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Recent posts: Finding the Maryland 400
On March 7, the Maryland Senate unanimously passed a resolution honoring the First Maryland Regiment for its heroic and dedicated service during the Revolutionary War.
Although we formally celebrated the life of George Washington on President’s Day, which was on Monday, his actual birthday is today, February 22. Closer to home, today is also the birthday of Mordecai Gist, the distinguished soldier and Revolutionary leader who lead the Marylanders at the Battle of Brooklyn.
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 was come & past.” The cause of Wayne’s “disagreeable ideas about that period” was that […]
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, piecing together the facts about his life was possible only with the assistance of some […]
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The year is 1775, and the American Revolution is in its earliest days. The United States, a fledgling nation, is unprepared for the brutal realities of war. However, even in a well-established country, it’s impossible to predict the course of … Continue reading
We are excited to announce an upcoming blog mini-series entitled Women in the War! Women have held vital roles in wars throughout history, and the American Revolution is no exception. Because women were typically not allowed to fight, every job … Continue reading
When men enlisted to fight in the Revolutionary War, they left home with the expectation that they would be properly paid for their military service. However, that’s not what happened. Paychecks lagged severely behind schedule, with some men never receiving … Continue reading
“The child…was almost entirely destitute of maintenance and support”: A trust fund for Captain Edgerly’s son
Edward Edgerly served in the Maryland Line for five years, enlisting as a sergeant in February 1776. He fought at the Battle of Brooklyn that August, earning a place among the famed Maryland 400. In 1777, he received a commission … Continue reading
We have some exciting news to announce: we have completed biographies of all the known soldiers of the Seventh Company!
Winters for the Continental Army soldiers were brutal. Although fighting usually ceased and the troops took up winter quarters, there was no break from military life. In addition to freezing temperatures and food shortages, troops were plagued by inadequate uniforms, … Continue reading
As you sit down to enjoy your morning, afternoon, or evening cup of coffee (don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you’re in that last category), do you ever wonder how America became a coffee society? According to scholars, it … Continue reading
While researching soldiers and their families from the Revolutionary War, it can be difficult to uncover reliable information. We have written about some of our methods before, and you can read one of those posts here. However, sometimes the best … Continue reading
In addition to the Revolutionary War, a literary revolution swept across the American Colonies and Europe in the 18th century. In celebration of National Literacy Day, today we will explore the literacy rates of Colonial America and how they affected … Continue reading
The last object in this five-day series is one that many readers have likely seen before: the Old Line State quarter. The Maryland Old Line State quarter was released in March 2000, and was the seventh coin issued under the … Continue reading