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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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AR-SP04 Michael Harris on Germantown

AR-SP04 Michael Harris on Germantown

November 19, 2020

Author Michael C. Harris discusses the battle of Germantown and his new book about the battle.

Germantown a Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4th, 1777. Savas Beatie, 2020.

 

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ARP175 Von Steuben at Valley Forge

ARP175 Von Steuben at Valley Forge

November 15, 2020

A down on his luck Prussian officer makes his way to America.  There he obtains appointment as the army's Inspector General and trains the soldiers in formal military drill.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, by Paul Lockhart.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States, by Friedrich von Steuben: https://archive.org/details/2575061R.nlm.nih.gov

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ARP174 Britain and France go to War

ARP174 Britain and France go to War

November 8, 2020

By the end of 1777, British leaders in London express serious doubts about winning the war in America.  After hearing news of Burgoyne's surrender and the French Alliance with America, Britain must make drastic changes.  It declares war on France, then redeploys much of its army and navy to other parts of the Empire.  The new North American Commander, Sir Henry Clinton must hold his forces in a defensive posture.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Howe Brothers & the American Revolution, by Ira D. Gruber.

Online Recommendation of the Week: (Anonymous) “Gentleman, for many years a resident in America” A letter to Lord George Germaine, giving an account of the origin of the dispute between Great Britain and the colonies, London: Printed for T. Whieldon and Waller, 1778. https://archive.org/details/cihm_27479

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ARP173 Treaties with France

ARP173 Treaties with France

November 1, 2020

In 1778, the American Commissioners in Paris convince French King Louis XVI to sign a treaty of alliance and a treaty of amity and commerce, recognizing the US as an independent nation.  The revelation of this alliance forces Britain to declare war on France.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Ten Key Campaigns of the American Revolution, Mark Edward Lender, ed.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Treaties of 1778, and Allied Documents: https://archive.org/details/treatiesof1778al00fran

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ARP172 Winter at Valley Forge

ARP172 Winter at Valley Forge

October 25, 2020

Washington's Continentals suffer a lack of food, clothing and shelter as it struggles to get through the winter at Valley Forge.  At the same time, it must contest a British move into Darby in search of forage.  Captain "light horse Harry" Lee distinguishes himself during this time.  Americans also capture a British ship on the Delaware river.  Washington fights with Congress to get what he needs to maintain and train his army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge, by Thomas Fleming.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The History of Valley Forge, by Henry Woodman: https://archive.org/details/historyofvalleyf00wood

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AR-SP03 James Kirby Martin on the Saratoga Campaign

AR-SP03 James Kirby Martin on the Saratoga Campaign

October 22, 2020

An interview with author James Kirby Martin who recently wrote about the Saratoga Campaign in the new book The 10 Key Campaigns of the America Revolution

 
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ARP171 Conway Cabal

ARP171 Conway Cabal

October 18, 2020

Following the victory at Saratoga, political leaders consider the idea of replacing General George Washington with General Horatio Gates as Commander in Chief.  Several ambitious officers within the Continental Army support the move.

Congress appoints Gates to head the Board of War, where he can make strategy and give orders to Washington.  Very quickly other top officers in the army make clear that these changes are unacceptable.  Gates also fails to impress by  organizing a new invasion of Quebec, which must be aborted before it even began.

After several months, Congress ends up backing Washington as commander and drops any idea of replacing him.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Cabal!: The Plot Against General Washington, by Mark E. Lender.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Lender discusses the Cabal with Brady Crytzer on the Dispatches Podcast: https://jardispatches.podbean.com/e/e34-mark-edward-lender-cabal-the-plot-against-general-washington

 

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ARP170 Whitemarsh

ARP170 Whitemarsh

October 11, 2020

In the weeks following the battle of Germantown, the Continentals camp at Whitemarsh, only a few miles from the British lines.  There, they set up defenses and prepare for another battle.  Washington deploys Alexander Hamilton to see Horatio Gates in NY, in an attempt to get Gates to send reinforcements.  The army also tries and cashiers Gen. Adam Stephen following accusations from Germantown.  Congress orders the Continental Navy to sink several ships on the Delaware river to prevent their capture.

After several weeks, the British army advance on the Continentals at Whitemarsh, but find the lines too well defended. After the British return to Philadelphia, the Continentals move into winter quarters at Valley Forge.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Whitemarsh; an address delivered before the Pennsylvania society of Sons of the revolution at Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1909, by Charles Henry Jones, https://archive.org/details/whitemarshaddres00jone_0

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ARP169 Articles of Confederation

ARP169 Articles of Confederation

October 4, 2020

With the British Army in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress moves to Lancaster, Pa, and then to York.  There, they have to fight off defeatism while many delegates, including President John Hancock, return home.  

The Congress does finally finish its proposed Articles of Confederation, which it sends to the state for ratification.  News of the victory at Saratoga help raise everyone's spirits.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Continental Congress, by Edmund Cody Burnette.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Articles of Confederation, as adopted Nov. 15, 1777, transcript:  https://www.ourdocuments.gov/print_friendly.php?flash=false&page=transcript&doc=3&title=Transcript+of+Articles+of+Confederation

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