Kutztown Professor Michael Gabriel delivered an engaging history lesson on a relatively little-known Revolutionary War hero (1775-1776), Major General Richard Montgomery, and the unsuccessful "attack" on our northern neighbor, Canada.
Daresay that many Americans do not even know that our revolution - our attempt to oust the British from North America - included "asking" the newly-confiscated Canadian provinces - if they would like to side with we new Americans and remove the British from their soil.
Montgomery was born in Ireland and after serving fifteen years in the British Army, he threw his "hat" in the ring with the liberty-loving Americans and chose to come to America to turn himself into a "gentleman farmer." But Montgomery's destiny took a detour from the life he wanted back to the life of a soldier, an officer, someone whose training and devotion was first to the country he chose to defend.
Professor Gabriel shared with us Montgomery's myriad letters home that illuminated the mind of a man who wanted desperately to live the rest of his life out of the limelight and yet in the end, a man who could only do his duty, what he foreswore to his adopted country, the yet to be "united states" of America.
The "assault on Quebec" and the American reasons behind it were all an interesting backdrop to the life of this young, Irishman-turned-American. Any American history student would have benefitted from Gabriel's presentation.
(By permission, he allows this recording of his talk; the talk is broken into 3 parts.)
Photos below are 1. Portrait of Maj.General Richard Montgomery; 2. The first monument erected by Congress to honor an American Revolutionary War hero; 3. The "Royal Savage," a ship that played an important part in the battle of Quebec; 4. Painting of a depiction of the battle of Quebec.
During his lifetime 1759-1820, Andrew Ellicott was the premier land surveyor in the United States. He was called upon to perform many significant surveys such at the completion of the Mason/Dixon Line and the original survey of area designated to become our nation’s capital. He also carried forth the design for the city of Washington D. C.
He surveyed the borders of no less than eleven of our current or future states and he surveyed both the northern and southern boundaries of the United States. He served as a mentor for Meriwether Lewis and became a professor of mathematics at West Point Military Academy. These are but a few of the accomplishments from a very eventful life.
Learn more about this extraordinary man who made his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1801 to 1813 in a house that miraculously still stands.
The American Revolution Round Table
The Lehigh Valley American Revolution Roundtable meets generally every other month to learn about the Revolution (1775-83). The war is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence. The conflict arose from growing tensions between residents of Great Britain’s 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown.
Our speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and all have an expertise that will give us insight into the "war of independence" and those who fought this war.