Barney’s Barges

October 19, 2007

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Joshua Barney was born in Baltimore, Maryland, 6 July 1759. He served with distinction on the Hornet and the Wasp during the American Revolutionary War. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, he reentered the Navy, and at the Battle of Bladensburg, he and his men made a heroic defense of the capital city, Washington. Barney was severely wounded during that battle, and never completely recovered from his injury. He died whilst on his way to Kentucky from a fever related to that wound, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 1, 1818.

Three American Naval ships have been named “USS Barney” in his honor, as well as a fourth vessel named the Commodore Barney.

He is best known for his “Barney’s Barges.”

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Aides and Friends

October 12, 2007

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Colonel William NORTH and Major Benjamin WALKER were patriots of the American Revolution. The were aides and friends of General von STEUBEN who came to America to train Washington’s troops. The picture is from the Statue of Baron von Steuben, Lafayette Square, Washington DC.

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Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne

October 2, 2007

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The British knew him as “Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne.” The Contintentals defeated him and his “World’s Greatest Army” at the Battle of Saratoga. On October 17th 1777, British General John Burgoyne (1722–1792) surrendered his army of 6,000 men to the American “Rabble in Arms”.

The blue plaque honors the place where this British military officer, politician and dramatist lived and died: Hertford Street W1, Mayfair, London, England.

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