Author Archives: Eric J. Wittenberg

About Eric J. Wittenberg

Award-winning Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg focuses on cavalry operations in the Civil War.

Hessian Camp, Reading, Pennsylvania: A Childhood Mystery Solved

I grew up in a suburb of Reading, Pennsylvania. Reading is the county seat of Berks County, and is located about sixty miles northwest of Philadelphia. Reading is an old town; Richard and Thomas Penn, the sons of William Penn, … Continue reading

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Lord Dunmore’s War: The Opening of the American Revolution

PART FOUR OF FOUR Visiting the Point Pleasant Battlefield Today, little of the Point Pleasant battlefield remains. A small park, of about four acres, at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers is the only preserved portion of the … Continue reading

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Lord Dunmore’s War: The Opening of the American Revolution

PART THREE OF FOUR The Historic Significance of Lord Dunmore’s War After defeating Cornstalk, Lewis and his command crossed the Ohio River and advanced to within eight miles of the Shawnee villages at Pickaway Plains (near present-day Circleville, Ohio) on … Continue reading

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Lord Dunmore’s War: The Opening of the Revolutionary War

PART TWO OF FOUR The Battle of Point Pleasant, October 10, 1774 Andrew Lewis, another Scot, whose family had founded the town of Staunton, Virginia, led a command of the same Scots-Irish ruffians who later fought and won the 1781 … Continue reading

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Lord Dunmore’s War: The Opening of the American Revolution

PART ONE OF FOUR: An introduction to Lord Dunmore’s War Although many consider it to be the beginning of the American Revolution, few Americans are familiar with the conflict known as Lord Dunmore’s War. It featured one battle, the Battle … Continue reading

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