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American Military History Podcast

Justin Johnson

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Join amateur military historian podcaster Justin Johnson as he covers the military history of America in the American Military History Podcast. Covering America's Military History from the Revolutionary War through current day conflicts. New episodes...Show More
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35:10 | May 26th, 2016

After the Battle of Saratoga, it was deemed that the Southern colonies would be high priority targets. Starting with Georgia and South Carolina...

25:48 | Apr 25th

Robert E Lee and Special Order 191 and 3 "Gap" battles at the Battle of South Mountain
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1:09:17 | Dec 26th, 2018

Buckle up. We've got a wild episode today. It's a bit of a departure from the norm - but as soon as I heard about Veronica and her book Stories of Elders: What The Greatest Generation knows about Technology that You Don't... I was hooked. Being in th...Show More

58:59 | Dec 10th, 2018

We continue our conversations of day 2 and day of Second Bull Run / Second Manassas and talk about the fallout of the battle.

29:02 | Nov 19th, 2018

We return to Manassas for "round 2" with the second Battle of Bull Run / Manassas where Lee pushes forward with his "wing" commanders Stuart and Jackson

30:19 | Oct 25th, 2018

Seven Days of fighting in late June and early July would change the face of the Civil War - as Robert E Lee assumed command of the Confederates and launched an offensive against the Union forces surrounding Richmond

1:07:48 | Oct 11th, 2018

Let's take a look at the life of the Confederate General Robert E Lee

40:12 | Aug 31st, 2018

Back over in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign, we'll talk about the battle that brings Robert E Lee into command of the Confederate army

1:10:07 | Aug 16th, 2018

In the spring/summer of 1862 - Stonewall Jackson lead an audacious and stunning campaign that propelled him to military fame in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. In this episode, we'll cover that entire campaign!

33:39 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Let's jump over from Mississippi to Virginia to talk a little bit about the Peninsula Captain of the Civil War. Taking place in Robert E Lee's native Virginia we'll start with the beginning of McClellan's journey up the York/James River Peninsula as ...Show More

43:20 | Jul 19th, 2018

With both sides still reeling from Shiloh - the Union army advances on the retreating Confederate army with hopes of capturing both it - and the railroad junctions at Cornith, but will Halleck's leadership of the Union army lead to disaster or defeat...Show More

1:32:04 | Jul 4th, 2018

Shiloh means "Place of Peace" in Hebrew - which was a complete misnomer for two days in April of 1862 as the Union and Confederate armies slugged it out in what was the first "great battle" of the war

52:03 | May 24th, 2018

In this episode we learn about the famous naval battle between the Virginia and the Monitor - oh you thought it was the Merrimack? You're both right and wrong. Tune in to find out the details.

42:52 | May 3rd, 2018

This week we'll talk about Winfield's Scott's retirement, his impact on the soldiers of the Civil War (based upon his experiences in the Mexican American War) and his final plan that was implemented the Anaconda Plan - as well as three naval battles ...Show More

49:47 | Apr 19th, 2018

Lincoln brings in his third "man of destiny" with George McClellan - who actually does some good - but not without conflict from his former mentor Winfield Scott

50:26 | Mar 16th, 2018

After Manassas Lincoln faced several "interesting" command choices in Kentucky and Missouri - and we also see what happens at the battle of Wilson's Creek

1:06:13 | Mar 1st, 2018

The fire has been light, and American history will change forever. Union and Confederate troops converge at Manassas Junction

41:34 | Feb 15th, 2018

This week's episode moves us closer to the first major battle of the Civil War - Bull Run/First Manasas, but did you know that Bull Run wasn't exactly the first battle of the war? You'll learn which one was this week.

1:05:47 | Feb 1st, 2018

The short 2 months (ish) period after Fort Sumter brought with it A LOT of action is gearing up for the war on both sides. We'll talk about those as well as how the armies were organized and how some of those organizations have made it into the moder...Show More

54:57 | Jan 18th, 2018

We discuss the causes and some triggering actions for the start of the Civil War and discuss the siege of Fort Sumter

10:52 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Every part of your life can be traced to our shared history, but how well do you know the real stories of our nation? American History Tellers takes you to the events, times, and the people that shaped America and Americans, and they’ll show you how ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 28th, 2017

Hi American Military History podcast listeners - just a quick heads up that this episode is a replay of one of my favorite episodes over the past few years. We’re doing replays in December and the first part of January to give me time to prepare our ...Show More

1:11:29 | Dec 21st, 2017

Hi American Military History podcast listeners - just a quick heads up that this episode is a replay of one of my favorite episodes over the past few years. We’re doing replays in December and the first part of January to give me time to prepare our ...Show More

58:00 | Dec 14th, 2017

Hi American Military History podcast listeners - just a quick heads up that this episode is a replay of one of my favorite episodes over the past few years. We’re doing replays in December and the first part of January to give me time to prepare our ...Show More

26:57 | Dec 7th, 2017

This is a replay of one of our earlier episodes - we'll be back with new episodes in mid January 2018

49:50 | Nov 30th, 2017

This week's episode focuses on the Utah War, a roughly 10-ish week war where not a single shot was fired - and an American Army loss was the result

21:55 | Nov 16th, 2017

This week we'll join Matthew Perry as he travels to the closed bordered, isolated Japan to establish trade relationships.

26:06 | Nov 9th, 2017

As we prepare for our conversations on the Civil War, let's talk about a handful of "Civil War Celebrities" that earned their experience in the Mexican-American War

27:53 | Oct 26th, 2017

This week we finish up the Mexican American War with the Battle of Mexico City, which technically includes our last two episodes. We'll also learn how the battle was started by an officer who took it upon himself to march into the city...

24:16 | Oct 19th, 2017

In the last battle before taking Mexico City, Winfield Scott and his crew assault an ancient Mexican fortification in the hopes of removing it from Santa Anna's defensive arsenal.

24:25 | Oct 5th, 2017

This week we see Winfield Scott as he approaches Mexico City and gets sidetracked by Molino del Rey, a bloody engagement with little strategic value

32:59 | Sep 28th, 2017

American General Winfield Scott and Mexican General Santa Anna square off again with the Battle of Contreras and what started as a cleanup operation that turned into the Battle of Churubusco

46:03 | Sep 21st, 2017

In this week's episode we'll jump into the slug fest between Maj General's Winfield Scott and Mexican Army General Santa Anna. We'll also see a few familiar names pop up, including that of Robert E Lee.

27:34 | Sep 14th, 2017

Future US President Zachary Taylor captures the Mexican city of Monterrey and moved on to defeat Santa Anna at Buena Vista

39:03 | Sep 7th, 2017

To understand the Mexican War, we have to start out with some politics and learn why Mexico was upset about losing Texas to the United States, and we'll learn that the dispute really focused on one thing...land.

23:09 | Aug 31st, 2017

This week we wrap up the Black Hawk War with discussions on The Battle of Wisconsin Heights and the Battle of Bad Axe

30:46 | Aug 25th, 2017

As the Black Hawk War continues we see two small battles at Kellogg's Grove, with the America's continuing to press and pursue Black Hawk and his troops

33:12 | Aug 17th, 2017

This week begins a bloody, but brief 15 week engagement between American forces and Sauk and Fox Native Americans living in Illionios

28:21 | Aug 3rd, 2017

This week's episode takes us to the tail end of the third of three Seminole Wars in Florida during the late 1800s

42:51 | Jul 28th, 2017

We wrap up our conversation of the Second Seminole War this week, and tease our next conversation: The Third Seminole War!

14:56 | Jul 20th, 2017

I don't always promote other podcasts here. But when I do, you better make sure you listen because Tides of History is coming and it's AMAZING. Here's a sample of the first episode for you to enjoy!

25:34 | Jul 20th, 2017

Jesup gets his turn command the US forces in Florida, and brings with him one of the largest forces to every be present in the war.

47:35 | Jul 13th, 2017

Today we're chatting with history author Willard Sterne Randall whose new book "Unshackling America" proposes that the American Revolution didn't actually end until the War of 1812.

23:42 | Jul 6th, 2017

The (small) American Army keeps trying to establish a foothold in a Cove held by the Seminole, but is unable to establish any forward progress due to lack of supplies & coordination

24:02 | Jun 29th, 2017

The Dade Massacre was an 1835 defeat for the United States Army that greatly escalated the Second Seminole War, which lasted until 1842.

52:25 | Jun 22nd, 2017

A bit of a deviation this week as we venture briefly into WWI to discuss the entrance of women into the Armed Services with Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs, however our conversation stretches from the Rev War all the way to WWI.

32:13 | Jun 15th, 2017

In our final episode on the First Seminole Wars, we learn about Andrew Jackson's invasions of East and West Florida.

18:42 | Jun 8th, 2017

We'll start with what many historians consider to be the first major action of the First Seminole War and move on towards a riverside massacre known as the Scott Massacre

15:22 | Jun 6th, 2017

In this week's Letters from War, I'll be sharing some letters from my personal collection from a young soldier who enlisted in 2000

25:45 | Jun 1st, 2017

The Battle of Negro Fort was a short military siege in 1816 in which forces of the United States assaulted and managed to blow up an African-American fortified stronghold in the frontier of northern Spanish Florida.

12:06 | May 29th, 2017

Perez Drinkwater was an American POW in England. We'll examine three of the letters written during his captivity.

33:02 | May 25th, 2017

Our intro to the First Seminole War which has Andrew Jackson invading Spanish owned Florida chasing runaway slaves.

09:14 | May 23rd, 2017

The first Letters From War episode kicks off with journal entries from young men and women living in America during the War of 1812, including one of the daughters of General Prevost: Anne Prevost.

1:35:09 | May 18th, 2017

As the oldest ship in the American Navy, the USS Constitution deserves a special place in military history. She's seen duty from the Barbary Wars to the Civil War, and she's still around today. For our 100th episode, we'll take a look at her history.

39:27 | May 11th, 2017

The Treaty of Ghent ended the war in December of 1814, however the last major battle of the war didn't occur until January 8 of 1815 in New Orleans with American forces under command of Andrew Jackson

39:49 | May 4th, 2017

In one of our most requested episodes we see a pivotal victory for the Americans via a naval battle on Lake Champlain and the nearby town of Plattsburgh

31:30 | Apr 27th, 2017

Just 3 short weeks after the British burn the White House, they turn to the other prong of their attack: Baltimore, hoping to help rid the seas of local American privateers disrupting British shipping lines

44:50 | Apr 20th, 2017

With the British no longer in a war with France, they are now able to focus on the American front, and they deal a major blow to Washington DC, due in part to errors by the American commanders.

31:43 | Apr 13th, 2017

The Battle of Lundy's Lane, during the War of 1812, was fought between American troops and British regulars assisted by Canadian militia on the evening of 25 July 1814, almost within sight of Niagara Falls.

18:13 | Apr 6th, 2017

Crysler's Farm was an American loss, which was quickly followed by an American victory at the Chippawa River crossing

34:46 | Mar 30th, 2017

Two battles this week: An American naval victory at Lake Eerie and Thames, also known as the Battle of Moraviantown, was a United States victory in the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom and Tecumseh's Confederacy

19:51 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Fought in present day Toronto, the Battle of York was a minor, almost insignificant victory for American forces along the Canadian border in the War of 1812

24:16 | Mar 16th, 2017

The Battles of Frenchtown, also known as the Battle of the River Raisin and the River Raisin Massacre, was a series of conflicts that took place from January 18–23, 1813 during the War of 1812.

42:47 | Mar 9th, 2017

The Battle of Queenston Heights was the first major battle in the War of 1812 and resulted in a British victory. It took place on 13 October 1812, near Queenston, Upper Canada.

37:58 | Feb 23rd, 2017

The combined British, Canadian, and Native American advance is too much for Hull, who is left isolated near Fort Detriot

43:44 | Feb 16th, 2017

With an army that was under staffed and under equipped the United States entered into yet another war with England, which would begin with an attempted assassination of an American General.

32:16 | Feb 9th, 2017

We're starting our multi-week discussion on the War of 1812 with an overview of the war, it's causes, and several facts & beliefs about the war.

22:04 | Feb 2nd, 2017

United States President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay this tribute to pirates from the Barbary States seizing American merchant ships and holding the crews for ransom, causing Tripoli to declare war against the United States

25:10 | Jan 26th, 2017

When the Quasi-War with France threatened to escalate in 1798, Congress $2 million in new taxes on real estate and slaves. John Fries (like many American citizens) was not too fond of these taxes, and took action in Pennsylvania.

28:29 | Jan 19th, 2017

The XYZ Affair and the subsequent Quasi-War was the result of disagreements over treaties and America's status as a neutral in the Wars of the French Revolution.

35:54 | Jan 12th, 2017

Angered that the Federal government has imposed taxes on "distilled spirits" local citizens rise up in arms and anger, in George Washington's first and only domestic rebellion during his presidency.

35:54 | Jan 5th, 2017

Upset with heavy taxes, poor and non paid soldiers rise up in Massachusetts to push for tax reform. One such protest involved men lead by Daniel Shay, marching on the Springfield Armory.

42:36 | Dec 29th, 2016

As we near the end of the Cherokee War, we'll see the death of Dragging Canoe and several larger battles. We'll also see the formation of the Legion of America, one of the first incantations of a standing army in America.

30:44 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Dragging Canoe's last years, 1788–1792, were the peak of his influence and subsequently, the peak of the influence of the Lower Cherokee.

22:44 | Dec 15th, 2016

In this week's episode we discuss what was known as the "Second Invasion" in the Chickamauga War as well as move into events that happened AFTER the end of the American Revolutionary War

26:30 | Dec 8th, 2016

After the Patriot response and the supposed peace treaty of 1777 we'll talk about 2 incursions into the settled Chickamauga towns and the Battle of The Bluffs

27:56 | Dec 1st, 2016

We start our discussion on the Patriot response to the Cherokee incursions along the lower, middle, and upper valleys. And we'll also discuss what may have been a premature peace treaty in 1777

27:48 | Nov 24th, 2016

In the year 1776, the United States of America actually had TWO wars going on: The Revolutionary and the Cherokee war. We'll focus this week on the initial Cherokee offensive strategy

31:28 | Nov 18th, 2016

Today I'm joined by military history author Jay Wertz, we'll talk about everything from Burt Reynolds to World War 2, and Jay's new comic book project.

02:31 | Nov 11th, 2016

John Glenn, during his political career, was accused by Howard Metzenbaum of never holding down a job. His response sums up what I think all of my veteran listeners would say in response to that.

33:45 | Nov 10th, 2016

We'll discuss the surrender at Yorktown, and how Cornwallis didn't even show, instead he delegated it. As well as move into an overview of the American and British performance in the War of American Independence, our last episode, on the Revolutionar...Show More

37:22 | Nov 3rd, 2016

In what many consider the final battle of the Revolutionary War, George Washington faces off against Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown, VA

20:24 | Oct 27th, 2016

A listener request! Ghost stories from the Revolutionary War in honor of Halloween. A few come from Yorktown, but we'll also go to New Jersey and Pennslyvannia

16:55 | Oct 20th, 2016

The Battle of The Chesapeake , is perhaps the greatest Navy battles to be fought in American waters contained no American sailors or ships. Instead we'll see the French and the British slug it out for control of the port Cornwallis needs to retreat t...Show More

23:12 | Oct 13th, 2016

The Battle of Green Spring would serve to hold Cornwallis in Yorktown, while Eutaw Springs would effectively end the war in the South

21:55 | Oct 6th, 2016

Patriot forces try to take back Georgia with the Siege of Augusta and down in Ninety-Six, SC it too comes under siege from Patriot Forces.

24:42 | Sep 29th, 2016

Two smaller battles, one a loss and one a victory that were instrumental in Patriot Commander Nathaniel Greene's control of the south were Hobkirks Hill and the Siege of Fort Granby, both in South Carolina

34:35 | Sep 22nd, 2016

We'll start with a battle that hits close to home for me (literally), then move into Guilford Courthouse near modern day Greensboro, which while a British victory, would turn into one of the larger turning points for the Patriots in the Southern Camp...Show More

21:16 | Sep 15th, 2016

On January 17, Cornwallis was on the move. He sent Tarleton to meet Morgan; they clashed at Cowpens and Morgan gave the British cavalry a resounding defeat. Now Cornwallis, smarting at this new setback started in determined pursuit of Morgan, who beg...Show More

42:07 | Sep 8th, 2016

This week we continue our discussion on the Battle of Cowpens and we see what happens when an over eager Tarletan engages a poised and ready Daniel Morgan.

22:22 | Sep 1st, 2016

We start our discussion on the Battle of Cowpens this week with the return of one of our favorite Patriot commanders: Daniel Morgan. We'll also discuss both Greene's and Cornwallis's plans for the south following the battle of Kings Mountain.

45:35 | Aug 25th, 2016

British officer Ferguson and his men are settled on the top of Kings Mountain, approaching are more than 900 Patriot men, whose single mission is to get Ferguson before he gets them.

39:06 | Aug 18th, 2016

We'll start our conversation of the Battle of Kings Mountain by talking about the group of men that would make up the core fighting force and the chess game played between local Patriot Forces and British General Ferguson.

23:24 | Aug 11th, 2016

Shortly after Charleston we see yet another set of battles crop up between Patriots and Loyalists in the South Hanging Rock, SC and Camden, SC. Also, we'll have a brief mention of a man named John Andre.

18:54 | Aug 4th, 2016

Two small battles this week, both directly related to the fall of Charleston, SC in May of 1780. We'll start in SC for the Battle of The Waxhaws (aka - Buford's Massacre) and then head near my hometown, to discuss Ramseur's Mill.

30:10 | Jul 28th, 2016

Henry Clinton realizes that the North is a stalemate, and sets his eyes on what he thinks is a hot bed of British Loyalists who will rally to the King in Charleston, SC.

20:53 | Jul 21st, 2016

Washington prepares for his second stay in Morristown, NJ, which will turn out to be a far worse winter than one he would endure at Valley Forge. During his stay, his army is also on the verge of mutiny due to lack of food and supplies.

25:25 | Jul 14th, 2016

A quick naval battle with John Paul Jones, and then we head down to Savannah where a French/American Force meets heavy British resistance.

39:14 | Jul 7th, 2016

I'm joined by Ryan Michler of OrderOfMan.com (and the Order of Man podcast) to discuss his service in the National Guard, his deployment to Ramadi, and how he's adjusted after.

25:31 | Jun 30th, 2016

American Major Light Horse Harry Lee, inspired by Anthony Wayne launches a nighttime raid on the British-controlled fort near Paulus Hook in what is today downtown Jersey City.

37:27 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Under orders from George Washington and with a numerical disadvantage "Mad" Anthony Wayne pulls of a daring surprise raid at the garrison of Stony Point, NY

18:09 | Jun 16th, 2016

American General Benjamin Lincoln, recovering from his defeat at Briar Creek, reorganizes and reengages the British outside of Charleston, SC in June of 1779

25:23 | Jun 9th, 2016

Coming off a decisive & morale boosting victory at Kettle Creek, the American forces get dealt a stunning blow at the Battle of Briar (Brier) Creek

26:53 | Jun 2nd, 2016

In February 1779, A diversionary British force is in South Carolina, clashes with Continental forces on Port Royal Island, lead by our old friend Brig. General William Moultrie.

37:16 | May 19th, 2016

As the Illinois Campaign kicked off in the Western territory of the Colonies, A battle would take place on Rhode Island, around Quaker Hill with American Sullivan facing off against British Pigot

40:17 | May 12th, 2016

The Illinois Campaign would be an almost year long campaign lead by American commander George Roger Clark to liberate the French inhabitants of Illinois from the local British Government

31:43 | May 5th, 2016

In full retreat from Philadelphia to New York, British Commander Sir Henry Clinton is challenged outside Monmouth Courthouse by none other than George Washington himself.

24:57 | Apr 28th, 2016

General William Howe has been replaced by Sir Henry Clinton, and meanwhile outside of Philadelphia a young inexperienced French commander named Lafayette is encircled on top of Barren Hill.

24:44 | Apr 21st, 2016

Washington comes under a "surprise" attack from General Howe outside of Philadelphia at the Battle of White Marsh and from across the Atlantic and new ally officially backs the American Cause.

23:43 | Apr 14th, 2016

Fort Mercer and Fort Mifflin were two strategic forts on the Delaware that George Washington wanted to use to drive the British out of Philadelphia. Was he successful? We'll find out in this week's episode.

19:49 | Apr 7th, 2016

While John Burgoyne was in between Freeman's Farm and Bemis Heights, Sir Henry Clinton went North to take forts from two American General Clinton's, in what he considered to be an adequate diversion.

34:55 | Mar 31st, 2016

The Battle of Bemis Heights is the final part of the overarching Battle of Saratoga. Here we'll see Benedict Arnold act without orders to lead his units to victory, a victory which would cause John Burgoyne to surrender over 5,000 men.

33:36 | Mar 24th, 2016

The first shots are fired at the Battle of Saratoga in a skirmish referred to as The Battle of Freeman's Farm, which will pit Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan against British Generals Fraser and Hamilton.

24:39 | Mar 17th, 2016

The Battle of Saratoga would result from Burgoyne's maneuvering of his troops in an advance on Albany NY, but in his way stood Horatio Gates, who had just recently relieved Phillip Schuyler of his command.

35:02 | Mar 10th, 2016

This week we'll discuss fife and drums for battlefield communications and a game changing piece of technology: The Kentucky Rifle.

22:15 | Mar 3rd, 2016

After the Battle of Brandywine, Washington decides to press forward against the British in the short lived Battle of the Clouds. Afterwards Wayne's militia come under surprise attack in the Paoli Massacre

27:37 | Feb 25th, 2016

We continue this week with the Battle of Brandywine by starting out with a description of the British troop actions that allowed them to flank the American forces and the subsequent clash of the two armies, which resulted in an American defeat.

22:47 | Feb 18th, 2016

The Battle of Brandywine in August 1777 would start out as a chess match between Generals Washington and Howe as they maneuvered for position around the Brandywine

21:15 | Feb 11th, 2016

After the siege of Fort Stanwix (or Fort Schulyer) Washington comes out of his winter in Morristown, NJ and participates in the events leading up to the Battle of Brandywine, including the Battle of Cooch's Bridge

28:17 | Feb 4th, 2016

The Battle of Bennington which took place in August of 1777 pits our old friend John Stark against British forces who had planned on raiding the town of Bennington for much needed supplies.

19:30 | Jan 28th, 2016

The United States flag is an iconic symbol, created in part with the Flag Resolution. But did soldiers in the Continental Army use it? Yes and no. We'll find out more on this week's episode.

26:19 | Jan 21st, 2016

A few short months after Washington beds down for the winter in Morristown, NC the Battle of Ridgefield and the subsequent skirmishes surrounding the battle took place, featuring none other than Benedict Arnold.

22:05 | Jan 14th, 2016

Valcour Island was the first battle of the American Navy and pitted Benedict Arnold against Guy Carleton, British governor of Quebec in an arms race of boat building and cannon firing on Lake Champlain.

26:52 | Jan 7th, 2016

The Battle of Princeton pitted George Washington against British General Mawhood near the current location of Princeton university in early January of 1777. After several routes and the death of Mercer, will Washington be able to rally a victory?

27:13 | Dec 31st, 2015

Washington had won the Battle of Trenton, and a poor command decision now leaves Edward Hand to delay the incoming British reinforcements while Washington tries to organize his defenses.

23:29 | Dec 24th, 2015

Washington has crossed the Delaware river and is poised to take Trenton. Standing is his way is a Hessian garrison lead by Johann Gotliebb Rall.

21:16 | Dec 17th, 2015

By December 7, 1776 George Washington had successfully retreated across the Delaware River. The British forces pursing him decided to bed down for the winter. Washington however, has a different plan in mind...

33:50 | Dec 10th, 2015

We continue with Part II of our discussion on spying during the Revolutionary War, with conversations around the "Turtle", Washington's big communication break, and stories of several of his intelligence agents.

29:31 | Dec 3rd, 2015

There have been TV series and movies that centered around covert activities or spying during the Revolutionary War. What actually happened that you should be aware of?

11:45 | Nov 26th, 2015

War doesn't come typically stop for the holidays so what was a Revolutionary War Thanksgiving like? We'll touch briefly on both a civilian and soldier perspective. Enjoy this day with your families!

21:21 | Nov 19th, 2015

Washington and his men are attacked after a series of retreats at Harlem Heights. Openly mocked, by British troops Col Knowlton and his Rangers make a bold move to risk a victory for the Continental Forces

26:45 | Nov 12th, 2015

At the time, the Battle of Long Island was by far the largest battle ever fought in North America, and also one of George Washington's biggest tactical failures against British General William Howe.

16:10 | Nov 5th, 2015

With nowhere else to go for refuge, a number of South Carolina Loyalists fled to the nearby Cherokee towns where they were given shelter and influenced the Cherokee to fight for the King

25:05 | Oct 29th, 2015

After evacuating Boston, the British forces in America needed a new base of operations in the colonies. Charleston, SC was the obvious choice, but a small fort on Sullivan's Island stood in their way, commanded by Colonel Moultrie.

15:46 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Evacuation Day is the name given to the day that British troops evacuated Boston, effectively ending the 11 month Siege of Boston. We'll talk about how Washington orchestrated this with cannon captured from Fort Ticonderoga.

29:53 | Oct 15th, 2015

A Revolutionary War battle in the Bahamas? Yes, it happened during the Battle of Nassau. But was it actually an order to be followed? Or an "interpretation" of the orders given? We'll discuss in this week's episode.

23:15 | Oct 8th, 2015

While the American forces in Canada were preparing for and executing their retreat, tensions between Patriots and Loyalists flared once again in North Carolina.

21:40 | Oct 1st, 2015

Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery make their assault on the fortified city of Quebec in December of 1775. Indecision and poor leadership from Arnold's forces will cost them the battle.

19:28 | Sep 24th, 2015

Benedict Arnold may be remembered as a famous traitor, but before that he was an accomplished military commander for Colonial forces. George Washington himself gave Arnold his command and set him loose to take the Canadian city of Quebec.

16:22 | Sep 17th, 2015

The southern colonies first major taste of war was the Snow Campaign, which included over of 3,000 Patriot militia in South Carolina led by Colonel Richard Richardson, who was tasked to drive out British loyalists from the South Carolina Backcountry

21:09 | Sep 10th, 2015

The Southern Theater of the Revolutionary War had several interesting events taking place from the fall of 1775 until the first part of 1776. Today we'll talk about two of those events: The Battle of Great Bridge and the burning of Norfolk, VA

23:33 | Sep 3rd, 2015

The "Fourteenth Colony" or Canada, was a focus of the second Continental Congress to prevent invasion from the North by the British. It was decided that a two-fold expedition be sent to secure the area. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Loyalist and Patr...Show More

07:22 | Aug 31st, 2015

Just how bad was the rate of desertion in the Revolutionary War? Strangely enough both horrible conditions and enlistment bonuses contributed to the desertion rate.

32:27 | Aug 27th, 2015

Colonial Generals Israel Putnam and William Prescott clash forces with British Generals Howe and Pigot, culminating in an almost pyrrhic British victory.

26:26 | Aug 20th, 2015

The Battle of Bunker Hill (which actually took place on Breed's Hill) is a battle fought near Boston, Massachusetts, on June 17th, 1775 between the Americans, led by Colonels Putnam and Prescott, and the British led by Generals Howe and Clinton.

28:09 | Aug 13th, 2015

George Washington was not only our countries first President, he was also our military's first commander. But why Washington? What were the events that brought him to, and most importantly made him ready for, leading our countries military.

16:43 | Aug 6th, 2015

Angered at the events of Lexington & Concord 15,000 Colonial Troops start the Siege of Boston and Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys take Fort Ticonderoga. War has come to the Americas...

31:09 | Jul 30th, 2015

The Battles of Lexington and Concord are considered the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, and according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the first shot of the battle was the "shot heard round the world"

23:16 | Jul 23rd, 2015

The final straw leading up to the outbreak of war at Lexington and Concord was a series of acts designed to punish the American colonists after the events of the tea party.

19:18 | Jul 16th, 2015

As we near one of the first major military confrontations and the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Before we get there, it’s important for us to understand how the militaries of the time fight and what technologies they use. In this brief interlude...Show More

23:47 | Jul 9th, 2015

After the events labelled as the Boston Massacre, we see an American population growing weary of taxation without representation. The burning of the Gaspee and the Boston Tea Party are two examples of physical protest against British taxation of the ...Show More

24:54 | Jul 4th, 2015

The American Revolution didn't happen overnight, nor did it happen without the help of "radical" freedom fighters like the Sons of Liberty, but how exactly did it start and why were the colonists angry enough to rebel against one of the largest world...Show More

01:52 | Jun 22nd, 2015

I'm excited to announce that the American Military History Podcast is officially launching on July 4, 2015. Check back then for the first episode!