Part of John's Military History Page  


Quebec  January 1, 1776  

Charleston  June 28, 1776  

Bennington  August 16, 1777

Cooch's Bridge  September 3, 1777   

Brandywine  September 11, 1777 

Battle of the Clouds  September 16, 1777       

The Paoli "Massacre"   September 21, 1777  

Forts Clinton and Montgomery   October 6, 1777 

Saratoga  September 19 to October 7, 1777  

Whitemarsh  December 4 - 8, 1777 

Valley Forge Winter Quarters 1777-78   

Barren Hill   May 20, 1778

Charleston May 12, 1780    

Camden  August 16, 1780     

King's Mountain  October 7, 1780   

Cowpens  January 17, 1781    

Guilford Courthouse  March 15, 1781   

Ninety Six  May 22 to June 18, 1781  

Yorktown  August 20 to October 17, 1781   



Three Pounder "Grasshopper"

Ferguson Rifle and 18th Century Military Innovation 

Gunboat Philadelphia   


British Infrastructure    from John's Military History Tour of Britain, which includes much more!

Tower of London

Woolwich Arsenal

Chelsea Royal Hospital

Greenwich Royal Hospital

Portsmouth Dockyard and Priddy's Hard 

Chatham Dockyard



Miscellaneous, Colonial, and Political



Philadelphia Sites - Independence Hall and Other Buildings 

York, Pennsylvania - Temporary National Capital 

Phillips Grave, Petersburg, Virginia  

Maryland Statehouse, Annapolis 



Abercrombie's Sortie - Yorktown  From "The Guns of Independence" by Jerome Greene   

Atrocities in the South  Yahoo Group postings by Patrick J. O'Kelley, author of Nothing But Blood and Slaughter. 

The British Military in New York City, 1776   Best in the World? 

A Brief History of Freedom  Why is America Free? 

Touring Brandywine: A Tale of Frustration and Preservation Failure          

Editorial: Why is the Revolutionary War Not Popular?


Military History Bookstore  An extensive selection of good books.


The Guns of Independence  ****1/2  by Jerome A. Greene.  Based on a bicentennial era Park Service publication intended for park employees, this updated version gives us the most complete account yet of the decisive siege.  In the first scholarly treatment of the siege in decades, the author uses numerous sources neglected in other studies, including archeological studies from the 1930s and 40s, and accounts by participants, foreign and domestic.  Unmatched in detail and scholarship, and chocked full of insight and information not found anywhere else, this book is a valuable addition to any Revolutionary War enthusiast's library.  After a brief overview of the events leading up to the campaign, Greene gives a detailed view of the thinking of the commanders and the decisions they faced, the methods of 18th century siegecraft, the progress of the siege, and little known events that had an important impact.  The reader will see the campaign in a whole new light, and understand it like never before.  Indeed, you cannot fully understand Yorktown until reading this book.  The book's excellent maps and battlefields photos not only help explain the siege, they beg the reader to pack his bags and go for a visit.  Only some minor flaws and lack of a map of the initial Allied approach keep the book from a five star rating.  Please see an excerpt from the book concerning Abercrombie's Sortie as an example of the scholarship and detail. 

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Washington's Crossing  *****  by David Hackett Fischer.  This is a rare book indeed.  It gives a detailed myth-busting account of the decisive battles of Trenton and Princeton along with excellent analysis of the events.  Ignored in other accounts, Fischer shows the importance of patriot risings in New Jersey which were caused by the harsh actions of some British and German troops.  The resulting British lack of control of the state greatly aided Washington's efforts.  The failure of other American troops to cross the Delaware is explained when the author details the unique ice conditions below the fall line at Trenton.  Although he doesn't deny the importance of great men and their decisions, Fischer shows that Washington had really no choice but to attack.  Further, he shows how Washington's handling of councils of war made for a command arrangement superior to aristocratic British methods.  More than previous authors, Fischer shows the hardships of the march on Trenton, the importance of the artillery, and vital but generally overlooked second battle of Trenton.  The British panic after Princeton and the forage war which followed is shown to have been vitally important in keeping the British under-supplied and largely immobile.  Finally, Fischer shows how succeeding generations have interpreted and celebrated Washington's crossing, in art and prose.     


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