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 battleVictory in Battle

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

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski
Military Leader
Casimir Pulaski
First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 George Washington on authorisation of Congress appoints Casimire Pulaski brigadier general in Continental Army cavalry

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Sep 19 Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga

BattleBattle 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"

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution

Military Leader William Howe
Military Leader
William Howe
  • Sep 30 Continental Congress, flees to York, Pa, as British forces advance

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 7 Heinrich Stölzel, German musician and composer, 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, naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Johann Heinrich Lambert, mathematician, dies at 49