Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Link to "Common-Place"

Here’s a link to the current issue of Common-Place. Although not all revolutionary, there are always a few articles specific to our interest, as well as others.

SCAR Calendar

The SCAR calendar remains the best source of events of a revolutionary nature. Thanks, Charles.

The Yorktown Victory Center's Fall Lecture Series


YORKTOWN, Va., July 23, 2013 – The Yorktown Victory Center’s Revolutionary War lecture series returns this year with guest scholars speaking at 7 p.m. Saturdays, September 14 and 28 and October 5, in the museum’s Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Theater.

James C. Kelly, chief of Museum Programs for the U.S. Army Center of Military History, will present “To, Through, and Beyond Virginia” on September 14.  He will address the paradox that Virginia was the largest destination for voluntary and involuntary immigrants to colonial North America and the largest source of emigrants to the west in the early republic.  Prior to joining the Center of Military History, which operates 62 museums at military installations in the United States, Germany and South Korea, Dr. Kelly was director of museums for the Virginia Historical Society, where he was co-curator and co-author of Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement.

Holger Hoock, the J. Carroll Amundson Professor of British History at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “‘The Tyranny of the People’: A Loyalist Perspective on the American Revolution” on September 28.  The lecture will explore the role of violence in the treatment of Loyalists and in the stories they told of the Revolution and will conclude with an outlook on how they were re-integrated in the new American nation after 1783.  Dr. Hoock is author of Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750-1850 and previously taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Liverpool, where he founded and directed the Eighteenth-Century Worlds interdisciplinary research center.

The series concludes October 5 with Carolyn J. Weekley presenting “Painters and Paintings in the Early American South: 1735-1800,” a survey of painters and their customers, in this case Southern clients, who commissioned various sorts of paintings, but mostly portraits, from about 1735 to the end of the century.  Ms. Weekley is Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Juli Grainger Curator Emerita.  She curated “Painters and Paintings in the Early American South” currently at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and is author of a recently published book by the same name. 
Admission to the lectures is free, and advance reservations are recommended by calling (757) 253-4572 or e-mailing  The series is supported with private donations to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc.

The Yorktown Victory Center, located at Route 1020 and the Colonial Parkway, 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 as 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.

U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum Tour, October 16, 2013

Please mark your calendar. Laura Baghetti, who spoke at our last meeting, will host a behind the scenes tour for ARRT-Richmond members at the U. S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee on Wednesday, October 16, from 10 AM until noon.  Their site is  This visit will be limited to dues paying ARRT-Richmond members only. Details will follow as we get closer. Given budgetary issues, we were unable to schedule this on a weekend. Thanks, Laura!

11th Francis Marion Symposium, October 18-19, 2013

You're invited to register & participate in the October 18-19, 2013 Francis Marion Symposium:

Francis Marion and the Southern Campaign 

(Here's your registration form, print 1st page of this or copy & paste, or print form linked at )  Print, Fill in & send in to register in next 30 days for the discounts.

Registration Form: 11th Francis Marion Symposium, October 18-19, 2013

Name ______________________



State, Zip___________________



Price $95.00 ($175 / couple) (Early bird $90/165 by Sept17)

Mail to:
c/o C. Hester
11th Francis MarionSymposium
PO Box667
Manning, SC29102 Info: 803-478-2645;


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.      

Proposed agenda:   

Ricky Roberts:  Marion’s Bridges Campaign with McCottry Riflemen
Steve Smith:  Marion along the PeeDee River
Christine Swager: Winning in the Back-country of  Southern Campaign   
Dusty Owens:  The Role of Marion’s Subordinate Commanders in Marion’s early success 
Dave Neilan:
 Marion & The Trials and Tribulations of Peter Horry
Will Graves: "Rest of the story" -the corrected version on James Williams

Karen MacNutt: Marion in Georgetown
Jack Bachanan: “ I have not the Honor of your Acquaintance but am no Stranger to your Character and merit.”
Charles Baxley & Panel:   Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War
Dinner Theater: Intro: Christine Swager  and Joe Stukes as Marquis d’ Lafayette

We'll share a special display of Marion owned or related items.

If you know of someone who has either an item that belonged to Marion or an item used in SC during the Rev war, please send a picture and history of it; a selection of such items will be displayed.  The site of Symposium is the DuBose Campus, CCT College, Manning, SC.

More details:, 803-478-2645 or   

Francis Marion Advocates: Pushing back the frontier of ignorance.
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society: New “Clarendon County Tour” history tour App
PO Box 667, Manning, SC 29102
803-478-2645, cells: 803-460-9626,  803-460-7416  Plan now for: Oct 18-19, 2013 : Living History Encampment: Feb 21-22, 2014   Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah! - Events & Sales

NYC Workers Find Revolutionary War Artifacts

ARRT-DC Meeting: September 4, 2013

See:   for more information on the ARRT-DC.

Those who live in, or may be planning to visit, the Washington, DC, area are cordially invited to join us for the next meeting of the American Revolution Round Table of the District of Columbia on Wednesday, 4 September 20013. 

"As great a piece of Generalship as ever was performed: Reinterpretation of the Battle of Princeton, 3 January 1777."

The 4 September 2013 program "As great a piece of Generalship as ever was performed: Reinterpretation of the Battle of Princeton, 3 January 1777." will be presented by Wade P. Catts. This illustrated lecture will present new information and in some cases, reinterpretation, of the battle of Princeton. The culminating battle of the "Ten Crucial Days," Princeton was a remarkable military maneuver that had far-reaching results for the American cause, and a major setback for the Crown. Undertaken by the Princeton Battlefield Society and funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program, the recently completed study utilizes historical records, maps, topography, GIS, and archeology to examine the battlefield.

Wade P. Catts is Associate Director of Cultural Resources with John Milner Associates, Inc., an historic preservation consulting firm based in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Mr. Catts served on the Princeton project team as an historical archeologist. He has worked on a number of Revolutionary War sites, including Cooch's Bridge, Fish Creek (Saratoga), Short Hills, Raritan Landing, Brandywine, Paoli, the Battle of the Clouds, Valley Forge, and the site of the Continental Powder Works on French Creek. He holds a graduate degree in American History from the University of Delaware.

Looking ahead, our November program will feature Don N. Hagist, author of "British Soldiers, American War:: Voices of the American Revolution, 1775-1781"

EDITORIAL on the September Program:

Fought on January 3, 1777, the climax of the “ten crucial days” that saved our American Revolution, Princeton represented a victory that gave new life to the Continental Army as it battled for our independence.  Unfortunately, the most historically significant part of the battlefield is in danger of being lost to modern development.  The scene of Washington’s counter-attack, the climax of the “ten crucial days” that saved American independence, is outside the boundary of the state park that commemorates the event.  The Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), which owns the property, has plans for a project that would build family housing for its faculty on this irreplaceable cultural resource.  In the past, IAS generously donated acreage to the state of New Jersey to expand the adjacent historical park, while it retained ownership of this significant parcel.  It had always been hoped the Institute would act as a responsible steward of that part of the battlefield which falls outside the park boundaries – possibly with a voluntary legal agreement such as a Historic Preservation Easement.  That appears to not be IAS’s intent.

As many of you know, I am involved with the Princeton Battlefield Society in its attempt to preserve what the National Trust for Historic Preservation recently named one of “America’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places.”  Such a battle requires public support and legal action to preserve the site of one of the most important turning point events in our nation’s history.  I do not usually make requests of this nature, but I hope you will consider joining me as a member of the Princeton Battlefield Society, and/ or contributing to the legal fund to save the battlefield.  Please see: for ways you can help.  Thank you.


The ARRT of DC meets at the Fort Myer (Arlington, VA) Officers Club on the first Wednesday of September, November, March and May, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information on attending the program, or the ARRT of DC in general, go to our web page at; OR, send me an e-mail off-list to; or call: (703) 360-9712; or write: ARRT DC, PO Box 137, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.