Revolutionary War

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Revolutionary War Battlefield Finally Found

Exact site of the Feb. 3, 1779, encounter was only recently discovered

(Newser) - Historians say they've found the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Grays Hill on the South Carolina coast. There's a roadside marker on US 21 north of Beaufort generally describing the battle, in which "a force of South Carolina militia, continentals, and volunteers ... defeated the British... More »

At Revolutionary War Site, 'Heroism Cries Out'

Archaeologists find exact spots soldiers stood during Parker's Revenge

(Newser) - Archaeologists using 21st-century technology are mapping out the exact spots British soldiers and Colonial militiamen were standing as they fired at each other during a pivotal skirmish on the first day of the American Revolution. Parker's Revenge, as the fight is known, occurred on April 19, 1775, after the... More »

Attic Find: 'One-of-a-Kind' 1775 Revolution Letter

A Continental Congress plea to the British people for reconciliation

(Newser) - A "one-of-a-kind document" James Madison once raved about has been discovered in the attic of George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. Emilie Gruchow of Manhattan's Morris-Jumel Mansion stumbled upon the yellowed, 12-page plea from the Continental Congress to the British people for reconciliation last summer in... More »

Secrets of 1780s POW Camp Buried in Pennsylvania

English, Scottish, and Canadian soldiers were imprisoned at Camp Security

(Newser) - The mud of a south-central Pennsylvania cornfield may soon produce answers about the fate of British prisoners of war—and the newly independent Americans who guarded them—during the waning years of the American Revolution. A few miles east of York, the city that briefly served as the fledgling nation'... More »

Palin: I Didn't Flub Paul Revere

'I know my American history,' ex-governor says

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will have you know that she knows her American history and "didn't mess up about Paul Revere," the might-be presidential candidate tells Fox News Sunday. Palin stood by last week's claim that Revere warned the Brits that they weren't going to take Americans'... More »

Americans Flunk History

One-quarter of Americans don't know who got the short end of Revolution

(Newser) - On July 4th, Americans from all walks of life will gather to celebrate their independence from … someone or other. According to a new poll, more than 1 in 4 Americans can’t name England as the country the colonists fought in the Revolutionary War, CNN reports. That figure includes... More »

Tea Partier's Trippy Ad Calls for Revolution

'Gather your armies,' Washington declares

(Newser) - Think the Tea Party rhetoric is getting a little overwrought? Then get a load of this video from Alabama House candidate Rick Barber, in which he has a kind of war council with various founding fathers. Barber calls for President Obama’s impeachment, then launches a mostly nonsensical rant about... More »

Ala. Blogger Hails 'Window War' Against Dem Offices

Glass smashed at least five places across US

(Newser) - Rocks have been flying through the windows of Democratic offices across the US, and one Alabama-based blogger is taking credit for what he calls the “window war” against the big-government supporters of health reform. “I guess that guy’s one of ours,” Mike Vanderboegh told the Rochester ... More »

History Often Forgets About This Adams

And it's a shame: Sam, cousin of John, helped shape our revolution

(Newser) - When people think of Samuel Adams these days, the beer, and not the Revolutionary War hero, may come to mind first. But a new book from Ira Stoll—Samuel Adams: A Life—makes the case for bringing the cousin of John Adams out of "the attic of history."... More »

1780 British Warship Found

Extraordinarily well-preserved Revolutionary War sloop located in Lake Ontario

(Newser) - Two intrepid explorers using sonar and a remote-controlled submersible have discovered what may be the oldest shipwreck in the Great Lakes, the AP reports. HMS Ontario, a British warship carrying as many as 130, sank in a storm in Lake Ontario in 1780. Since 1781, when six sailors’ bodies washed... More »

One if by Land, LED if by Sea...

Paul Revere's famous church stops living in the past, installs eco- friendly light bulbs

(Newser) - The green bulbs are coming, the green bulbs are coming! That’s the appropriate contemporary cry for a Paul Revere impersonator, who might still be able to use the Old North Church’s lanterns to warn of a British invasion—but would have to settle for LEDs. The Boston landmark... More »

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