2014 Conference on the American Revolution

This past weekend, scores of professional and amateur historians converged in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the 3rd Annual Conference on the American Revolution, a three-day event hosted by America’s History, LLC. Journal of the American Revolution (JAR) Editors Todd Andrlik and Don Hagist were among the conference speakers, which included:

  • Edward G. Lengel: “Philadelphia is the Object in View”: George Washington at the Battle of Brandywine, 1777
  • James Kirby Martin: Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians’ Contribution to the American Revolution
  • Andrew O’Shaughnessy: First in War or First in Peace: Sir William Howe as Commander-in-Chief
  • Glenn Williams: Revenge and Reprisals: Irregular Warfare and the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign against the Iroquois
  • Todd Andrlik: Reporting the Revolutionary War: Colonial Newspapers as a Historical Record
  • Don Hagist: 60 Men at Yorktown: A British Light Infantry Company
  • David Mattern: Major General Benjamin Lincoln and the American Revolution
  • James L. Nelson: The Best General on Either Side: Benedict Arnold’s Naval Operations on Lake Champlain and the Chesapeake Bay

O’Shaughnessy is one of JAR’s most recent contributors with an article on the Top 10 British Losers. And JAR writers Ben Huggins, Dave Malinsky, Nathaniel Philbrick, Gene Procknow, John Smith and Bill Welsch were also in the audience. It was fantastic to finally put faces and personalities with so many JAR names. The event was first-class and should be added to the must-attend event calendar of any American Revolution history buff. Below are a few photos taken during the event.

Lengel, Hagist, O’Shaughnessy, Andrlik, Nelson, Martin, Mattern, Williams
Lengel, Hagist, O’Shaughnessy, Andrlik, Nelson, Martin
Hagist, Andrlik, Nelson
Event organizer Bruce Venter, as Charles “Chuck” Cornwallis, welcoming 70 guests to the conference.
Event organizer Bruce Venter (Cornwallis) recognizes Ed Lengel’s outstanding contributions to the annual conference. Lengel was the introductory presenter.
Event organizer Bruce Venter.
James Kirby Martin spoke about the Oneida Indians’ contribution to the American Revolution.
James L. Nelson spoke about Benedict Arnold’s naval operations.
Don N. Hagist spoke about the demographics of British soldiers.
Todd Andrlik spoke about newspapers during the American Revolution.
Glenn Williams spoke about irregular warfare and the Sullivan-Clinton campaign against the Iroquois.
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy spoke about William Howe.
David Mattern spoke about Benjamin Lincoln.
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy and Todd Andrlik.
Todd Andrlik and Nathaniel Philbrick
John L. Smith, Jr. and Don Hagist
Lengel, Hagist, O’Shaughnessy, Venter and Martin in the foreground. Lisa and James Nelson, Mattern, Bill Welsch, Philbrick and Karen Martin in the background.


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  • I heard many great things about the conference. Happy to hear about its success and congratulations on a job well done. Is there any plans for one in 2015?

  • I attended the conference this year and can only say that I am sorry I missed the first two years. I would not consider myself an historian but merely an enthusiast and found that the presentations were very understandable and thought provoking. I plan to attend next year and anxiously await the announcement for the line-up.

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