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

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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

What was the Siege of Savannah (1779)?

Introduction The siege of Savannah or the Second Battle of Savannah was an encounter of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783) in 1779. The year before, the city of Savannah, Georgia, had been captured by a British expeditionary corps under Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell. The siege itself consisted of a joint Franco-American attempt to retake Savannah,… Read More

What is General Pulaski Memorial Day?

Introduction General Pulaski Memorial Day is a United States public holiday in honour of General Kazimierz Pułaski (spelled Casimir Pulaski in English), a Polish hero of the American Revolution. This holiday is held every year on 11 October by Presidential Proclamation, to commemorate his death from wounds suffered at the siege of Savannah on 09… Read More

Who was Sarah Tarrant?

Introduction Sarah Tarrant (1743 to 1828) was a nurse. She is remembered for her bravery in challenging the British soldiers who occupied Salem during military actions prior to the American Revolutionary War. On Sunday 26 February 1775, a battalion of British infantry, under Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Leslie, was sent to Salem to look for colonial… Read More