In 1777, the British staged a two-prong attack to split the Colonies in two. This was to separate New England from the rest of the Colonies.

British General John Burgoyne's army marches south from Canada to link up with General William Howe's army. Burgoyne had taken Fort Ticonderoga in July. This dealt a tough defeat to the colonial cause. Howe decided to move his troops from New York to the Chesapeake Bay.

The British defeated Washington's army at Brandywine, Pennsylvania on September 11th. The British entered Philadelphia on September 25th. Howe's move left Burgoyne exposed near Saratoga, New York.

On September 19th,the Colonial Army under the command of General Horatio Gates defeated Burgoyne at Freeman's Farm near Saratoga. On October 7th the British were defeated again at Bemis Heights (the Second Battle of Saratoga). Burgoyne surrendered his forces.

This win for the Continentals allowed France to openly enter the war on the side of the Americans.


the george washington prize: 2018


George Washington: A Life in Books

Based on a comprehensive amount of research at the Library of Congress, the collections at Mount Vernon, and rare book archives scattered across the country, Kevin J. Hayes reconstructs in vivid detail the active intellectual life that has gone largely unnoticed in conventional narratives of Washington.
Throughout, Hayes examines Washington's writing as well as his reading, from The Journal of Major George Washington through his Farewell Address.

 The link about The George Washington Prize: 2018 
Podcast with Kevin J. Hayes - here's the link


drayton hall

Located on the Ashley River, Drayton Hall is the only plantation house to have survived both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The mansion was built by John Drayton (1715 - 1779). The house is believed to have been originally occupied in the early 1750's.

Drayton Hall
Drayton Hall is managed by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. It has been open to the public since 1977. For more information on Drayton Hall, here is the Wikipedia link: Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall is a prime example of Palladian architecture. Information on house tours are found on this website: Visit Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall on the Ashley River


captain molly

The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York is paying tribute to "Captain Molly" today, May 1.

West Point will honor Margaret Corbin who was killed in 1776.

Her grave is unknown. Here's the link to the story: Captain Molly
The search continues for her remains: War Hero Honored

Captain Molly on Wikipedia

She was a nurse and was allowed to go with her husband into battle.
Monument to Molly at West Point