### February 18 On February 18, 1777, I arrived in Albany, NY to prepare garrison defenses against an upcoming British offensive. As the first step in my preparations, I decided to take a stroll around the city. To my surprise, I found myself widely recognized in the streets with cheers of “There goes Alexander Hamilton!” and “Little Lion!” I must admit, I had a bit of an ego boost from this - but I was quickly brought back to reality by the sound of cannon fire echoing through the city. It was then I realized the British had already begun their attack! Fortunately, I had taken precautionary measures which allowed us to successfully defend Albany for three days until the British were forced to retreat. This was one of the few victories of the Revolutionary War, and I'm proud to say that I played a part in it.