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Prized Possession

  • July 1, 2019

I was honored to have my piece on the Reverend James Maury and Patrick Henry published in this year's Journal of the American Revolution.  It was a landmark case -- even in Virginia colonial law -- that laid the groundwork…

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The Birth of an American Army — June 14, 1775

  • June 13, 2019

After the bloodletting at Lexington and Concord, and the capture at gunpoint of Ticonderoga and Crown Point in the wilds of New England, in Philadelphia, the second Continental Congress struggled to  find "the ways and means of raising money" to…

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The “Parson’s Cause” and Religious Freedom

  • May 15, 2018

Mix together the failed at almost every career but gifted speaker and tavern bon vivant Patrick Henry; his father -- the judge, who like all smart Virginians married up and to a widow (think George Washington); an uncle -- the…

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