 Continental and French troops, surrounded the forces of British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and began a siege that lasted three […]

History was Made in Taverns

Written on September 19, 2017 at 12:53 pm, by

“Man Full of Trouble” Tavern stands in the heart of historic Philadelphia – it is the only surviving tavern building from pre-Revolutionary Philadelphia. However, as of 1996, it was closed to the public. Taverns were important in  the formative years of Philadelphia. When William Penn arrived in Philadelphia there was only one tavern, “The Blue […]

Constitution Day

Written on September 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm, by

Constitution Day, September 17, is a very important date in American history. Constitution Day commemorates the completion and signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. The Founding Fathers drew upon past experience to set up a limited form of government under the new […]

Battle of Thomas Creek

Written on September 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm, by

Another battle during the Revolutionary War was the Battle of Thomas Creek, or the Thomas Creek Massacre (May 17, 1777). It was an ambush of a small force of Georgia militia cavalry by a mixed force of British Army, Loyalist Militia, and Indians near the mouth of Thomas Creek near northern east Florida. It was […]

Olive Branch Petition

Written on August 29, 2017 at 2:12 pm, by

When the colonial militia fought with the British at Lexington and Concord in April 1775, the British Parliament, not King George III, was blamed for the restrictive policies against the colonies. The Olive Branch Petition was an effort in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress to reconcile the continuing differences between the American colonies and […]

Battle of Brier Creek

Written on August 22, 2017 at 11:18 am, by

The Battle of Brier Creek was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on March 3, 1779 near the confluence of Brier Creek with the Savannah River in eastern Georgia. A Patriot force consisting principally of militia from North Carolina and Georgia was surprised, suffering significant casualties. The battle occurred only a few weeks after a […]

Jay’s Treaty

Written on August 15, 2017 at 11:25 am, by

Jay’s Treaty with Great Britain was signed by President George Washington on August 18, 1795, four days after being approved by a two-thirds majority in Congress. The treaty, written and negotiated by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, was an attempt to diffuse the tensions between England and the United States that had arisen since […]