The Battle of White Plains

On October 28, 1776. the Battle of White Plains was fought during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War near White Plains, New York. Following the retreat of George Washington’s Continental Army northward from New York City, British General William Howe landed troops in Westchester County, intending to cut off Washington’s escape route. Alerted to this move, Washington retreated farther, … Continue reading The Battle of White Plains

The Siege and Surrender at Yorktown

On October 19, 1781, British peer and Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the three-week Siege of Yorktown, also known as the Battle of Yorktown, German Battle or the Siege of Little York. This was a decisive victory by a combined force of American Continental Army troops led by General George Washington and French Army troops led by the Comte de Rochambeau over … Continue reading The Siege and Surrender at Yorktown

The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga

The surrender on October 17, 1777, of the British General John Burgoyne on the battlefield near what became the village of Stillwater in Saratoga County, New York, was a turning point in the American Revolutionary War that prevented the British from dividing New England from the rest of the colonies. This gave a decisive victory to the Americans over the British. General Burgoyne had led … Continue reading The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga

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The Battle of Newtown in General Sullivan’s Scorched Earth Campaign

Growing up, I wasn’t particularly interested in the American Revolutionary War. I spent most of my youth living in Texas, Tennessee or Kansas and so the U.S. Civil War (usually from the Confederate perspective) was predominant in my studies of history. At this late stage, it is difficult to recall which aspects of the 1775-1783 conflict I learned first at school or from stamps. During … Continue reading The Battle of Newtown in General Sullivan’s Scorched Earth Campaign

The Battle of Brooklyn, New York

The Battle of Long Island is also known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. It was fought on August 27, 1776 and was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776. It was a victory for the British Army and the beginning of a successful … Continue reading The Battle of Brooklyn, New York

“…declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,…”

I am a patriot. A Son of the American Revolution with familial links not only to the battlefields of that initial war with Great Britain but to a pallbearer of George Washington himself. As such, I have a deep and abiding interest in the history of the United States of America and continue to promote it even afar, as an expatriate living in southern Thailand … Continue reading “…declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,…”

“Don’t Fire Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes”

The Battle of Bunker Hill was fought on June 17, 1775, during the Siege of Boston in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War. The battle is named after Bunker Hill in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which was peripherally involved in the battle. It was the original objective of both the colonial and British troops, though the majority of combat took place on the adjacent hill … Continue reading “Don’t Fire Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes”

Washington’s Cruisers and Their Flag

June 14 each year is marked in the United States as National Flag Day. Last year, A Stamp A Day covered the history of Flag Day as well as gave the stories behind several of the early “national” flags of the Union. One of my favorite topicals to collect are flags on stamps, particularly the less-commonly seen banners from colonial American history. ASAD previously detailed … Continue reading Washington’s Cruisers and Their Flag