This piece originally appeared in the Journal of the American Revolution 12 June 1781 Continental Army general George Washington sat atop his horse ignoring the “smart skirmish” raging around him. He could have joined his soldiers in attacking the Hessian troops “very much allarm’d” by the Americans’ “sudent appeerence before their works.” Instead, Washington focused on the fortifications … Continue reading Le Plus Détaillée: The July 1781 Reconnaissance of New York
My book, A Bloodless Victory, comes out this fall. Now, the Battle of New Orleans was clearly not bloodless; there were nearly 2,100 people killed and wounded during the engagement. And despite the lopsided nature of the American victory they still suffered roughly 240 casualties. So where did we get the title "A Bloodless Victory"? The phrase comes … Continue reading “A Bloodless Victory” Eh??
So after starting the project in 2011, A Bloodless Victory is finally nearing the end of its production process and is even available for preorder on Amazon. What an amazing eight years its been! If you would have asked me when I started graduate school what type of work my first book would be, A … Continue reading “Do Better”
This week we began principal filming on a project I cannot yet name with a partner I cannot yet mention. However, I can say that the process was both thrilling and humbling. The ultimate example of how much public history is a collaborative endeavor. There are sometimes more than fifty people on set, and everyone from the … Continue reading Collaborative History
Today Donald Trump will lay a wreath on the tomb of Andrew Jackson in commemoration of the 7th President of the United States' birthday, and once again a major aspect of the Battle of New Orleans' memorialization is getting dragged into American politics. Ever since his first campaign for office using the laurels of his New Orleans victory, … Continue reading King Andrew Meets Queens’ Donald