Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

May 18 Meeting Details

Yes, we are returning to the University of Richmond!  This is an in-person meeting and will not be zoomed.

BUT PLEASE NOTE:

The university will be renovating the Heilman Dining Center during the summer.  So we will have dinner (beginning at 5:30) in the regular dining area, not in the Westhampton room.  Look for tables marked reserved for ARRT-Richmond.

At 6:30, we will move to the Gottwald Center for the Sciences, adjacent to Heilman.  We will meet on the lower level.

If you can't join us for dinner, then join us at 6:30 for the meeting.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Next Meeting: May 18, 2022


Please join us at our next meeting on May 18, 2022 at the University of Richmond. Al Zambone will present "Daniel Morgan, A Revolutionary Life."

Yes, you read that correctly--We are returning to the University of Richmond!

Meetings are held in the Westhampton Room, Heilman Dining Center (dining hall--building 410 on the campus map), University of Richmond, at 6:30 p.m. with dinner available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m.

University of Richmond campus map: 
http://www.richmond.edu/visit/maps/print/campus.pdf



[The following is from amazon.com]

On January 17, 17
81, at Cowpens, South Carolina, the notorious British cavalry officer Banastre Tarleton and his legion had been destroyed along with the cream of Lord Cornwallis’s troops. The man who planned and executed this stunning American victory was Daniel Morgan. Once a barely literate backcountry laborer, Morgan now stood at the pinnacle of American martial success.

Born in New Jersey in 1736, he left home at seventeen and found himself in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. There he worked in mills and as a teamster, and was recruited for Braddock’s disas­trous expedition to take Fort Duquesne from the French in 1755. When George Washington called for troops to join him at the siege of Boston in 1775, Morgan organized a select group of riflemen and headed north. From that moment on, Morgan’s presence made an immediate impact on the battlefield and on his superiors. Washington soon recognized Morgan’s leadership and tactical abilities. When Morgan’s troops blocked the British retreat at Saratoga in 1777, ensuring an American victory, he received accolades from across the colonies.

In Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life, the first biogra­phy of this iconic figure in forty years, historian Albert Louis Zambone presents Morgan as the quintessential American everyman, who rose through his own dogged determination from poverty and obscurity to become one of the great battlefield commanders in American history. Using social history and other advances in the discipline that had not been available to earlier biographers, the author provides an engrossing portrait of this storied per­sonality of America’s founding era—a common man in uncommon times. 

Please plan on joining us!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Meeting Notes: March 16, 2022

"The Battle of Paoli," Jim Christ


The March 16, 2022 Meeting was held at Glen Allen - Henrico County Public Library and featured a presentation by Jim Christ entitled "The Battle of Paoli." Jim is the President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, Vice President of both the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia, and the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table.

Christ's presentation on the battle was well received by the members present as he explained the events on the night of September 20, 1777, in the area surrounding present-day Malvern, Pennsylvania, and was one in a series of American Revolutionary War conflicts, that became known as the Philadelphia Campaign. That campaign was initiated by the British to gain control of Philadelphia, then the seat of the Second Continental Congress.

Christ spoke about the commanders on both sides and the plans they made--especially the expectations of American Brigadier General Anthony Wayne and British General Sir William Howe, as Commander-in-Chief, North America.

On September 11, 1777, Wayne had commanded the Pennsylvania Line at the Battle of Brandywine, where they held off General Wilhelm von Knyphausen who commanded Hessian auxiliaries on behalf of Great Britain. Wayne was ordered to retreat ending the battle. He was then ordered to harass the British rear to slow Howe's advance towards Pennsylvania. Christ then discussed the Paoli attack itself and the role of Major General Charles Grey who led around 2,000 men into the Great Valley to surprise over 2,000 of Wayne's men and 2,100 Maryland Militia under General William Smallwood. Grey became known as "No-flint Grey" for ordering his men to extract the flints from their muskets during the nighttime surprise approach and to fight with bayonets only. While there were relatively few American casualties, claims were made that the British took no prisoners and granted no quarter, and the engagement became known as the "Paoli Massacre" and “Remember Paoli” became America’s first battle cry. As historian and author Robert M. Dunkerly observed in his January 19, 2022, presentation to the Roundtable "Decision at Brandywine: The Battle on Birmingham Hill," eighteenth-century combat was brutal and random in its violence. Wayne's own reputation was tarnished by the American losses at Paoli, and he demanded a formal inquiry to clear his battlefield decisions. Christ explained the aftermath of the fighting and spent considerable time on the court martial of Wayne, which Wayne himself had demanded and eventually resulted in his exoneration.

The ninth bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War left Philadelphia open to British occupation. The British captured Philadelphia two weeks later on September 26, resulting in the city falling under British control for nine months, until June of 1778.

Howe resigned during the occupation of Philadelphia and was replaced by his second-in-command, General Sir Henry Clinton. Although Wayne's reputation suffered due to his defeat in the Battle of Paoli, he later earned praise for leadership successes before the end of the war.

--Fred Sorrell

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Next Meeting: March 16, 2022

NOTE THAT THE MASK REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN RESCINDED 


"The Battle of Paoli," Jim Christ

Join us in welcoming Jim Christ to our next meeting. We're glad to finally have Jim visit after a previous pandemic cancellation. He will be speaking on the Battle of Paoli.  Was it a battle or a massacre? 

Jim is the president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund and is also vice- president of the ARRT of Philadelphia. In his non-history life, Jim is Director of Client Services at Shelby Financial Corporation. Jim will be traveling from Pennsylvania to join us.
 
Please note that this meeting will be held at the Glen Allen Branch of the Henrico County Public Library, not the Gayton Branch where we've held our last two meetings.  That room was unavailable. Start time is 6:30 p.m.

Glen Allen - Henrico County Public Library
10501 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060



THIS IS NOT A ZOOM MEETING.  IN PERSON ONLY.

PLEASE COME OUT AND JOIN US.

Updated "Revolutionary Richmond" Brochures Now Available

Given the success of the first printing and distribution of ARRT-Richmond's "Revolutionary Richmond" brochure and the generosity of our members and friends, a second edition printing of the brochure has moved forward. With price increases looming, the lead time for future paper supplies in question and the brochure's popularity, the Board decided to order 7,000 brochures for the second printing, which have now arrived. The brochure maps and describes sites and events significant to the American War of Independence from Britain in and around Richmond, Virginia. The brochures will again be distributed at Richmond International Airport, popular sightseeing venues and hotels in the Richmond area and at national American Revolution conferences.


Contact person to request copies is Bill Welsch at wmwelsch@comcast.net

Saturday, December 11, 2021

2022 Calendar Now Available

The dates for our 2022 meetings are now listed under the Meetings tab above. Speakers and topics will be posted as they are received.

2022 Dues Information

We will begin collecting 2022 dues at our January 19, 2022 meeting. Dues will remain at $20.00 per annum with $5.00 of that going towards preservation.

For more information, click on the Dues tab above.