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Teaching the American Revolution with Simulations

What most Americans know about the Revolutionary War they learned when they were in elementary or middle school. The curricular timing is fortunate in... The post Teaching the American Revolution with Simulations appeared first on Journal of the American...

Joseph Plumb Martin and One Shiny Dollar

This year I seem to have focused on reactions to the Battle of Lexington and Concord instead of the actual fighting.Here’s another example, from the memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin, who at age fourteen was living with his grandparents in Milford,...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 May 2017

“An Intimation of the Bombardment of Boston”

Today is the anniversary of the militia uprising in 1774 that Richard Frothingham dubbed the “Powder Alarm” in his biography of Dr. Joseph Warren.On 2 Sept 1774 up to five thousand Massachusetts militiamen crowded into Cambridge, forcing every...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Sep 2016

The Legend of Molly Pitcher—A New Source

Since I was on a Battle of Monmouth kick, I’ll jump to one of the most enduring American legends to come out of that fight: Molly Pitcher. As Ray Raphael wrote in Founding Myths and this article for the Journal of the American Revolution, there’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Aug 2016

Joseph Plumb Martin, Soldier-Author

Glazier, Masters & Co.[1] of Hallowell, Maine, in 1830 published A narrative of some of the adventures, dangers and sufferings of a Revolutionary soldier; interspersed with anecdotes of incidents that occurred within his own observation.  Written...

“Such a boring account of such an epic war”

As long as I’m quoting Sgt. Joseph Plumb Martin’s memoir of fighting in the Revolution, I can’t resist passing on this assessment of the book from April on Goodreads:The author said in the beginning of the book that this was his story and it was...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 Nov 2013

“Upon a Leg of Nothing and No Turnips”

In the fall of 1777, Gen. William Howe defeated Gen. George Washington’s army at Brandywine, Paoli, and Germantown and took Philadelphia, the young republic’s capital. But up north another American army captured Gen. John Burgoyne after Saratoga....
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Nov 2013

The Long Shot of September 1776

In September 1776[1] there occurred an incident of long distance marksmanship, or luck, that deserves a close look.  The eyewitness, Private Joseph Plumb Martin[2] of the Continental Army, describes the scene.  Martin was on the east shore of Manhattan...

Mrs. Middleton Takes Prisoners

Although it was extremely rare for women to masquerade as soldiers during the 18th Century, the image was part of the era’s popular culture. Here we see actress Charlotte Walpole dressed as a soldier for her role as Nancy in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s...

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