Welcome to Factual Friday! My sincerest apologies for missing the last two weeks. First, the administrative stuff: there won’t be a Factual Friday post July 26th and there will be two Fridays in August that won’t have a post either. This is due to my crazy work schedule.
Since yesterday was the 237th anniversary of the American colonies declaring their independence from Great Britain, I thought I would focus on key July anniversaries of the Revolutionary War.
July 4, 1776: Colonies declare their independence from Great Britain (the last signature on the document wasn’t until August 2nd).
July 5, 1777: St. Clair surrenders at Fort Ticonderoga. This siege lasted just 4 days. The British had 7,000 troops and 800 Native Americans and Canadians to the U.S. strength of 3,000. Total killed for both was 12 and 11 wounded. (Pictured below is Fort Ticonderoga today)
July 4, 1778: George Rogers Clark captures Kaskaskia, a French village in what is now Illinois.
July 8, 1779: British burn Fairfield, Connecticut and on July 11th, they burn Norwalk, Connecticut.
We all know how this turned out: Treaty of Paris brokering peace was signed in September 1783 and the U.S. Constitution was finally ratified in September 1787. The rest, they say, is history.
What are some of your favorite Revolutionary War battles to study?