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

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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

What was the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny (1781)?

Introduction The Pennsylvania Line Mutiny was a mutiny of Continental Army soldiers, who demanded higher pay and better housing conditions, and was the cause of the legend and stories surrounding the American heroine Tempe Wick. The mutiny began on 01 January 1781, and ended with a negotiated settlement on 08 January 1781. The negotiated terms… Read More

United States Marine Corps Birthday

Introduction The United States Marine Corps Birthday is celebrated every year on 10 November with a traditional ball and cake-cutting ceremony. On that day in 1775, the Continental Marines were established. Historical Birthday The official birthday of the United States Marine Corps is on 10 November 1775. That was the day when the Second Continental… Read More

Who was Casimir Pulaski?

Introduction Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski of Ślepowron (Casimir Pulaski; 04 or 06 March 1745 to 11 October 1779) was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called, together with his counterpart Michael Kovats de Fabriczy, “the father of the American cavalry.” Born in Warsaw and following in his father’s footsteps, he… Read More