On This Day

What Happened in September 1777

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War

Victory in Battle

Sep 11 Battle of Brandywine, Pennysylvania; Americans lose to the British, Polish soldier Casimir Pulaski saves life of George Washington

  • Sep 15 George Washington, on authorization of Congress, appoints Casimir Pulaski as brigadier general in Continental Army cavalry
  • Sep 19 Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga

Battle of Interest

Sep 20 Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacks Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims the British gave no quarter leads to engagement becoming known as the "Paoli Massacre"

Historic Event

Sep 26 British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution

  • Sep 30 Continental Congress, flees to York, Pennsylvania, as British forces advance

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 7 Heinrich David Stölzel, German horn player who developed the first valve for brass instruments, born in Schneeberg, Saxony (d. 1844)
  • Sep 20 Ramón Cuéllar y Altarriba, Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (d. 1833)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 Johann Ernst Bach, composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 22 John Bartram, American naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Johann Heinrich Lambert, mathematician, dies at 49