Wed, Nov 09|
BCHS Lecture Series: To Crush a Rebellion How and Where could the British have won the American War for Independence
This presentation examines some of these times in the war, and what actions the British might have taken that would have indeed crushed the rebellion.
Time & Location
Nov 09, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM
River Edge, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ 07661, USA
About the Event
To Crush a Rebellion How and Where could the British have won the American War for Independence by Todd Braisted - Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 PM
Steuben House, 1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ. Free lecture. Refreshments available at the conclusion.
“the yankies are now at their last shift, we shall totally crush the rebellion next spring."
So said Thomas Sandford, a quartermaster in the British Brigade of Foot Guards in a letter from New Jersey in February 1777. It of course did not happen.
But were there actual points in the war where the British military had it in their power to militarily win the American Revolution, and yet did not?
Historians and others are quick to point to several key moments where that might have been the case. Are they correct?
Join us as we examine some of these times in the war, and what actions the British might have taken that would have indeed crushed the rebellion.
And come prepared to discuss your own theories!
Todd Braisted is an author and independent researcher specializing in Loyalist studies during the American Revolution.
He has published over forty books and journal articles on a variety of period subjects, including the 2016 book Grand Forage 1778. His website, royalprovincial.com, is the leading site for Loyalist research since it debuted in 2000.
Todd has likewise appeared as a guest historian on such television shows as History Detectives and Who Do You Think You Are?
He has served as president of the Bergen County Historical Society and the Brigade of the American Revolution
and is a Fellow in the Company of Military Historians. He likewise serves as a history advisor to Crossroads of the American Revolution, the Advisory Council of Revolution NJ, the South Carolina American Revolution Sestercentennial Commission and wrote the 2017 National Park Service Battlefield Studies Preservation Report for Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Todd has taught numerous classes for Fort Ticonderoga’s National Endowment for the Humanities Teacher’s Program and Teacher’s Institute. He has lectured extensively on Loyalists and other subjects across the United States and Canada.