Revolutionary War

The Battle of Newtown, August 29, 1779: An Aggressive Attack Carried Out With Audacity

Written By: MAJ Glenn T. Williams, AUS-Ret. In 1778 the Continental Congress authorized funds and instructed General George Washington to send an expedition of the Continental Army into Iroquois country to “chastise,” or punish, “those of the Six Nations that were hostile to the United Stated.”  For more than two years, four of the Iroquois …

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“Our Officers and Men Behaved Like Men Determined To Be Free”: The Battle of Stony Point, 15-16 July 1779

Written By Eric Anderson Historian Henry P. Johnston writes that the Battle of Stony Point was “…altogether the most brilliant performance of the [American] revolution.”  Yet in most books about the conflict, the battle is only mentioned in passing, if mentioned at all, its importance overshadowed by larger actions such as Saratoga, Monmouth, and Yorktown.  Indeed, …

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Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London

Review By: Gary Sellick Benedict Arnold is one of the most controversial figures in American history, and one of the most written about figures of the Revolutionary War.  In Homegrown Terror, Eric D. Lehman examines one of the lesser-known acts of Arnold’s apparent treachery, the burning of New London, Connecticut, in September 1781.  Lehman, a literature …

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Braddock’s Defeat

Review by: John Grady, Fairfax, VA David Preston’s Braddock’s Defeat is not  only a blow-by-blow battle account but a long overdue re-examination of the forces that eventually drove France from North America and gave colonial Americans confidence in their own abilities to eventually take up arms against Great Britain.  The French and Indian War, as …

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Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee

Review by: Gregory J.W. Urwin, Temple University Next to Benedict Arnold, no other Continental Army general has attracted greater censure than Charles Lee.  Not only did he criticize George Washington and connive to supplant him, but some historians argue that he attempted to betray the infant United States.  In this brilliant new biography, Philip Papas …

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