American Revolution Podcast
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

 

Epsode 141 Congress Returns to Philadelphia

Epsode 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

 

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