7th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 23-25, 2018

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Friday, March 23 (6:30pm) – Sunday to March 25, 2018 (noon)

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Registration: $245 

Conference Registration + Bus Tour: $355

American Revolution Conference


Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty — Light Horse Harry Lee at Fort Motte, 1781

Nathaniel Philbrick – Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution

James Kirby Martin – The River that Mattered Most in the Revolutionary War

Stuart Leibiger – Washington and Lafayette: Father and Son of the Revolution

Christian McBurney – The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French—American Operation of the Revolutionary War

Eric Schnitzer – Feuds and Friendships: Horatio Gates, Benedict Arnold and Philip Schuyler during the Saratoga Campaign

Richard J. Sommers – Founding Fathers and Fighting Sons: The Revolutionary War Forbearers of Civil War Soldiers and Statesmen

Glenn F. Williams – Dunmore’s War and the Battle of Point Pleasant

Stephanie Seal Walters – Emerging Scholar—Civil War of the Heart: Virginia’s First Families & the Revolution’s Devastation at Home

Fifes & Drum Cocktail Reception on Friday Evening for Speakers and Attendees
Williamsburg Prerelease: “Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed” Docudrama—
Antony Vertucci and Tom Mercer (producers)
Update on Campaign 1776 from the Civil War Trust
Friday Bus Tour: Benedict Arnold’s Raid on Richmond, 1781 with Mark Lender**

Conference Registration: includes welcome reception, lunch and refreshment breaks

Optional Friday Bus Tour: includes lunch, refreshment breaks, map package $110.  View/Download the Friday Bus Tour Description.

Exclusive Offer: Discounted tickets to the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area will be available to all attendees to use before or after the conference at a special price of $20.00 per person. Regular price tickets are normally $49.95 per person.

Conference Hotel: We have booked a block of rooms at the Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Hotel next to the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor’s Center at a rate of $92.00 per night (double or single occupancy) or suite $112. This hotel provides a hot and cold breakfast buffet each day. You may reserve a room by calling 800-261-9530 and identifying yourself as an America’s History conference attendee and using code 41963W.

Our Featured Sponsors:Westholme Publishing Company, Tim Sampson’s Battlemaps.us and Knox Press

Benedict Arnold’s Raid on Richmond, 1781 – Friday, March 23 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – Led by Mark Lender (Bus Tour)

On 4 January 1781 a British expeditionary force under Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold landed at Westover Plantation, some thirty miles from Richmond. The next day Arnold’s command arrived in Richmond. The British met no resistance as they sacked and burned public buildings; some private property also went up in flames as collateral damage. The state foundry at Westham also fell to Arnold’s raiders before he withdrew. Heading down the James, Arnold sent detachments to scatter militia concentrated at Charles City Courthouse and pillage the grounds of the neighboring plantation of Berkeley, home of Virginia patriot Benjamin Harrison. Arnold sailed for Portsmouth on 10 January. Arnold’s expedition marked the beginning of British operations in Virginia which ultimately ended with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

Our tour will trace Arnold’s movements during his Richmond raid on the north side of the James. Tour attendees will receive a copy of the Virginia Historical Society’s Magazine of History and Biography which includes Mark Lender and James Kirby Martin’s new article on Arnold’s raid with an excellent map.

Some of the sites we’ll visit include Charles City Courthouse where Arnold sent Simcoe’s Queen’s American Rangers to hit patriot militia on 8 January; Westover Planation on the James where Arnold arrived on 4 January and Berkeley Plantation where 40 slaves left with British troops. We will follow the route Arnold followed going to and coming from Richmond. The route is clear on period maps. At Church Hill in Richmond, a militia position, we’ll stop at St. John’s Church (clearly marked on the Simcoe map), where Patrick Henry gave his “Liberty or Death” speech. Various sites in Richmond will be pointed out that are associated with the raid.

This tour is an opportunity to learn about an overlooked operation led by Benedict Arnold who will be wearing a red uniform for the first time in the War for Independence. We expect Arnold’s biographer, James Kirby Martin will be along with us to add his perspective on the military hero-turned-traitor.

For more information about our 7th Annual Conference on the American Revolution, please call America’s History at 703-785-4373 or send us an e-mail at info@AmericasHistoryLLC.com

Our 2016 and 2017 Conferences sold out, so please register early to avoid disappointment. 

Register Online

Conference Registration ONLY – $245.00

Conference Registration and Optional Bus Tour – $355

The Benedict Arnold raid bus tour is now full. Please call Bruce at 703-785-4373 to be put on a waiting list. In the past, we have always had last minute cancellations. Thank you.

Register by phone, e-mail or postal mail:

  • Phone: 1-703-785-4373
  • Email us at: info@AmericasHistoryLLC.com
  • Postal mail: America’s History LLC, P. O. Box 1076, Goochland, VA 23063

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  1. Where exactly in Williamsburg will the conference be held?
    BK Morgan

  2. Will there be publication of the addresses by speakers at this conference? Sounds like an excellent conference. thanks.

  3. Jerry Kroll says:

    Will there be an alternative program at the Conference Center at Williamsburg for those who do not wish to take the tour?

    Jerry Kroll


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