It’s been far too long, but it is a big deal, 1781, so I wanted to get it right. Here we are, the traditional end of the war. The Battle of Yorktown, or was it much of a battle? A naval battle; a siege, for sure, but not much of a classic eighteenth century battle. Even so, the world would never be the same. Or did it change that much at all? With the close of the fighting, more questions will arise, but that’s next time. This time is for Washington and his rebels.
So here we are in 1780! The war turns south and doesn’t exactly go well for the Americans. Even more troubling for the Americans one of their greatest heroes turns against the cause. If a hero from the Battle of Saratoga decides to go back Great Britain, what does that say about the cause as a whole? Will the Revolution even succeed? That was a very real question in 1780.
I misspoke at the intro to this one, misidentifying it as episode 44. Nope, 43. We take a look this time at the shift to the south, the fighting out west and the international character of the American side of things, especially in the officer corps. It’s a bit shorter than normal, but 1780 promises to be a bit long. Happy listening!
Hello all! Looking at the calendar, I got this one in a bit sooner than others in recent times. I’ll keep working on it. In this episode, we go from Valley Forge, through the Battle of Monmouth and out to the west with George Rogers Clark. Some new players are involved and some old ones move away. If nothing else, 1778 sees the war pivot from the north to the south, though the fighting wouldn’t quite move that fast. That will have to wait until 1779!
In today’s cast we cover Washington’s worst defeat, the impact of Saratoga and a new form of government. All neat and tidy in 20 minutes!
Don’t look now, but there is a new podcast coming your way! This time through I discuss the happenings of 1777 through October. I also discuss the long delay and perhaps having a remedy for such things. We get to the battle of Saratoga, women in the Revolution and Washington’s New Jersey second half. Not necessarily in that order. See you, sooner I hope, next time!
Good to be back! Been a while I know, but sometimes, things just keep getting away. So here we are, the War of Independence, the Revolution! I think as things go, I’ll go year by year through the war up until 1781, then speed things up a bit again. In this episode, we take a look at a most pivotal year, 1776. Independence is declared, the army is fully engaged and the fighting is very real throughout the former colonies, now states. Grand news at podcast central, I’ll be getting the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, so hopefully more time spent on the podcast to come.