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Jun 102016
 

Private Paranormal Tour of the Paoli Battlefield

Update:  We have sold out the tour for the Fall.  We will have a new Spring Tour starting in May 2017 (Date TBA).

Join us on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm as Laurie Hull and her team from Tri-County Paranormal lead us on a paranormal investigation of the Paoli Battlefield.  This is a private tour and the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park will be CLOSED during the tour to all visitors.

Food, drink, and bathroom facilities will be provided at the battlefield.  Please bring along bug spray, flashlights, recorders, cameras, and dress properly for the season.  We will begin in the sun and end in the dark so please make sure that you bring warm clothing and appropriate footwear as we will be walking through trails in the woods and in grass fields.  You can also bring a chair if you want as we are going to be at several different locations throughout the battlefield.

We have discovered over the years many different “hot spots” of activity located along the trail and in other areas around the battlefield of the 9th deadliest battle of the Revolutionary War.

This battle was a midnight bayonet and sword attack by the British as they swept across the camp of Anthony Wayne in three waves that sent his continental troops off in a panic.  Many witness describe the attack and atrocities committed there by the British.

“I with my own Eyes, see them, cut & hack some of our poor Men to pieces after they had fallen in their hands and scarcely shew the least Mercy to any…”

Lt. Col. Adam Hubley, 10th PA Regiment

“…more than a dozen soldiers had with fixed bayonets formed a cordon round him, and that everyone of them in sport had indulged their brutal ferocity by stabbing him in different parts of his body and limbs … a physician … examining him there was found … 46 distinct bayonet wounds…”

William Hutchinson, Pennsylvania Militiaman

“The Enemy last Night at twelve o’clock attacked … Our Men just raised from Sleep, moved disorderly — Confusion followed … The Carnage was very great … this is a bloody Month.”

Col. Thomas Hartley, 1st PA Regiment

“The Annals of the Age Cannot Produce such another Scene of Butchery…”

Maj. Samuel Hay, 7th PA Regiment

52 soldiers from this battle are buried in a mass grave and there is one that is buried somewhere else in the battlefield.  Wayne’s troops were so incensed at the British atrocities that the coined one of our nations first battle cry “Remember Paoli”.

We invite you to take photographs and bring other equipment to the battlefield for this tour and we encourage you to share your photos or recordings with Laurie as she will use them in her presentation on March of 2017 at the General Warren Inne.  Please email your photos or recordings to info@rememberpaoli.org

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Click here to down the waiver. Please sign and bring with you before you start the tour.

You must sign a waver which you can download here and bring with you or you can sign and submit at the battlefield.  No admittance on tour without this signed waiver. 

The cost is $45 per person.

Update:  We have sold out the tour for the Fall.  We will have a new Spring Tour starting in May 2017 (Date TBA).

         

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Jun 102016
 

Did you know that 6 Revolutionary War veterans were photographed in 1863 to help bolster the Union spirit during the Civil War?  The biographies of these soldiers were never properly vetted due to the interviewer’s patriotic agenda and the faded memories of the soldiers themselves.  Through long research by noted author and historian Don Hagist, the stories of these men come to life and show the inaccuracies and their first published stories, but shows that these men did serve in the war that gain us our independence.

Join us on Monday, January 9th as Don Hagist comes all the way from Providence, Rhode Island to talk about his book “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs. During the Civil War that threatened to tear the United States apart came the realization that only a handful of veterans of the American Revolution still survived—men who had fought the war that created the nation.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Six of these men were photographed and interviewed for a book by Reverend E. B. Hillard that appeared late in 1864. Their images have captivated generations since then; but—through a combination of faded memories and the interviewer’s patriotic agenda—the biographies accompanying these amazing photographs were garbled and distorted, containing information that ranged from inaccurate to implausible.Revolutions Last Men

Now for the first time the military careers of these men have been researched in detail using a wide range of primary sources. The result is a new perspective on the actual service of these soldiers, from enlistment to discharge, along with new details of their relatively quiet postwar lives. The Revolution’s Last Men presents the original biographical interviews published in 1864, pension depositions and other first-hand accounts given by each man later in life, and an up-to-date biography examining each soldier’s service and discussing the inaccuracies and uncertainties of the previously published accounts. To complement the photographs taken in 1864, original drawings depict the men as they may have appeared when they were soldiers, using current research on military artifacts and material culture. Also included are additional photographs of some of the men that were not part of the 1864 collection but taken when their status as the last known survivors of the American Revolution made them celebrities. While the photographs of these aged veterans continue to inspire, this book puts their service into perspective and allows these men to be appreciated for who they really were and for their great and unique service to their country.

Don HagistDon N. Hagist is an avid historical researcher and has spent much of his life studying and researching the history of the American Revolution, focusing on the British soldiers who served in America during that war. Besides several books, he has published numerous articles on the subject. He gives lectures in America and Great Britain, and is available for speaking engagements.
Don is an engineering consultant, and also writes humor material for cartoonists whose work appears in national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jun 092016
 

 Help Us Preserve our Future!!

3rd Annual Fund Raising Dinner & Silent Auction

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 – The Farmhouse at Peoples Light & Theater Company- Malvern, PA 19355 – 6 to 9 

Come show your support for these two local all-volunteer non-profit organizations at our 3rd Annual Fund Raising Dinner and Silent Auction.  It’s a great way for the community to help us raise much needed funds for National Historic Landmark status project, Education and Preservation programs, and the Maintenance of the monuments and the “ring road”. The evening program includes our keynote speaker the noted author Dr. Nancy K. Loane. There will be multimedia displays and an update on our organizations efforts to become one of the few National Historic Landmarks in the nation. Our Silent Auction has many donated items that will be auctioned off will benefit both of these nonprofit organizations so bring your checkbook or credit card to help our fund raising efforts.  Attire is Business Casual and the cost has been discounted to $90 per person.  Each attendee will receive one free ticket to an upcoming play at The Peoples Light & Theater Company for up to one year.

Paoli Memorial Association LogoThe Paoli Memorial Grounds and Paoli Battlefield in Malvern is ours to enjoy, we can walk our dogs, take a hike, jog, play with our kids, and enjoy the great outdoors. We come to The Malvern Fire Company Fair, use the tennis courts and watch the Chester Valley Little League play ball. There is the Malvern Memorial Day Parade and Spaghetti Dinners and Cake Walks a fun fascinating slice of small town USA!  All of this is done by the volunteers of the Paoli Memorial Association a non-profit organization without tax dollars.  We need you help in upkeep with the grounds, preserving the monuments, and making this place safe and accessible to the public.

The Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund LogoPaoli Battlefield Preservation Fund is also a volunteer non-profit sister organization.  The PBPF is currently engaged in a major project to attain National Historic Landmark status for both the Paoli Memorial Grounds and the Paoli Battlefield.  This non-profit also needs your help in making this area a National Historic Landmark and a destination for historic tourism.  Please come and enjoy this great dinner event.

While we continue to provide services to the community, and help cushion the blow to taxpayers of the Borough, the costs and needs continue to increase and therefore the need to expand our fundraising efforts and volunteer support has become critical.

Please help us Remember Paoli by making your payments online or by mail!!

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Nancy K. Loane

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Nancy K. Loane

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Make your checks payable to “PBPF-PMA Dinner” and please include your email address so we can send a receipt to you.  PBPF-PMA Dinner, PO Box 38, Malvern, PA 19355

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Jun 092016
 

We all think we know the story of Benjamin Franklin, we know the story of him flying a kite in a thunderstorm, but do you know the other inventions he worked on?   Join us on Monday, November 14th as we welcome Mike Kochan who will be presentation and demonstrating some of Benjamin Franklin’s Experiments.

Mike will be bring some reproductions of Franklin’s machines he used in his experiments as well as audience participation in some experiments to help tell the story of Benjamin Franklin’s involvement in these scientific experiments.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

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The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Mike’s presentation will show Franklin’s place in the history of the discoveries in electricity. The presentation will start with the Greeks, move to the seventeenth century then the eighteenth century and finish in mid eighteenth century with a demonstration of his famous kite experiment. The talk will use a combination of a power point as well as replicas of some of his experiments that the guests can do themselves bringing the history of developments in electricity to life.  Mike has the ability over the years to make museum quality examples of the technology of the eighteenth and nineteenth century technology and is currently portraying Franklin in venues that include children as well as adults.

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Ben Franklin aka Mike Kochan, which some of his experiments at the Paoli Battlefield.

Jun 082016
 

How did an orphan boy from the Caribbean become one of our founding fathers?  What lead him to be a soldier and fight with George Washington?  Learn about his falling out with General Washington, but also his devotion to duty.  Join us on Monday, October 10th as we welcome back our friend Gene Pisasale  as he presents Alexander Hamilton.  Gene will present the lecture dressed in full Continental Army officer’s uniform as a “Living Biographer” of Colonel Alexander Hamilton.  Learn how Hamilton came from humble beginnings, emigrated to America, and became a patriot.  See how he impacted the American Revolutionary War, the Constitution of the United States, and developing our economic system as our first Secretary of the Treasury.

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

Register NOW

Click here to go to the booking page for this lecture

The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

Alexander Hamilton (1757- 1804) is one of the most important, yet least understood of the Founding Fathers. Orphaned as a young boy on the island of St. Croix, he later emigrated to the colonies and fought as a soldier in the American Revolution. He became a trusted aide-de-camp to General Washington, serving through most of the war and fighting at the final victory at Yorktown. Hamilton was an important contributor to the U.S. Constitution and the Federalist Papers, later becoming the first Secretary of the Treasury, where he transformed a bankrupt nation into an efficient government able to pay its debts, issue currency and regulate trade. His accomplishments stand among the most critical in the founding of our nation.

Gene has written many books including The Forgotten Star: A Historical fiction novel of the War of 1812 and true-life mysteries surrounding a 200-year old American icon- the Star-Spangled Banner, Abandoned Address- The Secret of Frick’s Lock, Lafayette’s Gold- The Lost Brandywine Treasure, Vineyard Days: a novel set in Martha’s Vineyard, The Christian Sanderson Museum – Tom Thompson Remembers, and American Revolution to Fine Art – Brandywine Valley Reflections.

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Gene is an historian and writer from the Main Line outside Philadelphia, and hosts Living History on WCHE 1520AM in West Chester.. An avid history buff, he started writing novels after 30 years in the energy and investment industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Geology the University of Texas at Austin.  He also holds an MBA Finance from San Diego State University, and is in the process of getting his Master’s Degree in American History from American Public University.  Gene is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Gene is a member of the Chester County Historical Society, Chadds Ford Historical Society, American Friends of Lafayette, Friends of Brandywine Battlefield and is an approved speaker for the Delaware Humanities Forum. He has published nine novels, conducts an ongoing lecture series on historical topics and is available for book signings. Gene and his wife Phyllis live in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania with their three cats Frankie, Francis and Momcat, parakeets Linus and Sally and occasional feline freeloaders Bear and Smoky.

For more information about Gene Pisasale visit www.genepisasale.com

 

May 092016
 

Private Paranormal Tour of the Paoli Battlefield

Join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm as Laurie Hull and her team from Tri-County Paranormal lead us on a paranormal investigation of the Paoli Battlefield.  This is a private tour and the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park will be CLOSED during the tour to all visitors.

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Food, drink, and bathroom facilities will be provided at the battlefield.  Please bring along bug spray, flashlights, recorders, cameras, and dress properly for the season.  We will begin in the sun and end in the dark so please make sure that you bring warm clothing and appropriate footwear as we will be walking through trails in the woods and in grass fields.  You can also bring a chair if you want as we are going to be at several different locations throughout the battlefield.

We have discovered over the years many different “hot spots” of activity located along the trail and in other areas around the battlefield of the 9th deadliest battle of the Revolutionary War.

This battle was a midnight bayonet and sword attack by the British as they swept across the camp of Anthony Wayne in three waves that sent his continental troops off in a panic.  Many witness describe the attack and atrocities committed there by the British.

“I with my own Eyes, see them, cut & hack some of our poor Men to pieces after they had fallen in their hands and scarcely shew the least Mercy to any…”

Lt. Col. Adam Hubley, 10th PA Regiment

“…more than a dozen soldiers had with fixed bayonets formed a cordon round him, and that everyone of them in sport had indulged their brutal ferocity by stabbing him in different parts of his body and limbs … a physician … examining him there was found … 46 distinct bayonet wounds…”

William Hutchinson, Pennsylvania Militiaman

“The Enemy last Night at twelve o’clock attacked … Our Men just raised from Sleep, moved disorderly — Confusion followed … The Carnage was very great … this is a bloody Month.”

Col. Thomas Hartley, 1st PA Regiment

“The Annals of the Age Cannot Produce such another Scene of Butchery…”

Maj. Samuel Hay, 7th PA Regiment

52 soldiers from this battle are buried in a mass grave and there is one that is buried somewhere else in the battlefield.  Wayne’s troops were so incensed at the British atrocities that the coined one of our nations first battle cry “Remember Paoli”.

We invite you to take photographs and bring other equipment to the battlefield for this tour and we encourage you to share your photos or recordings with Laurie as she will use them in her presentation on March of 2017 at the General Warren Inne.  Please email your photos or recordings to info@rememberpaoli.org

download PDF

Click here to down the waiver. Please sign and bring with you before you start the tour.

You must sign a waver which you can download here and bring with you or you can sign and submit at the battlefield.  No admittance on tour without this signed waiver. 

The cost is $45 per person and you can use the donation link below to reserve your spot.  We will accept cash and checks the night  of the event, but all credit or debit cards must use the pay pal link in order to gain admission.

 

 

 


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Dec 102015
 

On Wednesday, December 9th, our Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, Jim Christ, was a guest on Gene Pisasale’s program Living History on WCHE 1520 AM.  Jim discussed aspects of Battle of Paoli, the grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program, and protection and education efforts of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund.  We’d sincerely like to thank Gene Pisasale for his the invitation to come on his show and help better explain our organization and what it is important to Remember Paoli!!

 

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Dec 022015
 

We have made progress since announcing that we had received a grant from the ABPP (American Battlefield Protection Program) in 2014 with the goal of become one of only 2500 sites nationally that bear the destination of National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.   Please check our site regularly as we will keep this page updated on our latest status.

Update 4 – December 2015

We are moving forward with both our American Battlefields Protection Program Grant and our submission to be designated as a National Historic Landmark.  We invited National Park Service managers and historians to a field visit in late October which was successful.  We are moving forward on the NHL and are refining our specific statement of national significance.  Our in-depth research and documentation, covering over 200 years from sources all across the nation, demonstrated that whenever “Paoli” was mentioned in public discourse, American’s instantly recognized that it stood for a national ideal – Americans fight ferociously and aggressively and, when victorious, would treat the defeated with mercy and decency.  This was in start contrast to the atrocities inflicted on Continental soldiers at Paoli.  “Mad Anthony” Wayne’s payback, two years later at the successful midnight, bayonets-only, raid on Stony Point, resulted in over 600 British prisoners and their humane treatment after surrendering.  This, combined with America’s first battle cry, Remember Paoli, created a national value that is a proud part of our legacy to this very day.  In recent years the origin of this American standard has been temporarily forgotten, but our efforts will help bring it back to mind.
In addition, we are updating the official record of the Paoli Battlefield site on the National Register of Historic Places to reflect many of the unique properties and impact of the battle on both the Revolutionary War and upon American national culture.  The National Park Service is working with us to implement additional actions and techniques to protect related historic sites, preserving our heritage and educating the public.  Look for more information on this in future issues and on our website.”

Donations and Sponsorships for Matching Funds ARE NEEDED!

Help us in this once in a lifetime opportunity!!

We are a registered 501C(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To make a donation, click on the link on the top right part of the screen under Please Donate.

PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit are being set up to develop extra-curriculum programs in K-12 schools to participate in living history, field visits and participation in preservation and research activities related to the Battle of Paoli, the Revolutionary War, Veterans and our national heritage.

Businesses are encouraged to contact PBPF – Contributions to this program can be used as tax credits rather than just charitable donations.

 

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Aug 192015
 

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We have made progress since announcing that we had received a grant from the ABPP (American Battlefield Protection Program) in 2014 with the goal of become one of only 2500 sites nationally that bear the destination of National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.   Please check our site regularly as we will keep this page updated on our latest status.

Update 3 – August 2015

The National Historic Landmark department responded to our Letter of Inquiry in July.  The reply was positive and very helpful.  A NHL Historian has been assigned to us as our reviewer and, through our discussions with her we are able to narrow the focus of our application to primarily one of NHL criterion (you only need to establish unique national significance in one of the six criterion’s that are used to select an NHL).  In addition, NHL provided some very interesting suggestions on how to enrich our application utilizing aspects of American folklore and national memory.  This works well with our current research which has uncovered references to the Battle of Paoli and the battle cry “Remember Paoli” throughout the next 150 years, especially during times of conflict such as the War of 1812, the Mexican American War, the Civil War, WWI & II.

We also found out that the NHL must necessarily start with information that is currently in the official Department of the Interior records on the Battle of Paoli which is from the Battle of Paoli application to the National Register of Historic Places (NHR) approved in 1996.  This application was submitted when 43 acres of land was threatened by development and securing federal recognition was extremely important to try to preserve the site.  The application took the path of least resistance and fastest approval from both the Pennsylvania Historic & Museum Commission (PHMC) review staff as well as the National Park Service.  It established the site as a Revolutionary War battlefield and did not pursue the documentation to raise the level of importance from local significance to either state-wide or national significance.  Over the years, the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund and the County of Chester have developed documentation through historical research and archaeological studies that support the higher level of significance.  However despite the research, some of it published in recognized historical texts, nothing was submitted to the NHR through its process.Paoli Battlefield Photos

Therefore, PBPF plans to utilize the documentation (developed and being researched) to update both the NHL submission and to amend the current NHR official information.  While we have given NHL verbal and written summaries of our findings, in order to adhere to the timeline under our American Battlefields Protection Program grant, we will be providing an in-depth report to them in September.  This report will include a clearer thematic context in which the Battle has uniquely impacted the American consciousness as well as its strategic significance in the Revolutionary War.  It will also provide the historical and archaeological references that support that context.  This information will also be provided to PHMC reviewers in a format to amend to the current NHR listing.

NHL will review our submission starting in October.  At the same time, we will be identifying further historical and perhaps archaeological evidence to strengthen our submission as it continues through this rigorous review process.  PBPF would like to thank the National Park Service for their assistance and guidance so we can present the strongest case possible in our application.

We will be providing our supporters with more specific details, historic references and information on the contexts and themes we are developing through this website and our social media.

 

Donations and Sponsorships for Matching Funds ARE NEEDED!

Help us in this once in a lifetime opportunity!!

We are a registered 501C(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To make a donation, click on the link on the top right part of the screen under Please Donate.

PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit are being set up to develop extra-curriculum programs in K-12 schools to participate in living history, field visits and participation in preservation and research activities related to the Battle of Paoli, the Revolutionary War, Veterans and our national heritage.

Businesses are encouraged to contact PBPF – Contributions to this program can be used as tax credits rather than just charitable donations.

 

 

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Jul 232015
 

Did you know that there were numerous mutinies among the troops throughout the Revolutionary War.  Disaffection and lack of morale in an army was a greater danger than an armed enemy. You think you know all there is about the Pennsylvania Line mutiny? Did you know George Washington tried men in the French and Indian war for mutiny?

Join us on Monday, January 11th, 2016 as we welcome back John Nagy to talk about his book Rebellion in the Ranks Mutinies of the American Revolution.  This book won The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia’s Book Award for the best book on the American Revolution Era published in 2007

Through incredible research, John Nagy reveals tragic but engrossing events of the frequent mutinies that threatened the cause for Independence during the entire war, actions that have been overlooked in the commonly related accounts of those critical years. In his book, he corrects many of the inaccuracies of these sad events and identifies insurrections that were previously unknown. His accounts of incredible courage, hardship and defeat are often drawn from the participants themselves, their daily suffering and the perspectives of the mutineers. This work is historically important and will open your eyes to the truth about the War as you have never heard it related.”

Our lectures have proved to be very popular and we strongly recommend that you book your seat now

Click here to go to the booking page.

The all inclusive admission price is $49 per person which includes the 18th century American Fare Buffet, all soft beverages and coffee, family style sweets during the question and answer session, all tax and gratuities, the lecture, and a donation to help support the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park.

Your admission also includes a raffle ticket for a chance to win a night’s stay at the General Warren Inne. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture.

“It gives me great pain to be obliged to solicit the attention of the honorable Congress to the state of the army…the greater part of the army is in a state not far from mutiny…I know not to whom to impute this failure, but I am of the opinion, if the evil is not immediately remedied and more punctuality observed in future, the army must absolutely break up.”—George Washington, September 1775Nagy-150x150

Mutiny has always been a threat to the integrity of armies, particularly under trying circumstances, and since Concord and Lexington, mutiny had been the Continental Army’s constant traveling companion. It was not because the soldiers lacked resolve to overturn British rule or had a lack of faith in their commanders. It was the scarcity of food—during winter months it was not uncommon for soldiers to subsist on a soup of melted snow, a few peas, and a scrap of fat—money, clothing, and proper shelter, that forced soldiers to desert or organize resistance.

Mining previously ignored British and American primary source documents and reexamining other period writings, Nagy has corrected misconceptions about known events, such as the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny, while identifying for the first time previously unknown mutinies. Covering both the Army and the Navy, Nagy relates American officers’ constant struggle to keep up the morale of their troops, while highlighting British efforts to exploit this potentially fatal flaw.

John A. Nagy is a Scholar in Residence at Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania, a consultant for Colonial Williamsburg and the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan on espionage, and an expert in antique documents. He is a founder and past President of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia. He graduated from Saint Francis University, Loretto, Pennsylvania (BA) in 1968 and Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey (MMS) in 1979.  John is also a fellow at Colonial Williamsburg, and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

He was the source of information used in the very popular webpage “Spy Letters of the American Revolution from the Collections of the Clements Library” at the University of Michigan.

Brad Meltzer, author and host of History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded said “John A. Nagy knows more about spies in the American Revolution than anyone in history.”

John was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and he now resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  He has published Rebellion in the Ranks Mutinies of the American Revolution (2007), Invisible Ink Spycraft of the American Revolution (2010), Spies in the Continental Capital: Espionage Across Pennsylvania During the American Revolution (2011), Dr. Benjamin Church, Spy: A Case of Espionage on the Eve of the American Revolution (2013)

For more information on John A Nagy, please visit his website:  http://www.johnanagy.com/

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