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Myths of the American Revolution

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. ithaca_deerslayer

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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    The book "To Try Men's Souls" written by William Forstchen and Newt Gingrich showed the lack of equipment and supplies that the Continental Army endured. In this particular case it was about the Delaware Crossing.

    Granted that this book is a historical fiction instead of a documented history book, it was obvious that William Forstchen did a lot of research into the background and details. He's a Professor of History at Montreat College, North Carolina. So, while I'm sure that there were sensationalizations in the book (after all it's a fictional account), there's also a lot of details not usually known to high school history books either.
     

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    Interesting. I knew more of those than I thought.
     
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    That was interesting. Thanks for the link.
     
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    I think one of the worst things about the war is that no one knows who Israel Bissell was.
     
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    DaGroaner Anti-Socialist

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    It's a very strange article. The first one especially as he basically confirms the supposed myth. The second, third and fourth "myths" were myths I had never even heard before. I got bored with the article about then because it struck me that the author was just setting up strawmen to defeat so I quit reading it.
     
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    Most of the things that happened in the war of 1812 are mistakenly attributed to the Revolutionary war.
     
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    Such as?
     
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    The Star-Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812 but many still think it came from the American Revolution.
     
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    And that's because his name didn't rhyme with "hear."

    ML
     
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    Amazing. I did not know that the Hessians were armed with Sturmgewehr 44's.
     
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    Thats the primary one. It is sometimes called the "Second War of Independence"

    The Burning of Washington and Dolly Madison

    The Battle of Baltimore harbor and Fort McHenry (where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner)
     
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    I'm pretty sure he's the guy who went on to invent the carpet steam cleaner.

    (I minored in history, so it really isn't fair that you pitched me such a softball. :cool:)
     
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    Perhaps if the brits would have sprung for the Panzerfausts they wouldn't have lost....
     
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    lanternlad Mythmatician

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    The burning of Washington is how the name "White House" came to be. Before then, it was called the "Executive Mansion" and was painted black. It was so scarred by fire and smoke damage from the burning of the city that the only way to repair the color damage was to repaint it white.
     
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    I remember something about someone named Crispus Attucks, but can't remember what he did.
     
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    A rug shampoo machine from Tel Aviv?
     
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    Umm....any way to back that up there my friend? Specifically the whole painted black portion? I'd always heard it had always been painted white.:dunno:



    Jon
     
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    One of the strongest myths is that Americans won the war because they had rifles and fought Indian style from behind trees. In the public memory, the harrassment of the British retreat from Lexinton and Concord created an image that has been glommed onto the rest of the war. The truth is that, other than King's Mountain, major victories were won by conventional tactics. Rifle firing militiamen were a useful tool, but not decisive.
    The rifle, though more accurate, was a jammatic unless cleaned carefully and slowly, and fragile, expensive, privately owned, did not take a bayonet, and not suited as a general combat weapon.
    The standard tactic was to deploy the militia riflemen in front of the regulars, get them to fire one or more volleys as the British approached, then retreat behind the regular musket firing infantry. This is not to say that the rifle wasn't very useful in specialist roles.
    In some areas, mainly the south, guerilla tactics were used, but final success could only be won with conventional victories.
     
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    Many historians credit Crispus Attucks as the first American killed in the American Revolution. He was a black man who was part of the people giving the redcoats a hard time that cold night in Boston, better known as "The Boston Massacre."