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The Continental Navy struggles to find a useful role in the war effort.  Congress cahiers the navy's commander Esek Hopkins, and does not replace him.  The navy carries John Adams to France to begin his diplomatic career.  Captain Nicolas Biddle of the Randolph does battle with the British warship, Yarmouth.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Captain Dauntless: The Story of Nicholas Biddle of the Continental Navy, by William Bell Clark.  Online Recommendation of the Week: (eBook) A Naval History of the American Revolution, Vol.I, by Garner Allen: https://archive.org/details/ANavalHistoryOfTheAmericanRevolutionVol.i Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Enter our raffle by joining the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy Support this podcast on Patreon or via PayPal. Find more books at https://bookshop.org/shop/arp
Author Michael C. Harris discusses the battle of Germantown and his new book about the battle. Germantown a Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4th, 1777. Savas Beatie, 2020.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for a full text transcript, pictures, maps, and more books by the author. Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
A down on his luck Prussian officer makes his way to America.  There he obtains appointment as the army's Inspector General and trains the soldiers in formal military drill. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army, by Paul Lockhart. Online Recommendation of the Week: Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States, by Friedrich von Steuben: https://archive.org/details/2575061R.nlm.nih.gov Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
By the end of 1777, British leaders in London express serious doubts about winning the war in America.  After hearing news of Burgoyne's surrender and the French Alliance with America, Britain must make drastic changes.  It declares war on France, then redeploys much of its army and navy to other parts of the Empire.  The new North American Commander, Sir Henry Clinton must hold his forces in a defensive posture. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Howe Brothers & the American Revolution, by Ira D. Gruber. Online Recommendation of the Week: (Anonymous) “Gentleman, for many years a resident in America” A letter to Lord George Germaine, giving an account of the origin of the dispute between Great Britain and the colonies, London: Printed for T. Whieldon and Waller, 1778. https://archive.org/details/cihm_27479 Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy    
In 1778, the American Commissioners in Paris convince French King Louis XVI to sign a treaty of alliance and a treaty of amity and commerce, recognizing the US as an independent nation.  The revelation of this alliance forces Britain to declare war on France. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Ten Key Campaigns of the American Revolution, Mark Edward Lender, ed. Online Recommendation of the Week: The Treaties of 1778, and Allied Documents: https://archive.org/details/treatiesof1778al00fran Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
Washington's Continentals suffer a lack of food, clothing and shelter as it struggles to get through the winter at Valley Forge.  At the same time, it must contest a British move into Darby in search of forage.  Captain "light horse Harry" Lee distinguishes himself during this time.  Americans also capture a British ship on the Delaware river.  Washington fights with Congress to get what he needs to maintain and train his army. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge, by Thomas Fleming. Online Recommendation of the Week: The History of Valley Forge, by Henry Woodman: https://archive.org/details/historyofvalleyf00wood Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
An interview with author James Kirby Martin who recently wrote about the Saratoga Campaign in the new book The 10 Key Campaigns of the America Revolution.    Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for a transcript of our discussion, as well as pictures, maps, and links to more books by James Kirby Martin. Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
Following the victory at Saratoga, political leaders consider the idea of replacing General George Washington with General Horatio Gates as Commander in Chief.  Several ambitious officers within the Continental Army support the move. Congress appoints Gates to head the Board of War, where he can make strategy and give orders to Washington.  Very quickly other top officers in the army make clear that these changes are unacceptable.  Gates also fails to impress by  organizing a new invasion of Quebec, which must be aborted before it even began. After several months, Congress ends up backing Washington as commander and drops any idea of replacing him.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Cabal!: The Plot Against General Washington, by Mark E. Lender. Online Recommendation of the Week: Lender discusses the Cabal with Brady Crytzer on the Dispatches Podcast: https://jardispatches.podbean.com/e/e34-mark-edward-lender-cabal-the-plot-against-general-washington   Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy  
In the weeks following the battle of Germantown, the Continentals camp at Whitemarsh, only a few miles from the British lines.  There, they set up defenses and prepare for another battle.  Washington deploys Alexander Hamilton to see Horatio Gates in NY, in an attempt to get Gates to send reinforcements.  The army also tries and cashiers Gen. Adam Stephen following accusations from Germantown.  Congress orders the Continental Navy to sink several ships on the Delaware river to prevent their capture. After several weeks, the British army advance on the Continentals at Whitemarsh, but find the lines too well defended. After the British return to Philadelphia, the Continentals move into winter quarters at Valley Forge. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. Online Recommendation of the Week: Whitemarsh; an address delivered before the Pennsylvania society of Sons of the revolution at Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1909, by Charles Henry Jones, https://archive.org/details/whitemarshaddres00jone_0 Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
With the British Army in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress moves to Lancaster, Pa, and then to York.  There, they have to fight off defeatism while many delegates, including President John Hancock, return home.   The Congress does finally finish its proposed Articles of Confederation, which it sends to the state for ratification.  News of the victory at Saratoga help raise everyone's spirits. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Continental Congress, by Edmund Cody Burnette. Online Recommendation of the Week: Articles of Confederation, as adopted Nov. 15, 1777, transcript:  https://www.ourdocuments.gov/print_friendly.php?flash=false&page=transcript&doc=3&title=Transcript+of+Articles+of+Confederation Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
The Hessians under Col. von Donop fail to capture Fort Mercer following an aggressive attack.  The British focus on Fort Mifflin, subjecting the garrison to a massive artillery barrage for days.  Eventually the surviving defenders make a nighttime escape to Fort Mercer. Following the loss of Fort Mifflin and expecting a second assault on Fort Mercer, the garrison there abandons the fort and moves to rejoin the main Continental Army.  Any remaining American naval vessels on the river are burned to prevent their capture by the enemy.  With that, the Delaware River is freed from impediments Another force under General Lafayette attacks a Hessian outpost at Gloucester, inflicting more casualties.  It reminds the British that its outposts are still threatened. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Fight for the Delaware, by Samuel Stelle Smith Online Recommendation of the Week: Ann C. Whitall, the heroine of Red Bank by Isabella and Wallace McGeorge: https://archive.org/details/anncwhitallheroi04mcge   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy 1  
An interview with author Kurt Avard, about his new novel First, Do No Harm. In 17th Century Vienna, a local watchman discovers a dead body outside of Stephansdom Cathedral.  He soon realizes that the black plague is sweeping across the city.  He must determine: Is there a medical cure that will stop this illness from devastating the population? or is the plague the result of other-worldly beings bringing God’s wrath to a sinful people?   Author Kurt Avard takes readers on a journey through a society still emerging from medieval Europe to embrace enlightenment.  The struggle between religion and science breaks into open warfare as a determined group searches for a way to end this terrible suffering.     First, Do No Harm releases on September 25, 2020.  Pre-order your book on Amazon today.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy  
After capturing Philadelphia in 1777, the British spend weeks trying to open the Delaware River so that the navy can supply the occupying army.  The Americans spent years installing barriers and forts to make the approach difficult and dangerous. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Pennsylvania Navy: Defending the Delaware 1775-1781, by John W. Jackson. Online Recommendation of the Week: Ford, Worthington C. Defences of Philadelphia in 1777, Brooklyn: Historical Printing Club, 1897: https://archive.org/details/defencesofphilad00ford   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
After failing to push through the American Lines, British General Burgoyne holds out for a relief force from New York City.  Although the British attack Kingston, NY as a distraction, the Continental Army keeps its focus on Burgoyne's army.  Finally, with no options left, General Burgoyne agrees to a surrender.  General Gates agrees to generous terms, promising to send Burgoyne's army back to England.  However, the Continental Congress refuses to comply with those terms and keeps the army prisoner for the remainder of the war.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Generals of Saratoga: John Burgoyne and Horatio Gates, by Max M. Mintz, 1990. Online Recommendation of the Week: HistoryAuthorTalks.com   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
The British under General Johnny Burgoyne make a desperate push against the Americans under the command of General Horatio Gates on Bemis Heights, in upstate New York. General Benedict Arnold defies Gates' orders to stay away.  Instead, he leads the Americans to victory before being shot down near the end of the day.  The British are forced to withdraw and remain trapped.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick, 2016 Online Recommendation of the Week: Eelking, Max von, (translated by Stone, William L.) Memoirs of Major General Riedesel, Vol. 1, J. Munsell, 1868: https://archive.org/details/memoirsmajorgen00eelkgoog   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
British General Sir Henry Clinton makes a desperate attempt to distract the Continental Army facing General Burgoyne in the upper Hudson Valley.  Clinton captures Forts Clinton and Montgomery but fails to cause any of the Continentals under Horatio Gates to turn focus away from Burgoyne. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Logusz, Michael O. With Musket & Tomahawk: The West Point-Hudson Valley Campaign in the Wilderness War of 1777, Carrell Books, 2016 Online Recommendation of the Week: Clay, Steven E. Staff Ride Handbook for the Saratoga Campaign, 13 June to 8 November 1777, Combat Studies Institute Press, 2018: https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/educational-services/staff-rides/Staff-Ride-Handbook-Saratoga-Campaign.pdf   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
Special Episode: Discussion with Dr. Ronald S. Gibbs on Medicine and the American Revolution Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Dr. Gibbs' Novel: The Long Shot: The Secret History of 1776 (2020). Dr. Gibbs' Website https://ronaldsgibbs.com   Contact me via email at mtroy.history@gmail.com Follow the podcast on Twitter @AmRevPodcast Join the Facebook group, American Revolution Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/groups/132651894048271 Join the podcast mail list: https://mailchi.mp/d3445a9cd244/american-revolution-podcast-by-michael-troy
On October 4, 1777 the Continental Army attacks the main British Army at Germantown, several days after the British occupied Philadelphia. General Washington attempts a complex four pronged assault on the British camp.  The attack falls part as units get lost in the heavy fog and the attackers turn their focus on taking a stone house on the edge of the battlefield. This gives British forces time to rally and chase the Americans from the field. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Harris, Michael C. Germantown: A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777, Savas Beatie, 2020. Online Recommendation of the Week: Lambdin, Alfred C. “Battle of Germantown.” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 1, no. 4, 1877, pp. 368–403. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/20084306 Also: FounderOfTheDay.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ3Gi2ZE_1piyX4aZ83cLbg    
As General Burgoyne's British army faces off against General Gates' Continentals near Saratoga, Colonel John Brown leads an attack on the British rear at Fort Ticonderoga.  The Continentals fail to capture the fort, but take 300 prisoners and thrown the British supply lines into disarray. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga - 1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Narrative, 2019by Eric H. Schnitzer & Don Troiani. Online Recommendation of the Week: Howe, Archibald Murray, Colonel John Brown of Pittsfield Massachusetts, Boston: W. B. Clarke company, 1908. https://archive.org/details/coloneljohnbrow00howegoog  
The British army under General Burgoyne finds itself increasingly isolated.  On the American side, General Gates replaces General Schuyler as commander of the northern army.  Gate's picks a fight with General Arnold while setting up defenses to take on the British. The British assault at Freeman's Farm forces the Americans to pull back to their defensive lines in heights, but also leaves the British army weaker and unsure of its ability to break the American lines. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Saratoga, by Rupert Furneaux Online Recommendation of the Week: The March to Saratoga, by Harrison Bird https://archive.org/details/marchtosaratogag008320mbp
As the British Army plans its final assault on Philadelphia, the continentals leave an army in the British rear to harass them.  This army, led by General Anthony Wayne, took a position near Paoli Tavern.  A British force led by General Charles Grey attacked the continentals at night, using bayonets to dispatch the enemy silently.  Most of the Continentals fled into the dark woods.     Following the destruction of the army in their rear, the British crossed the Schuylkill river and took possession of Philadelphia.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Battle of Paoli, by Thomas J. McGuire (2006).   Online Recommendation of the Week: Futhey, J. Smith “The Massacre of Paoli” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 1, no. 3, 1877, pp. 285–319: https://archive.org/details/jstor-20084293      
Following the American loss at Brandywine, Congress reevaluates its officers.  At the same time, Gen. Washington prepares to rally for the next confrontation.    The Continentals and British advance on each other near White Horse Tavern.  As they prepare for a major battle, a terrible rain storm floods the field and damages most of the gunpowder.  General Washington uses the opportunity to pull back across the Schuylkill river for a final defense of Philadelphia.   Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic.   Book Recommendation of the Week: The Philadelphia Campaign 1777-1778, by Stephen R. Taaffe.   Online Recommendation of the Week: Ecelbarger, Gary “Aggressive Minded Gamblers: Washington, Howe, and the Days between Battles, September 12-16, 1777, Journal of the American Revolution, March 10, 2020: https://allthingsliberty.com/2020/03/aggressive-minded-gamblers-washington-howe-and-the-days-between-battles-september-12-16-1777  
General Washington sets his defenses along Brandywine Creek, hoping to prevent General Howe's advance on Philadelphia.   Howe sent his Hessians under General von Knyphausen against the Continental lines.  At the same time Howe marched his regulars further north where he crossed the creek and marched against the Continental right flank. The Continentals put up a good fight against the British assault before being forced to retreat.  A rearguard action by Nathanael Green allowed the Continental army to make its escape. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Harris, Michael C. Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777 Online Recommendation of the Week: Some account of the British army, under the command of General Howe; and of the battle of Brandywine, on the memorable September 11th, 1777, and the adventures of that day, by Joseph Townsend. https://archive.org/details/someaccountofbri00town  
The British Fleet deploys an army of over 15,000 British and Hessian soldiers at Head of Elk, Maryland.  It takes the army several days to unload and to recover from the long journey.  The Americans move to Wilmington Delaware as they scouted out the enemy.  The armies clash several days later at Cooch's Bridge before the British move into Pennsylvania. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: The British Invasion of Delaware, Aug-Sep 1777, by Gerald J. Kauffman and Michael R. Gallagher Online Recommendation of the Week: Proceedings at the unveiling of the monument at Cooch's Bridge, Historical Society of Delaware https://archive.org/details/proceedingsatunv00wilm  
Over the summer of 1777, native tribes along the western frontier attack American settlements.  In August, they attack Fort Henry in Virginia.  After a sustained attack, the garrison receives reinforcements and forces the attackers to abandon the siege. Visit my site at https://blog.AmRevPodcast.com for more text, pictures, maps, and sources on this topic. Book Recommendation of the Week: Year of the Hangman: George Washington's Campaign Against the Iroquois, by Glenn Williams Online Recommendation of the Week: History of the early settlement and Indian wars of Western Virginia  https://archive.org/details/historyofearlyse00deha, by Wills De Haas 
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Michael Troy
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Jul 16th, 2017
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Nov 22nd, 2020
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