American Revolution Podcast

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A chronological history of the Revolutionary War era.

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ARP209 Arnold and the Radicals
29:02

Pennsylvania's new President Joseph Reed targets the military governor in Philadelphia, Benedict Arnold, for corruption and for siding with the city's Tories.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Benedict Arnold in Philadelphia, by Ray Thompson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Betsy Dublois: The Girl Who Got Away from Benedict Arnold: https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/betsy-deblois-girl-got-away-benedict-arnold

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Jul 18, 2021
ARP208 Fort Morris & Augusta
29:57

With Savannah already secured by the end of 1778, the British under General Augustine Prévost capture Fort Morris just south of Savannah.  They then move inland to occupy Augusta, while keeping the Continental Army under General Benjamin Lincoln across the border in South Carolina.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Savannah, 1779 The British Turn South, by Scott Martin and Bernard Harris, 2017.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The History of Georgia, Vol. 2, by Charles C. Jones ,1883: https://archive.org/details/historyofgeorgia02jone_0

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Jul 11, 2021
AR-SP11 Independence Day Live
01:42:12

I discuss the events leading up to independence, how the colonies made that dangerous leap to fight for independence.

I also speak with Jason Mandresh of "Founder of the Day" founderoftheday.com or  https://www.youtube.com/founderoftheday  and Lee Wright from History Camp historycamp.org or thehistorylist.com.

Also mentioned, interesting Revolutionary War-themed tours

  • Culper Tri-Spy Tours http://www.culper.com
  • Kyle Jenks - Join Kyle and Dana as James and Dolley Madison for this leisurely stroll around their Society Hill neighborhood. The couple will share their experiences during the 1790’s when the country was still finding its footing while simultaneously expressing a lively social scene. The tour will pass by homes of prominent Philadelphians who were known to the Madisons as well as their own Spruce Street home. (Not open to the public.) Tour length: Approximately 120 minutes. We will gather at City Tavern at the corner of 2nd and Walnut Street, stroll the neighborhood and circle back to end at City Tavern.  For pricing, scheduling and other questions e-mail: Kyle Jenks at Jaktar773@aol.com
  • Fort Stanwix https://www.nps.gov/fost/index.htm
  • Fort Plain Conference American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference Aug. 6-8, 2021 https://fortplainmuseum.org/conference
  • Boston 1775 blog with J.L. Bell http://boston1775.blogspot.com
  • Patriot Tours NYC
History Camp America on July 10, including . . . Note: Registration closes at midnight (Eastern) July 8

 

Jul 04, 2021
ARP207 British Opposition & French Distraction
33:45

The North Ministry faces increase opposition in 1779 as more members of Parliament favor American independence.  Meanwhile, France must put a stop to the War of Bavarian Succession so that in could focus on the war with Britain.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760-1785, by Don Cook (or borrow for free on archive.org).

Joseph II and Bavaria : Two Eighteenth Century Attempts at German Unification, by Paul P Bernard (or borrow for free on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoirs of the Marquis of Rockingham and his Contemporaries. by George Keppel, Earl of Albemarle, Vol. 1  & Vol. 2 

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Jun 27, 2021
AR-SP10 Lindsay Chervinsky - The Cabinet
01:05:29

Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky, author of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, discusses the first Administration and how President Washington came to use his Cabinet.

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Jun 24, 2021
ARP206 George Washington in Philadelphia
30:56

The Commander of the Continental Army leaves for Philadelphia in December 1778 to confer with Congress.  His plans to stay for only a few days drags into well over a month as events keep him occupied in the city.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington, the Indispensable Man, by James Flexner

Online Recommendation of the Week: Itinerary of George Washington, from June 15, 1775, to December 23, 1783 https://archive.org/details/itineraryofgener01bake

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Jun 20, 2021
ARP205 Congress Enters 1779
33:44

A frustrated President Henry Laurens resigns.  Congress elects John Jay to run Congress.  It also investigates General William Thompson for allegedly bad mouthing Congress. The session is also filled with efforts to deal with the growing debt and related inflation of the Continental Dollar.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John Jay: Founding Father, by Walter Stahr.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Resignation of Henry Laurens: https://archive.org/details/jstor-20083317

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Jun 13, 2021
ARP204 British Capture Savannah
31:32

Britain sends a force under Colonel Archibald Campbell to take Savannah, Georgia.  A small defensive force under General Robert Howe attempts a defense but is easily out maneuvered.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Southern Strategy: Britain’s Conquest of South Carolina and Georgia 1775-1780, By David K Wilson

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sir Archibald Campbell of Inverneill; sometime prisoner of war in the jail at Concord, Massachusetts, By Charles Walcott, 1899: https://archive.org/details/sirarchibaldcamp00walc

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Jun 06, 2021
ARP203 St Lucia and Dominica
30:37

Late in 1778, Both France and Britain look for vulnerable islands in the West Indies. France captures the British Island of Dominica   Britain captures St. Lucia before a the French fleet arrives from America.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The American Revolution and the West Indies, by Charles W. Toth (ed) (or borrow the book for free on Archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Founder of the day: founderoftheday.com, also FOTD Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ3Gi2ZE_1piyX4aZ83cLbg

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May 30, 2021
ARP202 Cherry Valley Massacre
30:26

In the fall of 1778, Americans attack Indian villages at Unadilla and Onaquaga in upstate New York.  In response, Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant and Major Walter Butler of Butler's Rangers attack the Americans at Cherry Valley, NY.  They slaughter men, women, and children.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Iroquois in the American Revolution, by Barbara Graymont (or borrow the book for free on Archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Old New York Frontier, by Francis Whiting Halsey https://archive.org/details/oldnewyorkfronti01hals

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May 23, 2021
ARP201 Treason in Philadelphia
32:09

General Benedict Arnold struggles as military governor of Philadelphia.  Radicals attack him for profiting from his office and for consorting with loyalists.  Radicals execute collaborators while Arnold attempts to bring the city back together.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Tom Paine and Revolutionary America, by Eric Foner.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Edward Shippen Family: A Search for Stability in Revolutionary Pennsylvania, by Kenneth Kimsey: https://repository.arizona.edu/bitstream/handle/10150/565282/AZU_TD_BOX104_E9791_1973_325.pdf  or borrow the eBook: https://archive.org/details/edwardshippenfam00kims

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May 16, 2021
AR-SP09 Valcour, with Jack Kelly
46:42

Jack Kelly, author of Valcour: The 1776 Campaign that Saved the Cause of Liberty, discusses the topic of his new book.

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May 13, 2021
ARP200 Culper Spy Ring
29:10

General Washington develops a spy ring in British-occupied New York to provide the Continental Army with intelligence on the enemy.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, by Alex Rose

Online Recommendation of the Week: Based on a True Story Podcast, Ep. 139 How does the show Turn! compare with actual events? https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/139-turn-washingtons-spies-with-michael-troy

 

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May 09, 2021
ARP199 Little Egg Harbor & Pulaski's Legion
32:05

As Admiral Richard Howe prepares to return to London, General Henry Clinton deploys a small fleet under Captain Patrick Ferguson to wipe out a "nest of pirates" at Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey.

General Casimir Pulaski, who has assembled his legion, marches to Little Egg Harbor to defend against the raid.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Casimir Pulaski: Cavalry Commander of the American Revolution, by Francis C. Kajencki.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Biographical sketch: or, Memoir of Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Ferguson, by Adam Ferguson: https://archive.org/details/biographicalsket00ferg

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May 02, 2021
ARP198 Raid on Old Tappan
29:21

1778: The British Army in New York City launches raids against the Continentals and into New Jersey before much of the army must leave for other parts of the British Empire.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Grand Forage 1778, The Battleground Around New York City, by Todd Braisted.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Muh-he-ka-ne-ok, a History of the Stockbridge Nation, by J.N. Davidson. https://archive.org/details/muhhekaneokhisto00davi

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Apr 25, 2021
ARP197 Cobleskill & German Flatts
30:44

British Canada gets a new military commander.  Native warriors and loyalist militia step up their raids into northern New York in an attempt to reclaim the area for the King.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Joseph Brant, 1743-1807, Man of Two Worlds, by Isabel Thompson Kelsay.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Story of Butler's Rangers and the Settlement of Niagara, by Earnest A. Cruikshank: https://archive.org/details/StoryOfButlersRangersAndTheSettlementOfNiagra

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Apr 18, 2021
ARP196 Rhode Island Campaign
30:15

The Continental Army, backed by New England militia, attempts to capture the British garrison at Newport.  The French Navy agrees to secure the waters around the island and contribute to the assault.

After a storm damages the French fleet and a British relief fleet is sighted, the French sail for Boston.  The Americans must retreat from the island before they are surrounded.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War, by Christian McBurney

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of North America Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mark-vinet

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Apr 11, 2021
ARP195 Courts Martial of Lee St Clair and Schuyler
29:45

In the late summer and fall of 1778, the Continental army holds inquiries into the leadership abilities of three of its top major generals: Charles Lee, Arthur St. Clair, and Phillip Schuyler.  A fourth General, Thomas Mifflin, resigns.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: George Washington's Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court-Martial of Major General Charles Lee during the Revolutionary War, by Christian McBurney.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Life of General Philip Schuyler, 1733-1804: https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneralphi00tuckiala

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Apr 04, 2021
ARP194 Battle of Ushant
31:01

British Admiral Augustus Keppel and French Admiral Louis Guillouet, the comte d'Orvilliers lead fleets into the Atlantic.  Each hope to destroy the other's fleet.

After a relatively inconclusive battle at sea both battered fleets return to port.  Disputes between top officers end careers on both sides.  British Admirals Keppel and Palliser create a rift that divides naval officers and political leaders for a generation.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Syrett, David The Royal Navy in European Waters During the American Revolutionary War, Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1998

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Trial of the Honourable Augustus Keppel, Admiral of the Blue Squadron: At a Court Martial, https://archive.org/details/trialhonourable00blangoog

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Mar 28, 2021
ARP193 Silas Deane Hearings
30:19

After receiving a vague letter from Congress recalling him in spring 1778, Silas Deane returned to Philadelphia. He sailed aboard the French fleet and having successfully finalized the Treaties of Amity and Commerce. 

Upon his arrival, the Continental Congress kept him waiting for months while circulating rumors about accusations against him.  After months of waiting and not being allowed to leave Philadelphia, Deane published an angry article in the newspapers.  This only resulted in a messy and public dispute that delegates held against Deane.  

After well over a year, Congress ended the hearings with no final determination.  Deane was left without a position or compensation for his time.  Deane would eventually return to Europe as a private citizen.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Silas Deane, Revolutionary War Diplomat and Politician, by Milton C. Van Vlack.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, by Jared Sparks:

Vol. 1: Silas Deane’s Correspondence: https://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorres01sparuoft

Vol. 2: Arthur Lee’s Correspondencehttps://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorres02sparuoft

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Mar 21, 2021
AR-SP08 David Stewart: George Washington
45:11

Interview with author David O. Steward about his new book: George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father.  We discuss George Washington the politician, and how his political skills grew over his life.

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Mar 18, 2021
ARP192 The Wyoming Valley Massacre
29:55

Colonel John Butler leads Butler's Rangers, along with various Iroquois warriors to the Wyoming Valley in what is today northeastern Pennsylvania.  At the time, the land was disputed between Connecticut Yankees who supported the patriots and Pennsylvania Pennamites who backed the loyalists.

With local Pennamite support, Colonel John Butler captures a Patriot fort.  An opposing patriot force led by Colonel Zebulon Butler (no relation) attacks the invaders.  The attacking patriots are quickly overwhelmed and take heavy casualties.  Those taken prisoner are tortured and killed during the following night.

Connecticut settlers end up surrendering four forts in the area and abandoning the Wyoming Valley to the loyalist Pennamites.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Zebulon Butler: Hero of the Revolutionary Frontier, by Linda A. Fossler and James R. Williamson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Hayden, Horace E. The Massacre of Wyoming. The Acts of Congress for the Defense of the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, 1776-1778: with the Petitions of the Sufferers by the Massacre of July 3, 1778, for Congressional Aid, Wilkes-Barre Historical and Geological Society, 1895: https://archive.org/details/cu31924032753786

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Mar 14, 2021
ARP191 Alligator Bridge
31:10

General Robert Howe struggles his own subordinates Continental officers, State leaders, and militia, in addition to the enemy as he attempts to secure Georgia and fend off threats from British-held Florida.  His command leads to a duel with South Carolina Lt. Gov. Christopher Gadsden.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The King's Ranger: Thomas Brown and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier, by Edward J. Cashin 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Fourteenth Colony: Florida and the American Revolution in the South, University of Florida: unpublished doctoral dissertation, 2011, by Roger C. Smith: http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/E0/04/27/45/00001/smith_r.pdf

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Mar 07, 2021
ARP190 French Arrive in America
29:07

In July 1778, the first French fleet sails into Delaware Bay.  It drops off the new French Minister, Conrad Alexandre Gerard, as well as returning diplomat Silas Deane.  Congress receives the French delegation in the newly recaptured capital of Philadelphia.  Admiral d'Estaing sails to New York Harbor to confront the British Navy.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Minister from France: Conrad-Alexandre Gerard, 1729-1790, by Ruth Strong Hudson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: France and the American Revolution, by James Breck Perkins: https://archive.org/details/franceinamerica00perk

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Feb 28, 2021
ARP189 Battle of Monmouth
31:29

In late June 1778, the British Army halts its retreat from Philadelphia to New York to confront the pursuing Continentals.  General Charles Lee begins a retreat i the face of the British assault.  General Washington arrives on the field to turn around the army and force the British from the field.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, by Lender & Stone

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Feb 21, 2021
AR-SP07 Larry Kidder - Revolutionary Princeton
01:00:37

William "Larry" Kidder, author of the book Revolutionary Princeton 1774-1783, talks about life in Princeton, New Jersey during the American Revolution.

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Feb 18, 2021
ARP188 Pursuit Across New Jersey
29:23

After the British evacuation of Philadelphia in the summer of 1778, the Continental Army crosses into New Jersey to confront the British before they can reach New York City.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Handsome Flogging: The Battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778, by William R. Griffith

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Feb 14, 2021
ARP187 Evacuation of Philadelphia
29:19

The British Army evacuates Philadelphia on June 18, 1778, abandoning many  loyalist residents, and a city devastated by nearly nine months of occupation.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Revolutionary Princeton 1774-1783, by William L. Kidder

Online Recommendation of the Week: Assessment of Damages Done by the British Troops during the Occupation of Philadelphia, 1777-1778 https://archive.org/details/jstor-20085980

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Feb 07, 2021
ARP186 Carlisle Peace Commission
29:43

The loss at Saratoga and France's entry into the war prompts British leaders to repeal all offensive laws and send a new peace commission to America, ready to concede anything, short of full independence.

By this time, however, the Americans are unwilling to accept anything less than independence.  Despites months of attempted negotiation, the Commission fails to end the war.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes, by Christopher Hibbert.

Online Recommendation of the Week: 

Savage, John T. Britain’s Conciliatory Proposal of 1778: A Study in Futility, Univ. of Richmond, (Master’s Thesis) 1968: https://scholarship.richmond.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1906&context=masters-theses

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Jan 31, 2021
ARP185 Mount Hope Bay Raids
32:54

British General Robert Pigot, in command of the British garrison at Newport, deploys several raiding parties in the region to destroy American efforts to launch an attack on Newport.  The British raid Warren and Bristol, Rhode Island, as well as Freetown, Massachusetts.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island, in the Revolutionary Era, By Elaine F. Crane.

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Hearts and Minds: The Political and Military Effectiveness of the Rhode Island Militia in the American Revolution: https://archive.org/details/DTIC_ADA252300

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Jan 24, 2021
AR-SP06 David Price John Haslet's World
53:03

Interview with author David Price about his new book: John Haslet's World

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Jan 21, 2021
ARP184 Mischianza and Barren Hill
30:43

Lafayette leaps ahead of other generals to take a division command in the spring of 1778.  The British throw a massive party for the departing General Howe in Philadelphia.  Following the party, the British learn that Lafayette has crossed the Schuylkill near Philadelphia.  They mobilize the regulars and Hessians to capture the young general, but Lafayette eludes capture.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With the British Army in Philadelphia, 1777-1778, by John W. Jackson

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Strictures on the Philadelphia Mischianza or triumph upon leaving America unconquered, by Israel Mauduit: https://archive.org/details/stricturesonphil00maud

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Jan 17, 2021
ARP183 Doan Brothers & Crooked Billet
30:18

During the winter when the Continental Army regrouped at Valley Forge and the British occupied Philadelphia, Pennsylvania militia attempted to control the area in between the two armies.

At the same time, various loyalist groups attempted to assert control, or at least take advantage of weaknesses in patriot defenses.  One such group was the Doan Gang, which spied for the British and embarked on a crime wave throughout Bucks County.

Late in the winter, regulars and loyalists under John Graves Simcoe attacked and dispersed the patriot militia, which was encamped at Crooked Billet.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Hidden History of Bucks County, by Jennifer Rogers.

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Doan Outlaws, or, Bucks County's Cowboys in the Revolution, by John Rogers: https://archive.org/details/doanoutlawsorbuc00roge

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Jan 10, 2021
ARP182 British Occupation of Philadelphia
29:59

The British Army occupies Philadelphia over the winter of 1777-78.  They discover that the capture of America's leading city is more trouble than it is worth.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Sullivan, Aaron The Disaffected: Britain's Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution, Univ. of Penn. Press, 2019

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sullivan, Aaron “In but not of the Revolution: Loyalty, Liberty, and the British Occupation of Philadelphia” Dissertation, Temple Univ. 2014: https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/api/collection/p245801coll10/id/276077/download

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Jan 03, 2021
ARP181 West Point Chain
30:34

The Americans construct a chain across the Hudson River to prevent further British incursions up into the Hudson Valley.  To protect the chain, they build a series of forts, one in an island in the river and more on the western side of the river.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, by Alex Storozynski  

Online Recommendation of the Week: The memoirs of Rufus Putnam and certain official papers and correspondence:  https://archive.org/details/cu31924028847238

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Dec 27, 2020
ARP180 John Paul Jones Raids Whitehaven
29:07

Escaping from the law, Captain John Paul finds his way to America, changes his name to Jones, and after the Revolution begins, joins the Continental Navy.  He overcomes many frustrations to bring a naval ship to France.  From there, his ship raids the English shore and captures the Drake.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy, by Evan Thomas.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Paul Jones, Vol 1: https://archive.org/details/vol1memoirsofrea00jone

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Dec 20, 2020
AR-SP05 Christian McBurney - George Washington's Nemesis
45:28

Interview with author Christian McBurney about his new book: George Washington's Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court-Martial of Major General Charles Lee during the Revolutionary War.

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Dec 17, 2020
ARP179 Prisoner Exchanges
29:41

Over the winter of 1777-78.  General Washington and General Howe try to come to an agreement to exchange prisoners of War.  While an agreed cartel proves elusive, their efforts see the return of General Charles Lee and Colonel Ethan Allen.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution, 2019 by T. Cole Jones 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Exchange of Major-General Charles Lee, https://archive.org/details/exchangeofmajorg00boud

 

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Dec 13, 2020
ARP178 Hancock's Bridge Massacre
30:30

Americans under General Anthony Wayne and Navel Captain John Barry engage in a series of raids along southern New Jersey.  Wayne's mission to seize cattle to bring back to the starving soldiers at Valley Forge. 

Barry helps Wayne get his force across the Delaware River, then tries to distract the British.  He ends up capturing and scuttling several British vessels.

In response, the British in Philadelphia deploy a force of several thousand soldiers to New Jersey.  They are unable to capture Wayne or Barry.  However, they do massacre members of the New Jersey militia, and destroy several farms in retaliation. 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail, by Tim McGrath 

Online Recommendation of the Week: thehistorylist.com (use code AmRev2020)

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Dec 06, 2020
ARP177 Republic of Vermont
31:24

In the midst of war, the people living in the disputed land between New York and New Hampshire declare themselves to be the independent Republic of Vermont. The new radical constitution is the first to abolish slavery, grant universal suffrage for all men, and guarantee public education for children.

The other colonies refuse to recognize Vermont Independence, which must struggle for more than a decade to get recognition.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Reluctant Republic Vermont, 1724-1791,  by Frederic F. Van De Water 

Online Recommendation of the Week: (eBook) "Memoir of Dr. Thomas Young" The Colonial Society of Massachusetts: https://archive.org/details/publicationsofcov11colo/page/2/mode/2up

 

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Nov 29, 2020
ARP176 Sinking the Randolph
29:54

The Continental Navy struggles to find a useful role in the war effort.  Congress cahiers the navy's commander Esek Hopkins, and does not replace him.  The navy carries John Adams to France to begin his diplomatic career.  Captain Nicolas Biddle of the Randolph does battle with the British warship, Yarmouth.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Captain Dauntless: The Story of Nicholas Biddle of the Continental Navy, by William Bell Clark. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: (eBook) A Naval History of the American Revolution, Vol.I, by Garner Allen: https://archive.org/details/ANavalHistoryOfTheAmericanRevolutionVol.i

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Nov 22, 2020
AR-SP04 Michael Harris on Germantown
57:50

Author Michael C. Harris discusses the battle of Germantown and his new book about the battle.

Germantown a Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4th, 1777. Savas Beatie, 2020.

 

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Nov 19, 2020
ARP175 Von Steuben at Valley Forge
29:55

A down on his luck Prussian officer makes his way to America.  There he obtains appointment as the army's Inspector General and trains the soldiers in formal military drill.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, by Paul Lockhart.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States, by Friedrich von Steuben: https://archive.org/details/2575061R.nlm.nih.gov

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Nov 15, 2020
ARP174 Britain and France go to War
30:36

By the end of 1777, British leaders in London express serious doubts about winning the war in America.  After hearing news of Burgoyne's surrender and the French Alliance with America, Britain must make drastic changes.  It declares war on France, then redeploys much of its army and navy to other parts of the Empire.  The new North American Commander, Sir Henry Clinton must hold his forces in a defensive posture.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Howe Brothers & the American Revolution, by Ira D. Gruber.

Online Recommendation of the Week: (Anonymous) “Gentleman, for many years a resident in America” A letter to Lord George Germaine, giving an account of the origin of the dispute between Great Britain and the colonies, London: Printed for T. Whieldon and Waller, 1778. https://archive.org/details/cihm_27479

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Nov 08, 2020
ARP173 Treaties with France
30:13

In 1778, the American Commissioners in Paris convince French King Louis XVI to sign a treaty of alliance and a treaty of amity and commerce, recognizing the US as an independent nation.  The revelation of this alliance forces Britain to declare war on France.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Ten Key Campaigns of the American Revolution, Mark Edward Lender, ed.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Treaties of 1778, and Allied Documents: https://archive.org/details/treatiesof1778al00fran

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Nov 01, 2020
ARP172 Winter at Valley Forge
29:32

Washington's Continentals suffer a lack of food, clothing and shelter as it struggles to get through the winter at Valley Forge.  At the same time, it must contest a British move into Darby in search of forage.  Captain "light horse Harry" Lee distinguishes himself during this time.  Americans also capture a British ship on the Delaware river.  Washington fights with Congress to get what he needs to maintain and train his army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge, by Thomas Fleming.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The History of Valley Forge, by Henry Woodman: https://archive.org/details/historyofvalleyf00wood

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Oct 25, 2020
AR-SP03 James Kirby Martin on the Saratoga Campaign
52:59

An interview with author James Kirby Martin who recently wrote about the Saratoga Campaign in the new book The 10 Key Campaigns of the America Revolution

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Oct 22, 2020
ARP171 Conway Cabal
29:54

Following the victory at Saratoga, political leaders consider the idea of replacing General George Washington with General Horatio Gates as Commander in Chief.  Several ambitious officers within the Continental Army support the move.

Congress appoints Gates to head the Board of War, where he can make strategy and give orders to Washington.  Very quickly other top officers in the army make clear that these changes are unacceptable.  Gates also fails to impress by  organizing a new invasion of Quebec, which must be aborted before it even began.

After several months, Congress ends up backing Washington as commander and drops any idea of replacing him.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Cabal!: The Plot Against General Washington, by Mark E. Lender.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Lender discusses the Cabal with Brady Crytzer on the Dispatches Podcast: https://jardispatches.podbean.com/e/e34-mark-edward-lender-cabal-the-plot-against-general-washington

 

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Oct 18, 2020
ARP170 Whitemarsh
30:11

In the weeks following the battle of Germantown, the Continentals camp at Whitemarsh, only a few miles from the British lines.  There, they set up defenses and prepare for another battle.  Washington deploys Alexander Hamilton to see Horatio Gates in NY, in an attempt to get Gates to send reinforcements.  The army also tries and cashiers Gen. Adam Stephen following accusations from Germantown.  Congress orders the Continental Navy to sink several ships on the Delaware river to prevent their capture.

After several weeks, the British army advance on the Continentals at Whitemarsh, but find the lines too well defended. After the British return to Philadelphia, the Continentals move into winter quarters at Valley Forge.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Whitemarsh; an address delivered before the Pennsylvania society of Sons of the revolution at Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1909, by Charles Henry Jones, https://archive.org/details/whitemarshaddres00jone_0

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Oct 11, 2020
ARP169 Articles of Confederation
30:04

With the British Army in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress moves to Lancaster, Pa, and then to York.  There, they have to fight off defeatism while many delegates, including President John Hancock, return home.  

The Congress does finally finish its proposed Articles of Confederation, which it sends to the state for ratification.  News of the victory at Saratoga help raise everyone's spirits.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Continental Congress, by Edmund Cody Burnette.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Articles of Confederation, as adopted Nov. 15, 1777, transcript:  https://www.ourdocuments.gov/print_friendly.php?flash=false&page=transcript&doc=3&title=Transcript+of+Articles+of+Confederation

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Oct 04, 2020
ARP168 Forts Mercer and Mifflin
29:24

The Hessians under Col. von Donop fail to capture Fort Mercer following an aggressive attack.  The British focus on Fort Mifflin, subjecting the garrison to a massive artillery barrage for days.  Eventually the surviving defenders make a nighttime escape to Fort Mercer.

Following the loss of Fort Mifflin and expecting a second assault on Fort Mercer, the garrison there abandons the fort and moves to rejoin the main Continental Army.  Any remaining American naval vessels on the river are burned to prevent their capture by the enemy.  With that, the Delaware River is freed from impediments

Another force under General Lafayette attacks a Hessian outpost at Gloucester, inflicting more casualties.  It reminds the British that its outposts are still threatened.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Fight for the Delaware, by Samuel Stelle Smith

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ann C. Whitall, the heroine of Red Bank by Isabella and Wallace McGeorge: https://archive.org/details/anncwhitallheroi04mcge

 

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Sep 27, 2020
AR-SP02 Author Kurt Avard on his book "First, Do No Harm"
46:50

An interview with author Kurt Avard, about his new novel First, Do No Harm.

In 17th Century Vienna, a local watchman discovers a dead body outside of Stephansdom Cathedral.  He soon realizes that the black plague is sweeping across the city.  He must determine: Is there a medical cure that will stop this illness from devastating the population? or is the plague the result of other-worldly beings bringing God’s wrath to a sinful people?   Author Kurt Avard takes readers on a journey through a society still emerging from medieval Europe to embrace enlightenment.  The struggle between religion and science breaks into open warfare as a determined group searches for a way to end this terrible suffering.     First, Do No Harm releases on September 25, 2020.  Pre-order your book on Amazon today.  

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Sep 23, 2020
ARP167 Defending the Delaware
29:05

After capturing Philadelphia in 1777, the British spend weeks trying to open the Delaware River so that the navy can supply the occupying army.  The Americans spent years installing barriers and forts to make the approach difficult and dangerous.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Pennsylvania Navy: Defending the Delaware 1775-1781, by John W. Jackson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ford, Worthington C. Defences of Philadelphia in 1777, Brooklyn: Historical Printing Club, 1897: https://archive.org/details/defencesofphilad00ford

 

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Sep 20, 2020
ARP166 Surrender at Saratoga
32:00

After failing to push through the American Lines, British General Burgoyne holds out for a relief force from New York City.  Although the British attack Kingston, NY as a distraction, the Continental Army keeps its focus on Burgoyne's army.  Finally, with no options left, General Burgoyne agrees to a surrender. 

General Gates agrees to generous terms, promising to send Burgoyne's army back to England.  However, the Continental Congress refuses to comply with those terms and keeps the army prisoner for the remainder of the war.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Generals of Saratoga: John Burgoyne and Horatio Gates, by Max M. Mintz, 1990.

Online Recommendation of the Week: HistoryAuthorTalks.com

 

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Sep 13, 2020
ARP165 Bemis Heights (2nd Saratoga)
32:15

The British under General Johnny Burgoyne make a desperate push against the Americans under the command of General Horatio Gates on Bemis Heights, in upstate New York.

General Benedict Arnold defies Gates' orders to stay away.  Instead, he leads the Americans to victory before being shot down near the end of the day.  The British are forced to withdraw and remain trapped.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick, 2016

Online Recommendation of the Week: Eelking, Max von, (translated by Stone, William L.) Memoirs of Major General Riedesel, Vol. 1, J. Munsell, 1868: https://archive.org/details/memoirsmajorgen00eelkgoog

 

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Sep 06, 2020
ARP164 Forts Clinton and Montgomery
32:13

British General Sir Henry Clinton makes a desperate attempt to distract the Continental Army facing General Burgoyne in the upper Hudson Valley.  Clinton captures Forts Clinton and Montgomery but fails to cause any of the Continentals under Horatio Gates to turn focus away from Burgoyne.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Logusz, Michael O. With Musket & Tomahawk: The West Point-Hudson Valley Campaign in the Wilderness War of 1777, Carrell Books, 2016

Online Recommendation of the Week: Clay, Steven E. Staff Ride Handbook for the Saratoga Campaign, 13 June to 8 November 1777, Combat Studies Institute Press, 2018: https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/educational-services/staff-rides/Staff-Ride-Handbook-Saratoga-Campaign.pdf

 

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Aug 30, 2020
AR-SP01 Dr. Ronald Gibbs on Medical Care and the Revolution
56:37

Special Episode: Discussion with Dr. Ronald S. Gibbs on Medicine and the American Revolution

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Dr. Gibbs' Novel: The Long Shot: The Secret History of 1776 (2020).

Dr. Gibbs' Website https://ronaldsgibbs.com

 

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Aug 26, 2020
ARP163 Germantown
30:19

On October 4, 1777 the Continental Army attacks the main British Army at Germantown, several days after the British occupied Philadelphia.

General Washington attempts a complex four pronged assault on the British camp.  The attack falls part as units get lost in the heavy fog and the attackers turn their focus on taking a stone house on the edge of the battlefield.

This gives British forces time to rally and chase the Americans from the field.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Harris, Michael C. Germantown: A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777, Savas Beatie, 2020.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Lambdin, Alfred C. “Battle of Germantown.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 1, no. 4, 1877, pp. 368–403. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/20084306

Also: FounderOfTheDay.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ3Gi2ZE_1piyX4aZ83cLbg

 

 

Aug 23, 2020
ARP162 Raid on Fort Ticonderoga
30:09

As General Burgoyne's British army faces off against General Gates' Continentals near Saratoga, Colonel John Brown leads an attack on the British rear at Fort Ticonderoga.  The Continentals fail to capture the fort, but take 300 prisoners and thrown the British supply lines into disarray.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga - 1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Narrative, by Eric H. Schnitzer & Don Troiani.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Howe, Archibald Murray, Colonel John Brown of Pittsfield Massachusetts, Boston: W. B. Clarke company, 1908. https://archive.org/details/coloneljohnbrow00howegoog

 

Aug 16, 2020
ARP161 Freeman's Farm (First Saratoga)
31:58

The British army under General Burgoyne finds itself increasingly isolated.  On the American side, General Gates replaces General Schuyler as commander of the northern army.  Gate's picks a fight with General Arnold while setting up defenses to take on the British.

The British assault at Freeman's Farm forces the Americans to pull back to their defensive lines in heights, but also leaves the British army weaker and unsure of its ability to break the American lines.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Saratoga, by Rupert Furneaux

Online Recommendation of the Week: The March to Saratoga, by Harrison Bird https://archive.org/details/marchtosaratogag008320mbp

Aug 09, 2020
ARP160 Paoli Massacre & Fall of Philadelphia
29:44

As the British Army plans its final assault on Philadelphia, the continentals leave an army in the British rear to harass them.  This army, led by General Anthony Wayne, took a position near Paoli Tavern.  A British force led by General Charles Grey attacked the continentals at night, using bayonets to dispatch the enemy silently.  Most of the Continentals fled into the dark woods.  

 

Following the destruction of the army in their rear, the British crossed the Schuylkill river and took possession of Philadelphia.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Battle of Paoli, by Thomas J. McGuire (2006).

 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Futhey, J. Smith “The Massacre of Paoli” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 1, no. 3, 1877, pp. 285–319: https://archive.org/details/jstor-20084293

 

 

 

Aug 02, 2020
ARP159 Battle of the Clouds
28:47

Following the American loss at Brandywine, Congress reevaluates its officers.  At the same time, Gen. Washington prepares to rally for the next confrontation. 

 

The Continentals and British advance on each other near White Horse Tavern.  As they prepare for a major battle, a terrible rain storm floods the field and damages most of the gunpowder.  General Washington uses the opportunity to pull back across the Schuylkill river for a final defense of Philadelphia.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Philadelphia Campaign 1777-1778, by Stephen R. Taaffe.

 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ecelbarger, Gary “Aggressive Minded Gamblers: Washington, Howe, and the Days between Battles, September 12-16, 1777, Journal of the American Revolution, March 10, 2020: https://allthingsliberty.com/2020/03/aggressive-minded-gamblers-washington-howe-and-the-days-between-battles-september-12-16-1777

 

Jul 26, 2020
ARP158 Battle of Brandywine
29:18

General Washington sets his defenses along Brandywine Creek, hoping to prevent General Howe's advance on Philadelphia.  

Howe sent his Hessians under General von Knyphausen against the Continental lines.  At the same time Howe marched his regulars further north where he crossed the creek and marched against the Continental right flank.

The Continentals put up a good fight against the British assault before being forced to retreat.  A rearguard action by Nathanael Green allowed the Continental army to make its escape.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Harris, Michael C. Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777

Online Recommendation of the Week: Some account of the British army, under the command of General Howe; and of the battle of Brandywine, on the memorable September 11th, 1777, and the adventures of that day, by Joseph Townsend. https://archive.org/details/someaccountofbri00town

 

Jul 19, 2020
ARP157 British Landing and Cooch's Bridge
30:34

The British Fleet deploys an army of over 15,000 British and Hessian soldiers at Head of Elk, Maryland.  It takes the army several days to unload and to recover from the long journey.  The Americans move to Wilmington Delaware as they scouted out the enemy.  The armies clash several days later at Cooch's Bridge before the British move into Pennsylvania.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The British Invasion of Delaware, Aug-Sep 1777, by Gerald J. Kauffman and Michael R. Gallagher

Online Recommendation of the Week: Proceedings at the unveiling of the monument at Cooch's Bridge, Historical Society of Delaware https://archive.org/details/proceedingsatunv00wilm

 

Jul 12, 2020
ARP156 The Siege of Fort Henry
28:12

Over the summer of 1777, native tribes along the western frontier attack American settlements.  In August, they attack Fort Henry in Virginia.  After a sustained attack, the garrison receives reinforcements and forces the attackers to abandon the siege.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Year of the Hangman: George Washington's Campaign Against the Iroquois, by Glenn Williams

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the early settlement and Indian wars of Western Virginia  https://archive.org/details/historyofearlyse00deha, by Wills De Haas 

Jul 05, 2020
Episode 155 The Battle of Bennington
27:09

German troops under Col. Friedrich Baum are defeated by the militia raised by General John Stark  near Bennington.  Later that same day, Stark's forces defeat a relief column under the command of Col. Von Breymann.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  The Battle of Bennington: Soldiers & Civilians, by Michael P. Gabriel.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Bennington,  by Henry Davis Hall: https://archive.org/details/battleofbenningt00hall

 

Jun 28, 2020
Episode 154 John Stark Raises an Army
28:07

With a demoralized and shrinking Continental Army facing General Burgoyne's invasion of upstate New York, New Englanders turn to a disaffected former Continental colonel, John Stark, to form a militia army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Stark; The Life and Wars of John Stark, French and Indian War Ranger, Revolutionary War General, by Richard & John Polhemus 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  eBook: A Life of General John Stark of New Hampshire, by Howard P. Moore. https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneraljoh00moor

 

Jun 21, 2020
Episode 153 Staten Island and Setauket
29:13

On August 22, 1777, the Americans launch two independent raids on British defenses around New York City.  General Sullivan leads an attack on Staten Island, while General Putnam orders a raid on Setauket, Long Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lost British Forts of Long Island, by David M Griffin

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Military Services and Public Life of Major-General John Sullivan of the American Revolutionary Army, by Thomas Coffin Amory:  https://archive.org/details/militaryservice00amorgoog

 

 

Jun 14, 2020
Episode 152 Fort Stanwix and Oriskany
29:43

General Nicholas Herkimer leads a militia relief force to save Fort Stanwix.  A native an militia force form St. Leger's Army ambushes the relief force in the bloody battle of Oriskany.  The relief force retreats and the siege continues.

Days later, General Benedict Arnold leads a relief force to the fort.  After the enemy believes exaggerated numbers of Arnold's army, the force under St. Leger flees back to Lake Ontario.  Arnold lifts the siege and keeps the fort in American hands.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777, by Gavin K. Watt 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Orderly book of Sir John Johnson during the Oriskany Campaign, 1776-1777, by William Leete Stone (ed): https://archive.org/details/cu31924032310629

 

Jun 07, 2020
Episode 151 The St. Leger Expedition
29:47

As General Burgoyne Launches his Campaign from Canada into upstate New York, General Barry St. Leger leads a second army made up primarily of Native Americans and Loyalists through Western New York's Mohawk Valley.  St. Leger planned to capture Fort Stanwix, then link up with Burgoyne's army at Albany.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With Musket and Tomahawk. Volume II: The Mohawk Valley Campaign in the Wilderness War of 1777, by Michael O. Logusz.

Online Recommendation of the Week: ebook, Border Wars of the American Revolution, Vol. 1, by William Leets Stone: https://archive.org/details/borderwarsamrev01stonrich

 

May 31, 2020
Episode 150 Howe Leaves New York
28:50

General William Howe gets a late start to the 1777 fighting campaign, not leaving New York City until the end of July.  He opts to sail all they way to Virginia and then up the Chesapeake Bay to land in Maryland, with Philadelphia as his goal.

Weeks of the British Army at sea leave the Continentals perplexed and guessing at what the ultimate goal would be.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Philadelphia Campaign: Volume One: Brandywine and the Fall of Philadelphia, by Thomas J. McGuire 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Civil War 1861-1865 (Podcast) CivilWarPodcast.org

 

May 24, 2020
Episode 149 Lafayette Comes to America
28:08

The Marquis de Lafayette, a young french noble with dreams of fighting for liberty travels to America to become a major general in the Continental Army.  In doing so, he must overcome skepticism and resistance from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, by Laura Auricchio

Online Recommendation of the Week: ebook, The Life of General Lafayette, by John Quincy Adams: https://archive.org/details/lifeofgenerallaf00adam

 

May 17, 2020
Episode 148 Murder of Jane McCrea
27:32

General Burgoyne's army reaches the Hudson river after slogging through the wilderness for most of August 1777.  Burgoyne relied on his Indian allies to keep the enemy from setting up ambushes or otherwise interfering with progress.

After an Indian returned with the scalp of Jane McCrea, the fiancé of one of his officers, Burgoyne had to put restrictions on the Indians.  Most warriors responded by leaving the army and returning home.  The story of Jane McCrea became a rallying point for Americans against the barbarous tactic of the British.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution, by Alan Taylor 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life of Jane McCrea, by David Wilson: https://archive.org/details/lifeofjanemccrea01wils

May 10, 2020
Episode 147 Kidnapping General Prescott
30:28

After the British occupy Newport, Rhode Islanders kidnap the British commander, General Richard Prescott in hopes of exchanging him for General Charles Lee.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Kidnapping the Enemy, by Christian McBurney

Online Recommendation of the Week: Video, Christian McBurney discusses his book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuHjgtXIqFA&t=180s

 

May 03, 2020
Episode 146 Battle of Hubbardton
29:11

As the Fort Ticonderoga garrison escapes the attacking British under General Burgoyne, American General Arthur St. Clair leaves a rearguard at Hubbardton to prevent the British from advancing on the retreating army.

Colonel Seth Warner commands the American rearguard, which is still at Hubbardton when the British advance guard, under the command of  General Simon Fraser, catches up to them.  A brutal wilderness battle rages for hours in the wooded mountains.  Finally German reinforcements under the command of General Friedrich von Riedesel reach the battle and force the remaining Americans to flee into the woods.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action That Saved America, by Bruce M Venter

Online Recommendation of the Week: Animated Map of the Battle of Hubbardton, by Seth Warner's Regiment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCdykHbP4s&t=11s 

 

Apr 26, 2020
Episode 145 Retreat from Ticonderoga
31:04

The American garrison at Fort Ticonderoga make a confused nighttime escape from Fort Ticonderoga, just in time to avoid capture.  The bulk of the army marches off into the woods while the sick, wounded and supplies are loaded aboard ships. 

The next morning, the British fleet chases after the ships, catching up with them at Skenesborough.  The American fleet is captured or destroyed.  A few soldiers escape to Fort Anne.  The British pursue with a small advance force. The Americans counter attack before British reinforcements arrive.  When the British reinforcements get to the scene, the Americans withdraw and destroy Fort Ann.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With Musket and Tomahawk, The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777, by Michael O. Logusz

Online Recommendation of the Week: The British Invasion from the North: The Campaigns of Generals Carleton and Burgoyne, With the Journal of Lieut. William Digby, by James Phinney Baxter: https://archive.org/details/britishinvasion02digbgoog

Apr 19, 2020
Episode 144 Defense of Fort Ticonderoga
30:20

After the British fail to take the Fort Ticonderoga in 1776, the Continentals squander the winter fighting among themselves. When General Burgoyne's British army moves to surround and assault the fort in the summer of 1777, General St. Clair realizes his Continental garrison is a sitting duck.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War, by Richard M. Ketchum

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Paradocs Podcast http://theparadocs.com

Apr 12, 2020
Episode 143 Burgoyne's Northern Army
32:33

General Burgoyne assembles his army in Canada.  His army of thousands, led by Simon Fraser, William Phillips, Baron von Rediesel assembles in the early summer of 1777 to march on Fort Ticonderoga, then down the Hudson valley to cut of New England and reestablish British authority.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Where a Man Can Go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal Artillery, 1731-1781, by Robert P. Davis.

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, by Francis Duncan: https://archive.org/details/historyroyalreg02duncgoog

 

Apr 05, 2020
Episode 142 Disease and the Revolution
31:09

Throughout the Revolution, disease was a far greater killer of soldiers than the enemy.  This week, we discuss how people suffered from disease during the Revolutionary War, how it impacted the course of the war, and what they did to fight back.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Medicine and the American Revolution: How Diseases and Their Treatments Affected the Colonial Army, by Oscar Reiss. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The American Revolution: from the commencement to the disbanding of the American army; given in the form of a daily journal, with the exact dates of all the important events; also, a biographical sketch of all the most prominent generals, by James Thacher: https://archive.org/details/americanrevoluti00thacuoft

 

Mar 29, 2020
Episode 141 Congress Returns to Philadelphia
30:55

Congress returns from its removal to Baltimore after the fear of British occupation of Philadelphia passes.  The new session approves a new American flag on June 14, 1777.  Congress also promotes new generals.  It must deal with an influx of French officer applicants that it does not want, but also does not want to offend France.  Finally, after several months, Congress once again leaves Philadelphia after the British threaten another occupation.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Robert Morris Financier of the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/usflag/history/flagday.html 

Mar 22, 2020
Episode 140 Battle of Short Hills
30:16

The British attempt to lure the Continental Army out of the Watchung mountains by marching back into New Jersey.  General Washington refuses to engage.  After the British withdraw, the Americans move down out of the mountains.  General Howe moves his army back to cut off Washington's path back into the mountains.  A fierce defense led by General Lord Stirling slows the British advance long enough for the Americans to move back into the mountains.  Unwilling to engage them there, the British return to New York.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Every Insult and Indignity: The Life Genius and Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson, by Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown  

Online Recommendation of the Week: Major-General the Earl of Stirling; an Essay in Biography, by Ludwig Schumacher:  https://archive.org/details/majorgeneralearl00schu

Mar 15, 2020
Episode 139 Meigs Raid on Sag Harbor
27:32

A patriot force under the command of Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs raids British occupied Long Island from Connecticut.  The Americans capture loyalist prisoners and destroy British supplies before returning back to Connecticut.  The patriots considered the raid a great success.  The British gave up attempting to maintain a permanent outpost on the eastern part of Long Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Quiet Patriot, Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs: With Meigs's 1775 Journal of the Quebec Expedition, by Richard A. Mason, 2010.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life and Letters of Samuel Holden Parsons, by Charles Hall: https://archive.org/details/lifeandletterss00hallgoog

 

Mar 08, 2020
Episode 138 Battle of Thomas Creek
28:51

Patriots invade East Florida in hopes of capturing the colony and eliminating the British threat from St. Augustine.  The small and divided force is massacred at Thomas Creek as they retreat back to Georgia.  Meanwhile the fighting between Georgia's political leader, Button Gwinnett and Continental General Lachlan McIntosh leads to a duel.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lachlan McIntosh and the Politics of Revolutionary Georgia, by Harvey Jackson, III.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Button! by Stephen Colbert and Lin-Manuel Miranda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhFeQSBZUSk

Mar 01, 2020
Episode 137 Lambert Wickes
32:57

Continental Navy Captain Lambert Wickes delivers Benjamin Franklin to France, then attacks British shipping in British waters, nearly provoking a war between Britain and France.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lambert Wickes Sea Raider and Diplomat: The Story of a Navel Captain of the Revolution, by William Bell Clark, and The Golden Voyage: The Life and Times of William Bingham, 1752-1804, by Robert C. Alberts

Online Recommendation of the Week: Philadelphia Free Library Interlibrary Loan Program: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/illiad

 

Feb 23, 2020
Episode 136 Franklin in Paris
28:45

Benjamin Franklin travels to France to join the American Delegation.  He arrives in December 1776 and immediately gains pop star status with the French people.  Getting the French government to go along would take longer.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, by Stacy Schiff, 2005. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sybil Ludington (The History Chicks Podcast) http://thehistorychicks.com/minicastsybil-ludington

 

Feb 16, 2020
Episode 135 The Danbury Raid
28:20

An army of regulars led by New York Governor and General William Tryon, raid an American supply depot at Danbury, Connecticut.  American resistance led by General David Wooster and Benedict Arnold resulted it the battle of Ridgefield and many British casualties.

General Wooster died in the fighting, while General Arnold's performance finally led to his promotion to major general.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Call to Arms: The Patriot Militia in the 1777 British Raid on Danbury, Connecticut, by Stephen Darley

Online Recommendation of the Week: An account of Tryon's raid on Danbury in April, 1777, also the battle of Ridgefield and the career of Gen. David Wooster, by James Case: https://archive.org/details/accountoftryonsr00case

 

Feb 09, 2020
Episode 134 The Battle of Bound Brook
27:22

A large British force attacks General Lincoln at Bound Brook New Jersey.  Lord Cornwallis hopes to capture the relatively isolated Continental force that is posted to defend Washington's southern flank.  The British scatter the surprised Americans who mostly flee the scene.  Washington sends a column under General Greene to retake Bound Brook and harass the British column as it returns to its base that same day.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: War of the Revolution, by Christopher Ward

Online Recommendation of the Week: Cockpit of the Revolution: The War for Independence in New Jersey, by Leonard Lundin: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.86569

Feb 02, 2020
Episode 133 The Peekskill Raid
27:53

The British in New York City send a raiding party up the Hudson River to attack an American supply depot.  After two days of fighting, the Americans drive off the British and take back the town.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Chaining the Hudson: Fight for the River in the American Revolution, by Lincoln Diamant 

Online Recommendation of the Week: History that Doesn't Suck Podcast: https://www.historythatdoesntsuck.com

 

 

Jan 26, 2020
Episode 132 Britain Adjusts its War Plans
30:56

Over the fall and winter of 1776-1777, General Howe proposes his strategic plans to officials in London.  Those officials deny most of Howe's requests for reinforcements, thus causing him to reduce his plans.  At the same time, officials in London meet with General Burgoyne and agree to have him lead an invasion of upstate New York from Canada, thus angering several more senior generals who wanted that command.  No one bothers to tell the North American Commander, Howe, that he must support Burgoyne's invasion, so he plans to put his army aboard ships and sail away for an attack on Philadelphia.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Logistics and the Failure of the British Army in America, 1775-1783, by Arthur Bowler.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts Report on the manuscripts of Mrs. Stopford-Sackville, of Drayton House, Northamptonshire Vol. 2: https://archive.org/details/reportonmanuscri02grea_0

 

Jan 19, 2020
Episode 131 Congress - Baltimore Edition
29:45

Fearing an imminent British invasion of Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adjourns in December 1776 with a resolution to meet a week later in Baltimore, Maryland.  Congress holds session in Baltimore for three months.  The delegates vote to print more money, promote more generals and generally continue the work of government.  At the end of February 1777, with the danger passed, they return to Philadelphia.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, by Robert A. Mello.

Online Recommendation of the Week: A vindication of his public character in the station of director-general of the military hospitals and physician in chief to the American army, anno 1776, by John Morgan: https://archive.org/details/vindicationofhis00morg

Jan 12, 2020
Episode 130 Fort McIntosh, Georgia
29:06

Loyalists in Florida with the aide of Seminole Warriors, raid the Georgia borders in an attempt to roll back patriot control.  Meanwhile Button Gwinnett becomes President of Georgia and uses the opportunity to attack his political opponents.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Georgia-Florida Contest in the American Revolution, 1776-1778, by Martha Searcy

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org

 

Jan 05, 2020
Episode 129 Prisoners of War
27:22

Thousands of American Prisoners suffer and die in New York City prisons and prison ships during the Revolutionary War.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War, by Edwin G. Burrows.

Online Recommendation of the Week: List of prisoners from the Jersey: http://www.usmm.org/revdead.html

Dec 29, 2019
Episode 128 Fort Independence
27:48

Continental forces under General Heath attempt to recapture Fort Independence, just north of New York City in January 1777.  The Hessian Garrison forces the Continentals to withdrawal.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Benjamin Lincoln and the American Revolution, by David Mattern

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoirs of William Heath: https://archive.org/details/memoirsofmajorge1798heat

 

Dec 22, 2019
Episode 127 The Forage War
29:28

Following the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey militia keep the British Army hunkered down in a couple of North Jersey cities near New York.  Their efforts keep patriot control of New Jersey as Washington's Continental Army rests and rebuilds for the spring campaign.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Unknown American Revolution, by Garry Nash

Online Recommendation of the Week: Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey: Extracts from American Newspapers, Vol 1: https://archive.org/details/documentsrelatin01stry

Dec 15, 2019
Episode 126 The Battle of Princeton
30:03

The Continentals surprise the British by pulling out of Trenton on the night of January 2, 1777 and marching up a back road to attack the British rear at Princeton the next morning.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Second to No Man but the Commander in Chief, Hugh Mercer: American Patriot by Michael Cecere 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life of General Hugh Mercer, by John Goolrick https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneralhug00gool

 

Dec 08, 2019
Episode 125 Second Battle of Trenton
28:01

General Cornwallis is tasked to deal with the Americans who captured the Hessian outpost at Trenton.  Cornwallis assembles and marches his army directly to Trenton in a matter of days.  As his army moves from Princeton to Trenton, American delaying tactics prevent him from arriving until nearly the evening of July 2, 1777.  After capturing the town, Cornwallis opts to wait until morning to attack the main American force on the other side of Assunpink Creek.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Road to Assunpink Creek, by David Price

Online Recommendation of the Week: Rosbrugh, a Tale of the Revolution, by John Clyde: https://archive.org/details/rosbrughtaleofre00clyd

 

Dec 01, 2019
Episode 124 Back Across the Delaware
27:09

After its victory at Trenton, the Continental Army retreats with its prisoners and equipment back to Pennsylvania.  After discovering that the Pennsylvania militia had crossed into New Jersey, Washington opts to cross back again and reoccupy Trenton.  There he will await General Cornwallis and the British Army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Winter Soldiers, by Richard Ketchum

Online Recommendation of the Week: The 8th Virginia Regiment https://www.8thvirginia.com

 

Nov 24, 2019
Episode 123 First Battle of Trenton
28:57

The Continental Army led by General Washington attacks the Hessian outpost at Trenton on December 26, 1776.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Ten Crucial Days: Washington's Vision for Victory Unfolds, by William L. Kidder (2019)

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ten Crucial Days Website tencrucialdays.org

 

Nov 17, 2019
Episode 122 Crossing the Delaware
28:31

December 25, 1776: Washington assembles enough troops to attempt an attack on the British, days before the enlistments of most of his remaining soldiers expire.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer

Online Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Crossing State Park: www.washingtoncrossingpark.org

 

Nov 10, 2019
Episode 121 Battle of Iron Works Hill
29:46

In late December 1776, General Washington sends a small force into New Jersey to harass the Hessian garrisons.  The force under Colonel Samuel Griffin engages the Hessians under Colonel Carl Von Donop.  The fighting on Iron Works Hill causes Von Donop to redeploy his Hessians to Mount Holly New Jersey.  This leaves the smaller Hessian garrison at Trenton isolated over Christmas.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution, by David Head due to be released Dec. 3, 2019

Online Recommendation of the Week: revolutionarywar.us

 

 

Nov 03, 2019
Episode 120 The American Crisis
31:25

As the Continental Army struggle to keep itself alive at the end of 1776, Thomas Paine writes The American Crisis to rally Americans to fight the British and Hessians.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Thomas Paine: Collected Writings: Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters, by Eric Foner (ed)

Online Recommendation of the Week: Project Gutenberg's "The Writings of Thomas Paine" https://www.gutenberg.org/files/31270/31270-h/31270-h.htm

 

 

Oct 27, 2019
Episode 119 Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia and Newport Rhode Island
28:37

Over the winter of 1776-77, Patriots attempt to capture Fort Cumberland and bring Nova Scotia into the rebellion.  Also, the British capture Newport Rhode Island to use as a winter port for the navy.  Generals Clinton and Percy return to Britain.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Siege of Fort Cumberland, 1776: An Episode in the American Revolution, by Ernest Clarke 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoir of Jonathan Eddy on Archive.org.

Oct 20, 2019
Episode 118 British Capture Stockton and Lee
28:21

As the British Army sweeps across New Jersey, it captures Signer Richard Stockton and General Charles Lee.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Charles Lee: Self Before Country, by Dominick Mazzagetti

Online Recommendation of the Week: Facebook Group American History Fanatics: https://www.facebook.com/groups/887419261386444

 

Oct 13, 2019
Episode 117 Retreat Across New Jersey
26:57

Washington completes his retreat to Pennsylvania by early December 1776.  The British slowly force the march but do not attempt to capture the Continentals.  Washington's subordinate generals fail to come to his assistance.  He discovers his own personal aid has lost faith in his leadership.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Long Retreat: The Calamitous Defense of New Jersey, 1776 by Arthur S Lefkowitz.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Correspondence of Charles, first Marquis Cornwallis, Vol. 1 By Charles Ross (ed). 

Oct 06, 2019
Episode 116 American Terrorist in Britain
28:23

James Aitken, a petty criminal in Britain, schemes to burn down all of the Naval portyards in England to cripple the British Navy.  He hopes to become a hero of the American cause.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John the Painter: Terrorist of the American Revolution, by Jessica Warner

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life of James Aitken Commonly Called John the Painter, by John Wilkes.

 

Sep 29, 2019
Episode 115 Congress and French Diplomacy
29:26

The Continental Congress makes no real progress approving Articles of Confederation and has trouble supporting its own army.  It sends a delegation to France to get an alliance with France.  Congress sends Benjamin Franklin to join Arthur Lee and Silas Deane in France, with all three receiving official commissions.  Before the commissions arrive, Deane has great difficulty getting any French aid to America.  Lee's interference even raises doubts in the French government about whether Deane has any legitimate authority at all to negotiate on behalf of Congress.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution, by Jonathan Dull

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Crossing and Ten Crucial Days - The Musical https://www.thecrossingmusical.com

 

Sep 22, 2019
Episode 114 Escape from Fort Lee
28:11

A British and Hessian force led by Lord Cornwallis storms Fort Lee in New Jersey, forcing the Continental Army led by George Washington to flee further south.  The two armies spend days moving through cold rain and muddy roads.  The Continentals continue to retreat back toward Philadelphia as the British take Newark.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Day is Ours by William Dwyer

Online Recommendation of the Week: Revolutionary War New Jersey, https://RevolutionaryWarNewJersey

 

Sep 15, 2019
Episode 113 The Fall of Fort Washington
26:14

General Washington ignores British General Howe's repeated hints that he needs to evacuate Fort Washington.  Instead, he leaves the decision up to General Nathanael Greene.  The British capture the Fort along with 3000 officers and men, the Continental Army's greatest loss in the first part of the war.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's General: Nathanael Greene and the Triumph of the American Revolution, by Terry Golway 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The British History Podcast https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com

Sep 08, 2019
Episode 112 The Battle of White Plains
28:19

The British under General Howe continue to push back the Continentals under General Washington, slowly nudging them off Manhattan island, but refusing to surround them or force a major battle.  Eventually the Continentals are forced to retreat to New Jersey.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Narrative of a Revolutionary War Soldier, by Joseph Plumb Martin

Online Recommendation of the Week: PBS Liberty: https://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty

 

Sep 01, 2019
Episode 111 Retreat from Lake Champlain
28:26

Benedict Arnold avoids almost certain capture near Valcour Island with a daring night move.  The British fleet catches up with him, but Arnold is able to ground most of his ships and escape overland back to Fort Ticonderoga.  The British, after reaching Crown Point, decide it is too late to begin a siege of Ticonderoga.  Instead, they return to Canada with plans to return in the spring.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Based on a True Story Podcast https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com

Aug 25, 2019
Episode 110 The Battle of Valcour Island
26:50

General Benedict Arnold forces the British fleet to attack him at the location of his choosing, near Valcour Island.  His smaller and less experience force performs well during the battle, but then finds itself trapped by the British.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Valcour Island: The Participants and Vessels of Benedict Arnold's 1776 Defense of Lake Champlain, by Stephen Darley

Online Recommendation of the Week: Univ. of Groningen American History http://www.let.rug.nl/usa

 

Aug 18, 2019
Episode 109 Great Fire of NY & Hanging Nathan Hale
27:08

After the Continental Army evacuates and the British occupy New York City, a night fire burns a quarter of the town.  The British capture Captain Nathan Hale and hang him as a spy.  The Americans court martial a deserter.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The British Are Coming, by Rick Atkinson

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://jstor.org

 

Aug 11, 2019
Episode 108 The French Connection
28:56

France makes plans for covert aid to America.  Silas Deane arrives to encourage such aid.  French foreign minister puts him in contact with a playwright and part-time arms dealer name Beaumarchais.  The British spy network immediately infiltrate all of this to thwart their plans.  Also, others from America and in France attempt to block the attempt for personal reasons.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution, by Joel Richard Paul

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://TheFrenchHistoryPodcast.com

Aug 04, 2019
Episode 107 Kip's Bay and Harlem Heights
26:00

The British land at Kip's Bay on Manhattan, scattering the patriot defenders.  A few days later, British advance forces run into more effective resistance at Harlem Heights.  While the British capture the island, they allow the Continental army to escape to the north.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Revolution on the Hudson, by George C. Daughan

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://mountvernon.org

 

Jul 28, 2019
Episode 106 Arms Race on Lake Champlain
26:14

The British spend months putting together a fleet to crush the Americans on Lake Champlain and retake Fort Ticonderoga.  Generals Carleton and Burgoyne do not get along and create a divided command.  Those divisions, however, are nothing compared the divisions on the American site where Generals Schuyler and Gates fight to control the northern Continental Army.  General Arnold also fights with a court martial, which tries to hold him in contempt.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Benedict Arnold's Navy, by James Nelson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Dispatches Podcast, with Brady Critzer

Jul 21, 2019
Episode 105 Staten Island Peace Conference
28:16

After capturing Brooklyn and Long Island General Howe and Admiral Howe halt their military offensive for two weeks.  During that time, they invite three members of the Continental Congress to discuss the possibility of a negotiated peace.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace, by Thomas J. McGuire 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Industrial Revolutions Podcast https://industrialrevolutionspod.com

Jul 14, 2019
Episode 104 Submarine Warfare
27:00

The Continental Army attempts to blow up the HMS Eagle in New York Harbor in September 1776.  Using the work of David Bushnell and a small team, attempts to attach an underwater mine after reaching the ship using a one man submarine.  The explosive fails to attach and the mission is a failure.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Turtle: David Bushnell's Revolutionary Vessel, by Roy R. Manstan and Frederic J. Frese

Online Recommendation of the Week: American Heritage https://www.americanheritage.com

 

Jul 07, 2019
Episode 103 The Battle of Brooklyn
25:33

The British land 20,000 men on Long Island.  Using a flanking maneuver, they easily kill, capture, and scatter the inexperienced Americans.  Just as the regulars and Hessians appear to inflict the final death blow, British general Howe calls a halt to the assault.  He fears sending his troops against the dug in Continentals along the East River.  Instead, he opts for a slow advance of digging entrenchments.  The British delay, along with the luck of weather, allows the Americans to escape back to Manhattan Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Brooklyn, 1776, By John J. Gallagher.

Online Recommendation of the Week: American Battlefield Trust https://www.battlefields.org

 

Jun 30, 2019
Episode 102 Cherokee War in the South
26:30

British Indian Agents encourage the Cherokee to attack the colonies in rebellion.  Cherokee tribes along the western frontiers of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia coordinate their attacks for about the same time the British attack the Carolina coast.  After the British attack founders at Fort Sullivan and they abandon the south, the Americans are able to focus on the Cherokee and the Tories fighting with them.

Fighting is brutal on both sides.  Civilians are murdered.  Men, women, and children are tortured.  Neither side shows much interest in taking prisoners.  After nearly a year of fighting, the Cherokee sue for peace.  A new treaty forces them to give up millions of acres and move further west.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776, by Nadia Dean.

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.ncpedia.org

 

Jun 23, 2019
Episode 101 The British Land at Staten Island
26:02

The British get off to a late start, not assembling their massive invasion force at New York until August 1776. When they disembark on Staten Island, the Continentals see the largest overseas military force Britain had ever assembled.

The British fleet sails past ineffective Continental defenses. Admiral Howe attempts to begin peace talks without any luck.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Under the Guns New York 1775-1776, by Bruce Bliven

Online Recommendation of the Week: revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com

 

Jun 16, 2019
Episode 100 The Declaration of Independence
28:16

We review the Declaration line by line and explain what it means.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, by Pauline Maier 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Revolutions Podcast, by Mike Duncan

 

Jun 09, 2019
Episode 099 Drafting the Declaration
26:16

The Continental Congress appoints a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson to draft a declaration while debate over independence continues.  After Congress approves the Declaration with modifications, it is distributed to the world, then later signed.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: What Did the Declaration Declare, by Joseph Ellis (ed) & The Fourth of July and the Founding of America, by Peter de Bolla

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ben Franklin's World Podcast with Liz Covart

Jun 02, 2019
Episode 098 Voting for Independence
27:14

In the spring of 1776, the Second Continental Congress struggles to reach a unanimous vote on independence.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Signing Their Lives Away, by by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese

Online Recommendation of the week: Online Liberty Library oll.libertyfund.org

 

May 26, 2019
Episode 097 A Coup in Philadelphia
27:06

Radicals in Philadelphia overthrow the conservative colonial government.  They install radicals just in time to get Pennsylvania to support independence.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Revolution Is Now Begun: The Radical Committees of Philadelphia, 1765-1776, by Richard Alan Ryerson 

Online Recommendation of the Week archive.org

May 19, 2019
Episode 096 The Battle for Sullivan's Island
27:30

General Henry Clinton and Commodore Peter Parker attempt to capture Fort Sullivan in the harbor of Charleston South Carolina.  Although Continental General Charles Lee attempts to abandon the fort, the fort commander Colonel William Moultrie refuses.  The British fail take the fort and must retreat back to New York without any military success.

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Book Recommendation of the Week Crescent Moon Over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty, by C. L. Bragg, 2013.

Online Recommendation of the Week: www.carolana.com

 

 

May 12, 2019
Episode 095 The Battle of Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers)
25:33

General Sullivan takes command in Canada, only to be overwhelmed by the British reinforcements commanded by Generals Carleton and Burgoyne.  The Continentals attack the British at Three Rivers, only to be repelled.  Even more devastating is smallpox still ravaging the army.  With General Arnold's assistance the Army successfully retreats back to New York largely intact.

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May 05, 2019
Episode 094 War at Sea, Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet
26:40

Elements of the Continental Navy as well as a hoard of privateers harass and battle with the British Navy up and down the East coast. Naval Commodore John Barry emerges and an early naval hero.

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Apr 28, 2019
Episode 093 The Dave Mathews Band Breaks Up
25:26

General Washington struggles to set up defenses in New York despite Tories all around him.  The Continental army riots with NY Prostitutes after they murder two soldiers.  The Army discovers and shuts down a plot to murder Washington ahead of the British invasion.  One soldier is hanged and mayor David Mathews is taken into custody.

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Apr 21, 2019
Episode 092 State Constitutions, Part 2
27:14

Following the Declaration of Independence, most of the remaining States adopt new Constitutions.  We examine why Massachusetts took so long and why Connecticut and Rhode Island did not even bother with one.

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Apr 14, 2019
Episode 091 State Constitutions, Part 1
27:57

In 1775 and 1776, even before officially declaring independence, the colonies begin adopting constitutions.  We see many of the principles later found in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution showing up in these first attempts at self-government.

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Apr 07, 2019
Episode 090 Battle of the Cedars
26:56

General John Thomas takes command of Continental forces around Quebec.  Despite his efforts, the Continentals must withdraw as the British relief fleet arrives in spring 1776.  An American force surrenders to an inferior force at an outpost known as the Cedars, leading to scandal and courts martial.

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Mar 31, 2019
Episode 089: Washington Moves to New York
26:07

In the months between the time the British evacuate Boston and land in New York, Washington had plenty of time to work with his army to build up defenses around New York City and to confer with leaders in Philadelphia.  

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Mar 24, 2019
Episode 088 British War Plans 1776
26:50

The North Ministry settles on a plan to send an overwhelming force.  They will shock and awe the colonists into submission.  General Howe will command an army of 32,000 regulars and Hessians supported by his brother Admiral Howe commanding over 10,000 sailors and Marines.  A secondary force of 8000 under General Burgoyne will go to Quebec and fall under the command of General Carleton.

The Howe brothers will capture and occupy New York City, then expand out from there.  They also will serve as Peace Commissioners, with limited authority to grant pardons once the rebels submit to proper authority in London.

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Mar 17, 2019
Episode 087 Canada Spring 1776
26:17

Following the failed attempt to take Quebec City, the Continentals keep a token force around the city.  General Benedict Arnold recovers from his wounds while he fights with his fellow officers over what to do next.  General David Wooster pulls rank and takes command of Quebec, forcing Arnold to leave.

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Mar 10, 2019
Episode 086 The Evacuation of Boston
25:47

After the Continentals capture Dorchester Heights, the British Army and Navy must leave Boston right away.  Loyalists crowd onto ship and escape to Halifax. Gen. Howe spares the city in exchange for the Continentals not firing on the city or the fleet during the evacuation.

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Mar 03, 2019
Episode 085 Dorchester Heights
26:38

The Continental Army occupies Dorchester Heights overnight, surprising the British and forcing them to evacuate Boston.

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Feb 24, 2019
Episode 084 The Continental Navy Raids the Bahamas
25:38

The Continental Congress builds a small fleet to take on the British Navy.  The new Commander of the Continental Navy begins his command by disobeying orders to confront the British Navy directly.  Instead, he launches a raid on the Bahamas to collect needed arms and ammunition.

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Feb 17, 2019
Episode 083 Continental Congress Winter 1776
27:10

Delegates to the Continental Congress, including conservatives, begin to consider independence as a realistic option.  Lord Drummond sails to Philadelphia in a well intentioned but poorly conceived attempt to broker a peace deal.  Congress blames General Schuyler for the failures in Canada and moves around some of its generals.  It sends Silas Deane to France to open up diplomatic negotiations with the new King Louis XVI of France.

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Feb 10, 2019
Episode 082 The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge
27:11

General Henry Clinton leaves Boston to secure the southern colonies.  His plan is to meet up with a fleet of regulars coming from Britain under the commend of General Cornwallis.  These regulars will serve as a rally point for loyalists to enlist and reclaim the colonies for the King.

The British send two recruiting officers to western North Carolina, where they raise several thousand recruits.  The Patriots learn of the organization of loyalist regiments.  They send Continentals under Col. James Moore, along with patriot militia to prevent the loyalists from reaching the coast and joining with the regulars.  

The parties meet at Moore's Creek Bridge.  The loyalists attack, but fail and flee.  The patriots capture most of the militia and disperse any loyalists.  When Clinton and Cornwallis arrive in North Carolina, they find nothing but hostile patriot regiments to oppose them.  They give up on North Carolina move on to South Carolina.

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Feb 03, 2019
Episode 081 Common Sense
27:30

Thomas Paine arrived in America in 1774 with a head full of radical ideas: abolition, women's rights, republicanism, and independence.  This British immigrant was more radical than most Americans.  His publication of Common Sense in January 1776 is widely credited with pushing public opinion in favor of independence.

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Jan 27, 2019
Episode 080 The Knox Expedition
26:21

General Washington appoints Henry Knox Commander of Artillery.  His first mission is to find some artillery to command.  Knox hauls 59 artillery pieces from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston.  These will prove instrumental in ending the Siege of Boston.

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Jan 20, 2019
Episode 079 The Battle of Quebec
25:29

General Montgomery and Colonel Arnold make a desperate attempt to take Quebec City before their soldiers' enlistments expire at the end of 1775.  Despite a brave attack, the attack fails, leaving the Continental Army in Canada in tatters.

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Jan 13, 2019
Episode 078 Advancing on Quebec
27:00

General Arnold demands the surrender of Quebec, but the last minute arrival of local defenders gives them the courage to hold out.  Arnold pulls back and links up with General Montgomery so that the combined force can assault the city together.

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Jan 06, 2019
Episode 077: The Dunmore Proclamation and the Southern War
26:50

Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore proclaims that slaves who abandon their rebel masters and join the British army can earn their freedom.  Dunmore attempts to recruit a loyalist army of both black and white Virginians.  He fights a pitched battle at Kemp's Landing and Great Bridge.  Unable to hold land, his forces retreat to ships offshore.  At the end of 1775, the British also burn and abandon Norfolk.

In South Carolina, patriots attack and scatter loyalist militia around Ninty-Six i the western interior.  They also fight with naval forces supporting Royal Governor Campbell in Charleston Harbor.  Patriots succeed in forcing the navy to leave the colony as well.

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Dec 30, 2018
Episode 076 Arnold's March to Quebec
27:58

Benedict Arnold leads a force across the New England wilderness to attack Quebec from an unexpected direction.  More than half of his force does not make it through the deadly march.

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Dec 23, 2018
Episode 075 Continental Congress Autumn 1775
27:08

Congress accepts that it is in for a long term fight.  It creates a Navy and Marine Corps and a southern army.  It explores diplomacy with France and sends a diplomat to work with the Iroquois.  It also recommends that the colonies create forms of government based on the will of the people.  To pay for all this, it prints lots more paper money.

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Dec 16, 2018
Episode 074 Occupied Boston 1775
26:33

The British in Boston suffer through a miserable winter.  The Continental Army keeps them stuck in the city.  New England privateers make it extremely difficult to receive food and supplies from the sea.  Hundreds die of disease as everyone suffers greatly.  The British navy does little to provide assistance.  Its destruction of the village of Falmouth only enrages the Americans.

Britain recalls General Gage and Admiral Graves putting General Howe and Admiral Shuldham in charge.

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Dec 09, 2018
Episode 073 Siege of Boston, Autumn Edition
26:30

General Washington gets frustrated by the lack of a plan to attack Boston.  He also squelches his first mutiny. He sends Col. Benedict Arnold to Quebec and Col. Henry Knox to Fort Ticonderoga.  He uncovers a British spy among one of the most trusted patriot leaders.  Most of all he struggles with how to keep the army from going home over the winter.

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Dec 02, 2018
Episode 072 Siege of St. Jean
25:09

Generals Schuyler and Montgomery launch an attack from Fort Ticonderoga into British controlled Canada.  They lay siege Fort St. Jean.  After several months they capture the fort and take prisoner nearly all British regulars in Canada.  Afterwards, the Americans capture Montreal without a fight.

British Commander Guy Carleton dons a disguise and escapes back to Quebec.  He prepares to defend the city against the American forces.

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Nov 25, 2018
Episode 071 Britain Prepares to Crush a Rebellion
28:12

Over the winter of 1775-76, the Ministry in Britain decides to use overwhelming force to put an end to colonial resistance.  The King refuses to receive the Olive Branch Petition makes clear that he supports Parliament in this fight and calls for the use of force to suppress colonial treason.  He also starts recruiting German speaking mercenaries to supplement the British Army.  The ministry also dumps General Gage and Secretary Dartmouth, replacing them with General Howe and Secretary Germain.  The ministry also implements a blockade of North America.

Meanwhile France begins to pay attention to the rebellion.  It sends its first unofficial envoy to Philadelphia to see if it makes sense to provide some covert assistance.

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Nov 18, 2018
Episode 070 Ousted Governors and Bermuda Powder Raid
28:01

Active patriot groups shut down all royal control of all colonies and arrest or expel their royal governors.  The colonies also conduct a raid on Bermuda to acquire more gunpowder for the cause.

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Nov 11, 2018
Episode 069: The South Joins the War
27:21

Over the summer of 1775, the southern colonies throw out their royal governments and take control.  Virginians fight off a British raid on Hampton.  Carolinians capture forts and munitions.  The Mecklenburg Resolves declare independence. Georgia patriots fight loyalists for control of the colony.

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Nov 04, 2018
Episode 068 Congress' Olive Branch Petition
27:16

In the summer of 1775, after creating a the Continental Army and making Washington its commander, Congress makes one final effort for peace, sending the King the Olive Branch Petition. After that, Congress focuses on the war at hand, drafting a Declaration on the Necessity of Taking up Arms.  It organizes committees to run military affairs and creates a new Post Office.  Congress also rejects Parliament's Conciliatory Proposition before it adjourns for the rest of the summer.

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Oct 28, 2018
Episode 067: Washington Takes Command
27:58

Newly appointed General George Washington arrives in Cambridge to take command of what is now the Continental Army.  He is shocked by the lack of discipline and the fact that his army has almost no ammunition. He quietly attempts to rebuild his army and collect more arms and ammunition.  His hopes of a quick and successful offensive against the regulars on Boston are quickly dashed. 

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Oct 21, 2018
Episode 066: The British Take Bunker Hill
27:22
After ferrying thousands of regulars across Boston Harbor, General William Howe begins his attack on Bunker and Breed's Hills late afternoon on the afternoon of June 17, 1775. The regulars launch three bloody assaults to dislodge the provincial troops before the British break the American lines.   The provincials retreat only after running out of ammunition. They lose nearly 450 soldiers, including General Joseph Warren.  The British take more than twice that number in casualties, far more than they ever thought the militia could inflict on them. It is the bloodiest day of the war for the British army. The carnage prevents the British from taking any further major offensive operations from Boston.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.
Oct 14, 2018
Episode 065: The Provincials Occupy Bunker Hill
26:23

When the Provincials get word that the British plan to occupy the no man's land at Bunker Hill and Dorchester Heights, they send Massachusetts and Connecticut militia to build defenses on Bunker Hill.  The soldiers instead build the defenses on Breed's Hill, a smaller hill just next to Bunker Hill.  

The British take most of the following day moving regulars across Boston Harbor to attack the defenses with overwhelming force.  The provincials use the extra time to reinforce and extend their defenses, but get no significant reinforcements all day.  

A cannon duel over the day accomplishes little except to show how amateurish and incompetent the provincial artillery really is.  By late afternoon, British General William Howe is prepared to take the hill with overwhelming force.

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Oct 07, 2018
Episode 064: The Second Continental Congress Begins
27:19

In May 1775, the Second Continental Congress begins after the war has already started.  Delegates must play catchup.  They have to decide whether they will support the war and what their goals are. 

Delegates agree to send one more petition to the King in hopes of pulling out a peace deal. Most delegates though, realize this is pointless. 

Congress supports the war.  The only debate is whether victory means full independence, or simply a better guarantee of colonial rights. Congress creates a Continental Army and selects Virginia Delegate George Washington to lead it.

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Sep 30, 2018
Episode 063 Buzzard's Bay and Machias
25:13

With the British army sitting in Boston, the navy needs to provide supplies and prevent supplies from reaching the Provincials.  An attempt to capture a ship at Buzzard's Bay fails as locals overtake the small British task force and take them prisoner. Similarly, when the British send a ship to protect two merchant vessels providing firewood for Boston, locals again capure the ships.  They kill several of the British and take the rest prisoner.

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Sep 23, 2018
Episode 062: The Three Headed Cerberus in Boston
25:43

Even before word of Lexington and Concord reached London, the Ministry decided they would need to up their game in the colonies.  They did not send Gen. Gage all of the reinforcements he wanted, but they did send some soldiers and marines for the start of the 1775 fighting season.  Along with them, the Ministry sent three new Major Generals to support Gage, traveling together aboard the HMS Cerberus.  All three men, William Howe, Henry Clinton, and John Burgoyne would go on to play larger roles in the War.

General Haldimand received orders at the same time and pack his bags to go home. Because he was senior to all three Major Generals, London did not want this foreign born general to assume command should something happen to General Gage.  The Cerberus also carried news that Admiral Graves received a promotion and would have expanded duties in the colonies.

With the arrival of these new soldiers, London expected more aggressive enforcement of its policies.

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Sep 16, 2018
Episode 061: The Battle of Chelsea Creek
25:32

In the first weeks of the Siege of Boston in 1775, the Provincial Army appears to be more of a disorganized mob than an army.  Men do not obey officers.  Units from one colony would not obey orders from another.  No real chain of command exists.  Further, the lack of uniforms, supplies, ammunition, and other logistical problems created their own problems.  Soldiers on both sides begin to die from disease.

The only real fighting at this time is over islands in Boston Harbor that contain food and hay.  The Provincials attempt to remove or destroy items of value on Hog and Noddle Islands.  When the British navy tries to stop them, a small battle leads to several casualties.  The British navy ship Diana gets stuck in the mud during the fight.  Overnight, the Provincials force the crew to abandon ship.  The colonials loot and burn the ship in their first small victory over the navy.

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Sep 09, 2018
Episode 060: Securing Lake Champlain
25:26
Following Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen's capture of Fort Ticonderoga, Arnold seizes several ships and attacks Fort St. Jean in Quebec. With the captured ships, he forms his own navy on Lake Champlain. The British nearly capture Allen as he attempts to follow Arnold's raid and secure the fort.   As word of the men's exploits get back to officials in New England and Philadelphia, more moderate politicians replace both officers out of fear that their actions will prevent politicians from negotiating a settlement with London.  

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Sep 02, 2018
Episode 059: Taking Fort Ticonderoga
24:05
Benedict Arnold develops a plan to capture Fort Ticonderoga in New York in order to get cannon for Boston. Before leaving for Massachusetts, he tells several men in his home colony of Connecticut about his plan. These Connecticut men organize a force with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, who live only a few miles from the fort.   Arnold, unaware of this plan, gets approval from the Massachusetts army to raise a force in Western Massachusetts to attack the fort. Upon learning that Allen is assembling an attack, Arnold, by himself, rushes to meet Allen's forces and demands to lead them. They refuse, but allow him to come along.   The British do not have the fort guarded well, and do not have a large garrison. The Green Mountain Boys easily enter the fort at dawn and capture the garrison without any deaths. Allen and Arnold then fight over command and who deserves credit for the victory.

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Aug 26, 2018
Episode 058: Slavery and Liberty
25:54

For most of the colonial period, slavery is surprisingly uncontroversial.  As the American Revolution begins, colonists start to question the institution of slavery 

In the north broad acceptance of slavery evaporates quickly after Patriots demand that all men are born basic rights to liberty.  Even in the north, slavery would not end for many more years though. 

In the south, where slave are much more critical to the economy, colonists prove unwilling to bend on the issue.  Many in the deep south support the Patriot movement out of concern that Parliament might someday try to emanciapte slaves in the British colonies.

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Aug 19, 2018
Episode 057: Regulars and Provincials
25:10

As the Siege of Boston opens in 1775, this episode takes a look at the command structure and life as a British Regular, and compares that to the Provincial army of militiamen around Boston.

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Aug 12, 2018
Episode 056: The Shot Heard 'Round the World
25:36

The Seige of Boston begins as soon as the regulars retreat back to Boston following the battles at Lexington and Concord.  The New England Provinicial army springs up overnight from minutemen and militia units throughout New England.  In the days that follow, Patriots and regulars record their accounts of the battles.  The Patriots rush their accounts across the continent and over to London, spreading their version of events first.  Word of the fighting encourages Patriots across the continent that it was time to take up arms and go to war.

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Aug 05, 2018
Episode 055: British Retreat from Lexington and Concord
24:09

By the afternoon of April 19, 1775, having completed his search and destroy mission to Concord. Lt. Col. Smith finds himself facing a twenty mile gauntlet back to Boston. Thousands of angry militia stand ready to attack.  His men are exhausted and running low on ammunition.  His column barely makes it back to Lexington, where Lord Percy's relief column saves them from surrender.  The combined force then faces its own running battle before finally returning to the safety of Charlestown.  The regulars are impressed by the colonial militia's ability to stand up to them.  Gen. Gage can no longer deploy soldiers from Boston.  His only access in or out is by sea.  The Provincial army grows into the tens of thousands as they lay siege to Boston.

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Jul 29, 2018
Episode 054: British Advance on Lexington and Concord
20:30
On the evening of April 18, 1775, Lt. Col. Smith leaves Boston via Charlestown. His goal is to seize and destroy munitions in Concord. Delays prevent his force from leaving Charlestown before Paul Revere and other riders alert the countryside. At around dawn on April 19, the regulars confront a group of militia on Lexington Green.   The regulars at Lexington are an advance company led by a young Lieutenant. They fire on the militia before the main column arrives. When Col. Smith arrives, he stops the shooting and restores order. By then, many lay dead and wounded on the Green. Smith reassembles his column which marches on to Concord.   In Concord, the militia get word of the attack at Lexington and pull back out of town to North bridge. The British arrive and search for munitions. Smith sends a force of light infantry across North bridge to Barrett's mill in search at munitions. While three companies hold North bridge, the militia strike, killing several regulars and retaking the bridge. The British at Barrett's mill are cut off, but manage to cross the bridge anyway, right past the militia, and rejoin the main force in Concord.   Smith is now faced with having to march back to Boston through a gauntlet of hostile militia bent on payback.

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Jul 22, 2018
Episode 053: Paul Revere Rides
20:40

As Gen. Gage prepares to deploy a brigade of regulars to Concord, the Patriots activate their warning system.  Joseph Warren deploys William Dawes and Paul Revere to alert countryside.  The riders alert the militia and reach Lexington, while avoiding British patrols.  They warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock at Lexington before continuing their ride.

On the road to Concord, a British patrol captures Revere.  Dawes gets thrown from his horse during his escape.  But a third rider, Samuel Prescott, completes the mission to warn Concord.  The British detain Revere for a while.  They release him near Lexington after hearing gunfire.  Revere returns to Lexington on foot where he helps a dawdling Hancock and Adams get out of town.  Once they are gone, Revere returns again to Lexington where he attempts to secure some of Hancock's secret papers.  While doing so, the British arrive at Lexington Green.  Revere at a distance, hears the first shots of the American Revolution.

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Jul 15, 2018
Episode 052: Salem Alarm & Hearts and Minds
21:17

In February 1775, Gage attempts to grab a cache of Patriot cannon in Salem. Col. Alexander Leslie leads a regiment of regulars on what is supposed to be a surprise sail up the coast and a fast dash to Salem to grab the guns.  Alert patriots run ahead of the soldiers and remove the weapons before the regulars arrive.  After a brief standoff, the regulars return to Boston empty handed.

A few weeks later, Boston commemorates the 5th anniversary of the Boston Massacre.  Interaction with soldiers leads to panic and fear of arrest.  As spring approaches, everyone awaits the beginning of the fighting season.  On the eve of war, a majority of the colonies have begun governing themselves under illegal Provincial Congresses.  The separation from Britain widens as London prepares to intervene.

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Jul 08, 2018
Episode 051: The Portsmouth Alarm
20:30

By the end of 1774 Britain had banned all munitions imports to the colonies.  After fearing that the British Navy might seize munitions at Fort William and Mary in New Hampshire.  Paul Revere rides from Boston to alert the local militia.  The militia attack the fort the following day.  There is an exchange of gunfire, but no one is killed. The militia quickly capture the small garrison, remove the gunpowder, and then release their prisoners to take control of the fort again.

The following day, more militia arrive and decide to take the fort a second time, this time to remove cannon.  The garrison surrenders, under an agreement to release colonial property only.  Once they take the fort, the militia take the cannon and just about anything else of military value that they can carry.  

Although the royal goverment knows the who led the attack on the King's fort, they are unable to make any arrests.  Patriots have effectively taken control of the colony.

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Jul 01, 2018
Episode 050: Britain Prepares for War
20:46
In late 1774, Prime Minister North calls for early elections. This results in a solid majority in favor of getting tough on the colonies. In reaction to the First Continental Congress' call for economic boycotts, Parliament bans all colonial trade with any country other the Britain. It also passes the "Conciliatory Proposition," allowing colonies to raise taxes in whatever form they like, as long as they come up with as much money as Parliament wants.   The Ministry informs Gen. Gage that he is not getting reinforcements. He has nearly 4000 regulars, which should be plenty to handle civilian mobs. He needs to go on the offensive and begin taking decisive action against protestors engaged in treasonous activity.    

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Jun 24, 2018
Episode 049: The Provincial Congress of Massachusetts
21:09
Gen. Gage retreats with his regulars into Boston in the summer of 1774. Patriots take control of all of the rest of Massachusetts. They form their own government, independent of royal authority. The Provincial Congress organizes a militia army, develops minutemen as a rapid reaction force, and names generals, led by Artemas Ward, for its independent army.   The Congress also organizes logistics and creates a civilian Committee of Safety to run its military. One of the Committee members, Benjamin Church turns out to be a spy for General Gage, giving Gage an open window into all the Patriot planning and preparation for war.  

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Jun 17, 2018
Episode 048: The First Continental Congress
21:36
Parliament closed the Port of Boston following the Boston Tea Party. In response, colonial leaders met in Philadelphia in a "Grand Congress." Tories supported the Congress as a way of putting off local talk of boycotts. They hoped emotions would cool after a few months. The Patriots hoped to use the Congress to enact a continent-wide boycott and present a united front in opposition to Parliament.   The summer of 1774, brought news of more of London's Coercive Acts. When Congress convened in September, public opinion favored the radicals. Congress issued the Declaration of Rights and Grievances, petitioned the King for repeal of the Coercive Acts, and agreed to a boycott of almost all trade until London met colonial demands.    

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Jun 10, 2018
Episode 047: The Suffolk Resolves
19:43

Gov. Gage decides he does not have a large enough army to control the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  The armed colonists who confronted his regulars in the summer of 1774 are too numerous.  Gage barricades his army in Boston and sends frantic letters to London calling for reinforcements.

With that, royal authority over the colony is limited to Boston itself.  Patriots control everything else.  The Suffolk Meeting under Joseph Warren produces a series of resolves on how to handle the current crisis.  The Resolves essentially announce that the Patriots have taken control of the colony and would only return control to London after repeal of the Coercive Acts.

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Jun 03, 2018
Episode 046: The Powder Alarm
21:23

On September 1, 1774, Gen. Gage sends a regiment to secure gunpowder stored at a powder house several miles from Boston.  The regulars also seize several cannons, returning to Boston with the guns and ammunition.

Rumors spread that the regulars had shot and killed several colonists during the raid.  By the following day, thousands of armed militiamen have gathered outside Boston demanding answers.  The militia eventually go home after learning that no one was killed.  But the event reinforces Gen. Gage's belief that the colonists are ready to start a war at a moment's notice.  The colonists learn they needed a better early warning system to get militia into the field faster.  Both sides continue efforts to secure more arms and ammunition for the coming fight.

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May 27, 2018
Episode 045: Governing from Salem
20:51

Governor Gage moves the colonial government to Salem and begins enforcing his policy of firmness, ignoring colonial protests and implementing the Coercive Acts.  When the colonists refuse to obey, he attempts to use regulars to shut down a town meeting Salem.   He arrests several leaders who held an illegal town meeting anyway.  When the militia takes up arms to release those arrested, Gage realizes his soldiers could be overwhelmed by the shear numbers of armed militia.  He is shocked by the colonists' refusal to back down in the face of armed regulars.

Gage decides he cannot enforce the law unless London sends him a larger army.  He retreats to Boston and begins writing letters calling for reinforcements.  Meanwhile, patriots shut down the courts and force government officials to resign.  Royal authority in Massachusetts is limited to the isolated town of Boston.

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May 20, 2018
Episode 044: Lord Dunmore's War
20:40

In late 1774 Governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore leads militia into Western Virginia.  He hopes to stop local tribes who are attacking colonists.  Tribes are upset that colonists are moving into their lands in violation of the King's Proclamation of 1763.

After the Battle of Point Pleasant, Gov. Dunmore forces Chief Cornstalk to sign the Treaty of Camp Charlotte, giving up all claims to land east of the Ohio River.

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May 13, 2018
Episode 043: Colonies React to the Coercive Acts
20:18

Gen. Gage travels to Boston to replace Hutchinson as the new Governor of Massachusetts.  The tough talking Gage had assured officials in London he could use firmness to enforce colonial compliance with the Coercive Acts, most of which were still under debate when he left London.  Gage soon discovers that the threat of force only goads the heavily armed colonsits to threaten force of their own.  Gage soon finds himself behind barricades in Boston, having lost control of the rest of the colony.  The Port of Boston is closed, but other changes mandated by London cannot be enforced outside of Boston.

Over the summer and fall of 1774, Massachusetts and the other colonies only hear more news of intolerable acts passed in London.  Calls for cutting off all trade with England entirely leads to the call for a Continental Congress to discuss colonial options in developing a united response.

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May 06, 2018
Episode 042: The Coercive Acts
20:35

In response to the Boston Tea Party, Parliament gets tough by passing several acts designed to punish Massachusetts. The Boston Port Act closes Boston Harbor until the city compensates everyone for damages related to the destruction of tea.  The Government Act gives power to the Crown appointed Governor to fill most government positions and bans town meetings to discuss issues.  The Administration of Justice Acts takes away the colony's right to try soldiers or other officials for murder.  The Quartering Act permits soldiers to take over colonial buildings for their use.  Parliament also passes the Quebec Act, giving Canada control over all disputed lands in the Ohio Valley.

Parliament hopes these laws will show the colonists that they cannot get away with flouting the authority of the King and Parliament.  Colonists must accept Parliament's control or suffer serious economic and political consequences.

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Apr 29, 2018
Episode 041: Tea Party Aftermath
20:22

Despite the open destruction of private property, the colonies generally seem to approve of Boston's reaction to the tea ships.  When another tea ship arrives a few months later, locals dump its chests in Boston Harbor as well.  Other towns up and down the coast destroy or force the removal of tea.  Soon, even drinking untaxed tea becomes unacceptable.  Colonists hold tea burnings and refuse to allow anyone to sell or possess tea. 

The immediate reaction in London is that this is completely unacceptable.  It requires more than a criminal investigation.  Rather, the entire colony needs to be punished.  In a stroke of bad timing, London learns of Franklin's release of private letters to Boston radicals months earlier.  The Privy Council summons him and attacks him relentlessly for hours, destroying his reputation in England.

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Apr 22, 2018
Episode 040: The Boston Tea Party
20:10

Parliament tries to win the fight over tariffs by greatly reducing the cost of tea, and maintaining only a nominal three pence per pound tax on tea.  Officials hope the lower prices will end the tea boycott. Radical colonial leaders see this, correctly, as London's attempt to establish that tariffs on imports to raise revenue are legal.

Patriots are caught off guard as the tea arrives only weeks after they learn about the terms. Officials think they have beaten the protesters. Once the ships enter the harbor, the tax must be paid. Otherwise, customs can seize the tea 20 days. On Dec. 16, 1773, the day before the tax is due, colonists dressed as Indians storm the three ships, break open the crates, and dump the tea into the harbor. A crowd of thousands, along with the British army and navy, stand by and watch.

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Apr 15, 2018
Episode 039: The Politics of Tea
20:31

After several years of calm in the colonies, Parliament changes the way tea is distributed and taxed throughout the Empire.  Mostly, this is an attempt to bail out the East India Company which had too much tea and not enough cash.  The Tea Act of 1773 reduced or eliminated almost all taxes on tea, and also allowed the East India Company to sell tea directly to the colonies, rather than having to go through expensive middlemen.  The result would be a massive drop in the price of tea. 

With all duties eliminated accept for a small 3 pence per pound tarriff, tea in the colonies would be much cheaper than ever before.  But the Sons of Liberty feared this was an effort to break the back of the already failing non-importation agreements.  Once colonies accepted this tiny tariff, the precedent would be set to tax the colonies whenever Parliament wanted.

In late 1773, seven ships loaded with tea headed for Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston.  The colonist had barely learned about hte new system before the tea would arrive.  This left everyone guessing what their next step would be.

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Apr 08, 2018
Episode 038: The Green Mountain Boys
20:00

After New Hampshire issues thousands of land grants in a disputed region, New York gets the King to declare the land part of the New York colony.  New York then declares all the property owners living on land grants from New Hampshire to be illegal squatters who need to buy their land again or leave.  After legal and political efforts lead nowhere, the land owners with New Hampshire grants form a militia that becomes the Green Mountain Boys.  Ethan Allen becomes the best known leader of the group, using violence and intimidation to force out New York claimants.

Several New York Governors attempt to resolve the problem, but let their own greed in land speculation prevent any fair resolution.  New York attempts to crush the resistance, but events leading to the outbreak of war between England and the colonies prevents any final showdown.  The fight moves into the war itself.

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Apr 01, 2018
Episode 037: Committees of Correspondence and the Colony of Vandalia
20:54

As events quiet down after 1770, London tries to make many minor behind the scenes changes to the colonial power structure, making it harder for the colonies to resist the next confrontation.  Samuel Adams works with others to set up Committees of Correspondence, so Patriots can keep track of these changes across the colonies and develop strategies to resist.

Also, land speculators attempt to set up a new colony in western lands, reserved by the King for native American tribes.  The attempted land grab leads to the resignation of Lord Hillsborough as Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs and the appointment of Lord Dartmouth to replace him.

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Mar 25, 2018
Episode 036: Sinking the HMS Gaspee
20:37

Rhode Island colonists, like just about all other colonists, greatly resented the new tough enforcement of trade laws by British officials.  It made profitable trade virtually impossible.  The HMS Gaspee and its commander Lt. Dudingston developed a reputation for being one of the worst in terms of strict enforcement and poor treatment of civilians.

One night in 1772, the Gaspee ran aground on a sandbar in Naragansett Bay.  That night, locals rowed out to the ship, shot Dudingston, removed the crew, and burned the ship to the waterline.  Officials tried to get tough and ship some of the attackers back to London for a treason trial.  But the colonial code of silence prevented the government from being able to prosecute any of the attackers.

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Mar 18, 2018
Episode 035: Carolina Regulators and the Battle of Alamance
20:56

In both North and South Carolina, colonists on the western frontier run into conflicts with the east coast dominated government.  Westerners in each state form Regulator movements to enforce the law locally as they see fit.  In North Carolina, this leads to open warfare with the colonial government.  Regulators and militia do battle in 1771 near Alamance Creek.

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Mar 11, 2018
Episode 034: Massacre Fallout and Townshend Acts Repealed
21:19

After British Regulars kill five colonists and injure others at what becomes known as the Boston Massacre, local radicals force the government to relocate the soldiers to Castle Island, out in Boston Harbor.  The Massacre becomes an example for why standing armies should not be maintained among a free people.

For months following, both sides prepare for trials, in which John Adams, among other patriot lawyers, represents the British soldiers.  A jury acquits Captain Preston and five of the seven soldiers involved in the shooting.  The Jury finds two soldiers guilty of manslaughter and had the court brands their thumbs as punishment.

Even before word of the Massacre reaches London, Lord North begins a partial repeal of the Townshend Acts, eliminating most taxes on the colonists.  However, to make a point about Parliament's tax authority, North retains a tax on tea.

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Mar 04, 2018
Episode 033: The Boston Massacre
20:32

Over the winter of 1769-70, locals in Boston make life as uncomfortable as possible for the British Regulars occupying the city.  Fights break out regularly.  The local courts would not punish locals and the army would not punish soldiers for fighting.  Street brawls become more frequent.  A mob chases customs informer Ebenezer Richardson into his house and threatens his life.  He fires into the crowd, killing a young boy.  

A few weeks later, a British soldier on guard at the Customs House strikes a boy for being insolent.  A mob soon forms, threatening the soldier.  Another squad of soldiers attempts to rescue the guard, but soon finds itself surrounded.  The situation flies out of control and the soldiers fire on the crowd, killing five and wounding several others.

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Feb 25, 2018
Episode 032: The Battle of Golden Hill
20:43

During the winter of 1769-70, New Yorkers fight with British Regulars.  When New York failed to come up with sufficient money to quarter the soldiers, British Regulars destroy the Liberty Pole.  Isaac Sears, a leader in the local Sons of Liberty Chapter tries to make a citizen's arrest of several soldiers a few days later.  Both sides quickly escalate the event into a massive street brawl involving thousands of soldiers and civilians.  Dozens are wounded.  Both Sears and Alexandar McDougall who gets arrested for a pamphlet opposing a tax to pay for the quartering of Regulars in the city, see their profiles rise as leaders of the colonial resistance.  The Sons of Liberty build a new bigger liberty pole.

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Feb 18, 2018
Episode 031: Wilkes and Liberty & Tar and Feathers
20:49

Radical John Wilkes returns from France in 1768 to face the charges for seditious libel.  He would spend the next two years in prison, during which time he would be elected to Parliament, which refused to seat him, as well as other goverment positions.  As much as the King and Parliament hated Wilkes, the people of England loved him as a defender of liberty.  The colonists also took up Wilkes as a hero of the fight for liberty. 

As the sides harden between Parliament and the colonies. Prime Minister Grafton sees no route for a compromise that will resolve the disputes and resigns.  Lord North, a hardliner, becomes the new Prime Minister.

During this same period, different Sons of Liberty organizations are attempting to maintain nonimportation agreeements against London and prevent customs enforcment.  They begin using the practice of tarring and feathering customs informers or low level customs officials in order to prevent effective enforcement of British trade laws.

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Feb 11, 2018
Episode 030: The Occupation of Boston
20:00

 

With officials in Boston unable to control the people and enforce the law, Secretary of State Hillsborough decides enough is enough and orders four regiments of British regulars to occupy the town.  Radical colonists debate resisting the troops by force of arms, but decide in the end to back down.  Instead, they simply send protests to London.  Locals harass the soldiers at every opportunity, and make the occupation as difficult as possible.  The Navy attempts to impress (force) local sailors into the fleet, leading to the death of a British officer from those resisting impressment. Gov. Bernard is recalled to London and will never return, leaving Lt. Governor Hutchinson in charge.  Leading radical James Otis suffers an attack that leads to mental instability and his eventual withdrawal from politics.

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Feb 04, 2018
Episode 029: The Liberty Riot
19:54

The American Board of Customs arrives in Boston in 1767 ready to enforce the new Townshend duties.  With the backing of the British Navy, the Board tries to show who is boss by seizing a ship belonging to the wealthiest merchant in Boston and a leader of the tax protests, John Hancock.  The seizure of Hancock's ship Liberty results in a riot and the beatings of several customs officials.  The Board learns that they are not the boss and must flee to Castle William, an island in Boston Harbor, to avoid further attacks.  Tough enforcement of customs laws comes to a halt.

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Jan 28, 2018
Episode 028: Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer
20:25

Following passage of the Towshend Acts in 1767, the colonists are unsure how to respond. These are import tariffs, not taxes, which was the line they drew over the earlier Stamp Act. They don't want to pay but have trouble articulating a good argument that everyone accepts.

John Dickinson writes a series of 12 letters, purportedly from "a farmer in Pennsylvania" explaining why these new laws are just as objectionable. His letters push the colonists into real opposition to the new laws. British attempts to shut down the protests by force, only make things worse.

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Jan 21, 2018
Episode 027: Prime Minister Pitt Falls from Power
20:18

Prime Minister William Pitt's illness prevents him from running his administration.  The Duke of Grafton becomes acting Prime Minister for over a year and eventually take the office officially when Pitt resigns in 1768.  Although Grafton is a moderate on colonial issues, he moves hardliners like Lord North and the Earl of Hillsborough into his cabinet.  The Ministry also adds to the Townshend Acts by creating several new Admiralty Courts in America to enforce the Townshend Acts and other customs laws.  With tough enforcement, they hope the colonies will fall in line.

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Jan 14, 2018
Episode 026: The Townshend Acts
20:05

William Pitt, champion of colonial rights, finally becomes Prime Minister in 1766. Illness however, keeps him from active participation in the government. His Lord of the Exchequer Charles Townsend tries to boost revenue by increasing tariffs on a wide variety of colonial imports. While avoiding direct taxes, the new laws are designed to extract money from the colonies as well as increase enforcement actions. Townshend hopes to introduce colonial compliance to Parliament slowly with this first step.

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Jan 07, 2018
Episode 025: Tensions Simmer
21:09

Following the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766, colonial protests stopped and trade resumed.  Parliament is not happy about the pushback and seems determined to find a way to put the colonies in their place.  The colonies are unhappy about the Declaratory Act and Parliament's assertion of complete tax authority over the colonies, despite a lack of colonial representation in Parilament.  The colonists and the English people begin to view their interests as in competition with one another.

During this time, many small issues push colonial interests further from those in England.  The death of John Robinson in Virginia reveals a major financial scandal that creates a colonial cash shortage.  Parliament passes the Free Port Act, attempting to give trade advantages to London over the colonies.  A New York assault case Forsey v. Cunningham threatens the right of jury trials.  Bostonians get into a big fight over search warrants.  New Yorkers refuse to pay Quartering Act costs for British regulars in the colony.

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Dec 31, 2017
Episode 024: Stamp Act Repeal and Declaratory Act
20:00

The Stamp Act took effect on November 1, 1765.  But colonial opposition prevented the use of any stamps.  Protesters forced newspapers, courts, and ports to operate without stamped paper.  Creditors could not go to court to collect on debts and trading vessels stop going to England.  As a result, English merchants joined in opposition to the Act.

Prime Minister Rockingham replaced Grenville and immediately set about to repeal the law.  The problem was, Parliament did not want to look like it was backing down in the face of mob violence, or sending the message that it accepts colonial assertions that Parliament cannot impose taxes on the colonies.  After months of wrangling and infighting, King George let it be known that he supports the repeal.  Parilament passed the repeal, but on the same day also passes the Declaratory Act which says Parliament still has the authority to pass such laws whenever it wants.  

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Dec 24, 2017
Episode 023: The Stamp Act Congress
21:00

Colonists at all levels of society protested the Stamp Act of 1765.  Newspapers railed against it.  Mobs marched in the streets, and destroyed the  homes of tax agents and other supporters.  Colonial politicians not only spoke out against the Act but organized the Stamp Act Congress to coordinate a unified response to this tax.  At issue was "taxation without representation."  Parliament, for the first time, was imposing a direct tax on the colonists, even though they had no representation in Parliament.  

 

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Dec 17, 2017
Episode 022: The Stamp Act and Quartering Act of 1765
20:47

In 1765 Prime Minister Grenville led passage of the Stamp Act through Parliament.  He designed the tax on newpapers, legal documents and a host of other paper to collect revenues from the colonies.  Although some radical whigs like William Pitt opposed the new taxes, the law sailed through Parilament with relative ease.  Parliament wanted to pay off its war debt and thought the colonies needed to contribute more.  To help with enforcement, Parliament also passed the Quartering act, forcing colonies to pay for housing for soldiers in their colonies.

 

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Dec 10, 2017
Episode 021: The Colonies React to Taxes
21:06

Following the passage of the Sugar Act in 1764, the British colonies in North America begin to organize opposition.  The new taxes and trade enforcement policies hits the colonies just when they are experiencing other economic problems.  Brtiain's removal of war subsidies leads to growing unemployment and a general lack of jobs.  The Currency Act contributes to exisiting money shortages.   The Wheelwright Scandal makes all of this worse.  British restrictions on western lands cuts off a traditional economic resource.

The colonies send petitions to London protesting the changes.  They also begin writing editorials and circulating pamphlets among themselves as they start to orginaize colonial opposition.  British customs officials face opposition at all levels as they attempt to enforce the law.

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Dec 03, 2017
Episode 020: The Sugar Act & Currency Act of 1764
20:06

In 1764, with Britain under a massive debt from the Seven Years War and with increased costs of maintaining its new colonies, the Grenville Ministry passes the Sugar Act to raise revenue from the colonists.  The Act itself actually cuts tariff rates, but also institutes enforcement measures to ensure the colonists cannot evade the taxes as easily as they did in the past.  Parliament also passes the Quartering Act, to make colonies pay for the quartering of British Regulars within their borders, whether they are there to protect the colonists or to enforce tariff and trade laws.

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Nov 26, 2017
Episode 019: Suppressing the Indians
20:54

In 1764, in response to the Native American attacks known as Pontiac's War, the colonists strike back at the Indians, killing the guilty and innocent alike.  Gen. Amherst approves use of smallpox against the Indians. He proposes a campaign of terror and slaughter against the tribes.  At the insistence of Indian agent Sir William Johnson, London recalls Amherst, leaving Gen. Thomas Gage in charge.  Gage follows through on Amherst's attack plan, sending out two expeditions to destroy Indian villages and kill anyone they find, taking no prisoners.

By the time the expeditions leave in the summer of 1764, the leaders find almost all tribes ready to settle.  Indian attempts to bring the French back into the fight have failed.  Most Chiefs realize they cannot continue the war.  The Treaty of Niagara returns the Seneca to peace.  Other tribes request diplomatic negotiations, eventually resulting in the Treaty of Fort Ontario in 1766.  This Treaty recognizes British rule as far west as the Mississippi River.

Meanwhile, King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, requiring all British colonial settlements to remain east of the Allegheny mountains, thus forbidding westward colonial expansion.  The colonists strongly oppose this restriction.

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Nov 19, 2017
Episode 018: Pontiac's War
21:07

By 1763, France has left Canada after losing the the French and Indian war.  British soldiers and colonists continue to occupy land west of the Allegheny mountains in violation of promises.  To save money, Britain stops making annual gifts to the tribes. The Indian tribes unite and rise up against these continuing violations of treaties.  The tribes sieze mulitple forts and besiege others.  Soldiers and colonists hunker down in forts, flee the region, or die horrible deaths.

 

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Nov 12, 2017
Episode 017: Parsons Cause, Bishops, and Trade
21:27

As the Seven Years War comes to an end, Britain and her colonies begin bickering over issues unrelated to the war.  In Virginia, a new lawyer named Patrick Henry convinces a jury not to pay ministers the wage required under the law.  The Archbishop of Canterbury is thwarted in his attempts to force New England to accept an Anglican Bishop.  James Otis Jr. becomes an early advocate against the enforcement of trade tariffs through the use of general warrants.

 

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Nov 05, 2017
Episode 016: Treaty of Paris & Wilkes Affair
20:05

The French try for one last land claim in North America at the Battle of Signal Hill.  Following the end of combat, the British army in America shrinks, removing men and money from the colonies.  Britain finally ends the Seven Years War with France and Spain through the Treaty of Paris in 1763.  British politician John Wilkes learns the hard way that although the King has gotten involved in politics, you cannot criticize the King like any other politician.  He goes on to become a hero for the cause of British liberities.

 

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Oct 29, 2017
Episode 015: Cherokee Uprising, Fighting in West Indies & Spain joins the War.
19:56

The Cherokee go to war against the settlers in the Carolinas who are encroaching on their land.  Britain captures French colonies in the West Indies (what we today call the Caribbean).  Newcastle and Pitt leave the government as the Earl of Bute takes charge.  Spain finally joins France in the war against Britain, only to lose some of its own colonies.

 

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Oct 22, 2017
Episode 014: Canada Becomes British & Britain Gets King George III
19:05

The British Army in America captures the final concentration of French forces at Montreal in 1760.  This effectively ends major combat operations in North America.  With the death of his grandfather, 22 year old King George III claims the throne.

 

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Oct 15, 2017
Episode 013: The Battle of Quebec
19:20

British Gen. Wolfe defeats French Gen. Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham in 1759.  The British capture the key city of Quebec.

 

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Oct 08, 2017
Episode 012: The Fall of Forts Duquesne, Niagara, and Carillon
18:19

After convincing most Indians to abandon the French in the Ohio Valley, the British take Fort Duquesne at the end of 1758.  Gen. Amherst takes command of British forces for the 1759 fighting season, capturing Forts Niagara and Carillion as well.  Fort Duquesne becomes Fort Pitt.  Fort Carillion becomes Fort Ticonderoga.

 

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Oct 01, 2017
Episode 011: Louisbourg, Frontenac, & Treaty of Easton
20:57

Gen. Amherst captures Louisbourg in Britain's first major victory of the French and Indian War.  The British follow up with a successful raid on Fort Frontenac.  In Pennsylvania, the British sign the Treaty of Eastong.  This ends most of the military opposition of Indians in the Ohio Valley.

 

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Sep 24, 2017
Episode 010: New British Strategy & Attack on Fort Carillon
19:51

After continuing defeats, Britain changes leaders.  It also adopts a new strategy for encouraging British colonial support for the war in North America.  Gen. Abercromby's army assaults Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga.

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Sep 17, 2017
Episode 009: Fort William Henry Massacre & Rise of William Pitt
19:55

The French offensive continues in 1757 as Gen. Montcalm takes Fort William Henry.  France's Indian allies massacre part of the British and colonial garrison.  In London, the King gives William Pitt a chance to turn around the war with new strategies.

 

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Sep 10, 2017
Episode 008: Surrender of Fort Oswego
20:58

The French go on the offensive, capturing Forts Ontario and Oswego.  The British retreat, ceding much of upper New York to the French and their Indian allies.  Various tribes also move aggressively to push British colonists out of the Ohio Valley.

 

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Sep 03, 2017
Episode 007: Acadia, Lake George, and Loudoun
23:11

The British expel the French inhabitants, of Acadia.  The French and British fight over Lake George.  Britain gets a new Prime Minister, the Duke of New Castle.  Lord Loudoun arrives in America as the new British miltiary commander.

 

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Aug 27, 2017
Episode 006: British Take Charge: Battle of the Monongahela
22:24

Britain sends Gen. Braddock to America to recapture the Ohio Valley in 1755.  He meets the French and Indians at the Battle of the Monongahela.

 

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Aug 20, 2017
Episode 005: Jumonville & Fort Necessity
22:52

Virginia sends a young man named George Washington into the Ohio Valley to challenge the French. There, he starts a world war.

 

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Aug 13, 2017
Episode 004: Britain, France, and the Indians
23:22

Britain and France had spent the prior century in almost continuous fighthing.  In American, Native tribes attempted to play off the two European powers against one another, while engaging in their own power struggles with neighboring tribes.  Today's episode looks at the power dynamics in play before the outbreak of the French and Indian War. 

 

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Aug 06, 2017
Episode 003: British Background
24:06

Background on the American Colonies. For more text, pictures, maps, and sources, please visit my site at AmRevPodcast.Blogspot.com.

Jul 30, 2017
Episode 002: American Background
23:43

Background on the American Colonies. For more text, pictures, maps, and sources, please visit my site at AmRevPodcast.Blogspot.com.

Jul 24, 2017
Episode 001: Introduction
05:55

Today I begin the American Revolution Podcast.

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Jul 16, 2017