American Revolution Podcast
ARP246 Mutiny of the Connecticut Line

ARP246 Mutiny of the Connecticut Line

May 8, 2022

In the spring of 1780, the Marquis de Lafayette returns to America with the good news that a French army will soon follow.  He finds the Continental Army on the verge of collapse, as starving soldiers consider mutiny.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship that Saved the Revolution, by David A. Clary 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Hatter to Hero: American Revolution Colonel Jonathan Meigs’ Incredible Story, https://www.revolutionarywarjournal.com/hatter-to-hero-american-revolution-colonel-return-jonathan-meigs-battles-of-quebec-stony-point

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ARP245 San Juan Expedition

ARP245 San Juan Expedition

April 24, 2022

In 1780, Colonel Steven Kemble and Captain Horatio Nelson launch an attack into the heart of New Spain, in hopes of capturing new land for the British Empire.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Sugden, John Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758–1797, Holt, 2004  (borrow on archive.org

Online Recommendation of the Week: Kotlik, George “The British Invade Nicaragua: The San Juan Expedition” Journal of the American Revolution, September 22, 2020, https://allthingsliberty.com/2020/09/the-british-invade-nicaragua-the-san-juan-expedition

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ARP244 Russia & the League of Armed Neutrality

ARP244 Russia & the League of Armed Neutrality

April 10, 2022

Russia's Catherine the Great declares the right of neutral countries to continue commerce with combatant nations.  Russia is joined by several other European powers, who form the League of Armed Neutrality. Britain refuses to accept the terms of the declaration, further isolating itself from most of the powers of Europe.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie, 2012

Online Recommendation of the Week: Carpenter, William S. “The United States and the League of Neutrals of 1780.” https://www.jstor.org/stable/2188285

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ARP243 Relieving Gibraltar

ARP243 Relieving Gibraltar

March 27, 2022

In January 1780 Britain send a relief fleet to resupply its garrison at Gibraltar.  The Garrison had been under siege for six months by the Spanish Army and Navy.

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History, by Roy and Lesley Adkins.

Online Recommendation of the Week: A History Of The Siege Of Gibraltar (1779-1783), by John Drinkwater,  https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.109526

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ARP242 Raids Around New York

ARP242 Raids Around New York

March 20, 2022

The Continental and British Armies make use of the fact that New York Harbor froze over during the winter of 1779-80.  Both armies send raiding parties across the ice to attack enemy outposts.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Diary of a common soldier in the American Revolution, 1775-1783 : an annotated edition of the military journal of Jeremiah Greenman, or read on archive.org.

Online Recommendation of the Week: “Wilhelm, Baron Innhausen and Knyphausen” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1892: https://archive.org/details/jstor-20083482

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AR241 Drafting an Army & Freeing Slaves

AR241 Drafting an Army & Freeing Slaves

March 13, 2022

Increasing difficulties in recruiting soldiers forces Congress to compel states to conscript soldiers for the 1780 campaign, leading to complaints of a standing army.  

Pennsylvania passes the first state law abolishing slavery over time.  While the law begins the process, it would not lead to a single slave being freed under the law until 1808.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The First Emancipation: The Abolition of Slavery in the North, by Arthur Zilversmit (or read on Archive.org)

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Kestnbaum, Meyer "Citizenship and Compulsory Military Service: The Revolutionary Origins of Conscription in the United States.” Armed Forces & Society, vol. 27, no. 1, 2000, pp. 7–36, http://www.jstor.org/stable/45346398

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ARP240 New Southern Strategy

ARP240 New Southern Strategy

March 6, 2022

The British Army in North American must content for resources with the widening global war.  General Clinton consolidates his armies in order to send an expedition against Charleston.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Cornwallis and the War of Independence, by Franklin and Mary Wickwire. 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Marriot Arbutnot (More than Nelson): https://morethannelson.com/officer/marriot-arbuthnot

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ARP239 Winter at Morristown

ARP239 Winter at Morristown

February 20, 2022

Over the winter of 1779-80, the Continental Army endures its most difficult winter of the war at Morristown, New Jersey.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Uncertain Revolution: Washington and the Continental Army at Morristown, by John T. Cunningham 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Life of Israel Putnam ("Old Put"), Major-General in the Continental Army, by Increase Tarbox https://archive.org/details/lifeofisraelputn00tarb

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ARP238 Court Martial of Benedict Arnold

ARP238 Court Martial of Benedict Arnold

February 13, 2022

At the request of the prosecution, Arnold must wait for months to defend himself against charges.  The court dismisses two of the four charges, but orders General Washington to reprimand Arnold for the other two charges.  After receiving the reprimand, Arnold resumes his secret correspondence with the British.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life, by Joyce Lee Malcom

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Proceedings of a general court martial for the trial of Major General Arnold: https://archive.org/details/proceedingsofgen00arno

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ARP237 The King’s Speech

ARP237 The King’s Speech

February 6, 2022

London is deeply divided in 1779 over courts martial of top naval officers and Parliamentary hearings with General Howe and Burgoyne over the loss of the army at Saratoga.  Irish militia also hold demonstrations over war-related trade restrictions.

Politicians in London begin turning toward plans to cut their losses and end the war in America.  Only King George III seems to remain rigidly against independence.  He uses his influence to keep war hawks in power and encourage continuation of the war effort.

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  The Last King of America, by Andrew Roberts.

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The narrative of Lieut. Gen. Sir William Howe in a committee of the House of Commons:  https://archive.org/details/cihm_20614

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