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Valley Forge

Valley Forge by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018) BUY THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON Americans refer to many of... The post Valley Forge appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Top 5 Foreign Continental Army Officers (Other Than Lafayette)

At the war’s outset, there was a dearth of proven military leadership within the thirteen colonies severely limiting the Continental Army’s ability to engage the British on equal terms. This paucity of military leadership was especially pronounced...

Bartholomew von Heer and the Marechaussee Corps

Washington and the Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge, twenty-five miles northwest of Philadelphia. On November 27, the Continental Congress decided to restructure the Board of War. Up to this point the Board was made up of delegates...

Most Overrated Revolutionary?

John Paul Jones. A good ship captain and tenacious fighter but an abysmally bad squadron commander and a tireless self-promoter and schemer, who was deservedly disliked by subordinates and peers and who certainly does not warrant the title “Father of...

American Towns named for British Soldiers

Hundred, West Virginia. Source: Google If you want to visit a town named for a Revolutionary War veteran, it’s pretty easy to do. There’s the nation’s capital, of course, among other places named for George Washington. Many states feature a Lafayette,...

Von Steuben’s Continentals

The DVD, “Von Steuben’s Continentals: The First American Army,” is a great introduction to the life of the American soldier during the Revolutionary War. The video joins the Continental Army in 1779 at an unnamed camp in the Hudson Highlands. ...

Mrs. Byrd’s “Affair at Westover”

Mary Willing Byrd (1758). Click here to view a painting of Mrs. Byrd in 1773. In traveling upriver on his raid to Richmond in early January 1781, General Benedict Arnold disembarked his army at Westover on the James River where they confiscated enough...

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