On this date: March 23, 1775 Sir Patrick Henry spoke those much heralded words of freedom: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" One month later, April 19, 1775, the Battle of Lexington and Concord began with "the shot heard round the world". The Revolutionary War (1775 -1783) had begun.
After the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Patrick Henry was appointed governor of Virginia by the Continental Congress. Yet, he is most remembered for his stirring oration on this date 238 years ago.