J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

American Revolution Conference in Williamsburg, 22-24 Mar.

America’s History, L.L.C., is sponsoring its second annual Conference on the American Revolution in Williamsburg, Virginia, on 22-24 March. Although there are academics on the list of speakers, this conference is not designed for academic scholars and job-seekers but for independent researchers and history buffs.

The scheduled program is:

  • Edward G. Lengel: “Revolutionary Rivals: Horatio Gates and George Washington
  • Douglas Cubbison: “Man on a Mission: John Burgoyne and the Campaign of 1777”
  • Joshua Howard: “The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion, Revolutionary War Hero of South Carolina”
  • James Kirby Martin: “Benedict Arnold: Revolutionary America’s Heroic General”
  • Andrew O’Shaughnessy: “Fighting with Friends and Enemies Simultaneously: Sir Henry Clinton
  • Jim Piecuch: “Frustrated Ambitions: “Light Horse Harry Lee’s Conflicts On and Off the Battlefield”
  • John V. Quarstein: “Closing the Door on Cornwallis: The Battle of the Capes September 1781”
  • Glenn F. Williams: “Lord Dunmore’s War: Training Ground for Continental Officers”
As you see, there’s an emphasis on military commanders this year rather than, say, politics, battles or other events, ordinary soldiers, social movements, technology, &c.

There will also be two panel discussions: “The Best and Worst Military Commanders of the Revolutionary War” and “A Revolutionary War Bookshelf: What You Should Own and What Books Will Be Published Soon.”

The conference package costs $225 and includes lunch, two breakfasts, and refreshment breaks. There are rooms available at the Williamsburg Hospitality House, which I think is also the site of the sessions. On the Friday afternoon before the conference begins, there’s an optional bus tour of Petersburg and other sites led by William Welsch of the local American Revolution Round Table; that costs $95 extra. I hadn’t thought seriously about going to Virginia next month, but two feet of snow has a way of making me reconsider.

America’s History offers a range of other tours and events this year, including sessions on “Religion, Rebellion, and the Founding Fathers” in Pennsylvania with John Fea; "Defending the Highlands” in Newburgh, New York, with Bill Welsch and Bruce Venter; “Braddock's Campaign to Fort Duquesne” in Pennsylvania with Doug Cubbison; and “Burgoyne’s Campaign of 1777” in conjunction with the 10th annual American Revolution Seminar at Fort Ticonderoga.


Anonymous said...

Great blog! Did you know both Rev. Nathaniel Appleton of Cambridge and Col. Lemuel Robinson of Dorchester named a son after George Washington? Small world!

J. L. Bell said...

By coincidence, I've been looking at records on Lemuel Robinson and his family this weekend. He named his son after Washington in July 1775, less than a month after the new commander-in-chief arrived in Massachusetts. Robinson may have had a extra-strong political motive, however. As I recall, he was in trouble with the Massachusetts authorities for trying to enlist men from another colonel's regiment into his own, or something like that. Robinson was also part of the network that smuggled arms out of Boston to Concord in early 1774. Wish we knew more about him.