July 4th In History

picture of American FlagJuly 4, 1776 – At the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, the Declaration of Independence was passed on this date. 

July 4, 1826 – Former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on this date. Adam’s last words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” He did not know that Jefferson, too, was on his death bed.

July 4, 1863- The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1 through July 3, and R0bert E. Lee withdrew his defeated Confederate Army on July 4 from the battlefield. 

July 4, 1863 – The Confederate Army at Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenderd to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. The entire army stacked its arms, and was furloughed, sending the Confederate soldiers home. Grant later lamented that furloughing the southern soldiers was a mistake because many of them appeared later, guns in hand, to fight him in other battles.

July 4, 1911 – 105 degrees F (41 degrees C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)and 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record). So, what makes you think that we are the only ones living through a hot summer?

Lots of things happened on this date, July 4. It was obviously a bad day for the old Confederacy, with July 4th being considered the turning point in the Civil War. Check this link for more happenings on July 4th.

Happy Fourth of July Holiday, everybody!

2 thoughts on “July 4th In History”

  1. It’s so bizarre that Adams and Jefferson both died on exactly the same day, same year, etc. What are the chances? Like the bizarre situation that led an Indian named Squanto would have learned enough English IN ENGLAND to have helped our settlers learn how to cope in their new terrain! I love ‘coincidences’ about the founding of our country…..seems like more than coincidence to me, but…
    Just the fact that so MANY things happened on the 4th is weird, isn’t it!?
    Great post, Bob…Happy Day!

  2. I don’t know if all those things were coincidences or not. Two major battles ending in Union victories, basically on the same day, and two presidents dying on the same day. it is a stretch to call it all just, coincidences.

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