August 2019

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“One can tell a Tory by his looks,” Lewis Howell, a surgeon with the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, wrote his father in late June. The good doctor evidently had remarkable diagnostic powers, given the physical resemblance of loyalists and revolutionaries. Both breeds were drawn from all strata of their society, high, low, and middling. The […]

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“can tell a Tory by his looks,” Lewis Howell, a surgeon with the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, wrote his father in late June. The good doctor evidently had remarkable diagnostic powers, given the physical resemblance of loyalists and revolutionaries. Both breeds were drawn from all strata of their society, high, low, and middling. The war, […]

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Just Keeping Warm Was A Miracle For The Colonial Army.

August 21, 2019
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This is a passage from Rick Atkinson’s The British Are Coming! “The army would burn eight thousand cords in six months, and on particularly cold days, the firewood demand equaled the timber from a four-acre woodlot. Despite efforts by the Committee on Wood in Watertown to organize cutting expeditions, a number of regiments were forced […]

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The Antipathy Between The British And The Colonists Was Very Bad.

August 15, 2019
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This is from Rick Atkinson’s Book The British Are Coming! “Irked at the dissent, the government had stepped up covert surveillance and intelligence gathering. Suspected rebel sympathizers in London were ordered “narrowly watched,” their neighbors discreetly questioned about irregular activity. The baggage of passengers arriving from North America was searched for rebel correspondence. In a […]

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John Wilkes, British Statesman Made A Prediction About the Americans. A Really Good One.

August 11, 2019
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John Wilkes, a British radical -whose noisy radicalism made him enormously popular in the colonies, called the war “unjust, felonious, and murderous.” The Americans, he warned, “will dispute every inch of territory with you, every narrow pass, every strong defile, every Thermopylae, every Bunker Hill.” But opponents of coercion lacked strength and unity. When votes […]

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More Amazing Passages From Rick Atkinson’s “The British Are Coming”. This Time, It’s About Gambling.

August 7, 2019
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Here Atkinson discusses the problem of drunkeness, fighting, licentious behavior and gambling. Gambling was a big problem to Colonial Generals. “It also gambled without guilt. If London was “the devil’s drawing room,” in the phrase of author Tobias Smollett, gaming had become a diabolical national passion despite the monarch’s disapproval. Bets could be laid not […]

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Soviet Control Rooms From DesignYouTrust

August 3, 2019
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