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Leaving Vegetius Behind: The British Army's Departure from Classical Military Influence (1754-1783) - Part 2

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During the spring and summer of 1754, conflict over colonial possessions in North America erupted in western Pennsylvania. England’s military influence was ousted from the Ohio River Valley, and before the year was over the Captain-General of His Majesty’s Forces, the Duke of Cumberland, planned to dispatch regular troops to the colonies. 3,269 more words

Revolutionary War

French and Indian War: Compagnie Franches de la Marine from Conquest Miniatures

By the time open conflict between French and British forces erupted in the French and Indian War in 1754, the French were well experienced with the challenges posed by the North American wilderness. 402 more words

Miniatures

Leaving Vegetius Behind: The British Army's Departure from Classical Military Influence (1754-1783) - Part 1

No other classical text had more of an influence on princes and young officers of the 18th century than Flavius Vegetius’s De Re Militari. For centuries, the ancient Roman manual on the art of war inspired men to professionalize the militaries of Europe. 1,901 more words

Revolutionary War

Fort Frederick – Frontier Outpost in Washington County

In the mid-1750s, the Maryland frontier was a place of uncertainty and fear as the threat of war loomed large. French expansion from the north into the Ohio River Valley was at odds with Britain’s claims to control of the North American colonies as it spread ever-westward.   641 more words

Archaeology

An Old Wagoner

“This untutored son of the frontier was the only general in the American Revolution on either side, to produce a significant original tactical thought.” John Buchanan, in The Road to Guilford Courthouse: The American Revolution in the Carolinas (1997), p. 696 more words

Empire of Liberty: The World At War

Excerpt from Douglas Oswald’s “Annotated History of the American Revolution”, University of Michigan Press, 1932.
The twin victories at Brandywine and Hartford provided the Americans with more than just a simple morale boost. 1,444 more words

Empire Of Liberty

Colonial America: A Forgotten Era

The Colonial period of the United States is often a forgotten and less-spoken of period of history. Most people know about the perceived discovery of North America by Christopher Columbus and the Spanish and the period around the American Revolution but the years in the middle, which works out to be over two centuries is largely forgotten. 1,793 more words

History