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The Brutal Struggle for American Independence

by Bill O’Reilly Valley Forge, Pennsylvania February 16, 1778 Mid-morning George Washington’s army is desperate. It has been a miserable winter, with rebel troops camped just eighteen miles away from the British Army, which is comfortably housed in Philadelphia. While

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

The Importance of “America’s Oldest” Alliance

by Tom Shachtman In Paris for Bastille Day, President Donald Trump said, “France is America’s oldest ally.  A lot of people don’t know that,” and added, “France helped us secure our independence, a lot of people forget.” My new book,

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Alexander Cochrane and the Enduring Myths of the War of 1812

War of 1812

By Willard Sterne Randall The War of 1812, often called “the forgotten conflict,” is probably the least understood American war. Just as frequently, it is described as the Second War of American Independence. This is because of a persistent fallacy

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Posted in Modern History

The Battle of Brandywine Creek, September 11 1777

Battle of Brandywine Creek

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab American Battles and Campaigns – The Battle of Brandywine Creek, September 11 1777 With the help of the newly arrived Marquis de Lafayette, Washington and the Continental Army ventured open battle to

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Battle of Trenton, 26 December 1776

Battle of Trenton

Editor: Michael Spilling and Consultant Editor: Chris McNab American Battles and Campaigns – The Battle of Trenton, 26 December 1776 A characteristic of Washington’s generalship was that he always left his army opportunities either to withdraw or attack. Winter’s onset

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