Contrary to modern day, Paul Revere was not a national hero during the American Revolutionary War. He was a well-connected businessman who made a midnight ride to alarm the militia of the British march to Concord, but the hero’s of that battle in his day were John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, and John Parker. After the dust of Lexington and Concord settled the British were bottled in in Boston and were put under siege. Men like William Prescott, Israel Putnam, and Artemis Ward took command of the Boston bands of militia and Paul Revere went on to have a relatively unknown rest of the war. [Read more…]
Hard to believe that Paul Revere was a virtual unknown when he died, but how could he know about a poem written about him almost 40 years after his death. In modern times Paul Revere is one of the most searched people of the American Revolutionary War on the internet. However, with the popularity comes the problem and the problem is so many misconceptions about his biography and his famous ride. [Read more…]
Espionage has always been a dirty but necessary game in war. Each side plays a game of chess for information and do their best to outwit their opponent. In order to do this each side recruits spies. These spies never get the honor they deserve. They live in secret and they die without dignity. To be caught as a spy is certain death and possibly torture. Each of them risks scorn on themselves, their family, and their friends. If caught they are branded traitors. The Culper Spy Ring was no different. Each of these men, women, and slaves risked their lives to deliver information to their side to gain an edge. [Read more…]
The Battle of Montreal (also known as the Battle of Longue-Pointe) was the second engagement of the Canada Campaign and was a necessary battle in the effort to capture Canada. The battle occurred during the siege of Fort St. John when Richard Montgomery sent Colonel Ethan Allen (One of the heroes of Fort Ticonderoga) and Major John Brown to gather Canadians to fight against the British. British General Guy Carleton learned of the plan through spies and was prepared for the attack. [Read more…]
When constructing an American Revolutionary War Timeline it is important to remember the events before the war. This was a war for independence, but prior to the war the colonists viewed themselves as British citizens, not as Americans so it is important to know the events that occurred leading up to the war.
The French and Indian War played a huge role in setting the stage for the colonies. It unified the colonies against the French and it put Great Britain in a great deal of debt. From Great Britains perspective they needed the pay off their debt and the colonies represented an income stream that was untapped so it only seemed logical that the colonies be taxed to pay off their war debt. However, the colonies believed that being taxed without any representation was signs of a dictatorship. [Read more…]