American Revolution Podcast
Episode 123 First Battle of Trenton

Episode 123 First Battle of Trenton

November 17, 2019

The Continental Army led by General Washington attacks the Hessian outpost at Trenton on December 26, 1776.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer

Online Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Crossing Historical Park https://www.washingtoncrossingpark.org

 

Episode 122 Crossing the Delaware

Episode 122 Crossing the Delaware

November 10, 2019

December 25, 1776: Washington assembles enough troops to attempt an attack on the British, days before the enlistments of most of his remaining soldiers expire.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer

Online Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Crossing State Park: www.washingtoncrossingpark.org

 

Episode 121 Battle of Iron Works Hill

Episode 121 Battle of Iron Works Hill

November 3, 2019

In late December 1776, General Washington sends a small force into New Jersey to harass the Hessian garrisons.  The force under Colonel Samuel Griffin engages the Hessians under Colonel Carl Von Donop.  The fighting on Iron Works Hill causes Von Donop to redeploy his Hessians to Mount Holly New Jersey.  This leaves the smaller Hessian garrison at Trenton isolated over Christmas.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution, by David Head due to be released Dec. 3, 2019

Online Recommendation of the Week: revolutionarywar.us

 

 

Episode 120 The American Crisis

Episode 120 The American Crisis

October 27, 2019

As the Continental Army struggle to keep itself alive at the end of 1776, Thomas Paine writes The American Crisis to rally Americans to fight the British and Hessians.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Thomas Paine: Collected Writings: Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters, by Eric Foner (ed)

Online Recommendation of the Week: Project Gutenberg's "The Writings of Thomas Paine" https://www.gutenberg.org/files/31270/31270-h/31270-h.htm

 

 

Episode 119 Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia and Newport Rhode Island

Episode 119 Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia and Newport Rhode Island

October 20, 2019

Over the winter of 1776-77, Patriots attempt to capture Fort Cumberland and bring Nova Scotia into the rebellion.  Also, the British capture Newport Rhode Island to use as a winter port for the navy.  Generals Clinton and Percy return to Britain.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Siege of Fort Cumberland, 1776: An Episode in the American Revolution, by Ernest Clarke 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoir of Jonathan Eddy on Archive.org.

Episode 118 British Capture Stockton and Lee

Episode 118 British Capture Stockton and Lee

October 13, 2019

As the British Army sweeps across New Jersey, it captures Signer Richard Stockton and General Charles Lee.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Charles Lee: Self Before Country, by Dominick Mazzagetti

Online Recommendation of the Week: Facebook Group American History Fanatics: https://www.facebook.com/groups/887419261386444

 

Episode 117 Retreat Across New Jersey

Episode 117 Retreat Across New Jersey

October 6, 2019

Washington completes his retreat to Pennsylvania by early December 1776.  The British slowly force the march but do not attempt to capture the Continentals.  Washington's subordinate generals fail to come to his assistance.  He discovers his own personal aid has lost faith in his leadership.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Long Retreat: The Calamitous Defense of New Jersey, 1776 by Arthur S Lefkowitz.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Correspondence of Charles, first Marquis Cornwallis, Vol. 1 By Charles Ross (ed). 

Episode 116 American Terrorist in Britain

Episode 116 American Terrorist in Britain

September 29, 2019

James Aitken, a petty criminal in Britain, schemes to burn down all of the Naval portyards in England to cripple the British Navy.  He hopes to become a hero of the American cause.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John the Painter: Terrorist of the American Revolution, by Jessica Warner

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life of James Aitken Commonly Called John the Painter, by John Wilkes.

 

Episode 115 Congress and French Diplomacy

Episode 115 Congress and French Diplomacy

September 22, 2019

The Continental Congress makes no real progress approving Articles of Confederation and has trouble supporting its own army.  It sends a delegation to France to get an alliance with France.  Congress sends Benjamin Franklin to join Arthur Lee and Silas Deane in France, with all three receiving official commissions.  Before the commissions arrive, Deane has great difficulty getting any French aid to America.  Lee's interference even raises doubts in the French government about whether Deane has any legitimate authority at all to negotiate on behalf of Congress.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Diplomatic History of the American Revolution, by Jonathan Dull

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Crossing and Ten Crucial Days - The Musical https://www.thecrossingmusical.com

 

Episode 114 Escape from Fort Lee

Episode 114 Escape from Fort Lee

September 15, 2019

A British and Hessian force led by Lord Cornwallis storms Fort Lee in New Jersey, forcing the Continental Army led by George Washington to flee further south.  The two armies spend days moving through cold rain and muddy roads.  The Continentals continue to retreat back toward Philadelphia as the British take Newark.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Day is Ours by William Dwyer

Online Recommendation of the Week: Revolutionary War New Jersey, https://RevolutionaryWarNewJersey