Category «Conversations»

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

Interview with Lord Dunmore, Part 1: Patriotism or Greed? Reasons for the American Revolutionary War

Part 1: A Conversation with Royal Governor Lord Dunmore “And what is the latest from Fort Murray?” “The rebels crossed the causeway at Great Bridge late last night and attacked.” Though it is a report of the first clash of arms at the newly constructed fortification at Great Bridge, Lord Dunmore features remain sullen and …

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 …