5 Things You Should Know About Cowpens, 1781

No, we’re not talking about the cleaning or actual up-keep of pens for cattle. We’re talking about another battle from the American War For Independence.

Unlike the other battles we’ve discussed this month, Cowpens was fought in the South. The Southern campaigns of the war are often overlooked or glazed over in the history books. Why? My theory is because George Washington didn’t fight down there, and the history isn’t quite as clear as “Redcoats vs. Patriots” because there’s guerrilla fighting, turncoats, loyalists, and…oh, that’s right – the war didn’t go in the Americans’ favor until the very end in the Carolinas.

However, Cowpens is right there in the ending of the campaign. (Spoiler: It’s an American victory!) And it’s a turning point in the war which will force the British Army to return north. And one of the American commanders was from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia which is one of my favorite regions to study – so without further spoilers, let’s discuss five things you should know about this battle. Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Monmouth, 1778

Lest readers should get the idea that battles during the American War for Independence were often patriot victories, we’ve chosen an indecisive battle for today. The Battle of Monmouth Court House took place in June 1778, marking a change in British strategy. The battle itself unfolded with plenty of drama and even gifted the treasury of American tales with the story of a brave woman.

Whether you’ve heard of the battle before or not, here are the top five things we think you should know about Monmouth: Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Lexington & Concord, 1775

It’s July, and it seems to be a new tradition at Gazette665 to talk about the American War for Independence (aka the Revolutionary War) this month. Catch the other posts here! This year we’re excited to present: Farmers Against The King’s Men? Battles 1775-1781. We’ll explore some fast-fact details that you should know about four battles during the conflict.

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Now, without further commentary, let’s jump right into today’s battle – well, actually battles. It’s hard to discuss Lexington without talking about Concord too. Lexington, Massachusetts, was the site of the opening shots of the war while Concord and the retreat to Boston set some exciting precedence for the colonial militia.

Here are five things you should know about the Battles of Lexington & Concord. Continue reading