What were the Cherokee-American Wars (1763-1794)?

Introduction The Cherokee-American wars, also known as the Chickamauga Wars, were a series of raids, campaigns, ambushes, minor skirmishes, and several full-scale frontier battles in the Old Southwest from 1776 to 1794 between the Cherokee and American settlers on the frontier (not to be confused with the Anglo-Cherokee War, 1758-1761). Most of the events took… Read More

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What was the Aroostook War (1838-1839)?

Introduction The Aroostook War (sometimes called the Pork and Beans War), or the Madawaska War, was a military and civilian-involved confrontation in 1838-1839 between the United States and the United Kingdom over the international boundary between the British colony of New Brunswick and the US state of Maine. The term “war” was rhetorical; local militia… Read More

What is Evacuation Day (Massachusetts)?

Introduction Evacuation Day is a holiday observed on 17 March in Suffolk County, Massachusetts (which includes the cities of Boston, Chelsea, and Revere, and the town of Winthrop) and also by the public schools in Somerville, Massachusetts. The holiday commemorates the evacuation of British forces from the city of Boston following the siege of Boston,… Read More

What was Shay’s Rebellion (1786-1787)?

Introduction Shays’ Rebellion was an armed uprising in Western Massachusetts and Worcester in response to a debt crisis among the citizenry and in opposition to the state government’s increased efforts to collect taxes both on individuals and their trades. The fight took place mostly in and around Springfield during 1786 and 1787. American Revolutionary War… Read More

What was the Invasion of Jersey (1779)?

Introduction The Invasion of Jersey was a failed French attack on British-held Jersey in 1779, during the American Revolutionary War. Refer to Battle of Jersey (1781). Battle A letter from Major Moses Corbet, Lieutenant Governor of Jersey, reported that on 01 May 1779, a French force attempted a landing at St Ouen’s Bay. Early that… Read More

What was the Battle of Jersey (1781)?

Introduction The Battle of Jersey took place on 06 January 1781 when French forces during the American Revolutionary War unsuccessfully invaded the British-ruled island of Jersey to remove the threat it posed to French and American shipping. Jersey provided a base for British privateers, and France was engaged in the war as an ally of… Read More

What was the Pompton Mutiny (1781)?

Introduction The Pompton Mutiny, also referred to as the Federal Hill Rebellion, was a revolt of Continental Army troops at Pompton Camp in what was then Pompton Township, New Jersey, present-day Bloomingdale, New Jersey, that occurred on 20 January 1781, beneath the command of Colonel Israel Shreve. Refer to Pennsylvania Line Mutiny (1781). Brief History… Read More