American Military History Podcast

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 release every Thursday. Subscribe on iTunes to stay up to date.


  • Lee’s Special Order and South Mountain

    Apr 25 2019

    Robert E Lee and Special Order 191 and 3 "Gap" battles at the Battle of South Mountain

  • Author Interview: Veronica Kirin – Stories of Elders

    Dec 26 2018

    Interview with Amazon Best Selling Author Veronica Kirin and her book: Stories of Elders

  • Second Battle of Bull Run (Part 2)

    Dec 10 2018

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

  • Second Battle of Bull Run (Pt I)

    Nov 19 2018

    We return to Manassas for "round 2" with the second Battle of Bull Run / Manassas

  • Seven Days Battle

    Oct 25 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

  • Robert E. Lee

    Oct 11 2018

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

  • Hanover Courthouse & Seven Pines

    Aug 31 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

  • Stonewall Jackon’s Valley Campaign

    Aug 16 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!

  • How can I draw my sword upon Virginia?

    Aug 02 2018

    Let's jump over from Mississippi to Virginia to talk a little bit about the Peninsula Captain of the Civil War.

  • The Siege of Corinth

    Jul 19 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

  • The Battle of Shiloh

    Jul 04 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

  • Merrimack (Virginia) vs Monitor

    May 24 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.

  • Scott’s Anaconda don’t want none…

    May 03 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 in North & South Carolina and Lousiana that resulted as a part of that plan.

  • McClellan’s Reign & Ball’s Bluff

    Apr 19 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

  • Wilson’s Creek and Lincoln’s Command Woes – CW Pt 5

    Mar 16 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

  • The Fire is Light… Battle of Manassas / Bull Run – CW Pt 4

    Mar 01 2018

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

  • 3 Sparks to Light the Fire – Civil War Pt 3

    Feb 15 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.

  • Fort Sumter Fallout & Army Organization – Civil War Pt 2

    Feb 01 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 modern day armed forces

  • The Coming Storm – Civil War: Part 1

    Jan 18 2018

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

  • Introducing American History Tellers

    Jan 03 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 American history affected the people that lived before you, and affects you today.

  • Replay: USS Constitution

    Dec 28 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 episodes on the Civil War.

  • Replay: The Battle of King’s Mountain I & II

    Dec 21 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 episodes on the Civil War.

  • Replay The Battle of Bunker Hill – Parts I & II

    Dec 14 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 episodes on the Civil War.

  • Replay: The Battle of Baltimore

    Dec 07 2017

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

  • The Utah War

    Nov 30 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

  • Matthew Perry Goes to Japan

    Nov 16 2017

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

  • Battle Experience from the Mexican-American War

    Nov 09 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

  • Battle of Mexico City

    Oct 26 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...

  • The Battle of Chapultepac

    Oct 19 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.

  • Battle of Molino del Rey

    Oct 05 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

  • Battles of Contreras and Churubusco

    Sep 28 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

  • The Battle of Cerro Gordo

    Sep 21 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.

  • The Capture of Monterrey & The Battle of Buena Vista

    Sep 14 2017

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

  • The Mexican-American War – Annexation of Texas & Battle of Palo Alto

    Sep 07 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.

  • Wrapping up the Black Hawk War

    Aug 31 2017

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

  • The Battle of Kellogg’s Grove

    Aug 25 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

  • The Black Hawk War Begins

    Aug 17 2017

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

  • The Second Barbary War

    Aug 11 2017

  • The Third Seminole War

    Aug 03 2017

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

  • The End of the Second Seminole War

    Jul 28 2017

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

  • Tides of History, Episode One Preview

    Jul 20 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!

  • Jesup Takes Command

    Jul 20 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.

  • Unshackling America with Willard Sterne Randall

    Jul 13 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.

  • A Lack of Forward Progress… Gaines & Scott in Florida

    Jul 06 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

  • The Dade Massacre – Second Seminole Wars

    Jun 29 2017

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

  • Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs – The Hello Girls

    Jun 22 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.

  • Andrew Jackson Invades Florida

    Jun 15 2017

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

  • Fowlstown & the Scott Massacre

    Jun 08 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

  • Justin’s Personal Letters

    Jun 06 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

  • The Negro Fort

    Jun 01 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.

  • The Perez Drinkwater Letters

    May 29 2017

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

  • Intro to the First Seminole War

    May 25 2017

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

  • Journal Entries – War of 1812

    May 23 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.

  • The USS Constitution

    May 18 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.

  • Treaty of Ghent & The Battle of New Orleans

    May 11 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

  • The Battle of Lake Champlain

    May 04 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

  • The Battle of Baltimore

    Apr 27 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

  • The Bladensburg Races

    Apr 20 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.

  • The Battle of Lundy’s Lane

    Apr 13 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.

  • Battles of Crysler’s Farm & Chippawa

    Apr 06 2017

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

  • The Battles of Lake Erie & Thames

    Mar 30 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

  • The Siege Forts York & Meigs

    Mar 23 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

  • Battle of Frenchtown

    Mar 16 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.

  • Battle of Queenston Heights

    Mar 09 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.

  • The Fall of the West

    Feb 23 2017

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

  • Army? What Army? & The Battle of Tippacanoe

    Feb 16 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.

  • War of 1812 Part I – Overview

    Feb 09 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.

  • The First Barbary War

    Feb 02 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

  • Fries’ Rebellion

    Jan 26 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.

  • The XYZ Affair & The Quasi-War

    Jan 19 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.

  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Jan 12 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.

  • Shays’ Rebellion

    Jan 05 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.

  • The War That Never Ends

    Dec 29 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.

  • Peak of the Lower Cherokee

    Dec 22 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.

  • The Second Invasion & Post Revolution

    Dec 15 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

  • Invasions of the Chickamauga Towns

    Dec 08 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

  • The Patriot Response

    Dec 01 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

  • The Cherokee War of 1776

    Nov 24 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

  • Military History Author Jay Wertz

    Nov 18 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.

  • Happy Veteran’s Day – From John Glenn

    Nov 11 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.

  • Battle of Yorktown Pt II & War Wrap-up

    Nov 10 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 Revolutionary War

  • Battle of Yorktown – Part I

    Nov 03 2016

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

  • Ghosts of The Revolutionary War

    Oct 27 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

  • Battle of The Chesapeake

    Oct 20 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 to New York

  • The Battle of Green Spring & Eutaw Springs

    Oct 13 2016

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

  • Siege of Augusta & Siege of Ninety-Six

    Oct 06 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.

  • The Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill & The Siege of Fort Granby

    Sep 29 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

  • Battles of Torrence Tavern & Guilford Courthouse

    Sep 22 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 Campaign.

  • The Battle of Cowan’s Ford

    Sep 15 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 began retreating toward Mecklenburg.

  • Tarleton v Morgan – The Battle of Cowpens, Part II

    Sep 08 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.

  • The Return of Daniel Morgan – Battle of Cowpens, Part I

    Sep 01 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.

  • The Paddle Shaped Ridge – The Battle of Kings Mountain Part II

    Aug 25 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.

  • The Ride of The Over Mountain Men – Battle of Kings Mountain Part I

    Aug 18 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.

  • Do You Smell what the Rock is Cookin’? – Battles of Hanging Rock, SC & Camden, SC

    Aug 11 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.

  • Wax On, Waxhaw – Battle of the the Waxhaws and Ramsuer’s Mill

    Aug 04 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.

  • Charleston Has Fallen – 1780 Siege of Charleston, SC

    Jul 28 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.

  • Winter is Coming – Washington in Morristown, NJ

    Jul 21 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.

  • John Paul Jones & The Siege of Savannah

    Jul 14 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.

  • Stories with Soldiers – Ryan Michler

    Jul 07 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.

  • Leave a Light On – Light Horse Harry Lee & The Battle of Paulus Hook.

    Jun 30 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.

  • You Mad Bro? – “Mad” Anthony Wayne & The Battle of Stony Point

    Jun 23 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

  • Leave No Stono Unturned – Battle of Stono River

    Jun 16 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

  • Trouble in the Briar Patch – The Battle of Briar Creek

    Jun 09 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

  • A Royal Disaster – The Battle of Port Royal Island

    Jun 02 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.

  • Georgia On My Mind – Capture of Savannah & Battle of Kettle Creek

    May 26 2016

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

  • On the Rhode (Island) Again – Battle of Quaker Hill

    May 19 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

  • The Long Knives of Clark – Illinois Campaign

    May 12 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

  • Lee You Had One Job – The Battle of Monmouth

    May 05 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.

  • Howe to Say Goodbye & The Battle of Barren Hill

    Apr 28 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.

  • Battle of White Marsh and The French Alliance

    Apr 21 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.

  • A Tale of Two Forts: Mercer & Mifflin

    Apr 14 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.

  • Campaign of The Clintons

    Apr 07 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.

  • The Battle of Saratoga – Part III: Bemis Heights

    Mar 31 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.

  • The Battle of Saratoga – Part II: Freeman’s Farm

    Mar 24 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.

  • The Battle of Saratoga – Part I

    Mar 17 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.

  • Fifes, Drums & Kentucky Rifles

    Mar 10 2016

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

  • Battle of The Clouds & The Paoli Massacre

    Mar 03 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

  • Battle of Brandywine – Part II

    Feb 25 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.

  • Battle of Brandywine – Part I

    Feb 18 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

  • Buildup to Brandywine

    Feb 11 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

  • The Battle of Bennington

    Feb 04 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.

  • The Flag Resolution

    Jan 28 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.

  • Battle of Ridgefield

    Jan 21 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.

  • Battle of Valcour Island

    Jan 14 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.

  • Battle of Princeton

    Jan 07 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?

  • The (Edward) Hand of Washington & the Second Battle of Trenton

    Dec 31 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.

  • Battle of Trenton – Washington vs. Rall

    Dec 24 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.

  • Battle of Trenton – Washington Crosses the Delaware

    Dec 17 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...

  • Spying During the Revolutionary War – Part II

    Dec 10 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.

  • Spying During the Revolutionary War – Part I

    Dec 03 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?

  • A Revolutionary War Thanksgiving

    Nov 26 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!

  • Battle of Harlem Heights

    Nov 19 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

  • Battle of Long Island

    Nov 12 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.

  • The Cherokee & the British in South Carolina

    Nov 05 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

  • Battle of Sullivan’s Island

    Oct 29 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.

  • Evacuation Day

    Oct 22 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.

  • The Battle of Nassau

    Oct 15 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.

  • Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge

    Oct 08 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.

  • Benedict Arnold in Quebec – Part II

    Oct 01 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.

  • Benedict Arnold in Quebec – Part I

    Sep 24 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.

  • Snow Campaign & The Battle of Great Cane Brake

    Sep 17 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

  • The Battle of Great Bridge & The Burning of Norfolk

    Sep 10 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

  • The Fourteenth Colony & Ninety Six, SC

    Sep 03 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 Patriot tension finally comes to a head.

  • Desertion in the Revolutionary War

    Aug 31 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.

  • The Battle of Bunker Hill – Part II

    Aug 27 2015

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

  • The Battle of Bunker Hill – Part I

    Aug 20 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.

  • Presidents Who Served – George Washington

    Aug 13 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.

  • The Siege of Boston and the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga

    Aug 06 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...

  • Battle of Lexington and Concord

    Jul 30 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"

  • The Intolerable Acts & Paul Revere

    Jul 23 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.

  • Military Tactics and Technology of the 1700s

    Jul 16 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, we’ll discuss these technologies and tactics.

  • Boston Massacre Fallout, Gaspee Affair and the Boston Tea Party

    Jul 09 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 colonies.

  • The Stamp Act, Sons of Liberty & British Troops in Boston

    Jul 04 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 powers of the time?

  • Announcing The Podcast!

    Jun 22 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!