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Thomas Machin and His Chains

Thomas Machin claimed to be a British-trained engineer. His record of achievements in the United States suggests the claim was true. Most of his... The post Thomas Machin and His Chains appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Thomas Machin “employed in ye. Colony service”

I left off yesterday with Gen. George Washington asking the Massachusetts government to release Lt. Thomas Machin from his project surveying a canal through Cape Cod and join the Continental Army around New York. Washington needed engineers to build fortifications.On...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Nov 2016

Lt. Machin and the Cape Cod Canal

On Saturday I’m going to Sandwich to speak to the Cape Cod Sons of the American Revolution about The Road to Concord. So I decided to look for something interesting about Revolutionary Sandwich.That led me back to one of my favorite characters from...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Nov 2016

The Truth about Thomas Machin

I’ve been discussing the early life of Thomas Machin, commissioned a lieutenant in the Continental Army artillery on 18 Jan 1776. But what had he been doing before then? His family left an account that had Machin born to a distinguished British scientist,...
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Mar 2013

The Holes in Thomas Machin’s Biography

Yesterday I quoted the biography of Thomas Machin, military engineer for the Continental Army, as it was published in 1845. It linked the man by blood to one of England’s most prominent mathematicians, by employment to one of England’s finest engineers...
From: Boston 1775 on 9 Mar 2013

The Early Life of Thomas Machin

After the Revolutionary War, Capt. Thomas Machin of the Continental artillery settled in upstate New York, built mills, and raised a family. In his 1845 History of Schoharie County, Jeptha R. Simms (shown here, courtesy of Three Rivers) devoted a great...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Mar 2013

“Washington’s First Spy Ring” Talk in Lincoln, 10 Mar.

On Sunday, 10 March, I’ll speak to the Friends of Minute Man National Park on “Washington’s First Spy Ring”: One of the biggest challenges that Gen. George Washington faced when he became Continental Army commander-in-chief was gathering intelligence...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Mar 2013

The Voices of British Soldiers

Folks might recognize Don Hagist’s name from the British Soldiers, American War blog. He digs out details about the enlisted men who were part of the British government’s effort to hold onto those thirteen rebellious North American colonies. His research...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Dec 2012

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