American Revolution Podcast
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

 

Episode 136 Franklin in Paris

Episode 136 Franklin in Paris

February 16, 2020

Benjamin Franklin travels to France to join the American Delegation.  He arrives in December 1776 and immediately gains pop star status with the French people.  Getting the French government to go along would take longer.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, by Stacy Schiff, 2005. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sybil Ludington (The History Chicks Podcast) http://thehistorychicks.com/minicastsybil-ludington

 

Episode 135 The Danbury Raid

Episode 135 The Danbury Raid

February 9, 2020

An army of regulars led by New York Governor and General William Tryon, raid an American supply depot at Danbury, Connecticut.  American resistance led by General David Wooster and Benedict Arnold resulted it the battle of Ridgefield and many British casualties.

General Wooster died in the fighting, while General Arnold's performance finally led to his promotion to major general.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Call to Arms: The Patriot Militia in the 1777 British Raid on Danbury, Connecticut, by Stephen Darley

Online Recommendation of the Week: An account of Tryon's raid on Danbury in April, 1777, also the battle of Ridgefield and the career of Gen. David Wooster, by James Case: https://archive.org/details/accountoftryonsr00case

 

Episode 134 The Battle of Bound Brook

Episode 134 The Battle of Bound Brook

February 2, 2020

A large British force attacks General Lincoln at Bound Brook New Jersey.  Lord Cornwallis hopes to capture the relatively isolated Continental force that is posted to defend Washington's southern flank.  The British scatter the surprised Americans who mostly flee the scene.  Washington sends a column under General Greene to retake Bound Brook and harass the British column as it returns to its base that same day.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: War of the Revolution, by Christopher Ward

Online Recommendation of the Week: Cockpit of the Revolution: The War for Independence in New Jersey, by Leonard Lundin: https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.86569

Episode 133 The Peekskill Raid

Episode 133 The Peekskill Raid

January 26, 2020

The British in New York City send a raiding party up the Hudson River to attack an American supply depot.  After two days of fighting, the Americans drive off the British and take back the town.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Chaining the Hudson: Fight for the River in the American Revolution, by Lincoln Diamant 

Online Recommendation of the Week: History that Doesn't Suck Podcast: https://www.historythatdoesntsuck.com

 

 

Episode 132 Britain Adjusts its War Plans

Episode 132 Britain Adjusts its War Plans

January 19, 2020

Over the fall and winter of 1776-1777, General Howe proposes his strategic plans to officials in London.  Those officials deny most of Howe's requests for reinforcements, thus causing him to reduce his plans.  At the same time, officials in London meet with General Burgoyne and agree to have him lead an invasion of upstate New York from Canada, thus angering several more senior generals who wanted that command.  No one bothers to tell the North American Commander, Howe, that he must support Burgoyne's invasion, so he plans to put his army aboard ships and sail away for an attack on Philadelphia.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Logistics and the Failure of the British Army in America, 1775-1783, by Arthur Bowler.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts Report on the manuscripts of Mrs. Stopford-Sackville, of Drayton House, Northamptonshire Vol. 2: https://archive.org/details/reportonmanuscri02grea_0

 

Episode 131 Congress - Baltimore Edition

Episode 131 Congress - Baltimore Edition

January 12, 2020

Fearing an imminent British invasion of Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adjourns in December 1776 with a resolution to meet a week later in Baltimore, Maryland.  Congress holds session in Baltimore for three months.  The delegates vote to print more money, promote more generals and generally continue the work of government.  At the end of February 1777, with the danger passed, they return to Philadelphia.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, by Robert A. Mello.

Online Recommendation of the Week: A vindication of his public character in the station of director-general of the military hospitals and physician in chief to the American army, anno 1776, by John Morgan: https://archive.org/details/vindicationofhis00morg