American Revolution Podcast
ARP218 Onondaga Creek

ARP218 Onondaga Creek

September 19, 2021

In April, 1779 the Continental Army destroys the villages of the Onondaga Tribe in the initial phase of a larger operation against the Iroquois.  Col. Goose Van Schaick leads the raid to remove this neutral tribe as a support system for loyalist raids into upstate New York.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Goose Van Schaick of Albany, 1736-1789: The Continental Army's Senior Colonel, by T.W. Egly.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Van Schaick Expedition, April 1779: https://www.nps.gov/fost/learn/historyculture/the-van-schaick-expedition-april-1779.htm

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ARP217 Spain Enters the War

ARP217 Spain Enters the War

September 12, 2021

Spain signs the Treaty of Aranjuez with France, committing itself to war with Britain.  Spain does not ally directly with the United States.  It hopes to take advantage of Britain's current difficulties recover territories lost to the British, including Gibraltar, Menorca, and the Floridas.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Spain and the American Revolution: New Approaches and Perspectives

Online Recommendation of the Week: Spain's Declining Power in South America, 1730-1806: https://archive.org/details/spainsdeclining01mosegoog

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ARP216 Chickamauga Creek

ARP216 Chickamauga Creek

September 5, 2021

When the Chickamauga under Dragging Canoe threaten settlements in Western Virginia and North Carolina, the militia under Colonel Even Shelby raid their villages.  The raiders capture tons of supplies provided by British agents and scatter the warrior army.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Heart of the Eagle: Dragging Canoe & the Emergence of the Chickamauga Confederacy, by Brent Cox. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Isaac Shelby: Revolutionary Patriot and Border Hero, by Archibald Henderson: https://archive.org/details/isaacshelbyrevol00hend

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ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

August 29, 2021

Captain Gustavus Conyngham disrupts merchant shipping around Great Britain.  His efforts earn him the moniker "The Dunkirk Pirate" from the British.  He is captured several times but manages to escape. Upon returning to Philadelphia, the Continental Congress challenges his credentials and confiscates his ship.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution, by Mike Duncan.  Order from a private bookseller on Bookshop.org

Online Recommendation of the Week: Letters and Papers Relating to the Cruises of Gustavus Conyngham: A Captain of the Continental Navy, 1777-1779, by Robert Neeser (ed): https://archive.org/details/lettersandpaper00neesgoog

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ARP214 A Proposal to Arm Slaves

ARP214 A Proposal to Arm Slaves

August 22, 2021

The British army threatens South Carolina in 1779.  The Continental Congress supports a proposal to raise and army of slaves to defend the state.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: John Laurens and the American Revolution,
by Gregory D. Massey 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Massey, Gregory D. “The Limits of Antislavery Thought in the Revolutionary Lower South: John Laurens and Henry Laurens.” The Journal of Southern History, vol. 63, no. 3, 1997, pp. 495–530. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2211648

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ARP213 Brier Creek

ARP213 Brier Creek

August 15, 2021

American forces led primarily by South Carolina militia, move into Georgia with the intent of restricting the movement of British forces within the colony.  The British attack and disperse the rebel militia at Brier Creek.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Winning Independence, by John Ferling.

Online Recommendation of the Week: An Unfortunate Affair: The Battle of Brier Creek and the Aftermath in Georgia, Georgia Southern University Master's Thesis by William Henry: https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1914&context=etd

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ARP212 Port Royal & Kettle Creek

ARP212 Port Royal & Kettle Creek

August 8, 2021

A British force from Augusta launches an attack on Port Royal, SC but is repelled by the South Carolina militia.  A group of British loyalists raised in the Carolinas marches to Augusta but is decimated and largely dispersed at the battle of Kettle Creek.

 

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Land and Allegiance in Revolutionary Georgia, by Leslie Hall.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Davis, Robert Scott. “The Loyalist Trials at Ninety Six in 1779.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine, vol. 80, no. 2, 1979, pp. 172–181. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/27567552

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ARP211 Winter At Middlebrook

ARP211 Winter At Middlebrook

August 1, 2021

British General William Tryon leads a raid on Horseneck Landing in Connecticut.  Continental General Israel Putnam mounts a defense, then makes a daring escape.  Following the raid, both armies settle into winter quarters: the British in New York City, and the Continentals in Watchung Mountains of New Jersey.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, by Robert E. Hubbard.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Middlebrook Encampment: http://www.doublegv.com/ggv/battles/midbrk.html

 

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ARP210 Fort Vincennes

ARP210 Fort Vincennes

July 25, 2021

Over 1778-79, British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton attempts to secure the Illinois Territory for Britain and encourages Indian attacks on Virginia settlers in Kentucky.  In early 1779, Virginia Colonel George Rogers Clark captures the key forts in the region and takes Governor Hamilton as a prisoner.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: George Rogers Clark: I Glory in War, by William R. Nester.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Conquest of the country northwest of the river Ohio, 1778-1783: and, life of Gen. George Rogers Clark, by William H. English:

Vol. 1 https://archive.org/details/conquestcountry02englgoog

Vol. 2 https://archive.org/details/conquestofcountr6308engl

 

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ARP209 Arnold and the Radicals

ARP209 Arnold and the Radicals

July 18, 2021

Pennsylvania's new President Joseph Reed targets the military governor in Philadelphia, Benedict Arnold, for corruption and for siding with the city's Tories.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Benedict Arnold in Philadelphia, by Ray Thompson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Betsy Dublois: The Girl Who Got Away from Benedict Arnold: https://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/betsy-deblois-girl-got-away-benedict-arnold

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