American Revolution Podcast
Episode 150 Howe Leaves New York

Episode 150 Howe Leaves New York

May 24, 2020

General William Howe gets a late start to the 1777 fighting campaign, not leaving New York City until the end of July.  He opts to sail all they way to Virginia and then up the Chesapeake Bay to land in Maryland, with Philadelphia as his goal.

Weeks of the British Army at sea leave the Continentals perplexed and guessing at what the ultimate goal would be.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Philadelphia Campaign: Volume One: Brandywine and the Fall of Philadelphia, by Thomas J. McGuire 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Civil War 1861-1865 (Podcast) CivilWarPodcast.org

 

Episode 149 Lafayette Comes to America

Episode 149 Lafayette Comes to America

May 17, 2020

The Marquis de Lafayette, a young french noble with dreams of fighting for liberty travels to America to become a major general in the Continental Army.  In doing so, he must overcome skepticism and resistance from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, by Laura Auricchio

Online Recommendation of the Week: ebook, The Life of General Lafayette, by John Quincy Adams: https://archive.org/details/lifeofgenerallaf00adam

 

Episode 148 Murder of Jane McCrea

Episode 148 Murder of Jane McCrea

May 10, 2020

General Burgoyne's army reaches the Hudson river after slogging through the wilderness for most of August 1777.  Burgoyne relied on his Indian allies to keep the enemy from setting up ambushes or otherwise interfering with progress.

After an Indian returned with the scalp of Jane McCrea, the fiancé of one of his officers, Burgoyne had to put restrictions on the Indians.  Most warriors responded by leaving the army and returning home.  The story of Jane McCrea became a rallying point for Americans against the barbarous tactic of the British.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution, by Alan Taylor 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life of Jane McCrea, by David Wilson: https://archive.org/details/lifeofjanemccrea01wils

Episode 147 Kidnapping General Prescott

Episode 147 Kidnapping General Prescott

May 3, 2020

After the British occupy Newport, Rhode Islanders kidnap the British commander, General Richard Prescott in hopes of exchanging him for General Charles Lee.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Kidnapping the Enemy, by Christian McBurney

Online Recommendation of the Week: Video, Christian McBurney discusses his book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuHjgtXIqFA&t=180s

 

Episode 146 Battle of Hubbardton

Episode 146 Battle of Hubbardton

April 26, 2020

As the Fort Ticonderoga garrison escapes the attacking British under General Burgoyne, American General Arthur St. Clair leaves a rearguard at Hubbardton to prevent the British from advancing on the retreating army.

Colonel Seth Warner commands the American rearguard, which is still at Hubbardton when the British advance guard, under the command of  General Simon Fraser, catches up to them.  A brutal wilderness battle rages for hours in the wooded mountains.  Finally German reinforcements under the command of General Friedrich von Riedesel reach the battle and force the remaining Americans to flee into the woods.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action That Saved America, by Bruce M Venter

Online Recommendation of the Week: Animated Map of the Battle of Hubbardton, by Seth Warner's Regiment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCdykHbP4s&t=11s 

Episode 145 Retreat from Ticonderoga

Episode 145 Retreat from Ticonderoga

April 19, 2020

The American garrison at Fort Ticonderoga make a confused nighttime escape from Fort Ticonderoga, just in time to avoid capture.  The bulk of the army marches off into the woods while the sick, wounded and supplies are loaded aboard ships. 

The next morning, the British fleet chases after the ships, catching up with them at Skenesborough.  The American fleet is captured or destroyed.  A few soldiers escape to Fort Anne.  The British pursue with a small advance force. The Americans counter attack before British reinforcements arrive.  When the British reinforcements get to the scene, the Americans withdraw and destroy Fort Ann.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With Musket and Tomahawk, The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777, by Michael O. Logusz

Online Recommendation of the Week: The British Invasion from the North: The Campaigns of Generals Carleton and Burgoyne, With the Journal of Lieut. William Digby, by James Phinney Baxter: https://archive.org/details/britishinvasion02digbgoog

Episode 144 Defense of Fort Ticonderoga

Episode 144 Defense of Fort Ticonderoga

April 12, 2020

After the British fail to take the Fort Ticonderoga in 1776, the Continentals squander the winter fighting among themselves. When General Burgoyne's British army moves to surround and assault the fort in the summer of 1777, General St. Clair realizes his Continental garrison is a sitting duck.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War, by Richard M. Ketchum

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Paradocs Podcast http://theparadocs.com

Episode 143 Burgoyne’s Northern Army

Episode 143 Burgoyne’s Northern Army

April 5, 2020

General Burgoyne assembles his army in Canada.  His army of thousands, led by Simon Fraser, William Phillips, Baron von Rediesel assembles in the early summer of 1777 to march on Fort Ticonderoga, then down the Hudson valley to cut of New England and reestablish British authority.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Where a Man Can Go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal Artillery, 1731-1781, by Robert P. Davis.

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, by Francis Duncan: https://archive.org/details/historyroyalreg02duncgoog

 

Episode 142 Disease and the Revolution

Episode 142 Disease and the Revolution

March 29, 2020

Throughout the Revolution, disease was a far greater killer of soldiers than the enemy.  This week, we discuss how people suffered from disease during the Revolutionary War, how it impacted the course of the war, and what they did to fight back.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Medicine and the American Revolution: How Diseases and Their Treatments Affected the Colonial Army, by Oscar Reiss. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The American Revolution: from the commencement to the disbanding of the American army; given in the form of a daily journal, with the exact dates of all the important events; also, a biographical sketch of all the most prominent generals, by James Thacher: https://archive.org/details/americanrevoluti00thacuoft

 

Episode 141 Congress Returns to Philadelphia

Episode 141 Congress Returns to Philadelphia

March 22, 2020

Congress returns from its removal to Baltimore after the fear of British occupation of Philadelphia passes.  The new session approves a new American flag on June 14, 1777.  Congress also promotes new generals.  It must deal with an influx of French officer applicants that it does not want, but also does not want to offend France.  Finally, after several months, Congress once again leaves Philadelphia after the British threaten another occupation.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Robert Morris Financier of the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/usflag/history/flagday.html