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Betty Zane and the Siege of Fort Henry, September 178

In 1774, as tensions between colonials and Native Americans living along the upper Ohio River grew, settlers either fled east of the mountains or... The post Betty Zane and the Siege of Fort Henry, September 1782 appeared first on Journal of the American...

Smoking the Smallpox Sufferers

At about midnight on September 29, 1792, Ashley Bowen and his young assistant, Tucker Huy, heard a carriage clatter up the Boston Road and... The post Smoking the Smallpox Sufferers appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

St. Paul’s Church, New York: A Revolutionary War Site

Nestled amid factories, automotive shops and diners in an industrial section of southern New York, just a short walk from the Bronx boundary, sits... The post St. Paul’s Church, New York: A Revolutionary War Site appeared first on Journal of the...

The Siege of Fort Laurens, 1778–1779

During the American Revolution, British-allied Native Americans raided American homesteads and settlements all along the Ohio Valley. As the war progressed, the increased frequency... The post The Siege of Fort Laurens, 1778–1779 appeared first...

Robert Erskine, Surveyor-General of the Continental Army

Robert Erskine was born in Dumfermline, Scotland, to Ralph and Margaret Erskine on September 7, 1735. Ralph Erskine, being a Presbyterian minister, raised Robert... The post Robert Erskine, Surveyor-General of the Continental Army appeared first on Journal...

The Engagement at Woodlane: Precursor to the Battle of Iron Works Hill, a Key to the American Victory at Trenton

Their feet were leaving noticeable imprints in the grassy field. It was another two hundred yards to the hedgerow, and then a steep climb... The post The Engagement at Woodlane: Precursor to the Battle of Iron Works Hill, a Key to the American Victory...

Bernard Romans and the First Attempt at Fortifying the Hudson River

Lord Stirling was not happy. The American brigadier general[1] was on a mission from George Washington to inspect the newly built fortifications in the Hudson... The post Bernard Romans and the First Attempt at Fortifying the Hudson River appeared...

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...

Captain John De Treville: Continental Officer and British Spy

In late June 1780 a messenger arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, with intelligence for Lt. Gen. Charles, Earl Cornwallis. The messenger, Capt. John La Boularderie... The post Captain John De Treville: Continental Officer and British Spy appeared...

Lexington and Concord: A Case Study in Leadership and Direct Action

The British approach to its American colony in 1775 offers valuable lessons for historians and military professionals in the synthesis between the levels of... The post Lexington and Concord: A Case Study in Leadership and Direct Action appeared first...

Valley Forge’s Threshold: The Encampment at Gulph Mills

William Trego’s painting The March to Valley Forge is iconic. Where the Continental Army marched from has been largely overlooked. That march was from The... The post Valley Forge’s Threshold: The Encampment at Gulph Mills appeared first...

A Reprieve for John Sutherland, a Poor Silly Creature

John Sutherland had intended only to visit his brother, and now he sat in confinement, awaiting a death sentence. It was not a likely... The post A Reprieve for John Sutherland, a Poor Silly Creature appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Courts-Martial of the Corps of Light Infantry, 1779

Orderly books are great sources of information for military historians. Their contents are a treasure, and include everything from general and regimental orders, returns,... The post Courts-Martial of the Corps of Light Infantry, 1779 appeared first on...

Milton’s Odyssey: The Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Service of Georgia’s John Milton

Georgia’s fragile independence within the new American republic was shattered on December 29, 1778, when British troops attacked Savannah. Despite clear signs that the... The post Milton’s Odyssey: The Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary...

Benoni Simmons: Long-Serving Hero of the American Revolution

The amazing story of Benoni Simmons’s military service in the American Revolution spans some fourteen years, perhaps the longest term of service by anyone... The post Benoni Simmons: Long-Serving Hero of the American Revolution appeared first on...

The Whitall Family and the Battle of Red Bank

James W. Whitall (1717-1808) was a prominent Quaker businessman and farmer in the southern region of New Jersey. In 1739 he married Ann Cooper... The post The Whitall Family and the Battle of Red Bank appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

A French “King of America”?

In the chaos of war, there are, and have always been, schemers who will try to take advantage of disorder to enrich themselves, either... The post A French “King of America”? appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

The Court Martial of Major Henry Lee

Aside from Gen. Anthony Wayne’s successful assault upon a British garrison at Stony Point in July, military activity in the first eight months of... The post The Court Martial of Major Henry Lee appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

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