American Revolution Podcast
ARP249 St Louis Raid

ARP249 St Louis Raid

June 26, 2022

North Carolina Overmountain Men form a new government for what would become Tennessee.

A British inspired raid, primarily by disparate groups of Native warriors attack the Spanish outpost at St. Louis, and the Virginia outpost at Cahokia on May 26, 1780.  Both attacks are thwarted.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The American Revolutionary War in the West, by Stephen Kling, Jr (ed) (at Ft. Plain Museum bookstore).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Dick, Jimmy “The Battle of St. Louis” Journal of the American Revolution, February 10, 2014: https://allthingsliberty.com/2014/02/the-battle-of-st-louis

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ARP248 Charleston Falls

ARP248 Charleston Falls

June 12, 2022

After surrounding Charleston South Carolina, British General Henry Clinton compels the Continental Army under Benjamin Lincoln to surrender.  The British deny their opponents the honors of war, taking the entire defending army as prisoners of war.  The surrender in May 1780 marks the greatest loss for the Americans during the course of the Revolution.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780, by Carl Borick. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Original papers relating to the siege of Charleston, 1780, by Benjamin Lincoln:
https://archive.org/details/originalpapersre00linc

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ARP247 Siege of Charleston

ARP247 Siege of Charleston

May 22, 2022

The British under General Henry Clinton launch a full scale invasion to capture Charleston South Carolina.  It takes months to move the army into place.  Meanwhile the Americans under General Benjamin Lincoln prepare to meet the attack.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Partisans and Redcoats: The southern conflict that turned the tide of the American Revolution, by Walter Edgar (or borrow on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Carolana: The American Revolution in South Carolina: https://carolana.com/SC/Revolution/home.html

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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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ARP241 Drafting an Army & Freeing Slaves

ARP241 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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