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ARP156 The Siege of Fort Henry

ARP156 The Siege of Fort Henry

July 5, 2020

Over the summer of 1777, native tribes along the western frontier attack American settlements.  In August, they attack Fort Henry in Virginia.  After a sustained attack, the garrison receives reinforcements and forces the attackers to abandon the siege.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Year of the Hangman: George Washington's Campaign Against the Iroquois, by Glenn Williams

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the early settlement and Indian wars of Western Virginia  https://archive.org/details/historyofearlyse00deha, by Wills De Haas 

Episode 155 The Battle of Bennington

Episode 155 The Battle of Bennington

June 28, 2020

German troops under Col. Friedrich Baum are defeated by the militia raised by General John Stark  near Bennington.  Later that same day, Stark's forces defeat a relief column under the command of Col. Von Breymann.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  The Battle of Bennington: Soldiers & Civilians, by Michael P. Gabriel.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Bennington,  by Henry Davis Hall: https://archive.org/details/battleofbenningt00hall

 

Episode 154 John Stark Raises an Army

Episode 154 John Stark Raises an Army

June 21, 2020

With a demoralized and shrinking Continental Army facing General Burgoyne's invasion of upstate New York, New Englanders turn to a disaffected former Continental colonel, John Stark, to form a militia army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Stark; The Life and Wars of John Stark, French and Indian War Ranger, Revolutionary War General, by Richard & John Polhemus 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  eBook: A Life of General John Stark of New Hampshire, by Howard P. Moore. https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneraljoh00moor

 

Episode 153 Staten Island and Setauket

Episode 153 Staten Island and Setauket

June 14, 2020

On August 22, 1777, the Americans launch two independent raids on British defenses around New York City.  General Sullivan leads an attack on Staten Island, while General Putnam orders a raid on Setauket, Long Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lost British Forts of Long Island, by David M Griffin

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Military Services and Public Life of Major-General John Sullivan of the American Revolutionary Army, by Thomas Coffin Amory:  https://archive.org/details/militaryservice00amorgoog

 

 

Episode 152 Fort Stanwix and Oriskany

Episode 152 Fort Stanwix and Oriskany

June 7, 2020

General Nicholas Herkimer leads a militia relief force to save Fort Stanwix.  A native an militia force form St. Leger's Army ambushes the relief force in the bloody battle of Oriskany.  The relief force retreats and the siege continues.

Days later, General Benedict Arnold leads a relief force to the fort.  After the enemy believes exaggerated numbers of Arnold's army, the force under St. Leger flees back to Lake Ontario.  Arnold lifts the siege and keeps the fort in American hands.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777, by Gavin K. Watt 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Orderly book of Sir John Johnson during the Oriskany Campaign, 1776-1777, by William Leete Stone (ed): https://archive.org/details/cu31924032310629

 

Episode 151 The St. Leger Expedition

Episode 151 The St. Leger Expedition

May 31, 2020

As General Burgoyne Launches his Campaign from Canada into upstate New York, General Barry St. Leger leads a second army made up primarily of Native Americans and Loyalists through Western New York's Mohawk Valley.  St. Leger planned to capture Fort Stanwix, then link up with Burgoyne's army at Albany.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With Musket and Tomahawk. Volume II: The Mohawk Valley Campaign in the Wilderness War of 1777, by Michael O. Logusz.

Online Recommendation of the Week: ebook, Border Wars of the American Revolution, Vol. 1, by William Leets Stone: https://archive.org/details/borderwarsamrev01stonrich

 

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