Category Archives: Military History

1797 Fort Jay Letter Acquired By Jay Heritage Center


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john adler and his familyAbout seventeen years ago, inspired by the purchase of several volumes of a popular 19th century journal, John Adler had an idea – make the American narrative more accessible to the public. So upon his retirement, the former advertising executive launched a multi-year endeavor to create a database of articles, images and ads scanned from the iconic Harper’s Weekly Magazine.

Harper’s was the premiere chronicle of political events and literary commentary of its day, and Adler’s invention would help readers navigate thousands of stories from 1857 to 1916. One could find everything from headlines about Lincoln’s election to Thomas Nast’s cartoons denouncing slavery. This online trove christened “HarpWeek” was further complemented by academic essays and materials for educators. In 2003, Adler’s searchable scholarship “HarpWeek Presents Lincoln and the War” won recognition from the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Institute and an E-Lincoln Prize. Continue reading

The Age of American Revolutions


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ben_franklins_worldThe American Revolution inspired revolutions in France, the Caribbean, and in Latin and South America between the late 18th and mid-19th centuries.

Naturally, Spanish and Portuguese American revolutionaries turned to the United States for assistance with their fights. How did Americans in the United States respond to these calls for assistance? What did they make of these other “American Revolutions?”

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Caitlin Fitz, an Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University and the author of Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions (Liveright, 2016), helps us investigate answers to these questions. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/090

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Revolutionary War Army Trades Weekend at Saratoga Battlefield


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ArtificersThe Saratoga National Historical Park (Saratoga Battlefield) will show Revolutionary War army trades at work, on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Armies had a lot more to do than fight in the Revolutionary War. They employed and contracted with a variety of professional tradesmen and women who worked to provide and repair supplies needed by the troops. Blacksmiths made and repaired ironwork; Tailors sewed and fixed clothing; Woodworkers built and fixed wheels and artillery carriages; Tinsmiths made artillery cartridge casings; and Cordwainers made shoes for the troops. Continue reading

The Recent Mohawk Valley Revolutionary War Conference


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The Historians LogoThis week on “The Historians” podcast Bob Cudmore hosts the first of two episodes covering the 2016 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. Edward Lengel is author of First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His and the Nation’s Prosperity (DaCapo Press, 2016). J. L. Bell is author of The Road to Concord, How Four Stolen Cannons Ignited the Revolutionary War (JAR Books, 2016). And editor Don Hagist explains the online Journal of the American Revolution. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Fort Ticonderoga Welcomes Graduate Fellows


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2016 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows (L-R) Riley Clark-Long, Connor Wilson, James Wils, and Elizabeth Scully. Photo credit Fort TiconderogaFour graduate students arrived at Fort Ticonderoga in mid-June to begin two-month internships as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships run through August 12th and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.

Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill said, “The Fellows will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga. 1757 will be the interpretive focus for 2017.” Continue reading

Fort Ticonderoga Offering Specialty Tours This Summer


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Fort Ticonderoga Guns By Night ProgramVisitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be able to immerse themselves in the history and natural beauty at the Fort during guided specialty tours this summer. Participants can witnesses the power of artillery during the Guns by Night tour; join the Soldier for an Evening program to enlist with your family and friends in the Continental Army; discover the history within the walls of the 1826 Historic Pavilion house during the Pavilion Promenade tour; and enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s Vessel Carillon to discover why Lake Champlain is one of America’s most historic waterways. Continue reading