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The Penobscot Expedition of 1779

For much of the Revolutionary War, the relative obscurity and isolation of the three Massachusetts counties of York, Cumberland, and Lincoln along the coast... The post The Penobscot Expedition of 1779 appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Gunpowder, the Bahamas, and the First Marine Killed in Action

In the summer of 1775, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army outside Boston and immediately began the process of organizing his forces.... The post Gunpowder, the Bahamas, and the First Marine Killed in Action appeared first on Journal...

Johan Joachim Zubly: The Other Georgia Delegate

When reading the excellent JAR article “The Dark and Heroic Histories of Georgia’s Signers,” I happened to recall another Georgia delegate to the Second... The post Johan Joachim Zubly: The Other Georgia Delegate appeared first on Journal...

This Week on Dispatches: Richard Werther and Lambert Wickes, Continental Navy Captain

In this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer and JAR contributor Richard J. Werther discuss the life of Captain Lambert Wickes, the differences between “piracy” and... The post This Week on Dispatches: Richard Werther and Lambert...

Captain Lambert Wickes and “Gunboat Diplomacy, American Revolution Style”

The Continental Navy. Words that didn’t exactly strike fear into the heart of the mighty British Royal Navy. For most Americans, knowledge of the... The post Captain Lambert Wickes and “Gunboat Diplomacy, American Revolution Style” appeared...

The Return of the Bonhomme Richard?

Last week the British press reported that marine archeologists announced the discovery of the wreck of the Bonhomme Richard, the French-built Continental Navy warship commanded by John Paul Jones during his most celebrated battle. The Yorkshire Post reported:Mystery...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Dec 2018

“Captain Chambers has commenced a Suit in London”

In the early 1770s James Chambers criss-crossed the Atlantic between New York and London on the ship London. His name appeared regularly in the New York newspapers as shopkeepers announced they were selling the latest goods from Britain, as brought by...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Sep 2018

Armed and Equipped at Continental Expense: The Birth of the Continental Navy

George Washington realized early in the Revolutionary War that the British Navy provided the King’s army with an advantage in mobility. Not long after... The post Armed and Equipped at Continental Expense: The Birth of the Continental Navy appeared...

The Revolutionary War’s Most Enigmatic Naval Captain: Pierre Landais

One American Revolutionary War naval captain, Pierre Landais, appeared paranoid and somewhat deranged. Landais was a French merchantman lieutenant who trafficked arms to America... The post The Revolutionary War’s Most Enigmatic Naval Captain: Pierre...

John Adams and America’s First Fourth

As many people know, John Adams lauded the Continental Congress’s vote for independence by writing home, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.” Adams didn’t realize that the...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jul 2018

EXTRA: Celebrating “Grand Union Flag” Day in Somerville

Somerville usually celebrates the flag-raising on Prospect Hill on the anniversary of that event. Unfortunately, that’s on 1 January—not always the most comfortable time to be outside on a New England hilltop. So this year the city is celebrating...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2017

A Look at Samuel Selden’s Horn

Back when I reviewed the “We Are One” exhibit at the Boston Public Library [closing this weekend!], I finished by saying, “Over the next couple of days I’ll discuss a couple of the ‘We Are One’ items in more depth.“The...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Nov 2015

Dividing the Prizes from Scotland

In June 1776, Gen. Artemas Ward wrote to his commander-in-chief, Gen. George Washington, with news of the fight in Boston harbor:P.S. June 17. I have just received information that the Continental Privateers have taken and brought into Nantasket in this...
From: Boston 1775 on 23 Jul 2015

Celebrating the Fourth of July in 1777

John Adams wrote this letter from Philadelphia to his daughter Abigail, then about to turn twelve, on 5 July 1777:Yesterday, being the anniversary of American Independence, was celebrated here with a festivity and ceremony becoming the occasion.I am too...
From: Boston 1775 on 4 Jul 2015

Captain Gustavus Conynham: America’s Successful Naval Captain or Accidental Pirate?

Shortly after the onset of the Revolutionary War, Americans started to harass British commercial shipping close-to-home. One ship captain who engaged in this type of naval warfare was Gustavus Conyngham. He was credited with the most ships apprehended,...

Continental Navy Week - Commodore John Paul Jones, c.1779

"John Paul Jones, commodore au service des Etats-Unis de l'Amérique," engraved by Carl Gutenberg from a drawing by C.J. Notté, c.1779, Wikimedia Commons retouched detail from Library of Congress original.I started this week...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 15 Feb 2015

Continental Navy Week - Captain Gustavus Conyngham, date unknown

Captain Gustavus Conyngham miniature, artist unknown, date unknown, US Naval Historical Center.The Dunkirk Pirate returns! Conyngham was featured on this blog some time ago. That French depiction of Conyngham may have been colored by his checkered...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 14 Feb 2015

Continental Navy Week - Captain Matthew Parke, date unknown

Continental Marine Captain Matthew Parke, artist unknown, date unknown, FourScore.Continental Navy portraits are difficult to come across. Continental Marine portraits are almost nonexistant. That is what makes this miniature so valuable. The miniature...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 13 Feb 2015

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