Author Archives: Eric Sterner

Thanksgiving with George Washington

Setting aside one day to give national thanks to God for the blessings of the prior year and beseech him for future blessings had been frequently practiced in England, but it merged with several Puritan traditions in New England during … Continue reading

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“I Have not Yet Begun to Fight!” or Words to that Effect (September 23, 1779)

John Paul Jones’ Most Famous Fight and a Motto that May not be Accurate Continue reading

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The Gerrymander: A Gift from the Founding Fathers

Lately, the term “gerrymandering” is getting thrown around as some sort of new illness that afflicts the republic.  The process essentially involves drawing electoral district boundaries in ways that benefit one political party or the other and dates back to … Continue reading

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George Washington, Daniel Morgan, and Winchester, Virginia on Memorial Day

I’ve been intermittently visiting Winchester, VA for years, usually with an eye toward understanding its place in the Civil War.  Tradition has it that no town changed hands more frequently. But, the town also has a prominent, if sometimes overlooked, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revolutionary: George Washington at War by Robert L. O’Connell

Robert L. O’Connell, Revolutionary: Washington at War, e-book, (New York: Random House, 2019), $32 in hardback. Robert L. O’Connell is best known for asking “big” questions.  Armed with a PhD in history and a lengthy career in the intelligence community, … Continue reading

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John Wayne, Colonel James Smith, and the Black Boys Rebellion

Allegheny Uprising, starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor, is an overlooked Revolutionary War movie.  I first watched the 1939 film as a kid on a local UHF station, but never quite realized how closely it tracked with the memoir of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Peckuwe 1780, by John F. Winkler

  John F. Winkler, Peckuwe 1780: The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier, (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2018).   $24.00 I once read a review comparing Osprey Publishing’s monographs on particular battles, weapons, uniforms, or campaigns to “flash cards,” which made … Continue reading

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