Artist John Trumbull: Documenting the Founding of a Nation

John Trumbull, The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, 1786–1820, oil on canvas, 20 7/8 x 31 inches / 53 x 78.7 cm (Yale University Art Gallery) Like many artists of the early-Federal period, the name John Trumbull is not one immediately recognized by most Americans.  But his paintings are. By Dr. Bryan Zygmont / 02.25.2016 Associate[…]

Decisive Battles in the American War of Independence

This painting depicts the forces of British Major General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805) (who was not himself present at the surrender), surrendering to French and American forces after the Siege of Yorktown (September 28 – October 19, 1781) during the American Revolutionary War. By John Trumbull, 1820 / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Christopher H.[…]

Hang Together or Hang Separately: The American Revolution, 1775-1783

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – The Second Continental Congress 1.1 – Introduction During the Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress acted as the national government of the Thirteen Colonies in rebellion. Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull, 1819: The resolution for independence was among the most important accomplishments of the[…]

The Origins of the American Revolution

George Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1851) / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York      By (left-to-right) Dr. Michael D. Hattem, Dr. Jessica M. Parr, and Dr. Mark Boonshoft / 08.14.2017 Hattem: PhD Candidate in Early American History, Yale University Parr: Historian of the Early Modern British Atlantic Boonshoft: Assistant Professor of[…]

Life at Valley Forge

Baron von Steuben at Valley Forge, 1777, by Augustus G. Heaton, 1907 / National War College By Mrs. Harriet D. Eisenberg I have chosen to look up particulars concerning the daily life of the soldier at Valley Forge in the awful winter of 1777-8. And as no historian can picture the life of any period so vividly[…]