Author Archives: Finding the Maryland 400

“The Ides of January:” Facing the New Year in the Continental Army

The end of the year was often an anxious time for the leaders of the Continental Army. As the end of 1780 approached, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne spoke for many when he wrote “I sincerely wish the Ides of January … Continue reading

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The amazing story of Charles Thompson, who “agreed to enlist with the Enemy–and by that Means made his escape”

The life and career of Charles Thompson is perhaps the most remarkable that we have come across in all of our biographical research for this project. Thompson showed immense courage and determination during his time in the army. In addition, … Continue reading

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Cassy’s Introduction

Hello! My name is Cassy Sottile and I am a junior at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. This fall, I will be writing biographies for the Maryland 400 project. I am currently double majoring in English and history, with a … Continue reading

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The Maryland Line: Why They Fought

Today on Veteran’s Day, we take a moment to consider Maryland’s Revolutionary War veterans. Our work has always centered on the soldiers themselves–before, during, and after their time in the army–rather than the battles and political events of the American … Continue reading

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Project Updates

We are proud to announce that recently we published our 700th biography! Lucky number 700 was Private Francis Shepard of the First Company; he survived the Battle of Brooklyn and the rest of the 1776 campaign, reenlisted and served until … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Maryland 400, Part II

Read Part I of this post here On October 12, 1776, William Smallwood wrote a dispatch about the Battle of Brooklyn back to Maryland. The commander of the First Maryland Regiment noted that he had “enclosed a List of the … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Maryland 400, Part I

Today is the two-hundred forty-second anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. The main goal of this project is to learn the names of the Maryland soldiers who fought at the battle and to determine their fates, especially the men killed … Continue reading

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William Smallwood Papers Unveiling

Yesterday, the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution jointly unveiled a new collection of William Smallwood papers. The collection was acquired earlier this year, and consists of letters written to Smallwood, as … Continue reading

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Polearms in the Continental Army

Today, we have another post by one of our Washington College partners. Simon Belcher gives us an education about some of the bladed weapons that were used by the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. During the Battle of Brooklyn, … Continue reading

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Maryland’s Quakers in the Revolution Podcast

Recently, longtime friend of Finding the Maryland 400 Jason Aglietti appeared on the AskHistorians podcast, to talk about his recently finished master’s thesis, “The Friends They Loathed: The Persecution of Maryland Quakers During the Revolutionary War.” You should listen! AskHistorians … Continue reading

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