On This Day

Historical Events in August 1782

Historic Event

Aug 2 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

  • Aug 7 George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
  • Aug 14 Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies

Battle of Interest

Aug 27 Battle of the Combahee River near Beaufort, South Carolina, American abolitionist John Laurens is killed leading the charge