Historical Programs Manager Andrew Outten discusses Charles Stedman’s History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War that contains detailed annotations made by British general Sir Henry Clinton. Stedman, who served as an officer in the British army for most of the Revolutionary War, wrote a detailed history of the conflict that was published in 1794. Immediately upon its publication, Gen. Sir Henry Clinton meticulously assessed Stedman’s history of the war before publishing a response with corrections that are often thought of as a personal defense against the blame he received following Britain’s defeat and loss of its American colonies. Drawing from Clinton’s own copy of the 1794 edition of Stedman’s history that is part of our library collections, this Lunch Bite will not only focus on the significance of Stedman’s history of the eight-year conflict, but will also examine Clinton’s annotations to gain a better understanding of his reasoning for the corrections.
Charles Stedman’s History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War
Historical Programs Manager
February 10, 2023