Most early portraits of George Washington represent him as serious and even dour, and more than a few contemporaries described the man as aloof….
Joseph Paugenit, Jonas Obscow, Anthony Jeremiah, Simon Peney, Obadiah Wicket, and Alexander Quapish. These are not household names to the average history enthusiast. But…
Because of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” most people think that Revere was critical to the start of the Revolutionary War….
The March 18, 1777 Pennsylvania Packet (Philadelphia) published an essay by “S.” that classified five political characters of Americans. The article was republished in…Read More
When a soldier’s term of service was complete, he was discharged. Besides having arrears of pay and other obligations resolved, he was given a…Read More
So you’ve been elected Captain of the militia company of your small Massachusetts town in 1774, and now you’ve got to train your men….Read More
Journal of the American Revolution kicked off summer 2015 with a fun group interview and several short features about important primary sources. This source…Read More
The British government’s policies toward the American colonies in the 1760s and 1770s were controversial in Great Britain; some people favored the government’s actions…Read More
One of the newspapers featured in Reporting the Revolutionary War was the Virginia Gazette dated August 26, 1775. In the book, Don N. Hagist…Read More
From Bunker Hill to Yorktown, a feature of military actions during the American Revolution was the redoubt. Of course, redoubts were a fixture in…Read More
Maps are vital to understanding campaigns and battles. During the American Revolution, military planners often lamented the lack of good maps and went to…Read More
From mid-August to early October, 1774, huge crowds gathered in the “shiretowns” of every county in contiguous, mainland Massachusetts (except Suffolk, where Boston is…Read More
Cartoons were a vital part of England’s print media in the 1770s, and were almost exclusively of the sort that today we call editorial…Read More
Armies thrived on paperwork. With huge amounts of information to be recorded and tracked, non-commissioned officers and soldiers with good literacy, skill at basic…Read More
In the late summer and early fall of 1774, all of Massachusetts outside of Boston shed British rule. From October 1774 to April 1775,…Read More
One of the most famous and recognizable eighteenth-century newspapers is the October 31, 1765 issue of the Pennsylvania Journal, also known as the “tombstone…Read More