Category Archives: Common Soldier

Down the Rabbit Hole with Three Captains Johnny

On the afternoon of June 4, 1782 in the grasslands of western Ohio, a Pennsylvania volunteer named Francis Dunlavy spent a portion of his time trying to shoot a Native American he later called “Big Captain Johnny.”  For his part, the … Continue reading

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Artistic License and the French Artillery Park at Yorktown, A Case Study

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Karl G. Elsea It is common for artists to use “artistic license” when painting historic events including American Revolutionary War art. The problem is this practice also aids inaccuracies persisting. Here is one … Continue reading

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“Rev War Revelry” The Winter that Won the War, Valley Forge

In June 1778, the Continental army marched out of their winter encampment in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and headed toward New Jersey in pursuit of the retreating British army. The past six months, from December 1777 to June 1778, ushered in … Continue reading

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Review: Noble Volunteers: The British Soldiers Who Fought the American Revolution by Don Hagist

Don Hagist is one of our foremost American authorities on the common British soldier during the American Revolution. His latest book, Noble Volunteers: The British Soldiers Who Fought the American Revolution, is an institutional portrait of the British army that … 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 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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The Continentals’ Last Claimant: The Story of Lemuel Cook

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes guest historian Kevin Pawlak New York state has a rich American Revolution history. Battlefields at Saratoga, Oriskany, Fort Ticonderoga, Long Island, and more dot the state’s connection to our nation’s founding. But growing up in the … Continue reading

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“Rev War Roundtable with ERW” Brandywine Campaign

The largest, in terms of military forces deployed, engagement in the American Revolutionary War occurred on September 11, 1777 in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Battle of Brandywine was a pivotal moment in the British campaign that captured the patriot capital in … Continue reading

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