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Simon Kenton: Frontiersman, Soldier, Spy

By late April of 1777, nerves were on edge for the fifteen or so families taking refuge in the stockade at Boonesborough, including a few enslaved people and a handful of rifleman. Since early March, settlers there had been forced … Continue reading

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The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, Part 6

  Skirmish in New Jersey Cresswell found cheap lodging in New York and reunited with Joseph Brewer, who had fled Philadelphia himself, leaving his wife behind.  “The persecution against the friends of Gorvernment was too violent for a man of … Continue reading

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The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, Part 5

Escape from America Finally, in the spring of 1777, Cresswell again decided to try returning to England.  Thomson Mason, who had already intervened with two Committees of Safety to protect the Englishman, offered to help with Virginia authorities once more, … Continue reading

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Gaming Away Social Distancing. Deal or Duel: An Alexander Hamilton Card Game

Among his many aphorisms, Ben Franklin reportedly said “games lubricate the body and the mind.”  Given the large number of quotes attributed to the sage, it is suspect.  But, his generation certainly understood games, both as a way of sharpening … Continue reading

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The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, Part 4

A Loyalist under House Arrest Having failed to reach the British Army in New York, Cresswell spent a miserable autumn and winter of 1776/1777 in northern Virginia, often arguing with his host, James Kirk, a Patriot and the only man … Continue reading

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“A damned old rebel, with one foot in the grave”: The Deposition of Elizabeth Covenhoven, Monmouth County, New Jersey, July 30, 1778

The lead elements of Sir Henry Clinton’s army trudged into the village of Monmouth Court House, New Jersey throughout the day on June 26, 1778. There, the British force remained until the morning of the 28th, when it continued onward … Continue reading

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The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, Part 3

A Loyal Englishman in a Hostile Country Part 2 click here. When he arrived in Alexandria, Virginia in October 1775, Nicholas Cresswell, an Englishman visiting the colonies in search opportunity, found himself in dire straits.  The war had cut off … Continue reading

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