American Revolution Podcast
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

Episode 130 Fort McIntosh, Georgia

Episode 130 Fort McIntosh, Georgia

January 5, 2020

Loyalists in Florida with the aide of Seminole Warriors, raid the Georgia borders in an attempt to roll back patriot control.  Meanwhile Button Gwinnett becomes President of Georgia and uses the opportunity to attack his political opponents.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Georgia-Florida Contest in the American Revolution, 1776-1778, by Martha Searcy

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org

 

Episode 129 Prisoners of War

Episode 129 Prisoners of War

December 29, 2019

Thousands of American Prisoners suffer and die in New York City prisons and prison ships during the Revolutionary War.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War, by Edwin G. Burrows.

Online Recommendation of the Week: List of prisoners from the Jerseyhttp://www.usmm.org/revdead.html

Episode 128 Fort Independence

Episode 128 Fort Independence

December 22, 2019

Continental forces under General Heath attempt to recapture Fort Independence, just north of New York City in January 1777.  The Hessian Garrison forces the Continentals to withdrawal.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Benjamin Lincoln and the American Revolution, by David Mattern

Online Recommendation of the Week: Memoirs of William Heath: https://archive.org/details/memoirsofmajorge1798heat

 

Episode 127 The Forage War

Episode 127 The Forage War

December 15, 2019

Following the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey militia keep the British Army hunkered down in a couple of North Jersey cities near New York.  Their efforts keep patriot control of New Jersey as Washington's Continental Army rests and rebuilds for the spring campaign.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Unknown American Revolution, by Garry Nash

Online Recommendation of the Week: Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey: Extracts from American Newspapers, Vol 1: https://archive.org/details/documentsrelatin01stry