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The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook
Oxford Books ^ | June 10, 2014 | Francis Kennedy (Ed.)

Posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:12 AM PDT by Pharmboy

The ultimate historical traveler's guide to the American Revolution Nearly 150 chronologically arranged entries on everything from meeting halls to battlefields Includes contemporary accounts and the writings of leading historians, offering site-by-site details and an overview of the Revolution Written for the vast and ever-growing crowd of history tourists

In 1996, Congress commissioned the National Park Service to compile a list of sites and landmarks connected with the American Revolution that it deemed vital to preserve for future generations. Some of these sites are well known--Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Fort Ticonderoga--and in no danger of being lost; others less so-- Blackstock's Plantation in South Carolina or Bryan's Station in Kentucky--and more vulnerable. But all are central to the story of our nation's fight for independence. From battlefields to encampments, meeting houses to museums, these places offer us a chance to rediscover the remarkable men and women who founded this nation and to recognize the relevance of not just what they did, but where they did it.

Edited by Frances H. Kennedy, The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook takes readers to nearly 150 of these sites, providing an overview of the Revolution through an exploration of the places where American independence was articulated, fought for, and eventually secured. Beginning with the Boston Common, first occupied by British troops in 1768, and closing with Fraunces Tavern in New York, where George Washington bid farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783, Kennedy takes readers on a tour of the most significant places of Revolutionary history. Accompanied by illuminating excerpts and essays from some of the foremost scholars in the field, including David McCullough, Barbara Tuchman, David Hackett Fischer, Eric Foner, and John Ferling, the entries move in a roughly chronological order from the pre-Revolutionary years up through 1787. Taken together, the combination of site, essay, and excerpt provides rich context and overview, giving a sense of the major figures and events as well as the course of the Revolution, and cover topics ranging from the Boston Tea Party to the frontier wars.

The guide is encyclopedic in scope and covers a wide geographical sweep. Accompanied by historical maps, as well as a number of illuminating primary documents including the Declaration of Independence and letters from John Adams and George Washington, it offers a comprehensive picture of how the Revolutionary War unfolded on American soil, and also points readers to the best writing on the subject in the last fifty years. The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook is an essential companion for anyone interested in the story and history of our nation's founding.


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Everything contained in this post is from the publisher; perhaps when I see a review I will publish that, or, when I get my copy I will let you folks know. Ten dollars cheaper at Amazon.

It does look like a great book, though...

1 posted on 06/27/2014 8:43:12 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; mainepatsfan; timpad; ...
Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! It looks like a significant new addition has been made to the RevWar book collection.

The RevWar/Colonial History/General Washington ping list...

2 posted on 06/27/2014 8:45:53 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks Pharmboy.

REMEMBER:

http://www.americathemovie.com/

by Denesh D’Souza


3 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:36 AM PDT by ZULU (Impeach Obama NOW.)
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To: ZULU

Yes, Zulu...Mrs. Pharmboy and I really liked his first one and will see this one, no doubt! Thanks!


4 posted on 06/27/2014 8:49:03 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

Bttttt


5 posted on 06/27/2014 9:01:59 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Pharmboy

I received notice from AMC yesterday that TURN has been renewed for a 2nd season. Another 10 episodes will air next spring. In the mean time, they will be re-playing all of this year’s episodes.

I hope they don’t trash it up. I have all episodes recorded so far, and most of them are OK for teen viewing. But not much else on AMC is OK for teen viewing.

I was sorry to read the other day about how far the TURN screenwriters deviated from actual history in the series. (Abe Woodhull was not married, for instance, so that whole story line about how his wife found his code book and was jealous of Anna is completely made up.)

Stick to the facts, please.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Pharmboy

bkmk


7 posted on 06/27/2014 9:10:17 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes...could not agree more. I guess they felt they had to tart it up a bit. Overall, my problem with the series is not enough action; too much talky talk.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy
A lot of Revolutionary War records were destroyed when the British burned Washington in War of 1812.

Practically all [75%] of the New York State Revolutionary War records were destroyed in Albany fires in 1850` and 1911. - Hardly anything left.

However the British Museum and Royal Library have hundreds of Revolutionary War maps and documents which they never made public because it would embarrass them.

Several British maps, however, somehow managed to be seen and appear to show battles that are not found recorded anywhere but appear as "battle stars" on old British maps, e.g. 1777. Some locals have investigated these sites and found evidences of forts and battles there with many British and American artifacts.

Other accounts of battles found nowhere else can be found in the histories of the local towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, accounts by the soldiers themselves. Other accounts also exist in oral traditions of the Indian allies of the British who accompanied Burgoyne in his invasion force from Canada in 1777; also some Indian allies also went raiding ahead of and also accompanied British troops during the War of 1812, which battles are not recorded on any archival documents , but exist in the oral histories of the Canadian tribes, local oral histories and in old-name places of the local areas. Other accounts exist in the oral histories of the local towns.

These accounts also give details of battles between retreating British troops who did not surrender [but escaped northwest thru the mountains toward Canada but ran head-on into mountain militias just waiting for them] and militias and regulars after Burgoyne`s defeat at Saratoga.

The only way to determine this is to enquire into the local historians who know all this stuff. Also local family bibles contain accounts of their ancestors fighting in battles with the British that are not found anywhere else.

viz 6 = "The fire in 1857, [sic] destroyed all other copies of what history may have been written down. Therefore the history of the town [Ticonderoga]doesn’t go prior to 1858.

A fire in 1974 also destroyed all the records in Ticonderoga. 7 The fire of 1911 destroyed old maps of the Adirondacks in the New York State Library in Albany, NY.; 500,000 books burned up. The Assembly Library and the Senate Library also burned up in the 1911 fire.

8 This fire destroyed 80% of all the New York State Revolutionary War archives.

[Source- Mountain Lake PBS - tv channel, June 2011 broadcast]

All the 1775-1874 records of Crown Point, Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, NY were destroyed in a fire in 1937. Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake were part of Crown Point during the late 1700`s-early 1800`s.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 9:31:20 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (blubber)
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To: bunkerhill7

soory typo= A fire in 1874 also destroyed all the records in Ticonderoga


10 posted on 06/27/2014 9:33:48 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (blubber)
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To: Pharmboy

Yes, and they changed the location and timing of battles, etc., according to the article I read.

I wish that they’d show more of the spycraft. They gloss over it so quickly that it’s hard to tell whata they are doing.

Oh, yes. Anna and Selah Strong never owned a pub. They were quite wealthy, and Selah was a judge.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 9:37:50 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Hard pressed to find *anything* in the documentary world that is not grossly inaccurate and/or over produced. Truth is a precious commodity. The entertainment community seems intent on accommodating itself to infantile sensibilities.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 9:38:20 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: bunkerhill7

Thanks for your informative post. I used to live around Albany—that was the only fire that I knew about re the RevWar.


13 posted on 06/27/2014 9:38:38 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

Could you posit a counterpart treating of the Civil War?


14 posted on 06/27/2014 9:39:53 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: Pharmboy

1800 U.S. War Department records burned [”Most records in War Department custody were destroyed by fire, November 8, 1800. Many of the remaining Revolutionary War records were lost during the War of 1812. As a result there were, until 1873, few records for the period before 1789 in War Department custody. In 1873 Secretary of War William Belknap purchased for the Federal Government the papers of Timothy Pickering, who between 1777 and 1785 had been a member of the Board of War, Adjutant General of the Continental Army, and Quartermaster General; the papers of Samuel Hodgdon, Commissary General of Military Stores for several years during the war; miscellaneous contemporary papers; and some minor groups of records and single record items. In 1888 these records were transferred to the Department of State. By acts of July 27, 1892 (27 Stat. 275) and August 18, 1894 (28 Stat. 403), Congress authorized the transfer to the War Department of all military records for the Revolutionary War period then in the custody of other Executive branch departments. These military records were transferred between 1894 and 1913 from the Departments of State, the Interior, and the Treasury. In 1914 and 1915, under authority of an act of March 2, 1913 (37 Stat. 723), the War Department made photographic copies of Revolutionary War records in the custody of public and private institutions in VA, NC, and MA. The entire collection was transferred to the National Archives in 1938. Although its contents span the period 1629-1915, the bulk of the information
deals with the period 1775-83.-http://www.archives.gov/research_room/federal_records_guide/war_department_collection_of_revolutionary_war_rg093.html]

1804 U.S. War Department records burned
1814 Library of Congress destroyed by British troops


15 posted on 06/27/2014 9:40:27 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (blubber)
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To: Pharmboy

1851 67% of collections of Library of Congress destroyed by fire
1851 Historical markers erected in Ticonderoga have disappeared
1857 Fire in Ticonderoga destroys records up to that time [Ancient Ti road records also destroyed]
1857 Vermont State Library in Montpelier destroyed by fire; contained many French & Indian War and Revolutionary War diaries and other MSS which were destroyed


16 posted on 06/27/2014 9:49:33 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (blubber)
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To: bunkerhill7
However the British Museum and Royal Library have hundreds of Revolutionary War maps and documents which they never made public because it would embarrass them.

Several British maps, however, somehow managed to be seen and appear to show battles that are not found recorded anywhere but appear as "battle stars" on old British maps, e.g. 1777. Some locals have investigated these sites and found evidences of forts and battles there with many British and American artifacts.

I hope somebody is collecting all this material.

I was watching a British episode of Antiques Roadshow this morning and they showed a beautiful "Flow Blue" Staffordshire tea pot that pictured American ships on the sides winning a sea battle over the English.

It seems that a lot of dishes were made to commemorate such battles. They were shipped to America and sold like hot cakes. I wonder if such records could be found in china for some of the land battles?

The English were very good about dating their wares.

17 posted on 06/27/2014 9:50:36 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Have you watched all of the episodes? If I still had teens I would not want them to view some of the sex scenes.

I was enjoying TURN until Woodhall and Anna became adulterers. Don’t think I will watch next season.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 10:34:04 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: bunkerhill7

Thanks for that information.


19 posted on 06/27/2014 10:35:31 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Pharmboy

It’s also $10 cheaper at booksamillion.com.

I use them all of the time. No political transgressions, AFAIK, and you can get free shipping.

Thanks for the heads-up on this book.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 10:41:29 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Bigg Red

I have watched all episodes twice. I wasn’t keen on the Anna/Woodhull liaison, although I could understand her — she had been told that her husband was dead; and she was highly emotional (not a good condition for a spy). But it was inexcusable for Abe. Furthermore, it required that they kill a British soldier to keep from being found out. All very tawdry.

However, in real life — there were 10 years difference in their ages (Anna was older), there is no evidence that they engaged in an adulterous affair, and Abe did not marry until AFTER the Revolution. (Although Anna and Selah had a child later on — after the Revolution — that they named Abraham Woodhull.)

Furthermore, Abe’s father, the Judge, was NOT a Tory sympathizer in real life.

My comments about “teens” is that I have some grandchildren arriving for a visit this weekend, but I’ll pick and choose as to which episodes to allow them to watch — if they are even interested. It’s also pretty violent. I just hope that they don’t take next year’s series too far afield in the romance department.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 11:48:51 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bunkerhill7

Thanks. It never occurred to me how much of our history has been lost in fires. That is really tragic.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 12:04:49 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Bigg Red

I’m having a hard time getting into Turn. I was very excited about the concept and really want to like it, but the plot is largely incomprehensible to me, the light treatment of major events (Trenton) is annoying, the constant dour mood and pained looks of younger Woodhull is a real downer, the angst between him and Anna is like watching modern teen drama play out (thankfully my kids have outgrown that — I don’t need it in my TV programs), the use of 21st century slang is horribly irritating and ridiculous, and the opening credits music and graphics are just plain awful (they should have hired Rob Lane and Joseph Vitarelli to write the music — their John Adams opening music is amazing).

Other than that, I really like the show.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 12:15:35 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I missed the first 3 episodes of Turn and found the 4th and 5th to be incomprehensible. But, they re-ran everything (except the last episode) Memorial Day weekend. By watching them all from start to finish (I have them saved on my DVR) it began to make sense. I love the costumes and interiors. I just wish that they wouldn’t take liberties with the historical account.


24 posted on 06/27/2014 12:24:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Fester Chugabrew
I am a RevWar guy, but I did find this:

A Tour Guide to the Civil War, Fourth Edition: The Complete State-by-State Guide to Battlegrounds, L Cromie, Alice Published by Thomas Nelson (1992-10-01) ISBN 10: 1558532005 / ISBN 13: 9781558532007

Funny, but many RevWar people do not care for the Civil War and vice versa. I would recommend The Ecyclopedia of the Civil War, since I have The Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, and it was put together by the same people who did the Civil War book. The author said it never had occurred to him to do it since he was a Civil War guy, but eventually he gave in and did a nice job.

25 posted on 06/27/2014 12:55:17 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Pharmboy

Thank you. I can understand how it one would prefer to focus on one war in particular to the general exclusion of others.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 1:41:59 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The problem is very little is known about the personal lives of the Culper Ring. We don't even know the identity of one of them. So, they have to make up most of it.

Still, it does bother me when they take too many liberties with the known history. But, as my wife and daughter like to say when I call a foul, "it's only a TV show, Dad."

27 posted on 06/27/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“The Deall Letters By JANE LAPE, Curator- ‘Ticonderoga is one of the many unfortunate north-country towns whose early social and economic history has to a great extent been lost by the destruction of its public records. It is therefore with the ...’”; Bulletin from Headquarters House - Volume 11, Issues 2-14 - Page 22,,New York State Historical Association – 1943; [books.google.com/books?id=JS4Oaqaamaaj]]


28 posted on 06/27/2014 2:19:42 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes, the character of Anna thinks her husband is dead, but she know’s that Abe’s wife is very much alive.

I will have to get the book. I was not at all familiar with this story until I watched the series.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 3:08:20 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Other than that, I really like the show.

(((
:)

All of your complaints mirror mine.

Also, we often had a hard time understanding the dialogue from some of the characters, so we would have to go back — sometimes more than once — to figure it out.

I have not read the book, but I intend to.


30 posted on 06/27/2014 3:11:35 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No gay characters yet?

“The Last Ship” lasted about a half an hour before being turned off


31 posted on 06/27/2014 3:14:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: colorado tanker; BiggRedd

There was somebody on an AMC Q & A who complained bitterly about Anna’s hat. She was a lacemaker herself and she claimed that Anna’s bonnet had too much lace for the period — that it would be way too expensive for a woman of her station.

It didn’t bother me until I clicked on a trailer on my computer where I had higher definition. Wow! I see what she meant. I guess I need a new TV because I hadn’t seen all that detail. LOL.


32 posted on 06/27/2014 3:26:36 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; BiggRedd

It’s not just the historical miscues that are sometimes amusing. That Major must have the only horse in history that doesn’t poo. It’s always immaculate in that church.


33 posted on 06/27/2014 3:33:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Not anymore. Simcoe dispatched that horse to horse heaven.


34 posted on 06/27/2014 3:44:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Simcoe. Now there's a bad 'un.

He would look even more sinister if he didn't have that goofball wig.

35 posted on 06/27/2014 3:52:50 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yeah. I looked him up and was disappointed to find out that he survived the war and went on to fight in other British battles around the globe and retired in Britain and died a natural death. If anyone deserved a quick slit of the throat, it’s Simcoe.


36 posted on 06/27/2014 4:01:41 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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I think they have exaggerated Simcoe, who I believe was not stationed in Setauket. My understanding is information came to him that led to suspicions about Woodhull, so he marched to Setauket but Woodhull was not there. He worked over the father (who was not a Loyalist) and left.

He actually commanded the Queen's Rangers (American Loyalists) who served in the New Jersey campaign and marched on Philadelphia. I infer from that that Simcoe was away from Long Island and didn't have another opportunity to look for Woodhull.

In the show he's a darn good villain. His voice is creepy. Hope that's not how he talks off camera.

37 posted on 06/27/2014 4:35:35 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Bigg Red

Glad you’re having trouble understanding the dialog! I thought my soon-to-be 63 year old ears were conking out.


38 posted on 06/27/2014 6:41:03 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: colorado tanker

Wearing that powdered wig every minute of every day, even when you’re being tortured!?? Puh-leeezee!


39 posted on 06/27/2014 6:44:22 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

It was not the dialog of all of the characters. For example, I have not had problems understanding anything that the British officers have said.


40 posted on 06/27/2014 7:55:56 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Bigg Red

Have to agree with you there, too. Odd we can easily understand The King’s English, but have trouble with mush-mouthed American actors.


41 posted on 06/27/2014 8:00:26 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Pharmboy

Wow, great find. Thanks for the tip!


42 posted on 06/27/2014 8:06:44 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: colorado tanker

It was in Jersey as I recall that Simcoe’s rangers cut down a bunch of rebels guarding (not very well) a ferry pass or some such. Supposedly they recognized each other as neighbors to an extent and greetings were offered but they butchered them all anyway.

The guy is revered up in Niagara. He was a governor or some such; the town has a statue for him.


43 posted on 06/27/2014 8:12:59 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I may only speak for myself, but basically, it’s not “disliking” the war per se. The ACW has been done to death, is what it is. There is and has been TONs of books and everything about the ACW.

So myself, I care less about the ACW (I went to about every battlefield as a child) and WWII as the most popular wars. The wars more forgotten hold more interest for me.


44 posted on 06/27/2014 8:16:21 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: colorado tanker

Lol...I can relate...my family says the same thing to me - that “it’s only TV/a movie, Mom ... they have to have some creative liberties”.

We’ve enjoyed Turn, for the most part.

Glad to see the attention being given to Revolutionary history/times.


45 posted on 06/27/2014 8:23:50 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks for posting.


46 posted on 06/27/2014 8:27:25 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: the OlLine Rebel

That’s great. There are so many facets of history that bear closer scrutiny. In my case, even those that have received greater attention as a result of proximity in time are in need of better study and understanding on my part. The Battle of Themopylae presents a sound subject in its own right. Which wars and battles are of particular interest to you?


47 posted on 06/27/2014 9:22:26 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: reed13

bfl


48 posted on 06/27/2014 9:31:18 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Thermopylae - ah, how our MDers were referred to as those 300 Spartans on Long Island! LOL

I love the RevWar, and that is partly because of its great importance to US history. I was raised very patriotic, and grew to realize we aren’t studying what made this country enough. That includes the nuts & bolts of the actual revolt, not just the Founding men. Without the likes of Washington (also raised to revere - my mother is a nut for him) and those who actually fought, the rest is moot.

I also like the so-called “1812” war; maybe should call it the “British War” since the Brits apparently like to call it “American War”. Follow-up to Rev and another early action that made Euros respect us, ultimately (like the Barbary Pirates stuff). The story around Baltimore really is amazing; if the Brits had actually pressed forward instead of chickening out at the sight of 5 miles of breastworks, we’d be talking about a lot more than the Star-Spangled Banner. There is more to it than Ft. McHenry as it is. But that’s the topical school stuff you get.

Also like looking into WWI more. Don’t know that much yet, but I know WWI was a terrible mix of old and new and resulted in horrible warfare. Never mind the ridiculousness of the whole thing - a war that should never have happened but did for a silly political game. I fear we almost walk that line of stupid entanglements now.


49 posted on 06/28/2014 7:35:04 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Pharmboy

Thanks Pharmboy!


50 posted on 06/28/2014 10:12:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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