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Your search for posts with tags containing Battle of the Clouds found 5 posts

A Reconsideration of Continental Army Numerical Strength at Valley Forge

On December 23, 1777, a mere four days after his Continental army entered Valley Forge, George Washington wrote to the Continental Congress expressing the... The post A Reconsideration of Continental Army Numerical Strength at Valley Forge appeared first...

This Week on Dispatches: Gary Ecelbarger on Clement Biddle and the “Battle of the Clouds”

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews writer and JAR contributor Gary Ecelbarger on what a letter from Clement Biddle can tell us... The post This Week on Dispatches: Gary Ecelbarger on Clement Biddle and the “Battle of...

Clement Biddle Partially Clears the “Battle of the Clouds”

One of the more intriguing limited actions of the Revolutionary War was the Battle of the Clouds on September 16, 1777, a meeting of... The post Clement Biddle Partially Clears the “Battle of the Clouds” appeared first on Journal of the American...

Aggressive-Minded Gamblers: Washington, Howe, and the Days Between Battles, September 12–16, 1777

On Tuesday afternoon, September 16, 1777—five days after the Battle of Brandywine—George Washington and most of his 11,000-member Continental army stood atop the South... The post Aggressive-Minded Gamblers: Washington, Howe, and the Days...

The “B Team” of 1777: Maxwell’s Light Infantry

On the topic of Maxwell’s Light Infantry, Lt. Col. William Heth’s views were crystal clear. “Maxwells Corps ’Twas expected would do great things,” he... The post The “B Team” of 1777: Maxwell’s Light Infantry...

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