Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Next Meeting: November 19, 2014

"Stand to Horse! The Dragoon at War," Dennis Farmer

The meeting will be held in the Westhampton Room, Heilman Center (dining hall--building 34 on the campus map), University of Richmond, at 6:30 p.m. with dinner available for purchase in the dining hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. It is not necessary that you purchase dinner in order to attend the meeting.

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Meeting Notes: September 17, 2014

"The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette, and the British Invasion of Virginia," John Maass

Edward J. Larson Presentation: October 11, 2014

The National Park Service and North Jersey American Revolution Round Table welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson to Morristown. Larson will discuss his new book The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, at Washington’s Headquarters Museum auditorium, Morristown, NJ   Larson will speak about the crucial, yet often overlooked period in George Washington’s equally distinguished career and life. When George Washington retired from the army to lead a quieter life at Mount Vernon in 1783. In The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, Larson reveals how Washington “saved” the United States by coming out of retirement to not only lead the Constitutional Convention, but to also serve as America’s first president. Vice President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Professor of History at the University of Virginia Dr. Andrew O’Shaughnessy says, “This book is one of the best illustrations of the ability of individuals to change the course of history.”

This special event is free and open to the public, book sales and signing will follow Larson’s program.    Students and teachers especially welcome.

EDWARD J. LARSON is University Professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University.  Larson is also an inaugural Library Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington in Mount Vernon, VA and a Gay Hart Gaines Distinguished Visiting Lecturer of American History for 2013-2014. He received the Pulitzer Prize for History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. His other books include A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign; An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science; Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory; Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands; and Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution. Larson also co-authored (with Michael P. Winship) The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison, published by Modern Library Classics. He lives in California.

American Revolution Round Table of Richmond: 2014 Book Award Winners

2014 Book Award Co-Recipients

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire. By Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy (Yale University Press, 2013).


 The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774 – 1776. By Mark Anderson (University Press of New England, 2013).

2014 Honorable Mentions

Charles Lee: Self before Country.  By Dominick Mazzagetti (Rivergate Editions, Rutgers University Press, 2013).

Dunmore’s New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America.  By James Corbett David (University of Virginia Press, 2013).

Black Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence. By Alan Gilbert (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire. By Eliga H. Gould (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Crescent Moon over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty. By C. L. Bragg (University of South Carolina Press, 2013).

A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American RevolutionBy Daniel Krebs (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013).

The Swamp Fox: Lessons in Leadership from the Partisan Campaigns of Francis Marion.  By Scott D. Aiken (Naval Institute Press, 2012).

Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783.  By Richard C. Wiggin (Lincoln Massachusetts Historical Society, 2013).

American Revolution Era Map Lectures: October 25, 2014

The Library of Virginia will be hosting map lectures focused on American Revolution Era maps and atlases on October 25, 2014. Dr. Max Edelson and Dr. Martin Bruckner will be giving lectures starting at 1:00 PM.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Map exhibition | 11:00 am
Lectures | 1:00 pm
Place | the Conference Rooms and Lecture Hall at the Library of Virginia
Special Collections Viewings 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Please call 804.692.3561 for reservations.

Reading Maps in the Age of the American Revolution
by Dr. Martin Br├╝ckner, University of Delaware
This lecture recovers the art and science of “mappery” in early America. A rare
term revived during the Revolutionary decades, it meant the study of mapmaking
and map reading. Discussing a variety of maps owned by the Library of Virginia,
the lecture describes American encounters with popular maps and the practical
and symbolic role of map literacy in the age of revolution.

Reading Atlases from Both Sides of the American Revolution
by Dr. S. Max Edelson, University of Virginia
As the Revolutionary War began, London’s mapmakers published atlases that
put forward the idea of an interdependent Atlantic empire. At the same time,
the Continental Congress gathered together colonial maps to describe an
independent nation. Drawing on examples from the Library of Virginia’s map
collection, this lecture describes how Britain and the United States used maps
to picture the America they each sought to create.
This event includes a special oneday exhibition of Revolutionary-era maps beginning at 11:00 am. For more information and reservations, please call 804.692.3561 or visit

Publications: Revolutionary War Intelligence

There are two publications that the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence has published.  They are both on line. Go to  “The Founding Fathers of American Intelligence” was published in 1999.  The other publication, “Intelligence in the War of Independence,” was published in 1997.

(Thanks to Chan Mohney.)

Allen McLane Public Symposium: October 25, 2014

The Allen McLane Public Symposium will bring the life and military career of this noted son of Delaware, Allen McLane, to the attention of the people of our state and beyond.  He has been called the “Unknown Hero of the Revolution,” “Delaware’s Daredevil” and “Washington’s Favorite Cavalryman.” 
McLane was a patriot, partisan leader, soldier, and spy for eight years during the Revolutionary War.   Subsequently, he was a government servant, Delaware’s first marshal, member of the Privy Council, member of the House of Assembly, and magistrate, and then for 32 years served as the Collector of the Port of Wilmington. 
The symposium’s impressive list of speakers includes: John Nagy, author of Invisible Ink; Glenn Williams, military historian; Chuck Fithian, retired HCA archaeologist; Edith McLane Edson, descendant of McLane and writer; Robert A. Selig, writer and noted Rochambeau Revolution Route advocate; and Michael Lloyd, long-time McLane researcher.  Also featured will be a presentation by the 1st Delaware Regiment and a portrayal of Allen McLane by Tom Welch.  Delaware State University Professor Samuel Hoff will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Participants will receive a free copy of the booklet “Allen McLane –Patriot, Soldier, Spy, Port Collector,” which has been written by a team of scholars, researchers and historians, each of whom has a unique perspective on the McLane story.  Some of the same writers will be presenting at the symposium. 
The symposium will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 9:00am until 3:30pm at Wesley College’s Peninsula Room, in the du Pont College Center, 120 No. State Street in Dover, DE.  Parking is available in the lot at Fulton and Bradford Streets.
The symposium is free and open to the public. Luncheon is available for $10. Registration is at 8:30am.  Preregistration is available by calling Tom Welch at 302-632-1803 or by email at  
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Primary sponsors include the Caesar Rodney Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Wesley College History Department, the Delaware Historical Society, the Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati and the American Revolution Roundtable of Northern Delaware.

Co-sponsors include the Friends of the Delaware Public Archives, the Claymont Historical Society, the Friends of Old Dover, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the Friends of Belmont Hall, the Duck Creek Historical Society, and the 1st Delaware Regiment. Gifts have also been made by Ginger Trader, Troy Foxwell, Claudia Onkean, Tom Welch, the James Family, and Kim Burdick.