Category «Biographical»

Dr. Joseph Warren. Patriot Leader in the Turmoil to Revolution by Harry Schenawolf

“…[If] it appears that the only way to safety is through fields of blood, I know you will not turn your faces from our foes, but will undauntedly press forward until tyranny is trodden underfoot…”                                     Dr. Joseph Warren, March 5, 1775, three months before he was killed in battle.   On the blackened summit …

Was Major General Israel Putnam Responsible for the Disaster at the Battle of Long Island? by Harry Schenawolf

 The Negative Championed by Henry Johnston   Historians have been vocal in their summation of Major General Israel Putnam’s actions and command decisions during the American Revolutionary War. The leading authorities such as Fellows, Dawson, Gordon, Ramsay, Stiles, Bancroft, Field, Lossing, Trevelyan, Ward, and Johnston (to name a few), have all offered evaluations and explanations …

Peter Salem by Harry Schenawolf

African American Soldier in the American Revolutionary War Peter Salem, a slave who was freed to fight in his master’s militia, is credited for stepping forward at a critical point in the Battle of Bunker Hill outside Boston in 1775; he fired the shot that killed British Royal Marine Major John Pitcairn. At the time …

Forgotten Warrior Brigadier General John Nixon by Harry Schenawolf

Brave, Humble, Firm, Dedicated There are two Revolutionary War soldiers of merit who share the same name. Colonel John Nixon of Pennsylvania and Brigadier General John Nixon of Massachusetts. Colonel Nixon of Pennsylvania has received far more attention than General Nixon. Colonel Nixon, along with his father Richard, were shipbuilders and prominent citizens of Philadelphia …

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier by Harry Schenawolf

Gunpowder Wizard for the American Cause in the Revolutionary War For decades England’s draconian control of American imports and exports demanded that the colonists deal only with British and Scottish agents. Americans had to sell colonial goods to these agents who took a nice cut prior to distribution. The British government also kept a tidy …

Sir Henry Clinton 1730-1795 by Harry Schenawolf

It is common knowledge that the Ministerial Forces of King George the Third stationed in America during the War of Independence were as much absorbed in quarreling with one another as in fighting the rebel army, not due to differences over strategy, but because of personal friction. Simply put,  there was little, if any cooperation …

Bagging the Fox – Thirty Days of Crisis

British Ships run the blockade btw. Forts Lee and Washington

Washington’s Retreat Through New Jersey November 9 – December 8, 1776   Introduction Supreme British Commander Major General Sir [1]William Howe’s efforts to ‘bag the fox’ had failed. ‘The Fox”, first termed by British General Charles Cornwallis in and around New York City the fateful summer of 1776, was the ‘rebel’ General George Washington. Mr. …