Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Friday, December 28, 2012

ARRT-Richmond Stalwarts Tour Trenton, NJ

Several members and friends of the ARRT-Richmond gathered in Trenton, NJ on December 8-9, 2012. Braving the damp weather, we toured The Old Barracks in Trenton and then headed to Washington's Crossing to tour the visitors' center and see the Swan Collection.

On Sunday, Bill Welsch treated us to an overview of the two battles of Trenton, taking us to several of the landmarks in town. After that, it was off once again, in an increasingly chilly rain, to Washington's Crossing to view the rehearsal for the reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware.

In the end, it was fortuitous that we got to see the rehearsal as the actual crossing reenactment was scrubbed due to high water. Here are links to two articles, one from the Wall Street Journal and one from Lehigh Valley Live.

Proposed Dues Increase

As required by Article X of our bylaws, any amendments must be announced at a meeting and acted upon at the next meeting. Additionally, the membership must be notified via email of the impending changes and they are being posted on our web site. At the November meeting, the board proposed a dues increase to $20 per year, from the current $15, with $5 being designated for our approved preservation cause. This would replace the “passing of the hat.” Additionally, new members joining as of September in any year will pay $15 dues, with $5 going to the preservation fund. This is an increase from $9 and applies only to new members and not to current members who have not paid their yearly tariff. 

The board recommended, and the membership generally seemed to support, Battersea as the recipient of our current funds and those raised in 2013. But no action will be taken on this until after the motion is decided in January. 

We will discuss and vote on both of these amendments at the January meeting.

Barrett Farm House, Concord, MA

The 300-year-old Barrett Farm House and its surrounding farm have been restored and added to Minute Man Historical Park in Massachusetts, bringing to the park a Revolutionary War landmark. Thanks to John Maass for sending this to us.

Fort John Moore Restoration

The Friends of Valley Forge are attempting to restore Fort John Moore, one of the redoubts from the encampment. For details:

SCAR Round Table and Corps of Discovery: January 12-13, 2013

January 12, 2013: SCAR Round Table at The Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston, SC. For more information:

January 13, 2013: SCAR Corps of Discovery, Revolutionary War Sites East of the Cooper River. For more information:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Next Meeting: January 16, 2013

Patrick Henry--In person, Bill Young

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.

University of Richmond campus map:

Battersea Plantation

At the November meeting it was proposed that Battersea receive our collected preservation fund at the end of 2013. Here is a link to information regarding this historic site:

Meeting Notes: November 14, 2012

"The British Raids in Virginia, 1781," Bert Dunkerly

On January 1, 1781 all was quiet throughout modern-day Virginia in terms of Revolutionary War fighting. There were no British combat troops anywhere on Virginia soil, and Virginia’s primary war contributions were sending troops and war supplies to military campaigns in other states. However, everything changed in a matter of days with the first of three major British raids against Central Virginia.

Park Service historian Bert Dunkerly reviewed these three raids at ARRT-Richmond’s November 2012 meeting. Dunkerly has served as a ranger for approximately 14 years in a variety of Park Service locations and is currently on the staff at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He is the author of several books on the American Revolution and teaches history courses at the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Richmond. Dunkerly is also a member of ARRT-Richmond and serves as chairman of the organization’s preservation committee.

The first 1781 raid which Dunkerly described was led by none other than the infamous Benedict Arnold. After the British navy sailed up the James River and landed his 1,600 troops at Westover Plantation, Arnold marched his troops toward Richmond via Darbytown Road and Main Street.

Since most Virginia troops were fighting in other states, only small numbers of militia were available to defend Richmond. The Virginia militia made a brief defensive stand on Chimborazo Hill but retreated and abandoned the City after firing a few shots against the much larger British army. Governor Thomas Jefferson and most of Virginia’s other elected officials also fled the City and tried to move and/or destroy important records and supplies before they could fall into British hands.

On January 5, 1781 Arnold’s troops entered Richmond. For 24 hours the British destroyed a foundry, powder magazines, military stores, tobacco and other warehouses and various mills. They also broke into private homes and stole stocks of liquor, especially rum. In just 24 hours Arnold’s troops marched approximately 15 miles, fought a skirmish, tore up Richmond’s industries, stole from Richmond’s residents and got drunk. The next day the British navy took Arnold’s troops to Portsmouth where they made their winter quarters.

The second British raid of 1781 took place in April. Approximately 2,300 troops under the command of William Phillips landed at what is now Hopewell. They marched along what is today Route 36 toward Petersburg where on April 25 they fought with Virginia militia on the east side of the City who were under the overall command of Baron Frederick von Steuben. The militia defended well and gave ground gradually but they eventually retreated across the Appomattox River and left Petersburg to the British.

Phillips’ troops burned Petersburg’s tobacco and later pushed north toward Richmond, getting as close as Manchester. Slowing the British advance were troops under the command of the Marquis de Lafayette. After burning warehouses in Manchester the British returned to Petersburg where Phillips became very ill with a fever and died. His body is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Blandford Cemetery. 

While Phillips’ troops were raiding the Petersburg area, Lord Charles Cornwallis was moving his army from Wilmington, NC to Petersburg. The new, much larger British army overwhelmed Petersburg and then Richmond after crossing the James River near what is today the Civil War battlefield of Malvern Hill. The British continued their march northward into Hanover County and camped at what is today the Civil War battlefield of North Anna.

Cornwallis detached his cavalry under the command of Banastre Tarleton on a series of raids that went as far north as the Rappahannock River near The Wilderness and as far west as the Lynchburg area. Tarleton also raided Charlottesville where Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia General Assembly fled after evacuating Richmond. If not for the heroic 40-mile ride of Jack Jouett to warn Jefferson and the legislators of Tarleton’s plans, they would have been captured or killed. The elected officials escaped to Staunton but Tarleton’s cavalry seized over 3,000 muskets and considerable supplies of powder and shoes in the Charlottesville area.

After their raids to the north and west of Richmond the British returned to the Capital City. On June 21 they evacuated Richmond and marched toward Williamsburg, and later to Yorktown where they surrendered in October.

In closing, Dunkerly noted that school children in England and Canada who study the American Revolution are taught that the British lost the War as a result of the battles in America’s southern colonies. Certainly the year 1781 was a critical one for the Revolution and in the history of Virginia.

Dunkerly’s program was a substitute for the one originally planned by Tim McGrath on naval hero John Barry. Unfortunately McGrath’s New Jersey home was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and he was forced to cancel his trip to Richmond.

-Bill Seward

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Topic Change for ARRT-Richmond November 2012 Meeting

At our upcoming meeting on November 14, our scheduled speaker, Tim McGrath, was to present on naval hero John Barry. However, Hurricane Sandy had other plans, inflicting serious damage on John’s New Jersey home. Unfortunately, John is dealing with that issue and needed to cancel. 

Fortunately, Program VP Bruce Venter was able to recruit our own Bert Dunkerly to fill the void. Bert is a National Park Service ranger and author of a number of books on the American Revolution in the south. He will be speaking on “The British Raids in Virginia, 1781.” Bert recently made this well received presentation to the new Fredericksburg ARRT.  It covers our own back yard.  Thanks to Bert for coming to our rescue!

Tenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution, September 20-22, 2013

You may also wish to attend Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Seminar on the American Revolution. You must register for the Seminar directly with Fort Ticonderoga. Below is information on the Seminar:

Tenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution

September 20-22, 2013

Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Tenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution September 20-22, 2013, in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.
Over 100 participants—people with a deep interest in the American Revolution—join us each year for this weekend seminar. Leading authorities and new scholars on the period share their latest research in a series of presentations. The Seminar provides participants with an opportunity to listen to and interact with the presenters in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Participation is limited and is by pre-registration only.
2013 Speakers to date:

·   Alexander Cain, independent historian, on Loyalists in the Champlain Valley,
·   Stephen Case and Mark Jacob, authors, on Peggy Shippen.
·   Douglas Cubbison, author, on Burgoyne’s Saratoga Campaign 1777.
·   William Fowler, Northeastern University, on the “American Crisis” in 1782 & 1783.
·   Phil Mead, Harvard University, on Joseph Plumb Martin.
·   Benjamin Smith, Patriots of the American Revolution magazine, on following the Knox Trail.
·   Aaron Sullivan, Temple University, on the British occupation of Philadelphia 1777-78.
·   William J. Troppman, Valley Forge National Historical Park, on chaplains in the Revolution.
For more information go to:

Burgoyne's Campaign of 1777: The Early Stages, September 20, 2013

Burgoyne's Campaign of 1777: The Early Stages
September 20, 2013
Led by Douglas R. Cubbison
Ticonderoga, NY
Tour Registration Fee: $125.00
America’s History is proud to announce a new partnership with the Fort Ticonderoga Association whereby we’ll offer a one-day tour of the early stages of British Lt. Gen. John Burgoyne’s campaign of 1777. Led by noted author and historian, Doug Cubbison, we will visit many sites important to this campaign including Mount Defiance, Mount Hope, Burgoyne’s lines around Fort Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hubbardton battlefield and Skenesborough Harbor (present-day Whitehall.)
During the summer and fall of 1777 one of the great military campaigns of world history was fought in the dense forests and rolling fields of upstate New York and Vermont. John “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne led a combined force of some 9,000 British Redcoats, German hirelings, vengeful Tories and blood-thirsty Indians. This army descended from Canada, aiming to cut off the American middle colonies from their New England neighbors.
Burgoyne’s invasion was part of a three-pronged strategic plan to break the back of the rebellion. His army marched directly south through a near-impenetrable wilderness, attempting to reach its final objective: Albany. But American fortunes changed decisively on the west bank of the Hudson River near Saratoga. The surrender of Burgoyne’s army in October 1777 was more important to the Patriot cause than any other event during the American Revolution; this “turning point” arguably led to Yorktown four years later.
This America’s History tour will pick up Burgoyne’s invasion as his army arrives at Fort Ticonderoga, a great fortress overlooking Lake Champlain. We will start our tour atop Mount Defiance, getting a bird’s eye view of the Fort and Mount Independence, just as the British did. Outside the Fort we will visit Mount Hope and Burgoyne’s landing areas. We will walk the pristine battlefield at Hubbardton, where Americans courageously fought an unsuccessful rearguard action after they evacuated Fort Ticonderoga. We will also follow Burgoyne’s pursuit of the Americans who retreated to Skenesborough (now Whitehall, N.Y.) where the Patriots were soundly trounced by the oncoming Redcoats. We will return to Fort Ticonderoga in plenty of time for you to attend the opening session of Fort Ticonderoga’s American Revolution Seminar.

What’s included: Motor coach transportation, lunch, snack and beverage breaks, all admissions and gratuities, a map and materials package and the services of a professional historian selected for his knowledge and expertise.

Our Tour Leaders:
Douglas R. Cubbison is the author of three Revolutionary War books, including: Burgoyne and the Saratoga Campaign: His Papers, “The Artillery never gained more Honour”: The British Artillery in the 1776 Valcour Island and 1777 Saratoga Campaigns and The American Northern Theater Army in 1776: The Ruin and Reconstruction of the Continental Force and numerous articles on the Revolutionary War. He is a U.S. Army veteran and former historian with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a popular speaker at Fort Ticonderoga’s War College and Seminar on the American Revolution and an experienced leader of staff rides.

Dr. Bruce M. Venter, president of America’s History, LLC is an experienced tour leader of the Colonial and Revolutionary War period. His article, “Behind Enemy Lines: Americans Attack Burgoyne’s Supply Line” appeared in the May/June issue of Patriots of the American Revolution magazine.

Other important information: This tour is limited to one bus, so please register early. A minimum of 20 participants is needed to run the tour. This is a walking and field tour so wear comfortable shoes. The bus will leave the main parking lot of Fort Ticonderoga at 8 AM and return by 5 PM.

Further information and online registration available soon.

Register by phone: Toll-free: 1-855-OUR-HISTORY (687-4478) 


New J. L. Bell Study

J L. Bell, of the blog "Boston 1775," has a new study entitled "George Washington's Headquarters and Home--Cambridge, MA," a historic resource study dealing with Washington's occupancy from July, 1775 until April, 1776. It is available for reading or downloading at It is very long and very complete and touches on many different aspects.


A new American Revolution Round Table has been formed in Fredericksburg, VA under the leadership of Jim Davis. Our own Bert Dunkerly was their first speaker and his topic was "Benedict Arnold in Virginia."

Article on Gen. Horatio Gates

John Maass forwarded the following link to an article on General Horatio Gates:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

GRIVA's Annual Conference: October 20, 2012

The Genealogical Research of Virginia (GRIVA) is hosting its annual conference on Saturday, October 20, in Midlothian. Their guest speaker is Maureen Taylor, aka "The Photo Detective." Maureen is the author of the wonderful book The Last Muster: Images of the Revolutionary War GenerationTheir web site is

The regular cost of attendance for non-members is $55.  However, thanks to our member and GRIVA president Brent Morgan, they have arranged a special rate for ARRT-Richmond members who might wish to hear Maureen Taylor speak about her research.  The cost for ARRT members is $20 for the lecture only.  Of course, you’re most welcome to pay for and attend the entire day at the regular rate.  They would be happy to have you join them.

If you’re interested in this unique opportunity, please send your check for $20, payable to GRIVA, to:

Brent Morgan
9091 Pantego Lane
Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

They would appreciate your early preregistration for planning purposes.  You should plan to arrive between 9:00 and 9:30, with the program starting at 9:30.  Maureen will speak on “The Last Muster: Photographs and Stories from the American Revolution” at 9:45.  Any questions can be directed to Brent at

Philadelphia Tour Blog

Karen Chase recently toured Philadelphia with Bill Ochester, president of the local ARRT chapter. Here's a link to her blog and pictures:

And I can personally vouch for both the food and atmosphere at City Tavern. No visit to Philly is complete without at least one visit.

Friday, September 21, 2012

2013 Meeting Dates and Speakers Announced

For your advanced planning, the list of our 2013 meeting dates, speakers, and topics has been posted. Please click on the link at the top of the page.

Next Meeting: November 14, 2012

"John Barry: An American Naval Hero of the Revolutionary War," Tim McGrath

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.

University of Richmond campus map:

Meeting Notes: September 19, 2012

"From Cuckoo to Charlottesville: Jack Jouett's Ride," Rick Britton

Upstate (SC) Revolutionary War Weekend: October 5-7, 2012

To celebrate South Carolina’s vital role in the independence of our country, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, the Overmountain Victory Trail, and Walnut Grove Plantation are teaming up to present An Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend from Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7, 2012.

An Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend begins with the 20th Annual FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck, SC.  Relive America’s struggle for independence and be transported back to colonial days at this living history festival that features 200 reenactors and artisans who camp for the weekend and present military reenactments and dozens of demonstrations of colonial era crafts and trades.  FestiFall begins at 6:00pm on Friday, October 5, with a family-friendly lantern tour to the plantation’s cemetery past vignettes telling different stories of the Revolutionary period.  Lantern tours cost $5 per person.  The family fun continues from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, October 6, with the re-enactment of a Revolutionary War skirmish taking place at Noon and a general 18th century battle demonstration taking place at 2:00pm.  Admission to FestiFall on Saturday is $9 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, and free for ages 5 and under.

At 6:00pm on Saturday, October 6, the action moves to Cowpens National Battlefield near Chesnee, SC for “The Night before Kings Mountain.”  The Overmountain Victory Trail Association, which annually retraces the 330-mile march that patriot militia took from East Tennessee to join the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780, will present a special program about the events that took place in the days leading up to the battle.  Learn about the exploits of backcountry heroes such as John Sevier, Isaac Shelby, and Benjamin Cleveland.  “The Night before Kings Mountain” is a free program.

Then, to wrap up An Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend, Kings Mountain National Military Park in Blacksburg, SC, will present a day of activities and commemorative events on Sunday, October 7, to mark the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain.  Considered by many to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War in the South, a commemorative wreath laying ceremony will be held at 11:00am.  Overmountain Victory Trail Marchers will arrive at 3:00pm followed by a keynote address.  A variety of activities will be held throughout the day, including musket and rifle demonstrations along with children's militia drills.  All activities at Kings Mountain are free.

For more information about any of the activities during An Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend, visit or contact Zac Cunningham at 864-576-6546 or

"Women Who Risked Their Necks: Backcountry Women in the American Revolution," September 27, 2012

Jonathan Riner, Cowpens National Battlefield, is formally inviting our members to be their honored guests September 27, 2012 from 7-8pm at Cowpens National Battlefield. Dr. Melissa Walker, a very talented local professional and scholar, is leading a one-hour program titled, "Women Who Risked their Necks: Backcountry Women in the American Revolution."

Their intent is to develop and provide free scholar-led programs in a comfortable environment for communities like ours, and to promote good will and reward for exceptional service and civic organizations. There is no charge for this event. 

Feel free to contact Jonathan Riner directly. and 864-461-2828

Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution's Conference on Light Horse Harry Lee: April 26-28, 2013

Mark your calendars now for this upcoming conference in Charlotte, NC. Details will follow.

Annual Francis Marion Symposium: October 12-13, 2012

You're invited to register & participate in the October 12-13, 2012 Symposium:

Francis Marion and the Southern Campaign

Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and the significance of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Gen. Francis Marion played a major role in the American Revolution. Many of these engagements took place in the Clarendon County area. According to Professor Henry Lumpkin about a third of all battles were fought in SC and Marion had a hand in roughly a third of those.

Proposed agenda:
Carl Borick: SC Patriots as Prisoners of War Patriot Prisoners who Fought with Marion
Dick Watkins: Land Genealogy 102: “Mounts” on the Coastal Plain: Revolutionary War-era plantations along the Congaree and Santee Rivers
David Reuwer: Myth-busting: Fact & Fiction Southern Campaign
Doug MacIntyre: The Battle of Sullivan’s Island: Thomson, Marion & Moultrie
Christine Swager: A Vicious Militia: This is Southern Hospitality?
Bryan Brown & Ricky Roberts: “Every Insult and Indignity: the Life, Genius and Legacy of Major Patrick Ferguson” and Ferguson rifle with Demo
Col. Scott Aiken: Marion’s Partisan Campaign – Irregular Warfare
Karen MacNutt: Eyes and Ears of the Army with Marion
Mike Coker: Prisoners, Patriots & the Provost with Isaac Hayne
Our Historian: Joe Stukes as Light Horse Harry Lee

The site for the Symposium is the DuBose Campus, CCT College, Sign-in will be at 2 pm on Friday, October 12.

Explore the Southern Campaign with General Francis Marion, the vital South Carolina campaigns led by General Francis Marion (“The Swamp Fox”) and other Revolutionary War heroes. The Swamp Fox Murals Society will host this two-day gathering of Marion enthusiasts. Historical presentations and discussions are on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning & afternoon, plus a Friday evening dinner and a Saturday “Evening in History” dinner theater; and the registration fee includes all through the Saturday dinner finale.

Discounts for early registration before September 19, 2012 and for couples.
Site: DuBose Campus / Central Carolina Tech College, Manning, SC
(located just off I-95 (Exit 122) on US 521, 1/2 mile East of I-95).
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society, PO Box 667, Manning, SC 29102
Details & registration form are posted:

2012 Revolutionary War Lecture Series


YORKTOWN, Va., August 2012 – History professors and authors Fred Anderson of the University of Colorado, Abner (Woody) Linwood Holton III of the University of Richmond and John Tilley of East Carolina University will join Yorktown Victory Center Senior Curator Sarah Meschutt in presenting this year’s Revolutionary War lecture series on Saturday evenings, September 22 and 29 and October 6 and 27, at the Yorktown Victory Center’s Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Theater.

The free public 7 p.m. lectures are supported with private donations, including a grant from Dominion Resources for the Anderson lecture. Advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or e-mailing The Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, is located at State Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway.

Sarah Meschutt starts the series on September 22 with “Patriots Claim a New Destiny; Loyalists Defend Their Heritage in the United States of America.” Framing the American Revolution as a watershed period that shaped lives in new ways and offered immense opportunities for those with powerful networking skills and ingenuity, Dr. Meschutt explores the causes for which Loyalists and Patriots fought and died and their lives in the aftermath of the war.

On September 29, Fred Anderson presents “‘Like the peace of God, it passeth all understanding’: The Peace of Paris (1763) and the Unforeseeable American Revolution.” Looking through the prism of a futurist novel published in 1763 that envisions ongoing 19th- and 20th-century wars with France, and later Russia, along with a slow decline of British power, Dr. Anderson explains why, at what is often understood as the dawn of the Revolutionary era, even the most pessimistic of English political writers assumed that the future of the North American colonies would be distinguished by perpetual peace and loyalty to the empire.

John Tilley will speak October 6 on the “Battle of the Capes,” which was critical to Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown in 1781 and the collapse of the British commitment to the war. Dr. Tilley will explore factors that impacted the battle, including personal relationships between key British commanders and communications problems that helped force Cornwallis’ surrender.

The series concludes October 27 with “Origins of the Constitution,” presented by Woody Holton. Drawing from his book “Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution,” Dr. Holton finds present-day parallels in the crisis that led to the U.S. Constitution, pointing out that a deepening recession, skittish investors, an insurmountable federal debt, anti-tax protests and falling real estate values were the very challenges that led to the ratification of the Constitution 224 years ago.

Fred Anderson’s (September 29) extensive writings about the Seven Years’ War include the books “The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War” (2005) and “Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766” (2000). He is co-author, with Andrew Cayton, of “The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America,” 1500-2000 (2005). Dr. Anderson earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has worked since 1983 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is Professor of Distinction and Director of Honors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Woody Holton’s (October 27) “Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution” (2007), was a finalist for the National Book Award. A two-time winner of the Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction, Dr. Holton also is author of “Abigail Adams” (2009), winner of the Bancroft Prize, and “Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves, and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia” (1999). Dr. Holton received a Ph.D. from Duke University and is professor of history and American Studies at the University of Richmond.

Sarah Meschutt (September 22) has worked as senior curator at the Yorktown Victory Center since 2008, with a key role in planning new permanent gallery exhibits. She previously was chief curator of art collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, consulting curator for the collections at Kykuit House in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., and keeper of edged weapons at the Royal Armouries Museum, H.M. Tower of London She has a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

John Tilley (October 6) is author of “The British Navy and the American Revolution” (1985) and “The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary: A History” (1992). He joined the faculty of East Carolina University, where he is associate professor of history, in 1983. He previously was assistant curator of collections at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News and earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

The Yorktown Victory Center chronicles the American Revolution, from colonial unrest to the formation of the new nation, through gallery exhibits and historical interpretation at re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. Under the administration of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a Virginia state agency, the museum is undergoing a transformation with a new facility and expanded exhibits and will be known at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown when the project is complete. The Yorktown Victory Center remains open to visitors daily while work is under way. For more information, visit or call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.

LibraryThing Has Catalogued the Libraries of Nineteen Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Did you know that in addition to the libraries of more than 1.5 million members from around the world, LibraryThing is also home to the libraries of (so far) 19 Signers of the Declaration of Independence? The Legacy Libraries project started with a Signer (Thomas Jefferson), and they've continued to add to their “collection” over the past few years. You can see the status and source notes they've found so far for all 56 Signers.

For more information:

Waterways Heritage Festival, October 13-14, 2012

Enjoy two days of cultural heritage, fine arts, and music in Great Bridge Lock Park, located on the Intracoastal Waterways.  Visit the many guilds and learn firsthand how things are made! 

Exhibitors and vendors from throughout the Commonwealth will display and sell their unique crafts ranging from: weaving, woodworking, basket-making, pottery, quilters, gardening, photography, silversmith jewelry artistry, glass blowing, sheep-shearing, and more.   Local musicians will be featured throughout the weekend, and a variety of food vendors will be present. There will also be a historic Batteau (a flat boat used during colonial times for transport) on display at the Waterways Heritage Festival.

For more information:

Second Annual Conference on the American Revolution: March 22-24, 2013

America’s History, LLC
2nd Annual Conference on the American Revolution
March 22-24, 2013
Williamsburg, Virginia

 Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty: "Revolutionary Rivals: Horatio Gates and George Washington"
Douglas Cubbison: “Man on a Mission: John Burgoyne and the Campaign of 1777”
 Joshua Howard: “The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion, Revolutionary War Hero of South Carolina”
James Kirby Martin: “Benedict Arnold: Revolutionary America’s Heroic General”
Andrew O’Shaughnessy: “Fighting with Friends and Enemies Simultaneously: Sir Henry Clinton”
Jim Piecuch: “Frustrated Ambitions: “Light Horse Harry Lee's Conflicts On and Off the Battlefield"
John V. Quarstein: “Closing the Door on Cornwallis: The Battle of the Capes September 1781”
Glenn F. Williams: “Lord Dunmore’s War: Training Ground for Continental Officers”

Two Panel Discussions:
 “The Best and Worst Military Commanders of the Revolutionary War” and
“A Revolutionary War Bookshelf: What You Should Own and What Books will be Published Soon”

Optional Friday Bus Tour to Petersburg, Green Spring and Spencer’s Ordinary (includes lunch) led by William Welsch
 Conference Package includes lunch, two continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks:  $225
Friday Bus Tour (not included in Conference Package): $95
For more information:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We need your suggestions!

As you are aware, we have been collecting donations at our meetings this year to go towards a preservation effort. At this point, the Board would like to graciously solicit your suggestions for the recipient of this year's donation. Is there a particular group or site you would like to see receive our donation? Would you rather have the Board decide? Whatever your idea, we would appreciate it if you would contact us with it.

You may submit your suggestion by (1) responding to this post, (2) emailing them to, or (3) emailing them to Bill Welsch.

Going forward, we will have a procedure in place for determining each year's recipient but, as we intend to make our donation around the first of the year, we would like your suggestions now. Thank you!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Revolutionary War Genealogy Research

Brent Morgan has graciously contributed the following information:

Tools for Researching Your Revolutionary War Veteran

Revolutionary War Research - A Selected Bibliography

The Microfilms

M860 General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. 58 Rolls, RG (Record Group) 93. DP. (This indicates that the National Archives has published a Descriptive Pamphlet on this. DPs are available free from NARA.  DPs are also online). You may be able to find your Patriot through

M881 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. RG 93. DP available. 1096 Rolls. Items bookmarked as to source.

M879. Naval. Index to Compiled Service Records of American Naval Personnel. 1 Roll. DP.  RG 93.

M880 Compiled Service Records of American Naval Personnel and Members of the Departments of the Quartermaster General and the Commissary General of Military Stores Who Served During the Revolutionary War. RG 93. DP. 4 Rolls.

M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900.  2670 Rolls. RG 15. DP. Alphabetical order. Letters written to the pension bureau and the bureau's reply. Most help from a genealogical point.
M805. Selected Records Revolutionary War Pensions.     


White, Virgil D., abstractor, Genealogical abstracts of Revolutionary War pension files / National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, IN. 1990-1992

White, Virgil D., transcriber, Index to Revolutionary War service records Four volumes. National Historical Publishing Company. Waynesboro, TN. 1995.

Schweitzer, George. Revolutionary War Genealogy. A good how to book with an extensive bibliography. Knoxville, TN. The Author. 1987.

Index of Revolutionary War pension applications in the National Archives.
AKA Hoyt's Index. National Genealogical Society, 1976. .

Dagner, Deidre, Bible, family & marriage records gleaned from pension applications / originally compiled & published by Helen M. Lu, Gwen B. Neumann. Dallas, TX. 1980.

The DAR Patriot Index. Daughters of the American Revolution. The Society. Washington, D. C. 2003
Taylor, Maureen and David Allen Lambert The Last Muster, KSU Press, 2010.

SAR Patriot Index - Edition III Progeny Publishing, Buffalo, New York.   CD format.

The Internet  good online source. Complete set Rev War pension files. Number one recommendation.  Daughters of the American Revolution. Request a free patriot lookup. A response will be emailed.  New GRS system is great.  The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Patriot Graves database online.  You can print the form to order a record copy.  Children of the American Revolution  The National Archives of the United States.  Southern campaign.  Transcribed pension files. American Revolutionary War Soldiers and Their Descendants.  The Global Gazetteer of the American Revolution.

Heritage Quest Online. Revolutionary War pension files and bounty land applications. Ancestry can be searched at home or at a library. The Library of Congress Website. Library of Congress is the creator of NUCMC.  Type in "Revolutionary War" and it will bring up over 500 hits. George Washington Papers include his expense account. Spy letters of the American Revolution. Clements Library. Women in the American Revolution.
Capt. Barbara A. Wilson, USAF, retired. The David Library of the American Revolution. Washington Crossing, PA.   Extensive holdings.   Numerous links.  The Library of Virginia.  Extensive online stuff. The Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.  NEHGS (HISGEN) New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Great if you have New England ancestry.

The following link is for a mail list where you can ask questions.
1776-L@rootsweb/com Send email to subscribe with  adding-L or –D (Digest mode) before the  @. EBay. View and bid on Books, maps, miniatures, artifacts, etc..  Colored Patriots of the American Revolution by William C. Nell.  Funded by NEH.

BBC website with the British viewpoint.

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