September 3, 1777
The Battle of Cooch's Bridge in Newark, was the only battle of the American Revolutionary War fought on Delaware soil, and though the day was lost to the British it was the first time that the Stars and Stripes was flown in battle.
September 3, 1838
Tuckahoe, Maryland native Frederick Douglass escaped from his slave owners leaving Baltimore for New York.
September 9, 1944
The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" caused 63 million dollars damage and killed 22 people along the Chesapeake Bay.
September 10, 1889
Hurricane force winds caused heavy property damage from the Eastern Shore of Virginia north to coastal Delaware with some ships being sunk. The wharves at Onancock, Virginia, were completely submerged during high tides.
September 10, 1888
The British schooner Elk was ran aground and was stranded on Parramore Beach, Virginia. Despite the heavy storm all hands were rescued.
September 12, 1777
British win the Battle of the Brandywine, capture federation President John McKinly, and occupy Wilmington until mid October.
September 15, 1903
A deadly hurricane pounded Delmarva shorelines. On the schooner Hattie A. Marsh five perished when it broke up along the Delaware capes. On the Wicomico River, in Salisbury, Maryland several schooners broke from their moorings, smashing them downstream. And several miles north of Chincoteague, Virginia, the fishing schooner Beatrice was lost taking with it a crew of 30 hands.
September 19, 1936
A hurricane hit Ocean City, Maryland destroying much of the oceanfront boardwalk and fishing pier.
September 19, 1676
During Bacon's rebellion, a conflict over support for landowners against native peoples and the Dutch, Jamestown was burned and Governor William Berkeley was forced to flee to Virginia's Eastern Shore. Rebels attacking him there were defeated enabling his return to power.
September 22, 1785
During a tropical gale, the brig Nancy, coming from Madiera with a cargo of wine, was broken up on the Virginia Capes killing all but two aboard.
September 28, 1806
The schooner Charming Mary sank north of Chincoteague, Virginia, during a hurricane.
September 30, 1924
The Cape Henlopen lighthouse was illuminated for the last time.