The year 1778 marked a crucial year in the American Revolution. The French entry into the war supporting the patriot cause forced the British to completely alter their strategy, having to both put down a rebellion and engage their traditional European rival.
The unenviable task of carrying out London’s strategy fell upon the new commander-in-chief in America, Sir Henry Clinton. In the midst of detaching 10,000 of his troops across North America, Britain’s commander led his full army into the field one last time that autumn, gathering supplies, striking at Washington’s advanced posts, and perhaps hoping for one last big push at the full Continental Army itself.
On Thursday November 17, 2016 at 5:30pm the Newport Historical Society will host author Todd Braisted to explore this topic and its Newport connection during Grand Forage 1778. This talk examines the events surrounding this chaotic yet little-studied period of the American Revolution, including the British expeditions to Bedford and Martha’s Vineyard following the raising of the Siege of Newport.
General admission costs $5, please RSVP to 401-841-8770.
Grand Forage 1778: A Newport Historical Society Author Talk
- November 17, 2016
- Newport Historical Society Resource Center