British Brigade of Guards

Royal Regiment of Foot Guards in the American Revolutionary War The British Brigade of Guards that fought in the American Revolutionary War was  rooted in the English Civil War period of the mid seventeenth century.  This select group of guardsmen raised specifically for the American conflict was chosen from the three guards regiments:  First Foot …

Lord Rawdon in America

Always to the front in a fight, And the last in a retreat, Lord Rawdon proved himself A brilliant and successful partisan leader.                                                                                                     Sir George Otto Trevelyan Francis, Lord Rawdon[1] epitomized the perfect British officer in the eyes of those fine gentlemen who sat smugly in their distinguished seats in the House …

History of Dentistry in the 18th Century

Throughout the eighteenth century, upper and lower classes both shared the same woes when it came to decaying teeth and the somewhat primitive, even barbaric means of dental care.  Diseases like smallpox, malaria, scurvy, and syphilis (to name a few) were rampant.  So too were the diets heavy on sugar, sweetened teas, fortified wines, and …

Oliver Cromwell, African American Soldier of the Revolutionary War

Oliver Cromwell. African American Soldier of the Revolutionary War Then did we see old Bonner  rise  And, borrowing Spite from Hell  They stride along with magic eyes  where Sons of Freedom dwell                         Lemuel Haynes Oliver Cromwell was an African American soldier who participated in nearly every major battle of the Revolutionary War’s northern campaign.   …

Blacks in the Continental Army

Should African Americans Serve in the Continental Army? Washington and a new nation struggle with their convictions, morals, and necessity.    O’er the raging billows borne. Men, call’d Christians, bought & sold me, Paid my price in paltry gold; But though their’s they have enroll’d me, Minds are never to be sold.                                     by W. …

City Court in Old New Amsterdam

It is the year 1663. The big day has arrived. The town of Walloon[1] is brimming with anticipation. This small Dutch settlement on the Long Island shore – the nucleus of the future Brooklyn – has its residents eagerly preparing their carriages for a jaunt to the ferry crossing the East River to New Amsterdam. …

Colonel Samuel Selden, Continental Soldier, Died for his Country

Captured at battle of Kip’s Bay and died in captivity on Oct. 11, 1776  Rouse the People to see their Danger. Stir them up by all that is dear in this life. Our Wives, our Children, our property, our Liberty is at Stake… Colonel Samuel Selden [1] During the Revolutionary War many men paid an extraordinary price to …

Jack “Prince” Sisson – Black Soldier in the Revolutionary War & The Capture of British Brigadier General Richard Prescott

Capture of British General Richard Prescott July 10th 1777 A tawny son of Africa’s race Them through the ravine led, And entering then the Overing House, They found him in his bed. But to get in they had no means Except poor Cuffee’s head, Who beat the door down, then rushed in, And seized him …