General Washington’s Council of War

General Washington’s Council of War

ByJustin McKinneyAugust 14, 2020

A.H. Ritchie’s 1856 engraving entitled “Washington and His Generals” is a creative, imaginary scene, as the dozens of generals shown assembled never congregated in such numbers in one place. For some odd reason, Ritchie depicted Maj. Gen. Charles Lee standing closest at the table with Washington, rather than the loyal and important Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene. Lee of course was put on…

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Siege of Fort Motte, South Carolina

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Revolutionary Forts and Fortifications

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The Siege of Fort Ticonderoga

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The Siege of Charleston

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The Capture of Savannah

The American commander Brigadier General Robert Howe of North Carolina, with only 700 men, made a feeble attempt to defend the city.

The Battles of Lexington and Concord

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The Battle of Yorktown

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The Battle of White Plains

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Revolutionary Biographies

Generals, Federalists, Presidents,
and Major Personalities

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William Prescott

Overview William Prescott, soldier, born in Groton, Massachusetts, 20 February, 1726  died in Pepperell, Massachusetts, 13 October, 1795. His father, Judge Benjamin Prescott, was the grandson of John, of Lincolnshire,…

John Howe

Howe was born in 1754, the same year that the French and Indian War or Seven Years’ War (1754–1763) began.

Major General Nathanael Greene 1742-1786

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Mary Draper

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The Sugar and Stamp Acts

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American Society in Revolt

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The Boston Massacre and Tea Party

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The Revolutionary War

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