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February 2023

Lecture – In League with Liberty: The Persistence of Patriots of Color and the Formation of the First Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Army

February 16, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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As states struggled to fill enlistment quotas in late 1777, the Rhode Island General Assembly, drawing from a proposal from Rhode Island general James Varnum, voted to allow the enlistments of indentured servants, indigenous peoples and former slaves. With that, the First Rhode Island Regiment, known as “the black regiment,” was formed. Although met with controversy, the regiment fought with distinction in various battles during the Revolutionary War. To mark the anniversary of an important vote on February 14, 1778,…

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March 2023

Lecture – François-Jean de Chastellux and American Independence

March 2, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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François-Jean Chastellux, a major general in the French army, member of the Society of the Cincinnati and cousin of the marquis de Lafayette, played a central role in the Franco-American alliance during the Revolutionary War. Recently, a collection of more than four thousand pages of Chastellux’s private papers were discovered at his estate in Burgundy, France, by historian Dr. Iris De Rode. Drawing from her discovery and other primary sources—including the first edition of his travel diary, a first edition…

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Lunch Bite – The Diplomatic Uniform of Larz Anderson

March 10, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Museum Collections and Operations Manager Paul Newman discusses a diplomatic uniform made for Larz Anderson by Davies & Son of London, England, for his appointment as the U.S. minister to Belgium in 1911. At the time, U.S. diplomats were prescribed to wear civilian suits, however as it was normal for diplomats to be presented before foreign dignitaries and their courts, many had decorative uniforms made for themselves. This Lunch Bite will focus on Larz Anderson’s diplomatic uniform from our museum…

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Author’s Talk – East Florida in the Revolutionary Era, 1763-1785

March 14, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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In 1763 Great Britain organized the colony of East Florida, which formed the entirety of what is now the state of Florida east of the Apalachicola River. Today, the history of East Florida is seldom studied, relegated to the outskirts of literature on the colonial and revolutionary era. Yet, the Revolution in East Florida included a violent border war that erupted between East Florida and the state of Georgia in 1775, two noteworthy battles fought on East Florida soil and…

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Author’s Talk – The Wandering Army: The Campaigns that Transformed the British Way of War

March 21, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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In 1774, Gen. Henry Clinton embarked on a "martial grand tour," visiting the battlefields of Europe with his friend, the military theorist Henry Lloyd. What the two observed on their travels would change the British approach to the war that broke out in North America the following year. From his practical and theoretical study of military history Clinton concluded that battles should only be fought when decisive political objectives could be achieved, but he instead realized that armies should be…

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