American Revolution Podcast
ARP161 Freeman’s Farm (First Saratoga)

ARP161 Freeman’s Farm (First Saratoga)

August 9, 2020

The British army under General Burgoyne finds itself increasingly isolated.  On the American side, General Gates replaces General Schuyler as commander of the northern army.  Gate's picks a fight with General Arnold while setting up defenses to take on the British.

The British assault at Freeman's Farm forces the Americans to pull back to their defensive lines in heights, but also leaves the British army weaker and unsure of its ability to break the American lines.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Saratoga, by Rupert Furneaux

Online Recommendation of the Week: The March to Saratoga, by Harrison Bird https://archive.org/details/marchtosaratogag008320mbp

ARP160 Paoli Massacre & Fall of Philadelphia

ARP160 Paoli Massacre & Fall of Philadelphia

August 2, 2020

As the British Army plans its final assault on Philadelphia, the continentals leave an army in the British rear to harass them.  This army, led by General Anthony Wayne, took a position near Paoli Tavern.  A British force led by General Charles Grey attacked the continentals at night, using bayonets to dispatch the enemy silently.  Most of the Continentals fled into the dark woods.  

 

Following the destruction of the army in their rear, the British crossed the Schuylkill river and took possession of Philadelphia.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Battle of Paoli, by Thomas J. McGuire (2006).

 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Futhey, J. Smith “The Massacre of Paoli” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 1, no. 3, 1877, pp. 285–319: https://archive.org/details/jstor-20084293

 

 

 

ARP159 Battle of the Clouds

ARP159 Battle of the Clouds

July 26, 2020

Following the American loss at Brandywine, Congress reevaluates its officers.  At the same time, Gen. Washington prepares to rally for the next confrontation. 

 

The Continentals and British advance on each other near White Horse Tavern.  As they prepare for a major battle, a terrible rain storm floods the field and damages most of the gunpowder.  General Washington uses the opportunity to pull back across the Schuylkill river for a final defense of Philadelphia.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Philadelphia Campaign 1777-1778, by Stephen R. Taaffe.

 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ecelbarger, Gary “Aggressive Minded Gamblers: Washington, Howe, and the Days between Battles, September 12-16, 1777, Journal of the American Revolution, March 10, 2020: https://allthingsliberty.com/2020/03/aggressive-minded-gamblers-washington-howe-and-the-days-between-battles-september-12-16-1777

 

ARP158 Battle of Brandywine

ARP158 Battle of Brandywine

July 19, 2020

General Washington sets his defenses along Brandywine Creek, hoping to prevent General Howe's advance on Philadelphia.  

Howe sent his Hessians under General von Knyphausen against the Continental lines.  At the same time Howe marched his regulars further north where he crossed the creek and marched against the Continental right flank.

The Continentals put up a good fight against the British assault before being forced to retreat.  A rearguard action by Nathanael Green allowed the Continental army to make its escape.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Harris, Michael C. Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777

Online Recommendation of the Week: Some account of the British army, under the command of General Howe; and of the battle of Brandywine, on the memorable September 11th, 1777, and the adventures of that day, by Joseph Townsend. https://archive.org/details/someaccountofbri00town

 

ARP157 British Landing and Cooch’s Bridge

ARP157 British Landing and Cooch’s Bridge

July 12, 2020

The British Fleet deploys an army of over 15,000 British and Hessian soldiers at Head of Elk, Maryland.  It takes the army several days to unload and to recover from the long journey.  The Americans move to Wilmington Delaware as they scouted out the enemy.  The armies clash several days later at Cooch's Bridge before the British move into Pennsylvania.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The British Invasion of Delaware, Aug-Sep 1777, by Gerald J. Kauffman and Michael R. Gallagher

Online Recommendation of the Week: Proceedings at the unveiling of the monument at Cooch's Bridge, Historical Society of Delaware https://archive.org/details/proceedingsatunv00wilm

 

ARP156 The Siege of Fort Henry

ARP156 The Siege of Fort Henry

July 5, 2020

Over the summer of 1777, native tribes along the western frontier attack American settlements.  In August, they attack Fort Henry in Virginia.  After a sustained attack, the garrison receives reinforcements and forces the attackers to abandon the siege.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Year of the Hangman: George Washington's Campaign Against the Iroquois, by Glenn Williams

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the early settlement and Indian wars of Western Virginia  https://archive.org/details/historyofearlyse00deha, by Wills De Haas 

Episode 155 The Battle of Bennington

Episode 155 The Battle of Bennington

June 28, 2020

German troops under Col. Friedrich Baum are defeated by the militia raised by General John Stark  near Bennington.  Later that same day, Stark's forces defeat a relief column under the command of Col. Von Breymann.

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  The Battle of Bennington: Soldiers & Civilians, by Michael P. Gabriel.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Bennington,  by Henry Davis Hall: https://archive.org/details/battleofbenningt00hall

 

Episode 154 John Stark Raises an Army

Episode 154 John Stark Raises an Army

June 21, 2020

With a demoralized and shrinking Continental Army facing General Burgoyne's invasion of upstate New York, New Englanders turn to a disaffected former Continental colonel, John Stark, to form a militia army.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Stark; The Life and Wars of John Stark, French and Indian War Ranger, Revolutionary War General, by Richard & John Polhemus 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  eBook: A Life of General John Stark of New Hampshire, by Howard P. Moore. https://archive.org/details/lifeofgeneraljoh00moor

 

Episode 153 Staten Island and Setauket

Episode 153 Staten Island and Setauket

June 14, 2020

On August 22, 1777, the Americans launch two independent raids on British defenses around New York City.  General Sullivan leads an attack on Staten Island, while General Putnam orders a raid on Setauket, Long Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Lost British Forts of Long Island, by David M Griffin

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The Military Services and Public Life of Major-General John Sullivan of the American Revolutionary Army, by Thomas Coffin Amory:  https://archive.org/details/militaryservice00amorgoog

 

 

Episode 152 Fort Stanwix and Oriskany

Episode 152 Fort Stanwix and Oriskany

June 7, 2020

General Nicholas Herkimer leads a militia relief force to save Fort Stanwix.  A native an militia force form St. Leger's Army ambushes the relief force in the bloody battle of Oriskany.  The relief force retreats and the siege continues.

Days later, General Benedict Arnold leads a relief force to the fort.  After the enemy believes exaggerated numbers of Arnold's army, the force under St. Leger flees back to Lake Ontario.  Arnold lifts the siege and keeps the fort in American hands.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley: The St. Leger Expedition of 1777, by Gavin K. Watt 

Online Recommendation of the Week:  Orderly book of Sir John Johnson during the Oriskany Campaign, 1776-1777, by William Leete Stone (ed): https://archive.org/details/cu31924032310629

 

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