Category Archives: Colonial America

British Ignobility

Introduction British colonial administrators were almost always members of the nobility — the peers and landed gentry.  But there were two groups of nobles: high nobles and everyone else.  In North America, the colonial administrators were mostly minor nobility.  Very few “high born” … Continue reading

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The Tragic Case of Dr. Benjamin Church, M.D.

All modern clandestine organizations employ psychologists.  They do this as a measure of self-defense because it is often the psychologist who is most capable of ferreting out a traitor or identifying a candidate for the secret service who may later … Continue reading

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Who was Major John André?

The story of John André is somewhat short but interesting.  By fairly short, I mean that he lived for only 30 years, and by interesting, I mean that he led a heck of a life in those thirty years.  Well, … Continue reading

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The One You Never Suspect

Experts on spycraft tell us that the best spy is the one you never suspect.  I would argue that it’s the one who never gets caught.  I asked the question, “Who were the best spies during the American Revolution?”  Among … Continue reading

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Gentleman Johnny

Introduction For many years, British military officers purchased their promotions.  A young man who wanted to join the military as an officer paid for the privilege of serving in the army.[1]  The system that existed in the United Kingdom before 1871 for … Continue reading

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A New England Man

Introduction In 1755, British colonists had a full plate: French soldiers and their Indian allies were killing British settlers, parliament was finding ways to increase everyone’s taxes, and the British monarch, who couldn’t speak English, was mentally ill.  Amazingly, there was … Continue reading

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The Last General

Introduction The history of Rome inspires the imaginations of those who enjoy looking into the past.  Rome existed for around 1,100 years, beginning about 625 B.C.  That is such a long period of time that historians feel compelled to study … Continue reading

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The Adams Family

But first, a word … History seeks order from chaos.  It is one discipline of several in the social sciences.  The study of history must confine itself to evaluating written records.  Whatever history exists before written records must be studied … Continue reading

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Thomas Gage

Introduction British General Thomas Gage was, at one time, the highest authority in North America during the early stages of the American Revolutionary War.  In his time, he was criticized by the British and the Americans alike, and to this … Continue reading

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The Fifty-six

The fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.  Who were these men, and what happened to them?  All of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated.  Some were lawyers and … Continue reading

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