“Give me liberty or give me death!” March 23rd, 1775
The Virginia Convention is meeting in Richmond to consider raising its own militia. Many convention delegates have urged patience. However, the matter is settled when Patrick Henry speaks eloquently about the many steps that have led to this point, then concludes, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” The convention passes a resolution declaring the independence of the United Colonies from England. Henry himself is charged with building a militia.