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Exciting Project News!

The Maryland Line and The Creation of the Society of the Cincinnati
What’s In a Name: Military Ranks
Revisiting the Capture and Escape of the McMillan Brothers

What does “Maryland 400” mean?
Where were the Maryland 400 Buried?

August 26, 1776: The Day Before
The Second War with Britain: The Legacy of the Maryland 400 in the War of 1812
“Gross Outrage”: An Independence Day Celebration Gone Wrong

“Determined to Run the Risk of Being Hanged”: The Enlistment Feud between the Second and Fifth Maryland Regiments

“Not So Genteel” Behavior: Enlistment Issues Involving the Maryland 400
“Unfit for Duty”: Medicine and Illness in the Revolutionary War
The Fourth of July, 1776

Rebel Quakers: The Struggle Between Faith and Liberty
A Tale of Two Jeffers: How Pension Information Differentiates Revolutionary War Soldiers
The Nailor Connection: Descendant of Maryland 400 Veterans to Visit
James’s Introduction
Jillian’s Introduction

Maryland’s Senate Honors the Maryland 400

Happy Birthday Mordecai Gist


“The Ides of January:” Facing the New Year in the Continental Army
The amazing story of Charles Thompson, who “agreed to enlist with the Enemy–and by that Means made his escape”

Cassy’s Introduction
The Maryland Line: Why They Fought

Project Updates

The Mystery of the Maryland 400, Part II
The Mystery of the Maryland 400, Part I
William Smallwood Papers Unveiling
Women in the War: “The Sick Suffered Much for Want of Good Female Nurses”

Polearms in the Continental Army
Maryland’s Quakers in the Revolution Podcast
Marching to What Beat, Sir? The Musicians of Washington’s Army

Alonzo Chappel and the Romantic Visual Culture of Antebellum America
Elizabeth’s Introduction

Women in the War

What’s In a Name: Companies, Regiments, and Battalions

Enlistment Bounties: Use and Abuse

“The child…was almost entirely destitute of maintenance and support”: A Trust Fund for Captain Edgerly’s Son

The Case of Thomas Connor, Who Didn’t Die in Battle


We Have Completed the Seventh Company

Another Completed Company

Becoming “Amply Supplied with Very Good Shoes”
A Pennsylvanian in the Maryland Line?

A Hot Cup of Patriotism
Death by Pig
A Veteran Remembers
Happy National Literacy Day! Literacy Rates in Colonial America
Upcoming Maryland 400 Lecture

The Battle of Brooklyn in Five Objects: Number 5, The Old Line State Quarter
The Battle of Brooklyn in Five Objects: Number 4, Daniel Bowie’s Will
The Battle of Brooklyn in Five Objects: Number 3, “The New Invented Napsack and Haversack in One”
The Battle of Brooklyn in Five Objects: Number 2, Mordecai Gist’s Portrait
The Battle of Brooklyn in Five Objects: Number 1, William Sands’s Letter
“Gate’s Defeat”: The Battle of Camden
The Maryland 400’s Mutineer
A Completed Company

Crime and Punishment in the Continental Army
The Maryland 400 in the News
The Midnight Attack on Stony Point
The Significance of December 10, 1776

Military or Jail: The Interesting Case of Private Everit
Exploring the Indexes
“Being Desirous to Settle my Worldly Affairs”: Private George Claypoole’s Will


The Maryland 400’s Veterans

A “little groggy”: the deputy sheriff of Baltimore and his “bowl of toddy”
Victory at Yorktown!
Sickened Marylanders and the Philadelphia Bettering House
“The misfortune which ensued”: The defeat at Germantown

“Flecking the hedges with red”: Palmer’s Ballad on the Maryland 400
Which Private Smith is the Right Private Smith?
British “masters of the field”: The disaster at Brandywine
Another Company Finished!


Persecuted in Revolutionary Baltimore: The Sufferings of Quakers
The 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn
The Political Climate of Baltimore in 1776
“Games of Exercise” During the American Revolution
A Short Fight on Hobkirk’s Hill: Surprise, Blame, and Defeat

“Anxious of showing my zeal for the love of my Country, I entered myself as a Cadet…”
Project update: A Company Completed!
A “dull place” on the Patapsco: Baltimore and the Marr Brothers
A Young Soldier Prepares to Leave for War

“He had never gave them an inch before he found that he had nothing left to keep them off with”
Col. Gaither: Seven years on Georgia’s frontier
A Common Soldier’s Inventory, and His Career
“All and singular the goods, chattels and personal estate of col. Henry Neale”
Col. Barton Lucas: more than a military man

Evaluating the Maryland Officers


Battle of Brooklyn Roll of Honor
Upcoming Battle of Brooklyn Commemorations
The story of Walter Brooke Cox in the Continental Army
“Our officers…cared but little, if anything at all, about us.”

The Role of the Captain on and off the Battlefield
Lamenting the Death of Major Archibald Anderson
The Infantry Career of a Naval Hero
Maryland Declares Independence
The Summer of Independence Begins

Second Lieutenant Thomas Goldsmith and the Battle of White Plains
James Farnandis meets George Washington
The Role of a First Lieutenant During the Revolutionary War
Maryland 400 Presentation
“Winged Messenger of Death”: Captain Edward De Coursey’s Letter to a Friend

The Short Life of Capt Daniel Bowie
Defeats and Doubts: The Continental Army in 1776


The Court-Martial of Lieutenant Kidd
Men who “could stand cutting”: The Old Maryland Line
Corporal Zachariah Gray’s Last Will and Testament
Sergeant Levin Wilcoxon: Settler of “Westsylvania”

“Cain Tuck lands”: Uncovering the Life of Peter Brown
John H. Beanes: The Lone Escaping Lieutenant of Ninth Company

Maryland’s African American Troops
Hatch Dent, Jr.: From Prisoner of War to Minister and Teacher
African Americans in the Revolutionary War
A Virginian in the First Maryland Regiment


In Their Own Words, Postscript: The Marylanders Retreat From Brooklyn
Becoming the Maryland 400
The British Diversion
The Marylanders Arrive
“They Must Be Well Watched”
The British Come Ashore
In Their Own Words: An Oral History of the Battle of Brooklyn, Part II
In Their Own Words: An Oral History of the Battle of Brooklyn
A History of Service
Demographics in the First Maryland Regiment

So We Meet Again
Brothers in Arms
The Last Will and Testament of Edward Sinclair
Francis Reveley: Insults and Injury
John Brady: Sergeant Turned Fifer
Persistence is Key: Petitions of John Gassaway
Welcome to Finding the Maryland 400

David Plunket: A Radical Rebel
The Fate of the Fifth Company
Revolutionary Veterans VI: The Long and Eventful Life of William McMillan

Revolutionary Veterans V: Thomas Stockett Brewer of Annapolis
Revolutionary Veterans IV: The Tragic Fate of James Marle
Revolutionary Veterans III: Leonard Watkins, Gearmaker
Revolutionary Veterans II: Levin Frazier, Soldier, Sailor, Land Owner
Revolutionary Veterans I: Mark McPherson, Kentucky Gentleman
The Fates of Revolutionary War Veterans

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
Family in Uniform

The Forage War and the Battle for New Jersey
William Chaplin: Defector to the British

Maryland 400 in the News
The Prisoner and the Privateer
Who Were the Maryland 400?
Winter at Morristown
A Fine Fox Chase: The Battle of Princeton


The Crossing and the Capture

The Road to Trenton
“If I Fall on the Field of Battle”
The Whig Club: Judge and Jury in Baltimore

Feeding an Army

Soldiering On
“A Cursed Affair”: The Loss of Fort Washington
An Interactive View of the Maryland 400

The Battle of White Plains

Taking Names
The Resurrection of William Sterrett
The Peale Family: Picturing the Maryland Line
The Missing Men

The Trial of Lieutenant Steward

“Maryland Troops Bear the Palm”
“The Unhappy Situation”

The Rain and the Retreat

Becoming the Maryland 400
The British Diversion
The Marylanders Arrive
“They must be well watched”
The British Come Ashore
Biography of William McMillan, Maryland 400 Soldier
Mordecai Gist: Leading the Maryland 400

Alternative Sources: Clothing Records of the Maryland 400

The Dysfunctional Company
Battle Maps of Long Island
Desertion: Scourge of the Army
Effects of the Battle on Capt. Barton Lucas
237 Years Ago
The Story of James Marle
An Anecdote from the Wartime Service of Gassaway Watkins

William McMillan Letter