Category Archives: Armies

Captain John Ashby

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes guest historian Travis Shaw.  Part One As he looked northward across the open ground in front of his position, Captain John Ashby could see the advance guard of the British army moving steadily closer. They came … Continue reading

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The Crawford Campaign, 1782: American Strategy in Ohio, 1781-1782

(part one of five) War on the American frontier was generally brutal, but few incidents inflamed American passions in the country’s early history as much as the torture and execution of Colonel William Crawford in June 1782 in Northwestern Ohio.  … Continue reading

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“In the deepest distress and anxiety of mind…” Gen. Gates letter to Congress on the Battle of Camden

238 years ago today the United States military suffered one of its worst defeats. The Battle of Camden, fought on August 16, 1780 just a few miles north of Camden, SC was a total defeat for the American “Grand Army” … Continue reading

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Uncovering the Continental Army in Morristown

Part of an ongoing series of about the Continental Army in Morristown, New Jersey. For the first post, click here. Across the street from the Ford Mansion, the elegant home of the Jacob Ford, Jr. and his family, and the … Continue reading

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Uncovering the Continental Army in Morristown

Part of an ongoing series of about the Continental Army in Morristown, New Jersey. For the first post, click here. “The smallpox has made such head in every quarter that I find it impossible to keep it from spreading thro’ … Continue reading

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General Edward Hand: The Squaw Campaign

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes guest historian Eric Sterner.  In February 1778, Brigadier General Edward Hand, commanding Continental forces at Fort Pitt on the American frontier, launched what may be one of the oddest campaigns of the American Revolution, more famous … Continue reading

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George Washington; October 17, 1781

While reading background on the siege and victory at Yorktown, Virginia in October 1781, I came across the following passage written by historian Jerome Greene.      “The officer was then quickly escorted to Washington’s headquarters in a nearby house,  … Continue reading

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