Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

“I gave my parole once…”

On the morning of August 27, 1780 there was a knock on the door of the Charleston, South Carolina residence of Christopher Gadsden, lieutenant governor of South Carolina. He had stayed when the city capitulated to British forces in May. … Continue reading

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The First American Civil War

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes guest historian Sean Chick On October 7, 1780, Britain’s attempt to regain at least part of the rebellious North American colonies was dealt a major blow at King’s Mountain. The rebels rejoiced, since it was their … Continue reading

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The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge: How Three Minutes Affected Three Years of War Strategy

Did the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge help keep the British away from the southern colonies during the first half of the war? Months before its colonies officially adopted their Declaration of Independence, the British army was reaching a critical … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from the Battle of Cowpens

Two hundred and forty years ago, January 17, 1781, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan strategically manuevered his Colonial forces to defeat the British, led by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, at the Battle of Cowpens. What can we learn from the Battle … Continue reading

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“they have totally destroyed it…” The Chickahominy Shipyard

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest author Drew Gruber. Since Arnold’s raid in January the situation for Virginians in the Spring of 1781 was deplorable and growing worse. Keeping soldiers shod and fed (besides properly armed and equipped) proved difficult. … Continue reading

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The third Artillery Engagement at the Battle of Trenton: December 26, 1776

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historians Karl G. Elsea and William W. Welsch for the final installment of their three part series The v. Lossberg Artillery detachment: Bombardier Conrad Volprecht was about 44 years old with over 27 years … Continue reading

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The second Artillery Engagement at the Battle of Trenton: December 26, 1776

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historians Karl G. Elsea and William W. Welsch The v. Knyphausen artillery detachment: Lieutenant Friedrich Fischer was about 37 years old and had about 20 years military experience. He was the senior artillery officer … Continue reading

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The first of three Artillery Engagements at the Battle of Trenton: December 26, 1776

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historians Karl G. Elsea and William M. Welsch. Part I The Rall Artillery Detachment: It is well known that the Battle of Trenton saved the American Revolution from defeat. What is not well known … Continue reading

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Christmas Night, 1776: How Did They Cross? The Horses:

Part II. Part 1 of this article showed that a total of 23 ferry trips were required to move all of Knox’s artillery men, guns, horses, and carts across the Delaware River. In addition, there were other horses needed for … Continue reading

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Christmas Night, 1776: How Did They Cross? The Horses:

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes guest historians Karl G. Elsea and William W. Welsch. Short bios of both historians are at the bottom of this part. Part I: The purpose of this article is to further investigate General George Washington’s Christmas … Continue reading

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