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Thomas Read of Delaware, Part 1: The Creation of the Continental Navy

Thomas Read (1740-1788) was the middle son of the Read family of New Castle, Delaware. His older brother George was a delegate to the... The post Thomas Read of Delaware, Part 1: The Creation of the Continental Navy appeared first on Journal of the American...

Top Ten Quotes of Major General Charles Lee

Charles Lee served as second-in-command of the Continental Army, subordinate only to George Washington. Born in England, Lee was the best-educated and most widely-read... The post Top Ten Quotes of Major General Charles Lee appeared first on Journal of...

A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution

A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution by David Head (New York: Pegasus Books, 2019)... The post A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American...

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...

This Week on Dispatches: Harlow Giles Unger on Robert Morris and the American Revolution

In this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews distinguished journalist and historian Harlow Giles Unger about Robert Morris and his critical role in financially supporting the... The post This Week on Dispatches: Harlow Giles...

How Robert Morris’s “Magick” Money Saved the American Revolution

The year 1780 ended badly, and the new year boded worse for America’s War of Independence. Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold’s treason and defection to... The post How Robert Morris’s “Magick” Money Saved the American Revolution...

Whatever Happened to Spado?

Longtime Boston 1775 readers may recall when Gen. Charles Lee’s dog Spado (sometimes spelled Spada) first came to public attention. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife mentioning some of the British general’s eccentricities: “He is...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Aug 2018

In Captivity with Gen. Charles Lee

Gen. Charles Lee was captured in New Jersey on 13 Dec 1776. On 28 Jan 1777 he wrote from British-occupied New York to Robert Morris in Philadelphia:I am extremely obliged to you for your kindness and attention—the money for the bill I am told I...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Aug 2018

President Jefferson’s Flock

Thomas Jefferson was always interested in improving American agriculture, and his own farming enterprises, though he wasn’t always successful. In 1794, after stepping down as Secretary of State, Jefferson had his managers at Monticello buy a flock...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Mar 2018

Are You Ready for a Cabinet Meeting?

For Presidents Day, we look in on George Washington’s meetings with his cabinet on 1-2 Aug 1793.The issue on the table was what to do about Edmond-Charles Genet, the French diplomat who was stirring up support of Revolutionary France, resentment...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Feb 2018

Getting the Job Done

Signers of the Declaration of Independence not born in the thirteen colonies (out of 56): Button Gwinnett Francis Lewis Robert Morris (shown here) James Smith George Taylor Matthew Thornton James Wilson Rev. John Witherspoon Signers of the Articles...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Feb 2017

John Barker Church: “the mere man of business”?

So was the marriage of Angelica Schuyler (shown here) and John Carter/John Barker Church happy? We don’t have a body of correspondence between them as we have for, say, John and Abigail Adams. But their marriage lasted until their deaths, and they...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Jan 2017

How Yorktown Almost Couldn’t Afford to Happen

Gen. George Washington, from the point of view of Americans being trapped at “York,”[1] wrote these prophetic words- These by being upon a narrow... The post How Yorktown Almost Couldn’t Afford to Happen appeared first on Journal of...

Lucy Knox, Mistress of the Chess Board

On 24 Aug 1788, Lucy Knox wrote to her husband Henry from Trenton about having recently beaten Gouverneur Morris at chess. That game might have been good preparation for Morris’s travel later that year to France, where chess could mean so much more....
From: Boston 1775 on 10 Oct 2016

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