American Revolution Podcast
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

Episode 126 The Battle of Princeton

Episode 126 The Battle of Princeton

December 8, 2019

The Continentals surprise the British by pulling out of Trenton on the night of January 2, 1777 and marching up a back road to attack the British rear at Princeton the next morning.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Second to No Man but the Commander in Chief, Hugh Mercer: American Patriot by Michael Cecere 

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Life of General Hugh Mercer, by John Goolrick https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneralhug00gool

 

Episode 125 Second Battle of Trenton

Episode 125 Second Battle of Trenton

December 1, 2019

General Cornwallis is tasked to deal with the Americans who captured the Hessian outpost at Trenton.  Cornwallis assembles and marches his army directly to Trenton in a matter of days.  As his army moves from Princeton to Trenton, American delaying tactics prevent him from arriving until nearly the evening of July 2, 1777.  After capturing the town, Cornwallis opts to wait until morning to attack the main American force on the other side of Assunpink Creek.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Road to Assunpink Creek, by David Price

Online Recommendation of the Week: Rosbrugh, a Tale of the Revolution, by John Clyde: https://archive.org/details/rosbrughtaleofre00clyd

 

Episode 124 Back Across the Delaware

Episode 124 Back Across the Delaware

November 24, 2019

After its victory at Trenton, the Continental Army retreats with its prisoners and equipment back to Pennsylvania.  After discovering that the Pennsylvania militia had crossed into New Jersey, Washington opts to cross back again and reoccupy Trenton.  There he will await General Cornwallis and the British Army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Winter Soldiers, by Richard Ketchum

Online Recommendation of the Week: The 8th Virginia Regiment https://www.8thvirginia.com

 

Episode 123 First Battle of Trenton

Episode 123 First Battle of Trenton

November 17, 2019

The Continental Army led by General Washington attacks the Hessian outpost at Trenton on December 26, 1776.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Ten Crucial Days: Washington's Vision for Victory Unfolds, by William L. Kidder (2019)

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ten Crucial Days Website tencrucialdays.org