Behind the HiSTORY with Karen Q
September 25, 1780 – Benedict Arnold escapes! After meeting with John Andre, Arnold returns to West Point. On the morning of the 25th, he and Mrs. Arnold (Peggy Shippen) have breakfast with two of General Washington’s aides while waiting for Washington, Lafayette, Hamilton and Knox to arrive. In the midst of their meal, Arnold receives.. read more →
September 24, 1780 – Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge and Maj. John Andre. Late the previous night, Tallmadge arrived at the North Castle, NY headquarters of Lt. Col. John Jameson and learned he had a curious prisoner: John Anderson. Anderson carried papers from Gen. Benedict Arnold. Tallmadge recalled that Arnold sent him a note telling him if.. read more →
September 23, 1780, British Major John Andre captured! Andre met with Major General Benedict Arnold near Haverstraw, NY, on September 21. In exchange for a hefty payment and a command in the British military, Arnold agreed to give up the fort at West Point to a British assault. Arnold gave over papers and plans of.. read more →
September 22, 1776 – 21-year-old Nathan Hale is hanged as a spy by Gen. William Howe. Hale was a graduate of Yale and a Captain in Thomas Knowlton’s Rangers (Connecticut). His commander, William Hull, worried that he would be an awful spy. He was too tall, too easy to recognize, had a cousin who was.. read more →
September 21 – New York Fire of 1776! General Washington, knowing he cannot hold the island, retreats North out of the city. British forces pour in and take possession of it. As the changeover happens a fire burns more than 25% of the city, destroying the original Trinity Church as it burns up Broadway. The.. read more →
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