Image courtesy of Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Role of African-Americans in the Regiments of the Continental Army, February 6, 2020

On February 6, 2020, the Williamsburg-Yorktown American Revolution Round Table will present John U. Rees speaking on the role of African-Americans in the regiments of the Continental Army. The talk will be held at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for the meeting announcement.

Next Meeting: March 18, 2020

Please join us on March 18, 2020 as we host Jim Christ speaking on "The Battle of Paoli."

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.

Please plan on joining us!

University of Richmond campus map:

6th Congress of American Revolution Round Tables

The Sixth Congress of American Revolution Round Tables was held in Philadelphia on November 9, 2019. Bill Welsch and Woody Childs represented ARRT-Richmond.

Click here to read the minutes of this meeting.

The next Congress is scheduled to be held in 2021. Representatives of all American Revolution Round Tables are invited to attend.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Bell Ringing Party for the Restored Meneely Bell at Historic St. John's Church: March 23, 2020

To celebrate the restoration of the Meneely Bell, there will be a bell ringing party on Monday, March 23, 2020. This event is open to the public. Following the bell ringing, there will be a "Liberty or Death" reenactment which will be ticketed ($5.00 per ticket).

ARRT-Richmond Donation to the St. John's Church Foundation

l. to r., Bill Welsch (Pres., ARRT-R), Lee Ball, Madeline Herring

The American Revolution Round Table of Richmond presented their 2019 Preservation Partner donation to the St. John's Church Foundation on January 5, 2020, during the Arnold's Raid event. The donation will be used in support of the Meneely Bell project.

Meeting Notes: November 20, 2019

"How Did They Cross: Washington's Crossing of the Delaware River, December 25-26," Bill Welsch

Pre-Guest Speaker Notes:
ARRT-R’s next meeting is scheduled for 1/15/20 at Heilman Dining Center at the University of  Richmond – dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m. – the speaking program begins at 6:30 p.m.

ARRT-R’s featured speaker on 1/15/20 will be Christian McBurney, of the George Washington ARRT at Mount Vernon, who will speak on his forthcoming book George Washington’s Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court Martial of Major General Charles Lee during the American Revolution.

Guest Speaker – Bill Welsch – President – American Revolution Round Table of Richmond
Washington’s plan involved three crossings, with the main effort being an attack on Trenton. The second crossing would be led by Colonel Cadwalader and would create a diversion to the south of Trenton.  The third crossing would be led by General Ewing who was tasked with crossing at Trenton Ferry and holding the bridge at Assunpink Creek, in order to prevent the Hessian force from retreating south.

Preparations for the attack involved hiding boats behind Taylor Island at McKonkey’s Ferry. The boats collected included large ferry vessels and a large number of Durham boats.  These boats where designed to carry heavy loads for the Durham Iron Works and featured high sides and a shallow draft.  The Durham boats could be poled across the river.

The boats where crewed by both civilians and soldiers including members of Colonel John Glover’s 14th Continental Regiment.  The famous regiment was recruited from the area around Marblehead, Massachusetts.
On the evening of the 25th Washington began assembling his force at McKonkey’s Ferry. 
Weather conditions on the evening of the 25th grew progressively worse as rain turned into sleet and snow.  The weather conditions and the amount of ice in the river slowed the crossing.

Weather conditions prevented the 2 other planned crossings from taking place.

Today the Pennsylvania launch site and the New Jersey landing site are part of the Washington Crossing Historic Park.

--Noah Rogers