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    Interactive: Battle of Trenton, 1776

    Choose the correct target for an American infantryman facing multiple Hessian mercenaries. You are Private James MacFarlane, an infantryman in General George Washington’s Continental Army. Yesterday – Christmas Day 1776 – Washington...

  • American History

    Tracks of a Traitor

    When he turned his coat, Benedict Arnold turned a revolution against him...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Burr in the Saddle

    Clashing with George Washington—and the British—a young Aaron Burr displays the martial spirit that would prove his undoing. He was only 19 in the summer of 1775when he arrived at the Continental Army encampment overlooking Boston....

  • Military History Magazine

    Society of the Cincinnati

    A fraternity of revolutionary officers—or a monarchist conspiracy? In May 1782, seven months after the British army’s surrender at Yorktown, Va., General George Washington was at his headquarters in a fieldstone farmhouse near...

  • Military History Magazine

    Hallowed Ground: Monmouth, New Jersey

    On June 26, 1778, nine days into their march from Philadelphia to New York, Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Clinton and his beleaguered British army lumbered into a small New Jersey town called Monmouth Courthouse. Beset by torrential rains and...

  • Military History Magazine

    Put to the Sword

    Banastre Tarleton and his ruthless British Legion. History loves a villain, and Banastre Tarleton wears that mantle with great élan, at least to Americans. The British, however, remember him as the darling of the Revolutionary...

  • Military History Magazine

    The General Who Lost America?

    In the wake of its humiliation in the colonies, the British government found a ready scapegoat in General Sir Henry Clinton—but did he deserve the blame? On Sept. 15, 1776, five warships of the British Royal Navy anchored in the East...

  • Military History Magazine

    What We Learned From Bennington, 1777

    British Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne had a grand, three-pronged plan to win the Revolutionary War. In June 1777 he would lead about 7,000 regulars out of Canada via the Richelieu River–Lake Champlain waterway to New York’s Fort Ticonderoga,...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: Reporting the Revolutionary War

    Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News By Todd Andrlik, Sourcebooks This is “you are there” history at its best: 70 essays by modern historians based on eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and...

  • American History Magazine

    Rebellion, Love and Revolution

    Young and vivacious, Lucy Knox surrendered privilege and comfort to be with her lover, Henry, on the long journey to revolution and victory. In August 1773, as a local militia drilled on Boston Common, 17-year-old Lucy Flucker observed a...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Blue and Gray: Revolutionary Ties to Civil Strife

    Linking America’s Two Most Important Wars. The American Revolution and the Civil War rank as our most important and destructive conflicts. Unequaled in terms of their impact on the populations that experienced them, they also wielded...

  • HistoryNet

    What Next General?: Rebels vs. Redcoats: Boston, 1775

    JUNE 16, 1775, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS It is June 1775 as you assume the role of Brigadier General Israel Putnam of Connecticut. Years of growing tension and discord between Britain and its American colonies finally boiled over into armed...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Fighting for Forage

    In New Jersey, ominous lessons for the British emerge from a little-known campaign in the bitter winter of 1777. George Washington’s defeat of the Hessians at Trenton on December 26, 1776, had been a masterstroke. His follow-up victory...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Book Review: Give Me a Fast Ship

    Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea  By Tim McGrath. 560 pages. NAL Caliber, 2014. $26.95 Yes, there really was a naval component to the American Revolution, but it was by no means well...

  • American History Magazine, HistoryNet, MHQ

    Confounding Father | Thomas Jefferson’s Polarizing Public Image

    WASHINGTON – The book cover of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image In His Own Time is not meant to be an optical illusion. Rather, the blurred image of Thomas Jefferson alludes to the duality of not only his nature,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Ben Franklin’s Tory Bastard

    Illegitimate son of one of America’s founding fathers, William Franklin fought the patriots at every turn during the American Revolution. On April 12, 1782, a force of Loyalist irregulars took Joshua Huddy, a Patriot militiaman, from...