An American Revolution Round Table discussion on Schenectady in the Revolution, led by John Gearing, has been set for Monday, March 5th at the Schenectady County Community College, in the Stockade Building’s Lecture Hall, room 101, 78 Washington Ave, Schenectady.
This event is hosted by SUNY Schenectady County Community College-Community Archaeology Program and the American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys. Continue reading
The American Revolution forged a nation out of a place where none had existed previously, and in one of history’s truly shocking instances, a modern democracy had created itself and turned on its former master with stunning speed and resolution.
Colonel Jacob Griffin, a tavern keeper from Dutchess County at Fishkill, was a brazen and unflappable American Patriot. He had helped stir anti-British sentiment in 1775 by using his tavern to draft a formidable petition supporting the Continental Congress and openly maligning the Crown. The document demanded the Colonies’ separation from England and mustered 502 signatures.
In the late spring or early summer of 1775, he joined the Dutchess County (New York State) Militia as a Captain and would be promoted to Colonel before War’s end. As a successful tavern owner Jacob Griffin rubbed elbows with the Continental Army’s elite – Steuben, Putnam, the Marquis de La Fayette and Washington. But is there more to Griffin’s role in the Revolutionary War?
He is one of the great patriots of the American Revolution, and he is barely known outside of his native Dutchess County, New York.
Born in the Fishkill area ca. 1729-1730 (sources vary), Jacob Griffin was a staunch Yankee Presbyterian, who wanted a clear and a complete parting of the ways with King George III of England.
From the mid to the late 18th century the Thirteen Colonies of British North America experienced one huge wave of social upheaval after the other… the reasons of these societal changes being many and very subtly related to the other. Continue reading
Intelligence gathering plays an important role in the foreign policies of many modern-day nation states, including the United States. Which raises the questions: How and when did the United States establish its foreign intelligence service?
To answer those questions, in this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History we’ll journey back to the American Revolution.
Our guide is Kenneth Daigler, an intelligence professional with 33 years experience managing human sources and collection and the author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War (Georgetown university Press, 2014), will facilitate our mental time travel and exploration of this topic. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/172
The Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City has announced a lecture on the First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence has been set for Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm.
Harlow Giles Unger will describe the life and career of Richard Henry Lee, the first Founding Father to call for American Independence from Britain. Unger will show how Lee masterminded the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington’s military victory. Continue reading
Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, February 11, at 2 pm with a program on “Soldiers of Color at Ticonderoga” presented by Stuart Lilie, Vice President of Public History and Operations.
This program will focus on the diversity of soldiers who fought at Ticonderoga and examine how attitudes about soldiers of color varied dramatically within the numerous armies and empires that held Ticonderoga. The program is part of the National Black History Month celebration.
The great campaigns of the French & Indian War and Revolutionary War have frequently been envisioned with long battle lines of soldiers as equally white as they were uniform. However, small, but significant numbers of African or African-American soldiers appear in nearly every army that came to Ticonderoga. Continue reading
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm, and Monday, February 19, from 10 am to 4 pm on Presidents’ weekend, re-enactors will bring to life the Continental Army’s final winter encampment at the New Windsor Cantonment, with musket and cannon firings, medical demonstrations and other aspects of daily life.
Discontent filled the encampment at New Windsor during the winter of 1782-83 as the men bitterly reflected upon their ill-treatment by an ungrateful nation. Heavily armed and angry, the disgruntled officers and soldiers of the Continental Army were the biggest threat to the future of the country. Continue reading
On Sunday, February 18th, Knox’s Headquarters has scheduled tours and cannon firings, celebrating Washington’s Birthday.
Over the winter of 1780-81 at Knox’s Headquarters, General Henry Knox organized the artillery for the projected attack on New York City. Soldiers, at the nearby encampment, repaired and trained on the guns, howitzers and mortars.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys is planning to host “Industrious Sober Women: Soldier’s Wives in Burgoyne’s Army” by Jenna Schnitze in Schuylerville.
The talk is an overview of the roles of soldier’s wives during the Burgoyne Campaign. It will explore the some of the myths and perceptions of these women. Schnitzer will be using primary sources and period images to illustrate their roles and what they may have looked like. Continue reading
The American Revolution took place within a larger period known today as the “Age of Revolutions.”
What does the Revolution look like when we place it within this larger context? Did it really help foment the many other failed and successful revolutions that took place during the period?
Over the next two episodes of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we’ll explore answers to these questions by taking a closer look at how the American Revolution fit within the larger context of the Age of Revolutions.
The first part of our exploration will take us into the Caribbean. Laurent Dubois, a professor of history at Duke University and the author of four books about slavery and revolution in the French Caribbean, will serve as our guide. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/164