Revolution

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

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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The Discovery of Carr’s Fort.

by Daniel Russ on October 5, 2013

    The Revolutionary War was going badly for the British. Which was frustrating. They won almost every battle, they had the biggest most formidable army or navy in the western world. And it wasn’t as if the Colonials were really that fearsome on the battlefield.   It’s just that they wouldn’t quit.   Most […]

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Excogitations On The Messy Birth Of The Continental Army.

August 2, 2011

The Revolutionary states were mostly an aggregation of agricultural communities who traded raw goods for British and French surplus goods. Roads were inadequate to provide major thoroughfares from one state to the next, so trade was mostly conducted along rivers. Let’s face it. This was not a nation. Indeed conflict between the states delayed true and full ratification of the constitution until 1781. This was a series of municipalities duct-taped together. This meant that whatever civil infrastructure existed at the time allowed for a militia to be supplied and resupplied for weeks at a time, but a national army was along way off.

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Excogitations On The Canadian Campaign.

December 11, 2010

The Colonials were truly a divided people. Half of them were happy with their governance under a distant monarch who had never stepped foot in the New World and could levy taxes on them on a whim. The other half couldn’t quite process the notion that this country that reaped the harvests of the New […]

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