American Revolution Podcast
ARP184 Mischianza and Barren Hill

ARP184 Mischianza and Barren Hill

January 17, 2021

Lafayette leaps ahead of other generals to take a division command in the spring of 1778.  The British throw a massive party for the departing General Howe in Philadelphia.  Following the party, the British learn that Lafayette has crossed the Schuylkill near Philadelphia.  They mobilize the regulars and Hessians to capture the young general, but Lafayette eludes capture.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With the British Army in Philadelphia, 1777-1778, by John W. Jackson

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Strictures on the Philadelphia Mischianza or triumph upon leaving America unconquered, by Israel Mauduit: https://archive.org/details/stricturesonphil00maud

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ARP183 Doan Brothers & Crooked Billet

ARP183 Doan Brothers & Crooked Billet

January 10, 2021

During the winter when the Continental Army regrouped at Valley Forge and the British occupied Philadelphia, Pennsylvania militia attempted to control the area in between the two armies.

At the same time, various loyalist groups attempted to assert control, or at least take advantage of weaknesses in patriot defenses.  One such group was the Doan Gang, which spied for the British and embarked on a crime wave throughout Bucks County.

Late in the winter, regulars and loyalists under John Graves Simcoe attacked and dispersed the patriot militia, which was encamped at Crooked Billet.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Hidden History of Bucks County, by Jennifer Rogers.

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Doan Outlaws, or, Bucks County's Cowboys in the Revolution, by John Rogers: https://archive.org/details/doanoutlawsorbuc00roge

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ARP182 British Occupation of Philadelphia

ARP182 British Occupation of Philadelphia

January 3, 2021

The British Army occupies Philadelphia over the winter of 1777-78.  They discover that the capture of America's leading city is more trouble than it is worth.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Sullivan, Aaron The Disaffected: Britain's Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution, Univ. of Penn. Press, 2019

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sullivan, Aaron “In but not of the Revolution: Loyalty, Liberty, and the British Occupation of Philadelphia” Dissertation, Temple Univ. 2014: https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/api/collection/p245801coll10/id/276077/download

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ARP181 West Point Chain

ARP181 West Point Chain

December 27, 2020

The Americans construct a chain across the Hudson River to prevent further British incursions up into the Hudson Valley.  To protect the chain, they build a series of forts, one in an island in the river and more on the western side of the river.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, by Alex Storozynski  

Online Recommendation of the Week: The memoirs of Rufus Putnam and certain official papers and correspondence:  https://archive.org/details/cu31924028847238

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ARP180 John Paul Jones Raids Whitehaven

ARP180 John Paul Jones Raids Whitehaven

December 20, 2020

Escaping from the law, Captain John Paul finds his way to America, changes his name to Jones, and after the Revolution begins, joins the Continental Navy.  He overcomes many frustrations to bring a naval ship to France.  From there, his ship raids the English shore and captures the Drake.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy, by Evan Thomas.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Paul Jones, Vol 1: https://archive.org/details/vol1memoirsofrea00jone

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AR-SP05 Christian McBurney - George Washington’s Nemesis

AR-SP05 Christian McBurney - George Washington’s Nemesis

December 17, 2020

Interview with author Christian McBurney about his new book: George Washington's Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court-Martial of Major General Charles Lee during the Revolutionary War.

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ARP179 Prisoner Exchanges

ARP179 Prisoner Exchanges

December 13, 2020

Over the winter of 1777-78.  General Washington and General Howe try to come to an agreement to exchange prisoners of War.  While an agreed cartel proves elusive, their efforts see the return of General Charles Lee and Colonel Ethan Allen.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution, 2019 by T. Cole Jones 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Exchange of Major-General Charles Lee, https://archive.org/details/exchangeofmajorg00boud

 

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ARP178 Hancock’s Bridge Massacre

ARP178 Hancock’s Bridge Massacre

December 6, 2020

Americans under General Anthony Wayne and Navel Captain John Barry engage in a series of raids along southern New Jersey.  Wayne's mission to seize cattle to bring back to the starving soldiers at Valley Forge. 

Barry helps Wayne get his force across the Delaware River, then tries to distract the British.  He ends up capturing and scuttling several British vessels.

In response, the British in Philadelphia deploy a force of several thousand soldiers to New Jersey.  They are unable to capture Wayne or Barry.  However, they do massacre members of the New Jersey militia, and destroy several farms in retaliation. 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail, by Tim McGrath 

Online Recommendation of the Week: thehistorylist.com (use code AmRev2020)

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ARP177 Republic of Vermont

ARP177 Republic of Vermont

November 29, 2020

In the midst of war, the people living in the disputed land between New York and New Hampshire declare themselves to be the independent Republic of Vermont. The new radical constitution is the first to abolish slavery, grant universal suffrage for all men, and guarantee public education for children.

The other colonies refuse to recognize Vermont Independence, which must struggle for more than a decade to get recognition.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Reluctant Republic Vermont, 1724-1791, 
by Frederic F. Van De Water 

Online Recommendation of the Week: (eBook) "Memoir of Dr. Thomas Young" The Colonial Society of Massachusetts: https://archive.org/details/publicationsofcov11colo/page/2/mode/2up

 

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ARP176 Sinking the Randolph

ARP176 Sinking the Randolph

November 22, 2020

The Continental Navy struggles to find a useful role in the war effort.  Congress cahiers the navy's commander Esek Hopkins, and does not replace him.  The navy carries John Adams to France to begin his diplomatic career.  Captain Nicolas Biddle of the Randolph does battle with the British warship, Yarmouth.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Captain Dauntless: The Story of Nicholas Biddle of the Continental Navy, by William Bell Clark. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: (eBook) A Naval History of the American Revolution, Vol.I, by Garner Allen: https://archive.org/details/ANavalHistoryOfTheAmericanRevolutionVol.i

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