American Revolution Podcast
ARP220 Assault on Charleston

ARP220 Assault on Charleston

October 3, 2021

May 1779: After American General Benjamin Lincoln moves from his base in South Carolina to reinforce August, British General Augustine Prevost takes a large foraging party of 2000 regulars into South Carolina.  He hopes to collect forage and also to get Lincoln to pull back out of Georgia to protect Charleston.

When Lincoln refuses to engage, the British army finds itself at the gates of Charleston, but without the forces to take the city.  City leaders, fearing an assault, offer to drop out of the war and turn South Carolina into a neutral state.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Battleground of Freedom: South Carolina in the Revolution, by Nat and Sam Hilborn (view on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sterner, Eric “John Rutledge of South Carolina, 1779” Journal of the American Revolution, March 25, 2021, https://allthingsliberty.com/2021/03/john-rutledge-governor-of-south-carolina-1779

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ARP219 Turning General Arnold

ARP219 Turning General Arnold

September 26, 2021

Over much of 1779 General Arnold struggles to pay his debts, as well as keeping his new trophy wife in style.  At the same time, a court martial to settle the charges against him keep being delayed.

While Arnold struggles, British agents approach him with offers of money if he would assist in bringing the colonies back under royal authority.  Arnold opens up negotiations with Major John André.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Secret history of the American Revolution: an account of the conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and numerous others, by Carl Van Doren (or borrow on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: University of Michigan Clements Library: https://clements.umich.edu

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ARP218 Onondaga Creek

ARP218 Onondaga Creek

September 19, 2021

In April, 1779 the Continental Army destroys the villages of the Onondaga Tribe in the initial phase of a larger operation against the Iroquois.  Col. Goose Van Schaick leads the raid to remove this neutral tribe as a support system for loyalist raids into upstate New York.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Goose Van Schaick of Albany, 1736-1789: The Continental Army's Senior Colonel, by T.W. Egly.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Van Schaick Expedition, April 1779: https://www.nps.gov/fost/learn/historyculture/the-van-schaick-expedition-april-1779.htm

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ARP217 Spain Enters the War

ARP217 Spain Enters the War

September 12, 2021

Spain signs the Treaty of Aranjuez with France, committing itself to war with Britain.  Spain does not ally directly with the United States.  It hopes to take advantage of Britain's current difficulties recover territories lost to the British, including Gibraltar, Menorca, and the Floridas.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Spain and the American Revolution: New Approaches and Perspectives

Online Recommendation of the Week: Spain's Declining Power in South America, 1730-1806: https://archive.org/details/spainsdeclining01mosegoog

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ARP216 Chickamauga Creek

ARP216 Chickamauga Creek

September 5, 2021

When the Chickamauga under Dragging Canoe threaten settlements in Western Virginia and North Carolina, the militia under Colonel Even Shelby raid their villages.  The raiders capture tons of supplies provided by British agents and scatter the warrior army.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Heart of the Eagle: Dragging Canoe & the Emergence of the Chickamauga Confederacy, by Brent Cox. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Isaac Shelby: Revolutionary Patriot and Border Hero, by Archibald Henderson: https://archive.org/details/isaacshelbyrevol00hend

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ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

August 29, 2021

Captain Gustavus Conyngham disrupts merchant shipping around Great Britain.  His efforts earn him the moniker "The Dunkirk Pirate" from the British.  He is captured several times but manages to escape. Upon returning to Philadelphia, the Continental Congress challenges his credentials and confiscates his ship.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution, by Mike Duncan.  Order from a private bookseller on Bookshop.org

Online Recommendation of the Week: Letters and Papers Relating to the Cruises of Gustavus Conyngham: A Captain of the Continental Navy, 1777-1779, by Robert Neeser (ed): https://archive.org/details/lettersandpaper00neesgoog

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ARP214 A Proposal to Arm Slaves

ARP214 A Proposal to Arm Slaves

August 22, 2021

The British army threatens South Carolina in 1779.  The Continental Congress supports a proposal to raise and army of slaves to defend the state.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: John Laurens and the American Revolution,
by Gregory D. Massey 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Massey, Gregory D. “The Limits of Antislavery Thought in the Revolutionary Lower South: John Laurens and Henry Laurens.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 63, no. 3, 1997, pp. 495–530. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2211648

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ARP213 Brier Creek

ARP213 Brier Creek

August 15, 2021

American forces led primarily by South Carolina militia, move into Georgia with the intent of restricting the movement of British forces within the colony.  The British attack and disperse the rebel militia at Brier Creek.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Winning Independence, by John Ferling.

Online Recommendation of the Week: An Unfortunate Affair: The Battle of Brier Creek and the Aftermath in Georgia, Georgia Southern University Master's Thesis by William Henry: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1914&context=etd

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ARP212 Port Royal & Kettle Creek

ARP212 Port Royal & Kettle Creek

August 8, 2021

A British force from Augusta launches an attack on Port Royal, SC but is repelled by the South Carolina militia.  A group of British loyalists raised in the Carolinas marches to Augusta but is decimated and largely dispersed at the battle of Kettle Creek.

 

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Land and Allegiance in Revolutionary Georgia, by Leslie Hall.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Davis, Robert Scott. “The Loyalist Trials at Ninety Six in 1779.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine, vol. 80, no. 2, 1979, pp. 172–181. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/27567552

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ARP211 Winter At Middlebrook

ARP211 Winter At Middlebrook

August 1, 2021

British General William Tryon leads a raid on Horseneck Landing in Connecticut.  Continental General Israel Putnam mounts a defense, then makes a daring escape.  Following the raid, both armies settle into winter quarters: the British in New York City, and the Continentals in Watchung Mountains of New Jersey.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, by Robert E. Hubbard.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Middlebrook Encampment: http://www.doublegv.com/ggv/battles/midbrk.html

 

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