Tags » American Revolution

Ex-slave was among final Revolutionary War participants

Determining the last survivor of pre-20th century conflicts has long been an iffy proposition.

Birth registration in some US states, for example, did not begin until the 1920s, and a number of individuals who claimed to be the last surviving Confederate soldiers in their respective Southern states were nearly all later shown by census records to almost certainly have been born too late to have actually served in the 1861-65 conflict. 638 more words


The Presidency is a Terrible Institution

There is nothing about the presidency of the U.S. to celebrate.  It was one of the greatest failings of the American founders, and we would be wise to reform or repeal it.   1,470 more words

Patriot Army Saved From Disaster

On August 27, 1776, the British Army defeated Patriot troops at the Battle of Long Island, New York. Though the Americans were soundly defeated, they could safely evacuate their troops and avoid what would have been the probable destruction of a large part of the Continental Army. 368 more words

Episode 032: The Battle of Golden Hill


During the winter of 1769-70, New Yorkers fight with British Regulars.  When New York failed to come up with sufficient money to quarter the soldiers, British Regulars destroy the Liberty Pole.  104 more words


Revolutionary America

During the summer of my junior year, I was a participant in NIAHD (National Institute of American History & Democracy) program. (“Class” of 2014 alumni here!) Being able to be on the campus of the College of William & Mary, being able to literally walk into Colonial Williamsburg, meeting fellow students who were as passionate and interested in American history, and learning from some amazing teachers – it was an amazing experience. 244 more words


“Humanity Hanging from a Cross” and the Farce of Parades

Americans in the Early Republic were not shy about processions and parades, especially ones involving artillery salutes and local militias. And especially when it involved George Washington. 1,321 more words