Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Battle of Brandywine in Four Minutes

The Battle of Brandywine in 4 Minutes, with Tom McGuire, from Campaign 1776.

"American Revolutions: A Continental History," Alan Taylor, October 5, 2016

On October 5, Alan Taylor will speak at the University of Richmond on “American Revolutions: A Continental History,” the subject of his new book.  This is a Society of Cincinnati Lecture.  Check here.

Site of Revolutionary War Battlefield Located

Thanks to Bruce Venter for the following:

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) _ Historians say they've found the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Grays Hill on the South Carolina coast.

There's a roadside marker on U.S. 21 north of Beaufort generally describing the battle, but The Beaufort Gazette reports ( ) the exact site of the 1779 encounter was only recently discovered.

During the battle, continental regulars, South Carolina militia and volunteers turned back a British attempt to capture nearby Port Royal.

Historians Daniel Battle and John Allison found the site using metal detectors. The location won't be revealed until the property can be purchased. The battlefield spans 12 acres and is owned by three property owners. The historians will present their findings and artifacts during a talk in Beaufort in October.

Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

The Road to Yorktown, John Maass, September 28, 2016

When Polegreen Church was formed in the mid-18th Century, revolution was in the air. And the next speaker in our popular lecture series, Dr. John Maass, will join us September 28 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. to explore the drama that unfolded.

To be held at the University of Richmond's Jepson Hall, Dr. Maass' presentation will explore the British invasion of Central Virginia in the campaign leading up to the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781.

A military historian with broad experience, Dr. Maass will have copies of his latest book -- The Road to Yorktown: Jefferson, Lafayette and the British Invasion of Virginia -- available for signings.

Admission is free, and the event will be held in Lecture Hall 120 - just inside the main entrance to UR's Jepson Hall School of Leadership Studies (not the Alumni Center).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"The Swamp Fox Rides Again," October 27-30, 2016

Lynne and Bruce Venter, America's History LLC, presents "The Swamp Fox Rides Again,” led by our friend Charles Baxley from October 27 - 30, 2016. 

For more information:

14th Annual Francis Marion Symposium, October 21-22, 2016

Save the date & plan to come, register within the month for the early-bird discount. Please share with those interested. We’ve planned the presenters and two dinner theaters.

14th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium  -  Oct 21-22, 2016, Manning, SC
Explore the Revolutionary War Southern Campaign with General Francis Marion.
Immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world and the and the significance of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.

Francis Marion and the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, topics to be included:

Agenda is in-progress, & starts about 2:00 on Friday, Oct  21
Includes presentations & Friday dinner theater & Saturday dinner theater:
Mike C: Marion & Fort Fair Lawn
John O: "A patriot (but not ‘The Patriot')“
Randell J: Routes to what became the Battle of Kings Mountain
Larry B: The Bullets They Fired
Bill S:  SC Churches burned during the American Revolution
John A:  The Battle of Shubrick's Plantation, Marion & Sumter Fight Together for the Last Time
Steven S:   Col. Hezekiah Maham, The Soldier
Steve S: “New Interpretations of the Siege of Fort Motte”
Mark M: Folksinger/Songwriter/Guitarist, with Rev. War songs
Janet D & Bob M: A one-act play:  “Bloody Ribbons ... The Women …”

Site: FE DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College, I-95, Exit 122, Manning, SC
- Register Soon.
(Lectures, reception, lunch & dinner theater)  Price: $ 95     ($175 / couple)
(Early bird $90/$165 by Sept 19)  Registration closes 10/14/16
The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society is a 501(c)(3), non-profit.

Latest details at

Interview with Mark Lender

Visit the Mount Vernon website for an interview with our own Mark Lender about his new book Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, the new Monmouth standard.  Mark and Garry’s book has been nominated for the George Washington Award.  Congratulations!

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Tours

We’ve arranged two tours of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, our 2016 Preservation Partner.  The first will be Saturday, October 22, at 10:30.  The second will occur in conjunction with the WYARRT November conference.  Details will be available at our September meeting.

Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution Symposium, November 11-13, 2016

The Williamsburg/Yorktown ARRT will be holding a Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution Symposium in Yorktown from November 11-13, 2016. Below is information that outlines the speakers, the tentative schedule, and a sign-up form in case you want to participate. Also, please spread the word about the symposium to others who may be interested.  Space is limited so sign up today!  If you have any questions, please contact the WYARRT President, Jeff Lambert, at
Friday November 11, 2016:
Evening reception at Watermens' Museum Yorktown for Fellowship (7 PM)  
Saturday Nov 12, 2016:
Symposium at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (8 AM ~ 5 PM)  

Pre-Declaration of Independence and First Blood:
Colonial Provincial Governments        
Governor Dunmore's Proclamation (Nov 75) 
First Siege of Ninety-Six, SC (Nov 75) Great Bridge, VA (Dec 75), Great Cane Break, SC (Dec 75) , Moores Bridge (Feb 76) Yamacraw Bluff (Rice Boats), GA (Mar76), Sullivan's Island, SC (Jun 76)  
1778-1779 ~ British Transition to Southern Theater:
Fall of Savannah, GA (Dec 78)         
Kettle Creek, GA (Feb79)  
Siege of Savannah, GA (Sept-Oct 79)                   
1780 ~ Civil War Erupts:  
Fall of Charleston, SC (Apr-May 80) 
Clinton Proclamation (June) Formation of Partisans and Loyalist 
Waxhaws + Williamson Plantation (Huck's Defeat) = Civil War  
Camden, SC (Aug) 
King's Mountain, SC (Oct)               
1781 ~ World Turned Upside Down....:
Cowpen's, SC  (Jan)  
"Race to the Dan" NC & VA (Jan-Feb)    
Guilford Courthouse, NC (Mar) 
Hobkirk's Hill, SC (Apr) 
Eutaw Springs, SC   (Sept) 
Siege of Yorktown, VA (Sept-Oct)  
1782  ~ Epilogue        
 Sunday November 13, 2016:
  Tour of Yorktown Battlefield from behind the Siege Line ~ NPS  

John Buchannan, Historian, Road to Guilford Courthouse 
Carl Borick, Director, Charleston Museum, Author, A Gallant Defense /  Relieve US of This Burthen     
Bert Dunkerly ~ NPS 
Jason Baum ~ NPS 
Olivia Williams Black~ NPS 
Ginny Fowler ~ NPS 
Tyler Smith ~ NPS 
David P. Reuwer ~ President American Revolution Association 
Charles Baxley ~ President Southern Campaign of the American Revolution (SCAR)  and others.....   
Symposium will include
 Tours of the: 
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown by Peter Armstrong Dir Museum Operations 
Yorktown Battlefield by Kym Hall, Supervisor Colonial National Historical Park NPS     
Reception Friday evening at: 
The Watermen's Museum waterside Carriage House              
Lodging is available 
This classic family-run hotel is across the street from Yorktown Beach. Between the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (2.6 miles) and the Yorktown Battlefield (1 mile) Address: 508 Water St, Yorktown, VA 23690 Phone: (757) 898-3232 Website:   
Seating is limited ~ first come first served   
Name: ______________________________________________________  
Send check for $125 per person made out to:  
Williamsburg-Yorktown American Revolution Round Table (W-Y ARRT) 412 West Francis Street Williamsburg, VA 23185   
Southern Campaigns 1775-1782 November 11-13, 2016 
 Book Signings 
John "Jack" Buchanan  ~The Road to Guilford Courthouse  
Carl Borick     ~A Gallant Defense - The Siege of Charleston, 1780     ~Relieve Us of This Burthen -American Prisoners of War         in the Revolutionary South 1780-1782  
Robert "Bert" Dunkerly  ~The Battle of Kings Mountain: Eyewitness Accounts   

"George Washington's Secret Spy War," John Nagy

George Washington’s Secret Spy War is the untold story of how George Washington took a disorderly, ill-equipped rabble and defeated the best trained and best equipped army of its day in the Revolutionary War. Using George Washington’s diary as the primary source, author John A. Nagy reveals a surprising chapter in George Washington's life, one spent steeped in espionage. Before passing away in 2016, Nagy had become the nation’s leading expert on the subject, discovering hundreds of spies who went behind enemy lines to gather intelligence during the American Revolution, many of whom are completely unknown to most historians. George Washington's Secret Spy War will be published September 20th from St. Martin's Press.