American Revolution Podcast
Episode 146 Battle of Hubbardton

Episode 146 Battle of Hubbardton

April 26, 2020

As the Fort Ticonderoga garrison escapes the attacking British under General Burgoyne, American General Arthur St. Clair leaves a rearguard at Hubbardton to prevent the British from advancing on the retreating army.

Colonel Seth Warner commands the American rearguard, which is still at Hubbardton when the British advance guard, under the command of  General Simon Fraser, catches up to them.  A brutal wilderness battle rages for hours in the wooded mountains.  Finally German reinforcements under the command of General Friedrich von Riedesel reach the battle and force the remaining Americans to flee into the woods.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action That Saved America, by Bruce M Venter

Online Recommendation of the Week: Animated Map of the Battle of Hubbardton, by Seth Warner's Regiment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdCdykHbP4s&t=11s 

Episode 145 Retreat from Ticonderoga

Episode 145 Retreat from Ticonderoga

April 19, 2020

The American garrison at Fort Ticonderoga make a confused nighttime escape from Fort Ticonderoga, just in time to avoid capture.  The bulk of the army marches off into the woods while the sick, wounded and supplies are loaded aboard ships. 

The next morning, the British fleet chases after the ships, catching up with them at Skenesborough.  The American fleet is captured or destroyed.  A few soldiers escape to Fort Anne.  The British pursue with a small advance force. The Americans counter attack before British reinforcements arrive.  When the British reinforcements get to the scene, the Americans withdraw and destroy Fort Ann.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: With Musket and Tomahawk, The Saratoga Campaign and the Wilderness War of 1777, by Michael O. Logusz

Online Recommendation of the Week: The British Invasion from the North: The Campaigns of Generals Carleton and Burgoyne, With the Journal of Lieut. William Digby, by James Phinney Baxter: https://archive.org/details/britishinvasion02digbgoog

Episode 144 Defense of Fort Ticonderoga

Episode 144 Defense of Fort Ticonderoga

April 12, 2020

After the British fail to take the Fort Ticonderoga in 1776, the Continentals squander the winter fighting among themselves. When General Burgoyne's British army moves to surround and assault the fort in the summer of 1777, General St. Clair realizes his Continental garrison is a sitting duck.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War, by Richard M. Ketchum

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Paradocs Podcast http://theparadocs.com

Episode 143 Burgoyne’s Northern Army

Episode 143 Burgoyne’s Northern Army

April 5, 2020

General Burgoyne assembles his army in Canada.  His army of thousands, led by Simon Fraser, William Phillips, Baron von Rediesel assembles in the early summer of 1777 to march on Fort Ticonderoga, then down the Hudson valley to cut of New England and reestablish British authority.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Where a Man Can Go: Major General William Phillips, British Royal Artillery, 1731-1781, by Robert P. Davis.

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, by Francis Duncan: https://archive.org/details/historyroyalreg02duncgoog

 

Episode 142 Disease and the Revolution

Episode 142 Disease and the Revolution

March 29, 2020

Throughout the Revolution, disease was a far greater killer of soldiers than the enemy.  This week, we discuss how people suffered from disease during the Revolutionary War, how it impacted the course of the war, and what they did to fight back.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Medicine and the American Revolution: How Diseases and Their Treatments Affected the Colonial Army, by Oscar Reiss. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The American Revolution: from the commencement to the disbanding of the American army; given in the form of a daily journal, with the exact dates of all the important events; also, a biographical sketch of all the most prominent generals, by James Thacher: https://archive.org/details/americanrevoluti00thacuoft

 

Episode 141 Congress Returns to Philadelphia

Episode 141 Congress Returns to Philadelphia

March 22, 2020

Congress returns from its removal to Baltimore after the fear of British occupation of Philadelphia passes.  The new session approves a new American flag on June 14, 1777.  Congress also promotes new generals.  It must deal with an influx of French officer applicants that it does not want, but also does not want to offend France.  Finally, after several months, Congress once again leaves Philadelphia after the British threaten another occupation.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Robert Morris Financier of the American Revolution, Charles Rappleye

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/usflag/history/flagday.html 

Episode 140 Battle of Short Hills

Episode 140 Battle of Short Hills

March 15, 2020

The British attempt to lure the Continental Army out of the Watchung mountains by marching back into New Jersey.  General Washington refuses to engage.  After the British withdraw, the Americans move down out of the mountains.  General Howe moves his army back to cut off Washington's path back into the mountains.  A fierce defense led by General Lord Stirling slows the British advance long enough for the Americans to move back into the mountains.  Unwilling to engage them there, the British return to New York.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Every Insult and Indignity: The Life Genius and Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson, by Ricky Roberts and Bryan Brown  

Online Recommendation of the Week: Major-General the Earl of Stirling; an Essay in Biography, by Ludwig Schumacher:  https://archive.org/details/majorgeneralearl00schu

Episode 139 Meigs Raid on Sag Harbor

Episode 139 Meigs Raid on Sag Harbor

March 8, 2020

A patriot force under the command of Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs raids British occupied Long Island from Connecticut.  The Americans capture loyalist prisoners and destroy British supplies before returning back to Connecticut.  The patriots considered the raid a great success.  The British gave up attempting to maintain a permanent outpost on the eastern part of Long Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Quiet Patriot, Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs: With Meigs's 1775 Journal of the Quebec Expedition, by Richard A. Mason, 2010.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life and Letters of Samuel Holden Parsons, by Charles Hall: https://archive.org/details/lifeandletterss00hallgoog

 

Episode 138 Battle of Thomas Creek

Episode 138 Battle of Thomas Creek

March 1, 2020

Patriots invade East Florida in hopes of capturing the colony and eliminating the British threat from St. Augustine.  The small and divided force is massacred at Thomas Creek as they retreat back to Georgia.  Meanwhile the fighting between Georgia's political leader, Button Gwinnett and Continental General Lachlan McIntosh leads to a duel.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lachlan McIntosh and the Politics of Revolutionary Georgia, by Harvey Jackson, III.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Button! by Stephen Colbert and Lin-Manuel Miranda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhFeQSBZUSk

Episode 137 Lambert Wickes

Episode 137 Lambert Wickes

February 23, 2020

Continental Navy Captain Lambert Wickes delivers Benjamin Franklin to France, then attacks British shipping in British waters, nearly provoking a war between Britain and France.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lambert Wickes Sea Raider and Diplomat: The Story of a Navel Captain of the Revolution, by William Bell Clark, and The Golden Voyage: The Life and Times of William Bingham, 1752-1804, by Robert C. Alberts

Online Recommendation of the Week: Philadelphia Free Library Interlibrary Loan Program: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/illiad