Category Archives: American War for Independence

Why Create A Navy?

It was a debate that continually divided the two political parties in the early days of United States history. Was it proper to have a standing army and navy? Or was it better to call out the militia and arm … Continue reading

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A Revolution At Sea?

The developments in American Colonial maritime link directly to and lead to the American War For Independence (1775-1783). In fact, some of the war’s causes were part of the maritime scene. Trade. Taxes. Import/Export Regulations. And – don’t forget – The … Continue reading

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With Gladness: Valley Forge

The story Patriot Dreams is the only tale in With Gladness that isn’t set around or on Christmas Day. Why? (And why is it in a Christmas book?) We’ve got answers… Patriot Dreams is a winter story. It’s set early in … Continue reading

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What Happened to General Cornwallis?

“What are some myths that are popular in our views of the American War for Independence?” I asked my brother when I was outlining this series a few months ago. “Well, we think the British soldiers were sort of monster-like. … Continue reading

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Stand Aside Yorktown – It Really Ended In 1783

One our “Ideals of Independence” is that the Revolutionary War ended when Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown. Right? Well, kind of, sort of. Technically, the war ended two years after Yorktown when the Treaty of Paris was signed. What’s … Continue reading

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Benedict Arnold: Misunderstood Hero & Bitter Traitor

The name “Benedict Arnold” is synonymous with “traitor” in American History. While there is no excusing Arnold’s treachery and broken oath as an American officer, perhaps we have created such a despicable man that we’ve ignored what he actually did … Continue reading

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