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The Officers’ Spirited Memorial: A Prelude to the Newburgh Conspiracy

The officers of the Continental Army were sullen. It was December 1782, and they were stationed in and around Newburgh, New York, and neighboring... The post The Officers’ Spirited Memorial: A Prelude to the Newburgh Conspiracy appeared first on...

Catharine Macaulay: Her Final Gifts to America and France, 1787–1791

In September 1787, Mrs. Mercy Otis Warren informed Catharine Macaulay of the results of the Federal Convention in Philadelphia. She was guardedly optimistic. Macaulay,... The post Catharine Macaulay: Her Final Gifts to America and France, 1787–1791...

“Under God:” Understanding its Revolutionary Usage

The words “under God” have been part of America’s fabric since its inception; any school child will recognize the words in the Pledge of... The post “Under God:” Understanding its Revolutionary Usage appeared first on Journal...

Decoding British ciphers used in the South, 1780-81

During the southern campaigns the British used two kinds of cipher, each kind being markedly different from the other.  The First Kind of Cipher: The... The post Decoding British ciphers used in the South, 1780-81 appeared first on Journal of...

Catharine Macaulay, England’s First Female Whig Historian: the War Begins, 1775

By the end of 1774, Catharine Macaulay had met Benjamin Rush, Arthur Lee, Richard Marchant, and Benjamin Franklin, and had corresponded with John Dickinson, James... The post Catharine Macaulay, England’s First Female Whig Historian: the War...

Eyewitness to the British Retreat from Lexington: The Timothy Pickering Letter

A newly appointed colonel in the Essex County militia, Timothy Pickering led some 700 men of the Salem and Essex militia toward Boston, Massachusetts,... The post Eyewitness to the British Retreat from Lexington: The Timothy Pickering Letter appeared...

“My Dear Nell:” The Love Letters of John Moultrie

Dr. John Moultrie was born in 1729 in South Carolina to a father of the same name, one of five brothers. Educated in Edinburgh,... The post “My Dear Nell:” The Love Letters of John Moultrie appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

“Be A King George”

“Be a King George.” Four simple, but oft repeated words drilled into the Prince of Wales from childhood by his mother, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha.... The post “Be A King George” appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

James Bruce’s Report on the Situation of West Florida and Havana, 178

The British loss of West Florida in 1781 ushered in a new era for the region, an era dominated by Spanish rule. For some,... The post James Bruce’s Report on the Situation of West Florida and Havana, 1782 appeared first on Journal of the American...

Brothers Mourn the Death of Captain Thomas Moultrie

Thomas Moultrie was one of five sons of a successful South Carolina planter. He served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War as... The post Brothers Mourn the Death of Captain Thomas Moultrie appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Catharine Macaulay, England’s First Female Whig Historian, 1773–1774

By the end of 1772, Catharine Macaulay had completed and published the first five volumes of her History of England from the Accession of... The post Catharine Macaulay, England’s First Female Whig Historian, 1773–1774 appeared first on Journal...

The Decision that Lost Britain the War: An Enigma Now Resolved

In this article I address the absurdity of Cornwallis’s decision to march from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Virginia and the light thrown on it... The post The Decision that Lost Britain the War: An Enigma Now Resolved appeared first on Journal...

Henry Laurens in England, 1771–177

On October 9, 1771, a ship arrived at the southwestern tip of England. The Earl of Halifax had spent twenty nine days crossing the Atlantic... The post Henry Laurens in England, 1771–1772 appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Stephen Moylan: More than a War Hero

Serving on George Washington’s staff were many talented young men, including some who became famous later. Alexander Hamilton served on the staff ably for... The post Stephen Moylan: More than a War Hero appeared first on Journal of the American...

John Row and Jenny Innes

John Row was a British officer in the 9th Regiment of Foot, and he was in love with Jane Innes. For six years their... The post John Row and Jenny Innes appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Unlocking the Mystery of Ten Revolutionary Generals’ Signatures

Documents that contain the original signatures of more than one Continental Army general are rare.  During the eight years of the Revolutionary War, generals... The post Unlocking the Mystery of Ten Revolutionary Generals’ Signatures appeared...

The Early Years: John Adams Lists Abigail’s Faults and Abigail Replies!

As a young country lawyer, John Adams thought he seemed to lack focus. “Ballast is what I want, I totter, with every Breeze. My... The post The Early Years: John Adams Lists Abigail’s Faults and Abigail Replies! appeared first on Journal of...

Mary Robie and the Didactic Qualities of Reading Fiction

Mary Robie, a Massachusetts refugee living in revolutionary Nova Scotia, did not mince words when she criticized her friends for simply “passing thro life”... The post Mary Robie and the Didactic Qualities of Reading Fiction appeared first...

The Love Letters of Alexander Scammell

One of our oldest known stories is The Odyssey, in which Odysseus travels from the Siege of Troy on various adventures to reach his... The post The Love Letters of Alexander Scammell appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

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