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  • The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook

    06/27/2014 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 51 replies
    Oxford Books ^ | June 10, 2014 | Francis Kennedy (Ed.)
    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--...
  • Mercy Otis Warren: Early American mother, author and role model

    05/12/2014 6:14:25 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 8 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 10, 2014 | Walter R. Borneman
    My daughter faced a personal crisis last week as she started back to work after a three-month maternity leave. She loves her profession as a pediatric dentist, but how could she possibly leave the little person who appears to grow and change by the minute? A ten-hour day away loomed as half a lifetime. snip... As women still struggle with how to "do it all" in terms of work and family, Mercy Otis Warren is an inspiring example of an early American woman who successfully faced this challenge. snip... What they might be surprised to learn, is that just as...
  • Brooklyn’s Revolutionary War shrine could become national monument

    05/04/2014 12:12:03 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle ^ | May 4, 2014 | Paula Katinas
    House passes bill to seek change of status for Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument A 149-foot-high shrine to American Revolutionary War POWs that stands majestically over Fort Greene Park could be on its way to becoming a national monument to be maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior if a bill approved by the House on April 28 is passed by the senate and signed into law by President Obama. Members of the Society of Old Brooklynites present a wreath at the base of the monument. Photo by Eugena Ossi The House passed the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act,...
  • New RevWar TV series on AMC: "Turn," about Gen. Washington's Long Island spy network.

    03/23/2014 2:43:39 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 43 replies
    AMC ^ | March 23, 2014 | Anon
    It looks really, really good from the previews/website. I don't want to go beyond crazy here, but it seems to have a slant that Freepers would like. We can only hope...From their website:"Based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies, AMC’s TURN tells the untold story of America’s first spy ring. A historical thriller set during the Revolutionary War, TURN centers on Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), a farmer living in British-occupied Long Island who bands together with his childhood friends to form the Culper Ring -- an unlikely team of secret agents who not only went on to help George Washington...
  • Video doc link: Washington's 12/26/76 attack on Hessian camp: Trenton/Delaware Crossing

    12/23/2013 6:08:10 PM PST · by ETL · 12 replies
    This is part three of a 6-part 1997 PBS documentary on the Revolutionary War. The episode is titled "The Times That Try Men's Souls" (1776-1777). In addition to the Delaware River crossing and Hessian camp attack it also covers the British invasion of New York and subsequent Battle of Brooklyn, aka, The Battle of Long Island. "Days after the Declaration of Independence is signed, a British force arrives in New York harbor. Washington and his troops are driven to New Jersey. With only a few days of enlistment left for many of his volunteers, a desperate Washington leads his army...
  • George Washington’s Return from Service to Mount Vernon, Christmas Eve, 1783

    12/23/2013 1:48:31 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 58 replies
    Pharmboy | 12/23/13 | Pharmboy
    As many of you know, there was an hiatus between Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown (October 19, 1781) and the Treaty of Paris (September 3, 1783). Washington stayed with his army and did not return to his beloved Mount Vernon until word of the treaty’s signing reached him, and he would see the British Army and Navy depart NYC on Evacuation Day, November 25, 1783. New Yorkers had made up a rhyme, “From Kip’s Bay to Evacuation Day” that had much meaning to them since Kip’s Bay (near present day First Avenue and 30th St. on the East River) was the...
  • Preservation group identifies 15 soldiers at NY Revolutionary War site

    11/14/2013 4:23:57 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 6 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 11/12/13 | Anon
    RICHMOND, VA. – A group working to preserve a New York military cemetery from the Revolutionary War says it has identified 15 soldiers from Virginia believed to be buried there. The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot has pored over old muster rolls, military correspondence, private letters, physicians’ journals and other documents to identify soldiers buried in unmarked graves on privately owned land in New York’s Hudson Valley. So far, they’ve been able to identify 84 listed in the records as having died at Fishkill. The group announced the new identifications on Monday, including the soldiers from Virginia who died...
  • George W’s Spooks: Inside the Culper Ring. [NR Interview]

    08/10/2013 10:45:23 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | June 19, 2013 | Alexander Rose
    ALEXANDER ROSE: Thankfully, this isn’t a chicken-and-egg question, so the answer is a simple one: Washington’s spies, otherwise known as the Culper Ring. There were five primary members. First in seniority was Benjamin Tallmadge, a dragoons officer who acted as the Ring’s manager in American-held Connecticut and made sure their intelligence was passed on to Washington back at headquarters. The agent who sailed back and forth across Long Island Sound (I prefer the more colorful contemporary description of it, “the Devil’s Belt”), tussling with freebooters and dodging patrol-boats, was Caleb Brewster, a former whaleboatman who really, really liked fighting. Brewster’s...
  • Princeton group appeals plan to build housing on site it says is Revolutionary War battlefield

    08/01/2013 3:06:45 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | July 31, 2013 | Jon Offredo
    Revolutionary War reenactors at Princeton Battlefield. Douglas Sherlock, a bombardier, in the Continental Army, help pull the canon, during a Revolutionary War reenactment held at the Princeton Battlefield, May 25, 2013. Mary Iuvone/For The TimesPRINCETON — Preservationists opposed to the Institute for Advanced Study’s plan to build faculty housing on land they say was a Revolutionary War battlefield have appealed a court decision allowing the construction project to proceed. The appeal filed Friday continues a long-running dispute over the historical significance of the site next to Princeton Battlefield State Park. The planning board approved the construction project last year and...
  • The Men Who Lost America by Andrew O'Shaughnessy, [book] review

    07/30/2013 3:01:58 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | July 29, 2013 | Saul David (review)
    The surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown, 1781 Photo: courtesy Library of Congress Britain’s loss of America in the War of Independence (1775-1783) is typically attributed to the failings of its key political and military decision makers who were, in Andrew O’Shaughnessy’s words, “associated with opposition to progress and with attempting to introduce an authoritarian style of government”. They have, he writes, become cartoon figures of incompetence and mediocrity in a story with an inevitable ending, “as history progresses towards modernity”. Not any more. In this fascinating, well written and extensively researched study of 10 of those British decision makers...
  • The Flags of the American Revolution

    07/04/2013 7:59:30 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 45 replies
    Various ^ | July 4, 2013 | The People of the US
    I thought this would be an appropriate reference for today. God Bless America.Franklin's Woodcut from 1754...not a flagBunker HillThe Bedford FlagFirst Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry First Pennsylvania RiflesThe Gadsden FlagNavy JackThe Hanover Associator's FlagGeneral Sullivan's FlagFlag of General Washington's Life GuardGeneral Washington's HQ FlagThe Culpepper (VA) Minute MenBenningtonFlag of the Grand Union
  • Escape From New York ‘Revolutionary Summer,’ by Joseph J. Ellis

    06/30/2013 7:38:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    NY Times Sunday Book Review ^ | 6-30-13 | Andrew Cayton
    If you know the musical “1776,” you know the plot of Joseph J. Ellis’s breezy new book. It’s a stirring and conventional story. A handful of famous men struggle to create a republic against insurmountable odds. In the long run, their greatest challenge is the problem of slavery. But the most immediate threat is the military might of Britain. Toward the end of June 1776, as the Continental Congress nears a vote on American independence, the first of 427 royal ships carrying 1,200 cannons, 32,000 soldiers and 10,000 sailors appears off Long Island. Things look dire, a point made repeatedly...
  • Court’s prayer case: A revolutionary tale

    05/24/2013 4:45:16 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 22, 2013 | SETH LIPSKY
    The US Supreme Court announced this week that it will take up the question of whether it’s OK for Greece, New York, to open meetings of the town board by letting citizens voluntarily offer a prayer. It’s a potential landmark case in the contest over religion in the public square. But it’s not the first time this question has arisen. The moment invites a telling of the story of the Reverend Jacob Duché. It was he who, in 1774, gave the most famous prayer ever delivered at a governmental meeting in America. His tale takes a surprise turn that could...
  • Was the Revolutionary War a reactionary war? 'Bunker Hill' reconsiders history.

    05/11/2013 8:47:49 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 61 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 9, 2013 | Scott Martelle
    Nathaniel Philbrick's new book gets at the on-the-ground reality of the American Revolution, which the author writes began as 'a profoundly conservative movement.' John Trumbull's "Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill." (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Viking / May 12, 2013) It turns out the modern incarnation of the tea party may have more in common with the original Boston hell-raisers than people think. Americans have long romanticized the events leading to the Battle of Bunker Hill and the start of the American Revolution, most without really understanding what happened or what was at stake....
  • Freeper Bert Follows the Overmountain Men's Trail to King's Mountain

    05/06/2013 7:15:50 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 32 replies
    travelingwhenwecan blog ^ | This past year | Bert
    After I (Pharmboy) returned from King's Mountain (the wife and I stopped by there on the way back from attending my son's graduation from US Army Ranger School at Ft Benning), Bert told me that he and his wife would be following the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) from Eastern TN to King's Mountain, SC. I told Bert that I would love to see his account of the trip, and that I would also like to post it to FR: well, he did a terrific job on his blog, here are some excerpts. Go to the blog for more!...
  • Frontier Fort From Revolutionary War Found in Ga.

    05/06/2013 6:05:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 19 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | May 5, 2013 | RUSS BYNUM
    SAVANNAH, Ga. May 5, 2013 (AP) Less than two months after British forces captured Savannah in December 1778, patriot militiamen scored a rare Revolutionary War victory in Georgia after a short but violent gunbattle forced British loyalists to abandon a small fort built on a frontiersman's cattle farm. More than 234 years later, archaeologists say they've pinpointed the location of Carr's Fort in northeastern Georgia after a search with metal detectors covering more than 4 square miles turned up musket balls and rifle parts as well as horse shoes and old frying pans. The February 1779 shootout at Carr's Fort...
  • Pa. field holds secrets of 1780s British POW camp

    04/07/2013 3:38:51 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    AP ^ | 4-6-13 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Associated Press/Mark Scolforo - In this photo made on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Carol Tanzola, president of Friends of Camp Security, points out the property on a 47-acre parcel, located about four miles east of York, Pa. It includes the spot where a 1979 archaeological study found numerous artifacts that confirmed local lore that the area had once served as Camp Security, a prison for the English, Scottish and Canadian soldiers who were captured after defeats in the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo) (AP) — The mud of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield may soon produce answers about...
  • Revolutionary War history: Last Ohio surviving soldier buried in Noble Co.

    03/22/2013 10:41:47 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 46 replies
    The Marietta Times (Ohio) ^ | March 22, 2013 | Jasmine Rogers
    Revolutionary War history Last Ohio surviving soldier buried in Noble Co. HIRAMSBURG-Nestled off the beaten path in Noble County in a small family cemetery are two headstones marking the final resting place of Private John Gray, the last surviving Revolutionary War soldier in Ohio, and the second to last in the nation. Though Gray fought in many battles during the war, he otherwise did little that would have gained him renown. He was born the oldest of eight into a poor laboring family near Mount Vernon, Va., and worked most of his life as a laborer. He was not a...
  • New book uses newspapers to chronicle American Revolution

    12/23/2012 5:58:24 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 15 replies
    Toledo Free Press ^ | 12-23-12 | [review by] James A. Molnar
    Todd Andrlik became a newspaper collector by chance. It happened at a bookstore in Galena, Ill., where he came across a copy of an old newspaper declaring President Abraham Lincoln dead. “I was reading the first draft of history about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the reward for the capture of his conspirators,” Andrlik said. “It triggered in me this intense passion and enthusiasm in history that I previously hadn’t had.” From there, Andrlik said he went around the country searching for old newspapers and found many from 18th-century colonial America. These newspapers inspired Andrlik, a marketing-media professional by...
  • Congress Moves to Honor Connecticut’s Black Revolutionary War Fighters

    12/08/2012 7:29:34 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    The Hartford Guardian ^ | 08 December 2012 | Ana Radelat
    One of the few accomplishments of a “do nothing” Congress may be to help a Connecticut man who for decades has tried to win recognition of the Revolutionary War’s black soldiers. The Senate approved a bill this week that would authorize $631 billion in Pentagon spending for a vast array of purposes — and it would approve the transfer of federal land in the heart of Washington D.C. toa group that wants to build a new memorial to black Revolutionary War soldiers and sailors. The memorial amendment was sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. “This would...
  • A Revolutionary War General Escapes History’s Margins

    10/22/2012 6:14:20 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-22-12 | JULIE TURKEWITZ
    Over 150 people gathered Sunday at Trinity Church in Manhattan to honor Gen. Horatio Gates. Mention “the Victor at Saratoga” and people may think that you are talking about a horse. Yet that so-called victor, Gen. Horatio Gates, the commander of the American forces at the Battle of Saratoga, played a crucial role in the triumph there over the British forces of Gen. John Burgoyne in October 1777. Though other figures of the War of Independence are still widely revered and studied, Gates faded from the national memory. He died in New York in 1806 and was buried at Trinity...
  • Ask Ron column ASK RON: Q: Did Route 222 [PA] play an important role in the American Revolution?

    09/06/2012 7:45:29 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 6th 2012 | Ron
    The road from Reading to Easton, now Route 222, was called King's Highway in 1776. It was a critical artery for the movement of troops and supplies during the American Revolution. Indeed, there's strong evidence that Gen. George Washington himself traversed the road on his way to upstate New York in 1782, stopping off in the Moravian town of Bethlehem. Revolution, however, was not on the minds of most colonists when the Reading-to-Easton road was proposed by Conrad Weiser, William Parsons and other leaders in 1753; Indians were. There had been massacres of settlers pushing north from Philadelphia to settle...
  • Seeking Brooklyn’s Lost Mass Grave

    08/25/2012 7:23:53 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 25, 2012 | JUSTIN BURKE
    CONFIDENT Bob Furman suspects that up to 256 Revolutionary soldiers lie under this lot in Gowanus.Dave Sanders for The New York Times NOTHING is visible at the intersection of Third Avenue and Eighth Street in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn to indicate that anything extraordinary is there. The artisanal-pie place on one corner and the auto body shops across the way suggest it is merely another spot in the city where grit is giving way to gentrification. But if a small group of history enthusiasts are right, this particular corner of Kings County is hallowed ground. HEROIC Kim Maier,...
  • Ceremony held to remember the Battle of Oriskany [235 year anniversary]

    08/08/2012 7:13:57 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Rome (NY) Observer ^ | August 07, 2012 | RACHEL MURPHY
    ORISKANY—Nearly 200 people gathered Monday to remember the 235th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles during the Revolutionary War at The Battle of Oriskany. It was a commemorative ceremony held by members of the Oneida Nation and representatives from the National Parks Service at Fort Stanwix. During the ceremony flags were lowered to half-staff, wreaths were placed at the monument, and men wore military costumes while firing off muskets. “There were hundreds of people who lost their lives here in this battle and it’s really important to remember those people who gave their lives for our freedom today,” said...
  • Did any Hessian troops imprisoned in Reading [PA] stay in America after the Revolutionary War?

    07/26/2012 5:42:40 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 33 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 7-26-12 | Ron Devlin
    Ask Ron Devlin: Country they fought against became home Reading Eagle: Tim Leedy The state historical marker for Hessian Camp on Mineral Spring Road. Dorothy Johnston, who grew up near Hessian Camp in Reading, wondered what happened to the German mercenaries imprisoned in Reading during the Revolutionary War. First, some background. Faced with open revolt in its American Colonies, Britain arranged with the Prince of Hesse-Cassel, the Duke of Brunswick and other German nobles to send troops to the Colonies. By some estimates, 30,000 German mercenaries, including those called Hessians, were sent to help the British squelch the rebellion. After...
  • PRINCETON: Battlefield group appeals Planning Board finding

    07/25/2012 9:38:25 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 12 replies
    Princeton Packet ^ | July 24, 2012 | Jennifer Bradley
    The Princeton Battlefield Society has filed an appeal of the Princeton Regional Planning Board’s decision to allow the Institute for Advanced Study to build faculty housing on a part of the battlefield known as Maxwell’s Field on Friday, and is also seeking funds to support the society’s fight. According to the society, the proposed development area of the battlefield is believed to be the site of a winning counterattack lead by George Washington during the Battle of Princeton. The appeal includes 12 counts that challenge the Planning Board’s decision. ”The Planning Board failed numerous times to properly support its decision...
  • They Preached Liberty

    06/29/2012 6:58:36 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    The passion of American ministers for political freedom in 1776 reflected their belief in religious toleration.On Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 1776, at a church in Woodstock, Va., Rev. Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg brought his sermon to a dramatic and unexpected crescendo. His text was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes. "The Bible tells us 'there is a time for all things,' and there is a time to preach and a time to pray," said Muhlenberg. "But the time for me to preach has passed away; and there is a time to fight, and that time has now come." Stepping down from...
  • BOOK REVIEW: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MILITARY GENIUS

    06/12/2012 7:10:47 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 48 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/12/2012 | Jarrett Stepman of review
    George Washington is justifiably called the "Father of America" for his military and civilian leadership during the American Revolution and his two terms as America's first president, however, in the new book, George Washington’s Military Genius, General David Palmer persuasively argues that Washington's strategic military talent was key to his success. Gen. Palmer, who is a former superintendent of West Point, attempts to bust the myths surrounding Washington’s American Revolutionary War experience and to put the accomplishments on the battlefield in perspective. Some historians view Washington as an incompetent bungler who merely got lucky in a few engagements with the...
  • Like namesake, Dublin park rises to little fanfare [new Ohio RevWar Memorial]

    05/21/2012 9:22:26 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    AP via Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 21, 2012 | Lisa Cornwell
    Land awarded to a Polish freedom fighter more than 200 years ago by a grateful United States has been turned into a park bearing the name of the man who spent his life championing liberty and equality in America and Poland. The 36-acre Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park in Dublin, which opened this month, was part of a grant of 500 acres awarded by Congress for Kosciuszko’s contributions as a military engineer and Continental Army colonel during the Revolutionary War. Alex Storozynski, president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation based in New York, said Kosciuszko was ahead of his time in...
  • 2 NY sites recall Benedict Arnold's early heroics

    05/10/2012 6:54:38 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 41 replies
    AP via boston.com ^ | 5-10-12 | Chris Carola
    This undated sketch portrait of Gen. Benedict Arnold by an unknown artist was provided by the Library of Congress. While most Americans know Arnold as the man who betrayed his nation by trying to turn over the American fortifications at West Point to the British, then joining the redcoats when the plot was uncovered, his heroic actions at the Revolutionary War's Battles of Saratoga are detailed in a new exhibit opening Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Saratoga National Historical Park. ALBANY, N.Y.—Benedict Arnold is a hero again, at least temporarily, at two upstate New York historic sites where his...
  • Your View: Remember Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco

    03/14/2012 6:04:30 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 21 replies
    South Coast Today ^ | 3-14-12 | JORGE S. MEDEIROS
    If you come to downtown New Bedford tomorrow and happen to see the flag of Portugal flying in front of City Hall, it is because March 15 is recognized in Massachusetts as Peter Francisco Day, commemorating the Hercules of the American Revolution immortalized by the U.S. Post Office in 1975 with an 18-cent commemorative stamp: "Contributors to the Cause ... Peter Francisco, fighter extraordinary." Peter Francisco lived in Virginia since age 5, when he was found abandoned at City Point, now Hopewell, on June 23, 1765. Left there by Moorish pirates, he was kidnapped from his parents' backyard on a...
  • Brooklyn hunt for spirit of 1776 soldiers

    03/11/2012 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 11, 2012 | GARY BUISO
    Brooklyn civic groups are leading a charge to discover the exact burial place of over 200 Revolutionary War soldiers killed at the dawn of the United States and dumped near the Gowanus Canal. “These are the men who allowed America to come into existence — it’s a question that needs to be resolved,” said Marlene Donnelly, a member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus,... “The Battle of Gettysburg has an entire field put aside to remember it — and this one, we just don’t remember,”... The grave concern is that development in and around the putrid canal, a...
  • Vermont writer, historian Richard Ketchum dies at age 89

    01/17/2012 2:53:02 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    SHELBURNE, Vt. — Richard Ketchum, a historian, writer and editor who co-founded a magazine about country living and wrote 17 books, has died. He was 89. Ketchum died Thursday at the Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne. Ketchum wrote 17 books, six of which focused on the American Revolution, including "Saratoga: Turning Point of America's Revolutionary War," and "Winter Soldiers." After moving to Vermont for good in 1974 with his wife, Ketchum co-founded Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal, written for people who had moved to rural areas after growing tired of hectic city and suburban life.
  • 1st Pennsylvania Regiment filled with good shots

    12/30/2011 8:21:05 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 49 replies
    Reading Eagle (PA) ^ | 12-30-11 | Bruce Posten
    What made Revolutionary War riflemen in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line so special? They were good shots using the right gun, a Pennsylvania long rifle with curved grooves in the barrel and a soft lead ball, according to reenactors. "These were sharpshooters who usually fought in pairs and were accurate in hitting a target within 200 to 300 yards," said Gregory A. Kreitz, 62, of Lower Heidelberg Township, a reenactor with the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment. Using the Pennsylvania long rifle, a second sharpshooter was usually ready to fire when the first one finished, often from behind the...
  • Rare Revolutionary War map, expected to exceed $1 million, to be offered at Christie's New York

    11/09/2011 6:34:38 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 25 replies
    Art Daily ^ | 11-9-2011 | Anon
    A very rare manuscript Revolutionary War map. Estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2011. NEW YORK, N.Y.- On November 15, Christie’s will offer a very rare manuscript Revolutionary War map (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000) as part of its autumn Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana sale at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Center saleroom. It is the only known such manuscript in private hands―one of five known versions of this map made. The others are all in institutions or libraries. Made in New York by Hessian mapmaker Charles Auguste de Gironcourt in 1780, the monumental map (12 sheets, 83 ⅜ in x...
  • Letters from the Front: Retreat from New York [RevWar]

    11/02/2011 9:07:01 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 28 replies
    The David Library of the American Revolution ^ | Oct. 28, 2011 | Jedediah Huntington
    "...they were not able to effect any Thing on Acco of the heavy & incessant Fire from the Enemies Forts & Ships; no less than Eight Coll: & Lt. Colonels have been taken, died or killed since the Landing on L: Island" By the end of September 1776, the George Washington's Continental Army was in the midst of a stubborn retreat from New York City. In late August the British Army under General Sir William Howe maneuvered the Americans off Long Island. On September 15th, Howe landed at Kip's Bay, forcing the Americans to evacuate New York City and retreat...
  • Cheraw’s Revolutionary War history remembered [South Carolina]

    10/30/2011 7:14:38 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 18 replies
    Cheraw Chronicle ^ | 10-30-11 | Contributed
    More than 230 years after their death, British soldiers who perished in Cheraw during the American Revolutionary War will be remembered in a special service this November at Old St. David’s Cemetery. What began as a conversation between Cheraw Mayor Scott Hunter and local physician Dr. Joe Newsom three years ago, evolved into extensive research for British natives and Cheraw residents Noel and Stephanie Briggs. “In our conversation, Dr. Newsom mentioned that while Cheraw gave attention to the Civil War, our Revolutionary War history was also rich,” Hunter said. “That reminded me what I had always heard about the graves...
  • Revolutionary War battlefield of Saratoga to be excavated

    10/04/2011 9:00:38 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 63 replies · 1+ views
    gadling.com ^ | Oct 3rd 2011 | Sean McLachlan
    One of the most important battlefields of the Revolutionary War is going to be excavated by archaeologists ahead of an EPA cleanup. Back in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, General Electric dumped polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River near Saratoga, New York. The dumping was banned in 1977 due to risks to public health, and the EPA has ordered GE to dredge up the affected silt from the river. Dredging destroys archaeological sites, though, and has already damaged Fort Edward, a British fort in the area dating to the mid 18th century. Archaeologists are working to excavate the stretch...
  • Pondering a patriot

    09/22/2011 7:18:02 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 22, 2011 | BECKY AKERS
    At first glance, he doesn’t seem to have much in common with 21st-century New Yorkers. He was one of 12 children born to farmers in Connecticut. He was fluent in Greek and Latin by age 14, when he enrolled at Yale. He graduated to teach school, including a class for girls that met at dawn. When revolution broke out two years later, he enlisted with the rebels. He was hanged for espionage 235 years ago today, near what’s now 66th Street and Third Avenue, when the British Army caught him spying on its plans to invade Manhattan. He was 21....
  • The Bible of the American Revolution

    08/21/2011 5:47:52 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2011 | Donald Brake
    VANCOUVER, Wa., August 20, 2011—snip... In the early days of the struggling American colonies, England refused to grant permission to the colonists to print the sacred text on the new continent. All Bibles were imported from England. This allowed appropriate taxes and revenues to be collected. The Continental Congress sought in vain to import 20,000 Bibles from Holland and Scotland. However, the successful revolution and independence from England signaled a new era for printing Bibles. In 1777, an entrepreneur Scotsman, Robert Aitken, courageously set out to publish the first New Testament ever printed in America. The first complete Bible in...
  • British used bioweapon in US war of independence

    08/19/2011 12:05:56 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies
    New Scientist Blog ^ | 19 August 2011 | Debora MacKenzie
    (Image: Everett Collection/Rex Features) A document has just gone on display at Mount Vernon, Virginia - the museum in the former home of George Washington, first US President. It is an order dated 1777 and signed by Washington himself to send troops that had not been vaccinated for smallpox - or survived it - to Philadelphia to be vaccinated. These troops were then to join up with the main army, where the disease was raging. It sounds like amazing foresight for its day. "Washington's careful handling of the smallpox epidemic at the beginning of the war was a significant...
  • Oneida Indian Nation plans $10 million film [RevWar Patriot allies]

    07/19/2011 12:33:07 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 26 replies
    Oneida Daily Dispatch ^ | July 18, 2011 | MATT POWERS
    ONEIDA – The Oneida Indian Nation is fully financing a $10 million theatrical film about the alliance between the Oneidas and the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. According to the New York Times, the independent production “First Allies” is expected to begin shooting in Central New York this fall. Ray Halbritter, Nation representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises, told the Times that he is looking for an avenue more effective than traditional storytelling to close what he sees as the gap between the Nation’s fewer than 1,000 members and a world with which it has had property disputes and...
  • American Revolutionary War Museum to Honor Al-Jazeera [Maine]

    07/01/2011 5:55:37 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 45 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 29 June 2011 | CLIFF KINCAID
    The General Henry Knox Museum is honoring a representative of Al-Jazeera, the channel associated with various terrorist organizations, on July 28 on the stage of The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine. The museum says that an intimate Gala dinner and reception will follow at 7:30 p.m. at Camden National Bank’s historic Spear Block location in Rockland. Knox played a significant role in the American war for independence from Britain and was close to General George Washington. The idea of an American museum devoted to patriotism honoring a representative of a foreign-funded channel, described by Middle East experts such as Walid...
  • New Book Challenges Popularly Held Views of the American Revolution

    06/29/2011 9:52:17 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 27 replies
    PR Web ^ | 6-29-11 | PR flack
    Arsonist: The Most Dangerous Man in America defies conventional wisdom, elevating one obscure rebel to prominent position and describing a revolutionary process that was far more coordinated and earth-shattering than previously thought. “Serious students of the American Revolution …will find this comprehensive book a fascinating read. Allen is a thorough researcher and skillful writer … a highly readable book that is never dull.” ForeWord Clarion Reviews -- Five Stars (out of Five) Westport, CT (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 Arsonist, to be published July 4, 2011, explores the world of colonial Massachusetts from the 1740s through the 1760s and is one...
  • 8 French Soldiers Died in Van Cortlandtville [NY] During Revolutionary War

    06/27/2011 5:34:18 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch ^ | 6-25-11 | Jeff Canning
    Seven are buried in unmarked graves near Old St. Peter’s Church, which was used as military hospital during fight for American independence. Memorial stone in front of Old St. Peter's Church honors the eight French soldiers who died in Van Cortlandtville during the Revolutionary War.Credit Jeff Canning Photos France sent 44,000 soldiers and sailors across the Atlantic Ocean to help the infant United States win its independence from British rule during the Revolutionary War. Five thousand of them died during the conflict, eight of them in Van Cortlandtville. The body of one, an officer who was a member of the...
  • Ben Franklin, Peace Titan

    05/28/2011 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/25/201 | REINHARDT KRAUSE
    Benjamin Franklin owed the French for recognizing American independence, loaning money and entering the Revolutionary War against Britain. None of that, though, stopped Franklin from putting America's interests first and risking antagonizing the French when he negotiated a peace treaty with Britain. America won much better terms from the Treaty of Paris, signed in September 1783, than the Colonists had hoped for. On top of Britain's acceptance of U.S. independence, the treaty set America's boundary in the West at the Mississippi River — giving the young nation plenty of room and resources to grow. The problem was France, as well...
  • Jewish patriot honored at Kew Gardens Hills memorial [Haym Salomon]

    05/20/2011 10:16:01 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 25 replies
    yournabe.com ^ | Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Joe Anuta
    Haym Salomon, a Polish immigrant who funded the Revolutionary army, celebrated at annual event Jonathan Ridgeway (l.), chairman of the state Sons of the Revolution Color Guard, marches with fellow guard member Ambrose Richardson, who is carrying a flag bearing the symbol of Revolution-era organization the Sons of Liberty. Photo by Joe Anuta America pays tribute to Paul Revere and George Washington with legends, statues and even currency, but a small crowd gathered in Kew Gardens Hills Sunday to remember an unsung hero of the Revolutionary War. Haym Salomon was a Polish Jew who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and...
  • General Nathanael Greene Has A Library In Greensboro

    03/24/2011 4:29:25 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    WFMY News 2 ^ | March 22, 2011 | Devetta Blount
    Greensboro, NC-- Visitors to the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, now have a new place to find history. The federal park which is a Revolutionary War battle site, is opening a library. The library officially opens Wednesday, March 23 and will concentrate on the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. It will be located at 2331 New Garden Road in Greensboro, N.C. The library, of course, is named after Greensboro's namesake General Nathanael Greene. When it opens, it will be one of only two Revolutionary War research libraries in the country with the Southern Campaign concentration. The other is in...
  • Polluted Gowanus Canal Could Be Revolutionary War Treasure Trove

    03/17/2011 9:13:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 58 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Mar 17, 2011 | IDA SIEGAL
    <p>Historians believe plans to dredge the polluted Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn could also dig up priceless revolutionary war artifacts.</p> <p>Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal is most known for being a muddy-brown, foul-smelling notorious dump site near Park Slope. For Kimberly Maier, who runs the Revolutionary War Museum called The Old Stone House, it is full of historic potential. "There could be bones, there could be uniforms, their could be muskets, bullets. Any leftover elements of battle," said Maier. The Gowanus Canal runs through the site of the Battle of Brooklyn. Fought in August of 1776, it was the first official battle of the Revolutionary War.</p>
  • Smithtown [Long Island, NY], A History: Revolutionary Times

    02/23/2011 8:47:40 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 13 replies
    Smithtown Patch ^ | February 22, 2011 | Rita J. Egan
    Residents of Smithtown were proud patriots during the Revolutionary War. During the Revolutionary War, from 1776 to 1783, Smithtown was under British occupation. Residents suffered poverty, destruction and the loss of property and loved ones at the hands of British soldiers and loyalists. Smithtown historian Bradley Harris said one-third of Long Islanders were loyalists, one-third patriots and one-third neutral. Most loyalists were found in Nassau, and the majority of those who were neutral were Quakers. According to the historian, Suffolk County is where you found the majority of patriots. As for one’s alliance, Harris said, “Where you were on Long...