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

Friday, March 23 – Sunday to March 25, 2018 

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

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6th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 24-26, 2017

Friday, March 24 – Sunday to March 26, 2017  (Conference begins at 6:30pm)

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Registration: $245 

American Revolution Conference

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Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty – George III’s American Madness

James Kirby Martin – The Real Continentals: Joseph Plumb Martin and His Comrades

David Preston – The Legacy of Braddock’s Defeat on the American Revolution

Mark Lender – Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign and the Politics of Battle

John Grenier – Staying Loyal to the King: Why Robert Rogers Did Not Join the Rebels

Michael Gabriel – Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero

Dennis Conrad – A Sea Change: Naval Warfare in the American Revolution during the Spring of 1778

Robert Smith: – Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation during the American Revolution

Robert Selig – Rochambeau’s Most Colorful Officer: Robert Guillaume, Baron de Dillon of Lauzun’s Legion

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5th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 18-20, 2016

Friday, March 18 – Sunday to March 20, 2016  (Conference begins at 6:30pm)

Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Package: $225 (includes lunch and refreshment breaks)

American Revolution Conference

Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty:“The Action was Warm in Every Quarter”: The Battle of Germantown

Nathaniel Philbrick: “Stand Secure Amidst a Falling World”: The Battle of Bunker Hill

Daniel Krebs: The King’s German Auxiliaries during the American War of Independence

Kathleen Duval: Spain’s Unsung Hero: Bernado Galvez and the Capture of Pensacola 1781

Peter Henriques: America’s Atlas: The Leadership of George Washington

James Kirby Martin: Through a Howling Wilderness: Benedict Arnold’s March to Quebec

Todd Braisted: The Grand Forage of 1778: The Revolutionary War’s Forgotten Campaign

John Bell: The Road to Concord: How Four Small Cannons Set Off the American Revolution

Molly Fitzgerald Perry:“The Lowest of the Mob”: Exploring the Actions of Sailors and Slaves during the Stamp Act Crisis

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4th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – PAST TOUR

Friday, March 20 (7pm) – Sunday, March 22 (Noon)

Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Package: $225

American Revolution Conference

Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty: “Enigmatic Warrior: Light-Horse harry Lee at the Battle of Eutaw Springs”

Rick Atkinson: “Bringing Back the Dead: History, Memory, and Writing About War”

John “Jack” Buchanan: “ ‘A Great and Good Man’: Nathanael Greene and the Road to Charleston”

Don Hagist: “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers behind the Photographs”

James Kirby Martin: “The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King: George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy”

Holly Mayer: “Command and Control of congress’s Own: Hazen’s 2nd Canadian Regiment”

Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy: “Hot Weather and Heavy Casualties: The Revolutionary War in the Caribbean”

Julia Anne Osman: “From Greatest Enemies to Greatest Allies: France and America in the War for Independence”

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A Conference on the American Revolution and Tour of Yorktown Battlefield

Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, 2012
 Williamsburg Hospitality House in Williamsburg, VA
Registration and sign-in starts at 6pm on Friday

Our first presentation will be at 7:45 PM on Friday, March 23 with: 

Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty: “General George Washington”

Saturday’s program (includes lunch) will start at 8:30 AM with presentations by:

John Hall: “Washington’s Partisans: Early American Warfare Reconsidered”
Joshua Howard: “Into the Breach: Nathanael Greene’s 1781 South Carolina Campaign”
Mark Lender: “What Kind of Victory: Washington, the Army and Monmouth Reconsidered”
Paul Lockhart: “The Whites of Their Eyes: Bunker Hill and the First American Army”
Andrew O’Shaughnessy: “The Men Who Lost America: British Politicians and Generals”

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Leatherstocking Country: A Successful Combination of America’s History with Literature

Bruce Venter

Our July tour entitled Leatherstocking Tales: The Real Historic Sites of James Fenimore Cooper’s Novels proved to be a good bet as we combined familiar titles (and some not so familiar) from American literature with the historic sites that influenced the famous American author. I wasn’t sure how this concept would play when I first conceived it sometime last year, but finding the right tour leader made all the difference. Dr. Wayne Franklin, professor of English and department head at the University of Connecticut proved to be “the man” when it comes to Cooper expertise. Wayne did a fantastic job, demonstrating not only a knowledge of Cooper’s writings but also being familiar with the historical background of 18th and 19th century sites and personalities which influenced Cooper. Wayne has Albany, NY roots as does your humble blogger, so we were able to reminisce about the city’s rich, colorful political history which we shared in common. We had a great, mixed group of participants who came because of their interest in Cooper as well as American history. As always, there were a number of repeat customers along with some new faces. Wayne also brought along his lovely wife, Suzanne who provided much enjoyable conversation. It was great to have my cousin, Ann O’Brien Teta with us. One of America’s History’s tour leaders, Bill Welsch also joined the tour.

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Pontiac’s Rebellion – August 24-27, 2011

Wednesday, August 24 (7:30 PM) thru Saturday, August 27 (9 PM)
Headquartered in Cranberry Township, PA
Led by Douglas Cubbison, Walter Powell, and Bruce Venter
Registration Fee: $775.00 (double occupancy) – $795.00 (single occupancy) 

An often overlooked event of the colonial period is Pontiac’s Rebellion in 1763. Faced with English settlers streaming across the Appalachian Mountains following the French and Indian War, various tribes, loosely led by the Ottawa Chief Pontiac, rose up to save their native lands. Bloodshed was rampant on the Ohio and Pennsylvania frontiers as British outposts fell like dominos. Likewise, Great Britain’s coffers were drained as the cost of troops, sent to quell the rebellion, added to an already staggering national debt from the last war with France. One of Britain’s solutions, the Proclamation of 1763 was a vain attempt to keep colonists east of the mountains; it failed and quickly became one of several causes of the American Revolution. Our historians will discuss the entire scope of Pontiac’s Rebellion, including incidents and battles we will not see on this tour.

On our first day we will visit the reconstructed Fort Ligonier. The original fort was built in 1758 by Maj. Gen James Forbes during his campaign to capture Fort Duquesne (later renamed Fort Pitt.) Fort Ligonier was the jump off site for Col. Henry Bouquet’s expedition to relieve Fort Pitt during Pontiac’s Rebellion. The reconstructed site is an extraordinary example of 18th century fortifications. Its museum displays a set of pistols owned by Lafayette and given to George Washington. Our lead historian, Doug Cubbison, a former artillery officer will provide an in-depth explanation of the fort’s magnificent reproduction of a British artillery train. After lunch at a historic restaurant in Ligonier, we will visit the Bushy Run Battlefield for an extensive walking tour of Bouquet’s Highlanders’ great victory over some 400 Delaware, Mingo, Shawnee and Huron tribesmen. The 200+ acre battlefield sits pristinely against a rural landscape. [Read more…]

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