Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Evacuation Day

On November 25, 1783, the British evacuated New York City. After troops under the command of General Henry Knox had secured the city, George Washington entered the city and, with Governor George Clinton, reclaimed Fort Washington, from which Continental forces were driven in August 1776. Washington spent the rest of the war plotting to retake the city, but never accomplished it. Evacuation Day was celebrated for many years, but President Lincoln's establishment of the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving displaced Evacuation Day, which declined in popularity over the years.