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Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban

Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Seigneur de Vauban, and finally Marquis de Vauban, as one of his biographies begins, is probably not a household name to many enthusiasts of American history. Especially since he died on March 30, 1707 and … Continue reading

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The Brush of John Trumbull

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Michael Aubrecht John Trumbull’s paintings represent some of the most familiar depictions from the time of the American Revolution. Trumbull was a graduate of Harvard University and the gifted son of the Governor … 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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The Battle of Groton Heights, September 6, 1781: The Fort Griswold Massacre

Part Three Click here for parts one and two. With British soldiers pouring into the fort, Colonel Ledyard ordered a ceasefire, and prepared to surrender Fort Griswold to the victorious British. However, the British disregarded the ceasefire and continuing pouring … Continue reading

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Two Patriots: One Slave and One Free; James Armistead Lafayette and James Forten

Emerging Revolutionary War welcomes back guest historian Malanna Henderson Part One  “It is not for their own land they fought, not even for a land which had adopted them, but for a land which had enslaved them, and whose laws, … Continue reading

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Defending the New Nation: The Fredericksburg Gun Manufacturing Plant

Part Two by historian Malanna Henderson  The financial direction of the gunnery was put into the hands of Fielding Lewis. Born into a wealthy family at Warner Hall in Gloucester County, Virginia in 1725, Fielding was the third son of … Continue reading

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Surrender at Yorktown

On this date, in 1781, the British army marched out of their entrenchments at Yorktown and surrendered to General George Washington and the combined Continental and French armies. Although the victory did not conclusively end the war, the victory prompted … Continue reading

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