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ARP196 Rhode Island Campaign

ARP196 Rhode Island Campaign

April 11, 2021

The Continental Army, backed by New England militia, attempts to capture the British garrison at Newport.  The French Navy agrees to secure the waters around the island and contribute to the assault.

After a storm damages the French fleet and a British relief fleet is sighted, the French sail for Boston.  The Americans must retreat from the island before they are surrounded.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War, by Christian McBurney

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of North America Podcast: https://anchor.fm/mark-vinet

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ARP195 Courts Martial of Lee St Clair and Schuyler

ARP195 Courts Martial of Lee St Clair and Schuyler

April 4, 2021

In the late summer and fall of 1778, the Continental army holds inquiries into the leadership abilities of three of its top major generals: Charles Lee, Arthur St. Clair, and Phillip Schuyler.  A fourth General, Thomas Mifflin, resigns.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: George Washington's Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court-Martial of Major General Charles Lee during the Revolutionary War, by Christian McBurney.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Life of General Philip Schuyler, 1733-1804: https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneralphi00tuckiala

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ARP194 Battle of Ushant

ARP194 Battle of Ushant

March 28, 2021

British Admiral Augustus Keppel and French Admiral Louis Guillouet, the comte d'Orvilliers lead fleets into the Atlantic.  Each hope to destroy the other's fleet.

After a relatively inconclusive battle at sea both battered fleets return to port.  Disputes between top officers end careers on both sides.  British Admirals Keppel and Palliser create a rift that divides naval officers and political leaders for a generation.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Syrett, David The Royal Navy in European Waters During the American Revolutionary War, Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1998

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Trial of the Honourable Augustus Keppel, Admiral of the Blue Squadron: At a Court Martial, https://archive.org/details/trialhonourable00blangoog

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ARP193 Silas Deane Hearings

ARP193 Silas Deane Hearings

March 21, 2021

After receiving a vague letter from Congress recalling him in spring 1778, Silas Deane returned to Philadelphia. He sailed aboard the French fleet and having successfully finalized the Treaties of Amity and Commerce. 

Upon his arrival, the Continental Congress kept him waiting for months while circulating rumors about accusations against him.  After months of waiting and not being allowed to leave Philadelphia, Deane published an angry article in the newspapers.  This only resulted in a messy and public dispute that delegates held against Deane.  

After well over a year, Congress ended the hearings with no final determination.  Deane was left without a position or compensation for his time.  Deane would eventually return to Europe as a private citizen.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Silas Deane, Revolutionary War Diplomat and Politician, by Milton C. Van Vlack.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, by Jared Sparks:

Vol. 1: Silas Deane’s Correspondence: https://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorres01sparuoft

Vol. 2: Arthur Lee’s Correspondencehttps://archive.org/details/diplomaticcorres02sparuoft

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AR-SP08 David Stewart: George Washington

AR-SP08 David Stewart: George Washington

March 18, 2021

Interview with author David O. Steward about his new book: George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father.  We discuss George Washington the politician, and how his political skills grew over his life.

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ARP192 The Wyoming Valley Massacre

ARP192 The Wyoming Valley Massacre

March 14, 2021

Colonel John Butler leads Butler's Rangers, along with various Iroquois warriors to the Wyoming Valley in what is today northeastern Pennsylvania.  At the time, the land was disputed between Connecticut Yankees who supported the patriots and Pennsylvania Pennamites who backed the loyalists.

With local Pennamite support, Colonel John Butler captures a Patriot fort.  An opposing patriot force led by Colonel Zebulon Butler (no relation) attacks the invaders.  The attacking patriots are quickly overwhelmed and take heavy casualties.  Those taken prisoner are tortured and killed during the following night.

Connecticut settlers end up surrendering four forts in the area and abandoning the Wyoming Valley to the loyalist Pennamites.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Zebulon Butler: Hero of the Revolutionary Frontier, by Linda A. Fossler and James R. Williamson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Hayden, Horace E. The Massacre of Wyoming. The Acts of Congress for the Defense of the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, 1776-1778: with the Petitions of the Sufferers by the Massacre of July 3, 1778, for Congressional Aid, Wilkes-Barre Historical and Geological Society, 1895: https://archive.org/details/cu31924032753786

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ARP191 Alligator Bridge

ARP191 Alligator Bridge

March 7, 2021

General Robert Howe struggles his own subordinates Continental officers, State leaders, and militia, in addition to the enemy as he attempts to secure Georgia and fend off threats from British-held Florida.  His command leads to a duel with South Carolina Lt. Gov. Christopher Gadsden.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The King's Ranger: Thomas Brown and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier, by Edward J. Cashin 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Fourteenth Colony: Florida and the American Revolution in the South, University of Florida: unpublished doctoral dissertation, 2011, by Roger C. Smith: http://ufdcimages.uflib.ufl.edu/UF/E0/04/27/45/00001/smith_r.pdf

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ARP190 French Arrive in America

ARP190 French Arrive in America

February 28, 2021

In July 1778, the first French fleet sails into Delaware Bay.  It drops off the new French Minister, Conrad Alexandre Gerard, as well as returning diplomat Silas Deane.  Congress receives the French delegation in the newly recaptured capital of Philadelphia.  Admiral d'Estaing sails to New York Harbor to confront the British Navy.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Minister from France: Conrad-Alexandre Gerard, 1729-1790, by Ruth Strong Hudson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: France and the American Revolution, by James Breck Perkins: https://archive.org/details/franceinamerica00perk

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ARP189 Battle of Monmouth

ARP189 Battle of Monmouth

February 21, 2021

In late June 1778, the British Army halts its retreat from Philadelphia to New York to confront the pursuing Continentals.  General Charles Lee begins a retreat i the face of the British assault.  General Washington arrives on the field to turn around the army and force the British from the field.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, by Lender & Stone

Online Recommendation of the Week: Mark Lender and Christian McBurney discuss Monmouth on History Author Talks: https://youtu.be/xmfUau-lFHA

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AR-SP07 Larry Kidder - Revolutionary Princeton

AR-SP07 Larry Kidder - Revolutionary Princeton

February 18, 2021

William "Larry" Kidder, author of the book Revolutionary Princeton 1774-1783, talks about life in Princeton, New Jersey during the American Revolution.

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