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Women in the War: “The Sick Suffered Much for Want of Good Female Nurses”

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

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Women in the War

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

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Enlistment Bounties: Use and Abuse

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

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“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

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We Have Completed the Seventh Company!

We have some exciting news to announce: we have completed biographies of all the known soldiers of the Seventh Company!  

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Becoming “Amply Supplied with Very Good Shoes”

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

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A Hot Cup of Patriotism

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

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Death by Pig

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

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Happy National Literacy Day! – Literacy Rates in Colonial America

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

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The Battle of Brooklyn in Five Objects: Number 5, The Old Line State Quarter

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

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