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222. Winning a "Compleat Victory" at Saratoga with Dr. Kevin Weddle

March 25, 2022

The Battle of Saratoga in September and October of 1777 was a decisive turning point in the American War for Independence. The American victory over the British in northern New York put a stopper to London’s dreams of a swif…

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212. Recruiting the Hero of Two Worlds with Mike Duncan

Oct. 6, 2021

To kick off Season 6, we bring you the story of America’s Favorite Fighting Frenchmen. In 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette sailed from France with a commission as a major general in the Continental Army. Unlike many other Euro…

Guest: Mike Duncan
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193. Rifling through Washington's Receipts with Dr. Julie Miller

Jan. 21, 2021

Take a receipt out of your pocket. What does it say about you? Receipts can tell us a lot about people and the world in which they lived. And George Washington kept receipts. On today’s show, Dr. Julie Miller joins Jim Ambus…

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174. (Recast) Tracing the Rise and Fall of Light-Horse Harry Lee with Ryan Cole

Sept. 3, 2020

This episode originally aired in September 2019. You may know him as Robert E. Lee’s father, but Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was so much more. Born into a Virginia dynasty, the man who would become one of George Washington…

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164. Battling Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay with Jamie L. H. Goodall

June 25, 2020

During the American Revolution, the Chesapeake Bay was a pirate’s nest. The men who plied the Bay’s waters had shifting loyalties, competing interests, and a keen sense of how to use the law to legitimize their actions. In f…

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160. Recasting Tacky's Revolt as an Atlantic Slave War with Vincent Brown

May 28, 2020

Virginia is a landscape shaped by slavery and the enslaved communities who labored in bondage on plantations like Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the smaller farms that surrounded these large estates. But in the eighteenth cen…

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157. Finding the Hidden Families behind the Boston Massacre with Serena Zabin

May 7, 2020

On the evening of March 5, 1770, Captain Thomas Preston and a small contingent of British Redcoats under his command fired into a crowd of civilians massing on King Street in Boston, killing several people. Many of us are fa…

Politics War Early United States

153. Putting Secession and Jefferson Davis on Trial with Cynthia Nicoletti

April 9, 2020

In May 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Georgia as the Civil War neared its end. Davis had led the Confederate States of America since 1861. He was taken to Fortress Monroe in …

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142. Plotting against General Washington with Mark Edward Lender

Jan. 23, 2020

In late 1777, George Washington’s disappointing performance as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army was a source of growing concern among some army officers and members of Congress. While he had won important victories…

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137. Seeing the British Side of the American Revolution with Andrew O'Shaughnessy

Dec. 19, 2019

What does the American Revolution look like from a British vantage point? How does that change the way we think about the origins of the United States, and major figures such as George Washington , Thomas Jefferson , or Geor…

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136. Executing Major John André with D.A.B. Ronald

Dec. 12, 2019

On October 2, 1780, Major John André was executed as a spy on George Washington’s orders. The British officer had convinced American general Benedict Arnold to switch allegiances, but having been caught in the act, André was…

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132. Quartering Troops in Early America with John McCurdy

Nov. 14, 2019

In the Declaration of Independence , Thomas Jefferson criticized George III for "Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us" in the years before the American Revolution. To hear Jefferson tell it, quartered troops had …

Biography American Revolution War Early United States

123. Tracing the Rise and Fall of Light-Horse Harry Lee with Ryan Cole

Sept. 12, 2019

You may know him as Robert E. Lee’s father, but Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was so much more. Born into a Virginia dynasty, the man who would become one of George Washington ’s protégés came of age with the American Revolu…

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118. Finding George Washington in Scotland with Rachel Hosker

Aug. 8, 2019

How did a George Washington letter find a home Scotland? In this episode of Conversations at the Washington Library , Jim Ambuske talks with Rachel Hosker, deputy head of special collections and archives manager at the Unive…


117. Resilience in a Time of War: A Special Purple Heart Commemoration Day Conversation with LTC Matthew Kutilek, USMC

Aug. 1, 2019

In this episode, Jim Ambuske chats with LTC Matthew Kutilek, USMC, a 2001 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Kutilek is a United States Marine Special Operations Officer with 18+ years of active duty serv…