Category «Conversations»

Interview with Lord Dunmore, Part 2: Paradox of American Wealth, Freedom, & Slavery in the Revolutionary War

Lord Dunmore, Royal Governor of Virginia, lays his knife and fork onto the plate before settling back in his chair.  What seemed like tight quarters when he first set foot on the frigate HMS Fowey some months back, his cabin has now become quite comfortable like an old hunting frock.  Accepting his second glass of …

Washington’s Conversation with Lt. Colonel Joseph Reed After the Battle of Harlem Heights, Part 2 – Slavery & Culloden

On Slaves and General Mercer – September 16th  1776 The clock strikes two bells past the eleventh hour. Reed quickly crosses to his general, passing under the substantial archway of the Morris mansion into the sitting room. The post’s bulky leather satchel remains over one shoulder while in his hand is held a sealed envelope. …

Washington’s Conversation with Lt. Colonel Joseph Reed After the Battle of Harlem Heights, Part 1 – British Gen. Howe

Regarding British General William Howe, September 16th  1776 A cold faceless wind swoops up from the Vye and sweeps over the heights. George Washington, supreme commander of the Continental Army, tugs at the stiff facings, pulling the flaps tighter around his neck. Lifting his head, he turns in the saddle and gazes south – out over …

A Loyalist View

A Loyalist View of the “Patriot’s”  Demand for Independence Two gentlemen called upon Captain Wilson and asked him to sign the agreement which a number of colonists had entered into to resist the mother country to the last. This Captain Wilson positively refused to do. “I am an Englishman,” he said, “and my sympathies are …