Eutaw Springs, Battle of September 8, 1781, an engagement in the Carolina campaign of the American Revolution. It was fought near the Santee River in South Carolina. About 2,000 Americans commanded by General Nathanael Greene attacked a British force of about the same size. The British won the first phase of the battle but could not hold their positions. The next day they retreated toward Charleston. About one-fourth of the Americans were killed or wounded; the British casualties were slightly higher.
President Jefferson sent a couple of his representatives over to France to buy the city of New Orleans. What he got was the Louisiana Purchase, a patch of land that nearly doubled the size of the young nation.
Henry, Patrick (1736-1799), a United States orator and statesman. He was one of the first American patriots to speak out against taxation by Britain.