What Happened in 1776

  • Battle Of White Plains

    The Battle of White Plains was a battle in the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought on October 28, 1776, in... Read more

  • Paul Revere is Stationed at Castle Island, Massachusetts

    The island got its name from the fact that every fort located here was always informally known as "The Castle." Quickly appreciated for its... Read more

  • Battle Of Fort Cumberland

    The Battle of Fort Cumberland was an attempt by a small number of militia commanded by Jonathan Eddy to bring the American Revolutionary War to... Read more

  • Battle of Fort Washington

    Before dawn on November 16, the British and Hessian troops moved out. Knyphausen and his troops were ferried across the Harlem River on flatboats... Read more

  • Battle Of Fort Lee

    The Battle of Fort Lee was fought on November 19, 1776 between American and British forces. The British were led by Charles Cornwallis and 'Wilhelm... Read more

  • Phi Beta Kappa Is Founded

    On December 5, 1776, Phi Beta Kappa, America's most prestigious undergraduate honor society, was founded at the College of William and Mary in... Read more

  • Ambush of Geary

    Cornet Francis Geary (1752-1776), son of Admiral Sir Francis Geary, and a party of eight troopers of the 16th (Queen's) Light Dragoons were engaged... Read more

  • Battle of Iron Works Hill

    On December 25, 1776, Washington and a small army of 2,400 men crossed the Delaware River at McKonkey's Ferry, Pennsylvania on their way to attack... Read more

  • Battle of Trenton

    An outpost was set up by the Hessians at a cooper shop on Pennington Road about one mile north-west of Trenton. George Washington himself led the... Read more

  • Washington Crosses the Delaware

    Final preparation for the attack was begun on December 23. On December 24 Washington ordered that each man be provided with three days rations and... Read more