Author: Richard F. Welch

Richard F. Welch received is doctorate in history from Stony Brook University, and currently teaches American history at Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, New York. He has worked as editor of a Long Island history magazine, a researcher for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antquities, and an exhibition curator. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society. Welch has authored many articles and reviews as well as four books including The Boy General. The Life and Careers of Francis Channing Barlow, and the just published General Washington's Commando. Benjamin Tallmadge in the Revolutionary War.

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Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War

BOOK REVIEW: Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War by Friederike Baer (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022) Writing a detailed, authoritative account of the British Army’s German troops has always been a tough climb requiring a combination of several advanced skills. Much of the source material has remained untranslated into English either in whole or […]

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Valiant Ambition

Book review: Valiant Ambition. George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking Books. 2016) [BUY NOW ON AMAZON] Nathaniel Philbrick’s most recent offering, Valiant Ambition, tackles the difficult task of constructing a dual study of two very dissimilar men: George Washington, who led and personified the cause of independence, and […]

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George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation

Book review: George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation by T. H. Breen (Simon & Schuster, 2016). [BUY NOW ON AMAZON] George Washington’s standing as the Revolutionary Era’s “indispensable man” is virtually unchallenged. Veteran historian T.H. Breen’s new study of Washington’s tours during his first term of office can only add to that assessment. […]

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The Talented Major Tallmadge

Benjamin Tallmadge is currently enjoying a burst of posthumous fame. Most of the attention given him in recent publications and the AMC series Turn centers around his intelligence activities, a logical choice considering his organization of the Culper Ring and pivotal role in exploding the Arnold plot. But the attention paid to the espionage part […]

by Richard F. Welch