John Laurens: Forgotten Patriot

A close associate of both Washington and Hamilton, in his short life John Laurens was both an accomplished diplomat and soldier. But he is nearly forgotten because he did what many other, more famous, patriots did not. He died for the cause. The History Guy recalls the man of whom Washington said “he had notContinue reading “John Laurens: Forgotten Patriot”

Hercules Mulligan: Patriot Spy

Hercules Mulligan was an early supporter of the patriot cause, and a major influence on the young Alexander Hamilton. A tailor, he gathered intelligence that helped save George Washington twice. The History Guy recalls one of the most enigmatic figures of the American Revolution.

1781 Battle of Jersey

Most Americans don’t seem to realize that the American Revolution sparked a broader war that engulfed the world, not just in North America, but in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, India, and the island of Jersey. The 1781 Battle of Jersey only lasted about half an hour, but it represented the breadth of the empire thatContinue reading “1781 Battle of Jersey”