Episode 074 Occupied Boston 1775

December 9, 2018

The British in Boston suffer through a miserable winter.  The Continental Army keeps them stuck in the city.  New England privateers make it extremely difficult to receive food and supplies from the sea.  Hundreds die of disease as everyone suffers greatly.  The British navy does little to provide assistance.  Its destruction of the village of Falmouth only enrages the Americans.

Britain recalls General Gage and Admiral Graves putting General Howe and Admiral Shuldham in charge.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this week's episode.

00:0000:00

Episode 073 Siege of Boston, Autumn Edition

December 2, 2018

General Washington gets frustrated by the lack of a plan to attack Boston.  He also squelches his first mutiny. He sends Col. Benedict Arnold to Quebec and Col. Henry Knox to Fort Ticonderoga.  He uncovers a British spy among one of the most trusted patriot leaders.  Most of all he struggles with how to keep the army from going home over the winter.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this week's episode.

 

00:0000:00

Episode 072 Siege of St. Jean

November 25, 2018

Generals Schuyler and Montgomery launch an attack from Fort Ticonderoga into British controlled Canada.  They lay siege Fort St. Jean.  After several months they capture the fort and take prisoner nearly all British regulars in Canada.  Afterwards, the Americans capture Montreal without a fight.

British Commander Guy Carleton dons a disguise and escapes back to Quebec.  He prepares to defend the city against the American forces.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this week's episode.

00:0000:00

Episode 071 Britain Prepares to Crush a Rebellion

November 18, 2018

Over the winter of 1775-76, the Ministry in Britain decides to use overwhelming force to put an end to colonial resistance.  The King refuses to receive the Olive Branch Petition makes clear that he supports Parliament in this fight and calls for the use of force to suppress colonial treason.  He also starts recruiting German speaking mercenaries to supplement the British Army.  The ministry also dumps General Gage and Secretary Dartmouth, replacing them with General Howe and Secretary Germain.  The ministry also implements a blockade of North America.

Meanwhile France begins to pay attention to the rebellion.  It sends its first unofficial envoy to Philadelphia to see if it makes sense to provide some covert assistance.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this week's episode.

 

00:0000:00

Episode 070 Ousted Governors and Bermuda Powder Raid

November 11, 2018

Active patriot groups shut down all royal control of all colonies and arrest or expel their royal governors.  The colonies also conduct a raid on Bermuda to acquire more gunpowder for the cause.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this week's episode.

00:0000:00

Episode 069: The South Joins the War

November 4, 2018

Over the summer of 1775, the southern colonies throw out their royal governments and take control.  Virginians fight off a British raid on Hampton.  Carolinians capture forts and munitions.  The Mecklenburg Resolves declare independence. Georgia patriots fight loyalists for control of the colony.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this week's episode.

00:0000:00

Episode 068 Congress’ Olive Branch Petition

October 28, 2018

In the summer of 1775, after creating a the Continental Army and making Washington its commander, Congress makes one final effort for peace, sending the King the Olive Branch Petition. After that, Congress focuses on the war at hand, drafting a Declaration on the Necessity of Taking up Arms.  It organizes committees to run military affairs and creates a new Post Office.  Congress also rejects Parliament's Conciliatory Proposition before it adjourns for the rest of the summer.

Visit https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.

00:0000:00

Episode 067: Washington Takes Command

October 21, 2018

Newly appointed General George Washington arrives in Cambridge to take command of what is now the Continental Army.  He is shocked by the lack of discipline and the fact that his army has almost no ammunition. He quietly attempts to rebuild his army and collect more arms and ammunition.  His hopes of a quick and successful offensive against the regulars on Boston are quickly dashed. 

Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.

00:0000:00

Episode 066: The British Take Bunker Hill

October 14, 2018
After ferrying thousands of regulars across Boston Harbor, General William Howe begins his attack on Bunker and Breed's Hills late afternoon on the afternoon of June 17, 1775. The regulars launch three bloody assaults to dislodge the provincial troops before the British break the American lines.
 
The provincials retreat only after running out of ammunition. They lose nearly 450 soldiers, including General Joseph Warren.  The British take more than twice that number in casualties, far more than they ever thought the militia could inflict on them. It is the bloodiest day of the war for the British army. The carnage prevents the British from taking any further major offensive operations from Boston.
 
Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.
00:0000:00

Episode 065: The Provincials Occupy Bunker Hill

October 7, 2018

When the Provincials get word that the British plan to occupy the no man's land at Bunker Hill and Dorchester Heights, they send Massachusetts and Connecticut militia to build defenses on Bunker Hill.  The soldiers instead build the defenses on Breed's Hill, a smaller hill just next to Bunker Hill.  

The British take most of the following day moving regulars across Boston Harbor to attack the defenses with overwhelming force.  The provincials use the extra time to reinforce and extend their defenses, but get no significant reinforcements all day.  

A cannon duel over the day accomplishes little except to show how amateurish and incompetent the provincial artillery really is.  By late afternoon, British General William Howe is prepared to take the hill with overwhelming force.

Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.

 

00:0000:00