Category Archives: Revolutionary War

Hamilton Recaptures Fort Sackville: Norman MacLeod’s Campaign Journal, December 17, 1778

(An occasional series highlighting British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton’s march south from Detroit to recapture Vincennes (Indiana) on its 240th anniversary through the entries in Captain Norman MacLeod’s diary.) As Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton’s army arrived on the lower Wabash, … Continue reading

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Disaster on the Eastern Frontier

Part Two For Part One, click here. The British and loyalists would not have to wait long. Word of the landing reached the Massachusetts government within a matter of days, and preparations for a counterattack began almost immediately. There was … Continue reading

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Visiting the Scene of Action: Battle of Camden

A reflection on the previous month’s exploration in South Carolina. August 16, 1780 would prove to be a devastating day for the American Army in the south, known as the “Grand Army” by its commander, Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates, the … Continue reading

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Disaster on the Eastern Frontier

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Travis Shaw. Part One I’d be willing to bet that Maine isn’t the first place to come to mind when you hear the word “frontier”. For many Americans I imagine they immediately think … Continue reading

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Norman MacLeod’s Campaign Journal, October 31, 1778

(An occasional series highlighting British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton’s march south from Detroit to recapture Vincennes (Indiana) on its 240th anniversary through the entries in Captain Norman MacLeod’s diary.) This year marked the 240th anniversary of George Rogers Clark’s “conquest … Continue reading

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Press Release: Victory at Yorktown

Breaking on Friday, the 237th anniversary of the surrender of British Lord Charles Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, there was another victory. The American Battlefield Trust announced the successful acquisition of 49 acres of “hallowed ground associated with the 1781 battle.” The full … Continue reading

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“Elbow Room” for “Uncle Johnny”

On this date in 1777, British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates around Saratoga, New York. This victory solidified French support for the fledgling American nation and became one of the turning points in the road to … Continue reading

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