American Revolution

The Regulars are Coming Out_April 19th, 1775

The Regulars are Coming Out_April 19th, 1775

One of the enduring myths about the American War of Independence is that Paul Revere and William Dawes rode through the New England countryside shouting, ‘the British are coming, the British are coming.” Had they done so it would have been incomprehensible to to the average colonist who thought themselves British and indeed they were. […]

History for 2015

Like most book geeks I have a wish list on Amazon for the benefit of those wishing to bless me with books. So, this year I received two books from the list plus a third not on the list. All three dealt with the Revolutionary War. Two deal with the British side of the American […]

Victory at Yorktown_Book Review

Victory at Yorktown The Campaign That Won The Revolution By Richard M. Ketchum October 19th, 1781-a British Army under Major General Lord Cornwallis marched out of their entrenchments at Yorktown Virginia and surrendered to General George Washington commanding the American forces and to Lieutenant General de Rochambeau commanding the French. The Revolutionary War would go […]

Molon labe

Molon labe (μολὼν λαβέ) The phrase molon labe means “Come and take”. It is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae. Today the expression molon labe has become a motto for Americans that […]

Longbows, Brown Bess and The Constitution

The link is to an article published in History Magazine in 1999 on the English Longbow. If you don’t want to read it here’s some interesting facts. English archers using the longbow were largely responsible for defeating numerically superior French armies on three separate occasions during the 100 Years War (1337-1453). 1. Crecy (1346) 2. […]

The last time we had a king

The Declaration of Independence IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and […]

The Faith of the Founders 3

The argument regarding the faith of the founders is essentially between Christian orthodoxy and what was is called deism. A good modern definition of deism from Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry: Deism is the teaching that God exists, that he created the universe and everything in it, but that he stopped being involved in the […]

The Founder’s Faith 1

What was the religious faith of America’s founding fathers? It’s a question almost guaranteed to stir up a hornet’s of controversy. The answer seems to depend upon who is being asked the question and what is the evidence that supports their opinion. The argument in its most simplistic form breaks down like this: Some will […]

Lord Stirling and the 1st Maryland Regiment

I enjoy getting posts from the Center of Battlefield Archaeology on my FB. They frequently touch on subjects that interest me or I know something about. One recent post had to do with the 1st Maryland Regiment of the Continental Army. A historian by the name of Bob Furman believes that 254 soldiers of the […]

Joshua Barney, Unknown Hero

One of the strengths of Lehman’s On Seas of Glory is his exposure of little known historical events, forgotten ships and obscure naval heroes. One such obscure individual was Joshua Barney. Barney was one of those individuals who seemed destined to greatness in-so-far as the small American Navy could produce greatness, yet to this day […]

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