From Bryan Fitzmartin: Paul Revere’s Ride from the American Battlefield Trust
December 28, 2019
 

I am a big admirer of the American Battlefield Trust. I think they do very important work, and as such they have also made some amazing (and informative) “cool” American History videos. Though I would compliment the work they do, and think this particular video about Revolutionary War Combat is great and worth watching, I disagree with the presenter on several key points. The video makes the argument that Revolutionary War combat tended to be the same on both sides, and that it’s a myth that the British always fought in “lines” and in reverse also a myth that the Americans always used gorilla-style combat. The idea is, or so it’s stated, that both the Americans and British fought in battle lines and that combat tended to be pretty “static” in that sense between the two sides.

That argument is slightly wrong. While it’s correct to say (for example) that the Americans used traditional 18th century style combat maneuvers during the battle to control New York City (for example, and that is correct to say), in some of the battles immediately preceding they did not and did not intend to use standard combat methods. The Battle of Lexington and Concord (also sometimes called the “Battle of April 19th”) is an example – that battle was won using guerrilla warfare. Also, at the battle of Cowpens (again, for example), not only did the Americans use a form of guerrilla warfare, but revolutionized and refined guerrilla combat as a tactic (one could argue), even legitimatizing it to an extent and a workable (though not necessarily respectable) strategy. There’s no doubt the video below is interesting, but keep in mind, the true nature of revolutionary war tactics, are still debated by Historians, and as such, the opinion in the video (though an interesting opinion), is just one of many on the subject.
 

Article by Bryan Fitzmartin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVUaPrP_rCE&t=47s

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December 28, 2019
 

This is another great video by the American Battlefield Trust. I have said many times that I am a big fan of their work, and this video is no exception. One myth that I personally try to dispel (independent of the video) when I talk about the Revolutionary War has directly to do with Paul Revere, and this video touches on it. When Paul Revere put a lantern up in the Old Boston Church (one if by land, two if by sea, as the poem goes), he did it as part of an actual military maneuver to warn the Patriot forces about the coming British operation against the town of Concord in Massachusetts (the original military intention of which by the British was to seize an arms store, these arms and munitions were very directly important to the Patriot cause, especially since gunpowder was in extremely short supply). But this isn’t really what school-children are taught, they’re taught to tend to think of the Paul Revere story as a bit of an American “fairy-tale” but this is not what it was, it certainly was what is now known in modern times as an “intelligence” operation, that had an absolute definable, and important military goal, and therefore was part of a military operation. The class poem, which is read in the video, overshadows a very important part of American history (and again the video says that, which is great). The video also correctly points out that there was more than one rider, and mentions that history might be very different if William Dawes (another rider that night), had been mentioned in the classic poem, and not Paul Revere. Check out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDzBd2kSpXM

Article by Bryan Fitzmartin

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September 28, 2015
 
What was Massachusetts Really like before the American Revolution? Professional Historian and Political Scientist Bryan Fitzmartin, shows us:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-EOWd_IQ9A

Announcing a new free Ebook from from Bryan Fitzmartin.  Download, "America, One Nation, Under Heavy Divide," today for a fun, interesting, and exciting read.

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September 28, 2015
 
What did Americans Really Sound Like Before the American Revolution? Professional Historian and Political Scientist Bryan Fitzmartin, shows us.

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Announcing a new free Ebook from from Bryan Fitzmartin.  Download, "America, One Nation, Under Heavy Divide," today for a fun, interesting, and exciting read.

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December 18, 2014
 
User Submitted Question: Who would you consider an underrepresented figure, in the decision to separate from England? A character who did play a part but was never given much press? Professional Historian and Political Scientist, Bryan Fitzmartin, answers for us on youtube, through the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzXMDGxwfYg

Announcing a new free Ebook from Bryan Fitzmartin. Download "America, One Nation, Under Heavy Divide,"  today for a fun, interesting, and exciting read.
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December 18, 2014
 
User Submitted Question: Was no taxation without representation the major cause of the rebellion? What other grievences did the colonists feel or experience besides no taxation without representation? Professional Historian and Political Scientist, Bryan Fitzmartin, answers for us on youtube, through the link below.

Announcing a new free Ebook from Bryan Fitzmartin. Download "America, One Nation, Under Heavy Divide,"  today for a fun, interesting, and exciting read.
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