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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...

Allen McLane—Revolutionary War Intelligence Officer and Spy

There is often confusion in terms when discussing individuals involved in intelligence activities. For example, intelligence officers are often referred to as spies, and... The post Allen McLane—Revolutionary War Intelligence Officer and Spy appeared...

New Novel Depicts Real American Revolution Life

Spies and Deserters is an exciting new novel by Martin R. Ganzglass that depicts real life experiences during the Revolutionary War. It follows eighteen-year-old... The post New Novel Depicts Real American Revolution Life appeared first on Journal of...

General Washington’s First Spy, and Why His Mission Was Doomed from the Start

On July 15, 1775, less than two weeks after he arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to take command of the Continental Army, Gen. George Washington... The post General Washington’s First Spy, and Why His Mission Was Doomed from the Start appeared...

“The Arms Race of 1774” in Worcester, 4 Oct.

This Tuesday, 4 October, I’ll speak at the American Antiquarian Society about “The Arms Race of 1774.” Our program description:Starting in September 1774, Massachusetts patriots and royal governor Thomas Gage raced for the province’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Oct 2016

Daniel Defoe: An Intelligencer in Edinburgh #History #Scotland

After he arrived as an English spy in Scotland in October, 1706, Daniel Defoe lodged at the house of Mr. John Monro, her Majesty’s armourer, at the sign of the Half Moon by the Netherbow gate of Edinburgh. His correspondence from that period with...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 1 May 2016

Telescopes. Primary Documentation, you can't beat it.

So it seems that small telescopes were used in the mid 18th century, even though this person appears to be looking through his telescope backwards ! Drawing of a sailor, Louis Philippe Boitard, mid-18th Century, British Museum. The author's replica...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 18 Nov 2015

Sir Francis Burdett

Once again we are delighted to welcome back our lovely guest Sue Wilkes who has written another fascinating article for us, this time about the social reformer – Sir Francis Burdett. Her latest book, Regency Spies will be available at the end of...
From: All Things Georgian on 3 Nov 2015

Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island

Book Review: Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island by Christian M. McBurney. History Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1626197244, softcover, 158 pages, illustrated. The last few years have seen a surge of interest in Revolutionary War spying, with several new books...

The Culper Spy Ring Was not the First to Warn the French at Newport

On July 10, 1780, a French fleet of seven ships of the line and four frigates under Admiral Chevalier de Ternay, along with thirty-six transport vessels carrying about 6,000 French soldiers commanded by Lieutenant General Comte de Rochambeau and their...

Guest Post: The Revolutions in the Margins of AMC’s “Turn”

In today's guest post, Don Johnson--a historian of occupied cities in revolutionary America--delves deep into the side characters and subplots of AMC's "Turn."
From: The Junto on 15 Jul 2014

Digital History in the Surveillance State

What will happen to history if the boundary between public and private information disappears? Jonathan Wilson contemplates the ethics of history in an age of mass surveillance.
From: The Junto on 8 Jul 2014

Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War

Book Review: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, Kenneth A. Daigler, Georgetown University Press, 2014, ISBN-10: 1626160503, ISBN-13: 978-1626160507, 9.1” x 6.1 x 1.2”, 336 pages, illustrations. The field...

Abraham Woodhull: The Spy Named Samuel Culper

Abraham Woodhull, spy for General George Washington, nearly got himself hanged on one of his first missions.   It was in October 1778, when Woodhull toured British-held New York City and its environs, observing Crown military activities.  At one point...

How to Send a Secret Message, 1677

"Does the past have much to say about espionage?"Theodoor Rombouts, Joueurs de cartes (detail)17th c."Now we will teach the techniques for writing on various objects in such a way that, even though the marks may be seen, nevertheless they will deceive...
From: Ask the Past on 12 May 2014

Westholme Publishing: Four Selections

I write the following book reviews to promote a small, but well-respected, outfit specializing in publishing Revolutionary War books (as well as other nonfiction works):  Westholme Publishing of Yardley, Pennsylvania.  Full disclosure:  Westholme has...

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