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Clement Biddle Partially Clears the “Battle of the Clouds”

One of the more intriguing limited actions of the Revolutionary War was the Battle of the Clouds on September 16, 1777, a meeting of... The post Clement Biddle Partially Clears the “Battle of the Clouds” appeared first on Journal of the American...

“Considering the Non-importation Agreement to be broke”

By this week in October 1770, 250 years ago, the Boston Whigs knew that the North American non-importation movement had collapsed. As I discussed back here, early that month the Boston Gazette printed a letter from Philadelphia reporting that some of...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Oct 2020

This Week on Dispatches: Mark Edward Lender on the “Cabal” Against George Washington

On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews distinguished historian, Mark Edward Lender, about his new book, Cabal! The Plot Against General Washington, the first... The post This Week on Dispatches: Mark Edward Lender on the “Cabal”...

Cabal!: The Plot Against General Washington

While the winter at Valley Forge is ingrained in American lore, less attention is paid to the real, tangible concerns that existed among some... The post Cabal!: The Plot Against General Washington appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

The Tea that Survived the Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party famously saw the destruction of the almost 300 chests worth of tea, tossed into the harbor by “Indians” on December 16,... The post The Tea that Survived the Boston Tea Party appeared first on Journal of the American...

Resolutions Shared by Two Towns 300 Miles Apart

The year was 1773. On May 10, Parliament had passed the Tea Act allowed the East India Company to sell tea directly to the... The post Resolutions Shared by Two Towns 300 Miles Apart 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...

Men Who Brought Us Dorchester Heights

On 5 Mar 1776, Gen. William Howe and his colleagues in the British military woke up to find Continental troops positioned and protected on the heights of the Dorchester peninsula. The cannon up there threatened not only Boston, already under artillery...
From: Boston 1775 on 5 Mar 2018

Moses Brown’s Malden Christmas

In December 1775, Moses Brown led a delegation of Quakers from Rhode Island up to the Boston siege lines to bring relief to the suffering poor.Brown and his comrades went to Gen. George Washington in Cambridge and explained how they wanted to go into...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Dec 2017

The Mifflins’ Marriage

Yesterday, when we looked in on the Brattle House in Cambridge in August 1775, Continental Army quartermaster general Thomas Mifflin had taken it as his home and office during the siege of Boston. Three women were already living there: the widow Katherine...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Sep 2014

“Women of Tory Row” Tour, 20 Sept.

Saturday, 20 September, is this year’s Cambridge Discovery Day. The city’s historical commission has organized a series of walking tours, exhibits, and lectures, most of them free. I’m leading a tour of Brattle Street called “The Women of Tory...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Sep 2014

Abigail Adams and the Hand of Friendship

I started this series with Abigail Adams’s first impression of Gen. Charles Lee in early July 1775: she called him “a careless hardy veteran” who showed little personal elegance.On 24 July, her husband John wrote to a friend about that side...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jul 2014

Gen. Washington in Cambridge, 19 July

This Saturday, 19 July, Gen. George Washington will return to his Cambridge headquarters, at least in the form of reenactor John Koopman. He’s scheduled to be at Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site from noon to 4:00...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Jul 2014

Congress’s Portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez

A couple of folks have pointed us to a Los Angeles Times article that begins:Teresa Valcarce wants to see Congress keep a promise it made in 1783.Back then, the year the Revolutionary War ended, Congress agreed to display a portrait of Bernardo de Galvez...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 May 2014

The 10 Worst Continental Army Generals

Recently, I offered my choices for the ten most important Continental Army generals.  Not the best or the worst, but the most important.  But attempting to suggest the ten least important would likely be an exercise in futility, as well as somewhat...

Anthony Walton White Does Not Impress

On Thursday, I’m going to Gen. George Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge to speak about how he managed his generals and his staff. Back on 25 July 1775, a young man showed up at the same building hoping for a place on that staff.Anthony Walton...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Mar 2013

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

Washington’s Birthday at Washington’s Headquarters

Tomorrow, 22 February, is the date America finally settled on as the anniversary of George Washington’s birth. And shortly before the Bicentennial the federal government established its Washington’s Birthday (Presidents’ Day) holiday as the third...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Feb 2013

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