Episode 078 Advancing on Quebec

January 6, 2019

General Arnold demands the surrender of Quebec, but the last minute arrival of local defenders gives them the courage to hold out.  Arnold pulls back and links up with General Montgomery so that the combined force can assault the city together.

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Episode 077: The Dunmore Proclamation and the Southern War

December 30, 2018

Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore proclaims that slaves who abandon their rebel masters and join the British army can earn their freedom.  Dunmore attempts to recruit a loyalist army of both black and white Virginians.  He fights a pitched battle at Kemp's Landing and Great Bridge.  Unable to hold land, his forces retreat to ships offshore.  At the end of 1775, the British also burn and abandon Norfolk.

In South Carolina, patriots attack and scatter loyalist militia around Ninty-Six i the western interior.  They also fight with naval forces supporting Royal Governor Campbell in Charleston Harbor.  Patriots succeed in forcing the navy to leave the colony as well.

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Episode 076 Arnold’s March to Quebec

December 23, 2018

Benedict Arnold leads a force across the New England wilderness to attack Quebec from an unexpected direction.  More than half of his force does not make it through the deadly march.

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Episode 075 Continental Congress Autumn 1775

December 16, 2018

Congress accepts that it is in for a long term fight.  It creates a Navy and Marine Corps and a southern army.  It explores diplomacy with France and sends a diplomat to work with the Iroquois.  It also recommends that the colonies create forms of government based on the will of the people.  To pay for all this, it prints lots more paper money.

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Episode 074 Occupied Boston 1775

December 9, 2018

The British in Boston suffer through a miserable winter.  The Continental Army keeps them stuck in the city.  New England privateers make it extremely difficult to receive food and supplies from the sea.  Hundreds die of disease as everyone suffers greatly.  The British navy does little to provide assistance.  Its destruction of the village of Falmouth only enrages the Americans.

Britain recalls General Gage and Admiral Graves putting General Howe and Admiral Shuldham in charge.

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Episode 073 Siege of Boston, Autumn Edition

December 2, 2018

General Washington gets frustrated by the lack of a plan to attack Boston.  He also squelches his first mutiny. He sends Col. Benedict Arnold to Quebec and Col. Henry Knox to Fort Ticonderoga.  He uncovers a British spy among one of the most trusted patriot leaders.  Most of all he struggles with how to keep the army from going home over the winter.

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Episode 072 Siege of St. Jean

November 25, 2018

Generals Schuyler and Montgomery launch an attack from Fort Ticonderoga into British controlled Canada.  They lay siege Fort St. Jean.  After several months they capture the fort and take prisoner nearly all British regulars in Canada.  Afterwards, the Americans capture Montreal without a fight.

British Commander Guy Carleton dons a disguise and escapes back to Quebec.  He prepares to defend the city against the American forces.

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Episode 071 Britain Prepares to Crush a Rebellion

November 18, 2018

Over the winter of 1775-76, the Ministry in Britain decides to use overwhelming force to put an end to colonial resistance.  The King refuses to receive the Olive Branch Petition makes clear that he supports Parliament in this fight and calls for the use of force to suppress colonial treason.  He also starts recruiting German speaking mercenaries to supplement the British Army.  The ministry also dumps General Gage and Secretary Dartmouth, replacing them with General Howe and Secretary Germain.  The ministry also implements a blockade of North America.

Meanwhile France begins to pay attention to the rebellion.  It sends its first unofficial envoy to Philadelphia to see if it makes sense to provide some covert assistance.

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Episode 070 Ousted Governors and Bermuda Powder Raid

November 11, 2018

Active patriot groups shut down all royal control of all colonies and arrest or expel their royal governors.  The colonies also conduct a raid on Bermuda to acquire more gunpowder for the cause.

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Episode 069: The South Joins the War

November 4, 2018

Over the summer of 1775, the southern colonies throw out their royal governments and take control.  Virginians fight off a British raid on Hampton.  Carolinians capture forts and munitions.  The Mecklenburg Resolves declare independence. Georgia patriots fight loyalists for control of the colony.

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