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American Revolution 250 Series: The Battle for the Upper Hudson


American Revolution 250 Series: The Battle for the Upper Hudson

Jul 18, 2023

Dr. Mark Edward Lender lecture poster announcement

“Strategic Success, Operational Prowess, and Tactical Daring: Fort Ticonderoga, John Brown’s Raid, and the Matter of Compound Warfare”

Dr. Mark Edward Lender

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. - Online Only Event

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In the summer of 1777 Lieutenant General John Burgoyne’s army took the American citadel of Fort Ticonderoga before pushing south toward Albany. Burgoyne’s goal was to seize control of the Lake Champlain and Hudson River Valleys, cutting New England off from the states to the south and threatening to crush the revolution piecemeal. Behind the British advance, however, American forces regained the initiative in a brilliant operation planned by Continental major general Benjamin Lincoln—-an operation including a daring raid led by Colonel John Brown on British-occupied Ticonderoga. Lincoln’s plan and Brown’s raid reflected a growing rebel sophistication at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels—and a mastery of “compound warfare”—that the British ultimately were unable to counter.

Dr. Lender’s most recent book, Fort Ticonderoga, The Last Campaigns: The War in the North, 1777-1783 highlights the strategic importance of the fort as British, American, and regional forces fought for control of the northern front. It captures the complexity of the story as it unfolded, corrects misconceptions developed since, and brings new insights to the struggle for independence. Lender's book is now a finalist for the 2023 Excellence in U.S. Army History Writing Award given by the Army Historical Foundation.

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About the Presenter

Mark Edward Lender, Professor Emeritus of History at Kean University, is the author or co-author of twelve books and many articles on early American military, social, and institutional history, including Cabal! The Plot Against George Washington, Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, with Garry Wheeler Stone, and A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763–1789, with James Kirby Martin. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

The Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) is a Center of Excellence at Marist College that studies and promotes the history of the Hudson River Valley. The Institute provides information about the region’s culture, economy, environment, and educational resources through, public programming, and The Hudson River Valley Review. This biannual peer-reviewed journal covers all aspects of regional history. The Hudson River Valley Institute is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment Humanities.

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