The Revolutionary War started when a few colonists fired their muskets against the British Empire, then the world's military superpower. It ended—against all reasonable expectations— with an independent American and the ideas of liberty and self-governance spreading across the globe. All that happened because the rebels won the major battles. This podcast dives deep into each of them.
Introducing James Early's New Podcast "Key Battles of American History"
Did you enjoy this series? Then you'll love James Early's new show "Key Battles of American History." Check it out on the podcast player of your choice or go to keybattlesofamericanhistory.com. Listen here to a snippet of his episode where he and a guest discuss the World War One movie "All Quiet on the Western Front."
237 Years After the Revolutionary War, Some Say It Was a Mistake. Are They Right?
There are few events that would shake the world order like the success of the American Revolution. Some changes would be felt immediately. English traditions such as land inheritance laws were swept away. Other changes took longer. Slavery would not be abolished for another hundred years. Americans began to feel that their fight for liberty was a global fight. Future democracies would model their governments on the United States'.
George Washington's Spies: The Culper Ring, Nathan Hale, and the Plot to Capture Benedict Arnold
Spycraft was seen as a treacherous craft, but it was necessary to win a war. Washington knew this, as his early attempts to gather intelligence on British-occupied New York led to an execution of Nathan Hale, a young school teacher. More sophisticated networks developed, particularly the Culper Spy ring, which involved a farmer, a whaleboat captain, a tavern owner, and a slave.
The Revolutionary War Comes to an End
After Yorktown, a truce was declared in America, although some skirmishes did break out until final peace was negotiated in Paris in 1783. In this episode, Scott and James look at what happened to the British and American generals and politicians involved in the war.
The Battle of Yorktown: Britain's Surrender in the Revolutionary War
The Battle of Yorktown sealed the fate of the Revolutionary War. In late 1781, American and French troops laid siege to the British Army at Yorktown, Virginia. First, a bit of background. The partisan warfare that kept occurring in the upcountry of the Carolinas made it impossible for the British to obtain supplies from there. This in turn made it necessary for Cornwallis to keep his army relatively close to the coast. Greene kept his army far enough from Cornwallis to avoid a major pitched battle while constantly trying to lure Cornwallis away from the coast. Greene’s strategy was (in Allen Guelzo’s words) “dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” In this, he was assisted by a cavalry commander named Col. Henry (“Light Horse Harry”) Lee, as well as Francis Marion and Daniel Morgan. Skirmishers of the two armies occasionally fought each other, but the main armies never met.
The Siege of Yorktown: American and France Corner Britain
On October 14, 1781, Washington and French General Comte de Rochambeau attacked on October 14th, capturing two British defense. British Gen. Cornwallis surrendered two days later.
worth a listen
Definitely a great podcast, I really enjoyed it
Love listening to these two. Would love to hear more from them on other wars throughout American history
They need to read a little more about the Southern Campaign
I really wanted to enjoy this but it was not to be . I must admit my bias, I have been reading about the Revolution since I was in elementary school. I was raised seven miles from one of the most important battle grounds of the Revolution and yet they blew through it in two minutes. After talking about Yorktown they back tracked and made the statement that not much happened between Cowpens and Yorktown. A few minutes later they mentioned Guilford Courthouse; what could be the Super Bowl of the Revolution. Cornwallis had the cream of the British army : the Guards, 33rd, 23rd , 71st Highlanders and Von Bose. Greene had the Maryland and Delaware brigade, Virginia Brigade, and Lee’s Legion. Cornwallis lost one in four of his army and was left with the only option of marching to the coast. Without Guilford Courthouse there would have been no Yorktown. It was the most important battle of the southern campaign and they skimmed over like it was a skirmish