The Battles at Saratoga in the Fall of 1777, marked France's Official entry into the Revolutionary War aiding the Patriots. After unsuccessful Franco-American campaigns against the Redcoats at Rhode Island (1778) and Savannah (1779); King Louis XVI, sent General Rochambeau his top Military Officer to assist Washington in planning and ultimately outmaneuvering Lord Cornwallis fortified along the York River in Virginia. Connecticut played a pivotal role in America's 1781 Victory over the British Empire. The talk explores the Global 18th Century background (starting with the War of Austrian Succession followed by French and Indian War); the buildup to Lexington and Concord, six years resulting in a stalemate, then marching and sailing south with thousands of troops (10 to 15 miles a day). Part of the Revisiting the Founding Era program series.
Revolutionary War author and former U.S. Congressional Candidate, Sal Lilienthal operates the Bicycle Tour Company and Chairs Connecticut's Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail.
Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era's enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.
Registration for adult programs begins six weeks in advance.