Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFree
Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution with Historian & Author, Steven Elliott, Ph.D.
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:30am via Zoom
This is a FREE program. REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/4yrdwk4r
Co-hosted by the Historical Society of Plainfield / Drake House Museum and Plainfield Public Library
During the American Revolution, Patriot soldiers began the war with inadequate housing for operations in the field as well as winter quarters. Their health and morale suffered accordingly. In this talk, Steven Elliott examines 18th-century military housing practices, refinements in military camp administration, and how army officers sought and obtained lodging for themselves and their men. Decisions regarding military shelters greatly affected strategy, logistics, and social relationships within the army and the civilian populations they encountered.
There will be ample time for a Q&A following the presentation.
Historian Steven Elliott is an award-winning author, lecturer and educator, holding a Ph.D. in American military history from Temple University. Elliott teaches courses on national, local, and military history at Rutgers University-Newark. Through his work as a park guide at Morristown National Historical Park, Elliott became interested in the problem of military shelter and its impact on the conduct of Washington’s army during the War of American Independence. Elliott’s book, Surviving the Winters: Housing George Washington’s Army and the American Revolution (University of Oklahoma Press) was released in March 2021.
This history program is supported, in part, by a 2021 History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands (HEART) Grant from the Union County Board of Commissioners, and by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs,
Department of Parks and Recreation.