1777 - The British marched toward Whitemarsh, PA, for a planned surprise attack on General George Washington. The Patriots had received information about the plan and were waiting for General Howe. After three days of fighting Howe returned his troops to Philadelphia.
1777 - News of the Continental Army's victory over the British at Saratoga reached France. France officially recognized the United States as an independent nation on December 17.
1780 - Colonel William Washington tricked Loyalist Colonel Rowland Rugeley and his followers to surrender with a fake cannon near Camden, SC.