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"We Wish'd them a Merry Crismes": A Skirmish on Christmas Eve in 1777

Everyone is familiar with the famous scene of Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas. Indeed, only just last weekend was the annual dress rehearsal of the crossing (which takes place on Christmas every year at… 535 more words

American History

Just How Bad Were the Conditions in Continental Hospitals?

Deplorable.  Tragic.  Unrelenting.  But don’t take my word for it.  On 28 October 1780, The Pennsylvania Packet (pages 1-2) ran the deposition of Peter Ozeas, of Reading, Pennsylvania, who gave the following chilling accounts of the Continental Hospital there between 1777 and 1778.  58 more words

American History

Battle of Wyoming Review and (Hundreds of) Photos

Today I spent the morning and afternoon in Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania; as I wrote about a few days ago, this was the location of a huge Revolutionary War reenactment.   985 more words

American History

Reenactments and Fun Events this Weekend!

So are you geared up for a Revolutionary weekend? Let’s go over the awesome events that you won’t want to miss.

Battle of Wyoming Reenactment (Saturday and Sunday) 655 more words

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The Pennsylvania Militiaman Fighting for Virginia? How Land Disputes Confuse Everyone

In a forthcoming article for the Journal of the American Revolution, I lay out the complexities of the Pennsylvania Militia system in 1777. In order to prevent the reader from banging his head against a desk repeatedly while trying to comprehend it, don’t worry, I provided several very useful graphics, charts, and diagrams in order to pictorially explain it. 1,825 more words

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