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America 250! 

Background

As explained on the NSDAR website, "The National Society has established the America 250! Special Committee to plan DAR’s involvement and maximize its visibility during our nation’s upcoming 250th birthday. Much like the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, this observance provides an exceptional opportunity for community involvement, positive public relations and – most important – membership growth throughout DAR." You can learn more about Phase I and II plans for 2026 on the Members' Only Section of the website here

 

March Revolutionary War Flashbacks

June 2, 1774: Quartering Act of 1774, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

June 6, 1781: Americans recapture Augusta, GA

June 6 Birthday-American patriot Nathan Hale (1755-1776) was born in Coventry, Connecticut. During the American Revolution, he volunteered for a dangerous spy mission in Long Island and was captured by the British on the night of September 21, 1776. Brought before British General William Howe, Hale admitted he was an American officer. Howe ordered him to be hanged the following morning. As Hale mounted the gallows he uttered, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

June 8, 1776: Revolutionaries fail to take Three Rivers, Quebec

June 12, 1776: The Virginia Declaration of Rights

June 14, 1775: The first U.S. Military service, the Continental Army

consisting of six companies of riflemen, was established by the Second Continental Congress. The next day, George Washington was appointed by a unanimous vote to command the army

June 14, 1777: John Adams introduced a resolution before Congress mandating a United States flag, stating, "...that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." This anniversary is celebrated each year in the U.S. as Flag Day.

June 15: George Washington named Commander-in-Chief

June 17, 1775: The first major fight between British and American troops occurs at Boston in the Battle of Bunker Hill. American troops are dug in along the high ground and are attacked by a frontal assault of over 2000 British soldiers who storm up the hill. The Americans are ordered not to fire until they can see "the whites of their eyes." As the British get within15 paces, the Americans let loose a deadly volley of musket fire and halt the British advance. The Americans run out of ammunition and are left only with bayonets and stones to defend themselves. The British succeed in taking the hill, but at a loss of half their force, over a thousand casualties, with the Americans losing about 400,includingimportant colonial leader, General Joseph Warren.

June 18, 1778: British abandon Philadelphia and return to New York

1781: British hold off Americans at Ninety Six, SC

June 19, 1778: Washington's army leaves Valley Forge

June 20. 1779: Stono River, SC, Major General Lincoln inflicts extensive British casualties in indecisive battle

1780: Patriots rout Tories at Ramseur's Mill, NC

1782: The U.S. Congress officially adopted the Great Seal of the United States of America

June 21. 1779: Spain declares war on Great Britain

June 22, 1774: Quebec Act, one of the "Intolerable Acts"

June 28, 1776: American forces decisively defeat the British Navy at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina

1778:The Battle of Monmouth Court House ends in a draw

June 29, 1776: The First Virginia Constitution

 

Patriot Stories

William Tong

 

Patriot Spotlight

Interested in sharing your patriot's story and having it shared below or on our social media page? Download the template here and send it to Lenna Wilson, America 250! Vice Chair, l.wilson868@gmail.com

 

Ezekiel Stone, Patriot of Dorothy Biard, Eleanor Wilson