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This site was created by Edna Barney.

Who shall write the history of the American Revolution? Who can write it? Who will ever be able to write it?” wrote John Adams to Thomas Jefferson in 1815. Jefferson replied “Nobody, except merely its external facts. … The life and soul of history must be forever unknown.

The “REAL” Revolution is being blogged here. The Revolution that started it all! The Revolution of 1776. The Revolution which fired “the shot heard ’round the world.” The Revolution which brought freedom to Americans and eventually to what is now “The Free World.” We are “Blogging the Revolution” for we are the posterity of those who bequeathed to us the ‘burden of freedom’. The Revolution continues – “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all mankind.

“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT….”

The author of this blog is a daughter of revolution who does not want America to forget her revolutionary forebears. Those patriots sacrificed their wealth, took up arms and risked and lost their lives so that Americans today live free. The mostly modern images that display here, pertaining to the world-shaking events and activities of American rebels in their revolutionary battle for liberty on American soil, mainly between the years 1775 and 1783, are from Flickr.com. The words, except quotations, are the author’s. ~~Edna Barney (www.ednabarney.com ~~ www.barneykin.com)

“That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heros dare
To die, and leave their children free.”
~~Emerson, 1837

This site of beautiful, historic images would not be possible without the contributions of Flickr photographers, as most of the images appearing here are ones that I use with permission via the Flickr API at Flickr.com. Please visit the group, “The Revolution Flickred” where there are more images pertaining to the American Revolution. For further information on any photograph, contact its owner at Flickr.

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46 Responses to About

  1. Virginia Phillips-Smith says:

    This is a wonderful and a beautiful site!

    I have an ancestor who was part of the Virginia 6th Infantry of Foot, under Captain Samuel Jordan Cabell. He died before any pension application could be made as far as I can determine. However, I have searched for years to find something of his military service. I am curious because I understand Cabell was captured and held in South Carolina, and the 6th Infantry was merged with the 2nd and 3rd units. Some of the 6th went with Morgan. I also understand the 2nd Infantry may have all been killed and the 3rd was captured. So I am curious if my ancestor ended up with Morgan and the Amherst riflemen.

    Thanks for your interest in our ancestors.

  2. Neddy says:

    Virginia – You did not give your ancestor’s name. Amherst County, Virginia has a quite complete list of the Revolutionary soldiers who served from that county.

  3. Virginia Phillips-Smith says:

    My ancestor’s name was Matthew Phillips. He was born about 1750 and died late 1790. He lived in the area of Green Creek or Dutch Creek in what is now Nelson County, Virginia.

    Where in Amherst County, Virginia, can I find the list of Revolutionary soldiers who served for Old Amherst.

    Thanks very much for your help.

  4. Edna Barney says:

    This from the On-line DAR Patriot Index, may be your ancestor.

    PHILLIPS , Matthew
    Birth: VA Circa 1762
    Rank: Sol
    Service: VA
    Death: VA p 12-4-1790
    Patriot Pensioned: No
    Widow Pensioned: No
    Children Pensioned: No
    Heirs Pensioned: No
    Spouse: (1) Nancy Ann X

    • Colleen Durran says:

      Hi Edna! I just wanted to congratulate you on an AMAZING job with this website/blog! What an incredible amount of history and knowledge all in one spot! Phenomenal! I didn’t see a “contact” button anywhere on your site, so I am just replying to your post here. I was wondering, how would I find out if I was a descendant of any revolutionary heros?!! I’d love to know! Thank you! – Colleen Durran, Boston, MA

    • Colleen Durran says:

      If anyone here could point me in the right direction on where I can find out if I am a descendant of any revolutionary war heros, I would very much appreciate it! I wouldn’t even know where to start 😦 Thanks so much!!! My email address is Boston Irish Girl at yahoo dot com 😉 – Colleen

  5. Arthur Thomas Powell,JR says:

    I was born in Amherst County, Va in what is now refered to as Peters Hollow. MY Grand Father SGT. George Frank Powell
    is Burried at Smyrna Church Near That Area

    I would Lik to have a Copy of REV, WAR in Amherst County VA

    My 5th Grt grand Father George Washington Campbell &
    AT least two of his Sons, John Campbell & William George Campbell, Served They Both My 4th Grt Grand Father’s

  6. Edna Barney says:

    You should be able to find it at your local library. If they don’t have it, they can order it from the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

  7. footnote says:

    By now you’ve probably heard or read about Footnote, but I didn’t see any information here so I thought I’d make this post.

    Footnote is a new website that brings millions of original and exclusive historical documents to the Web, many of them for the very first time. Right now Footnote has about 4.5 million images, a number that will increase dramatically through an agreement penned with the the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) last week, http://www.footnote.com/topicpage.php?tp=120&title=Footnote-Press-Room%20 .

    If you haven’t already made a visit to Footnote – http://www.footnote.com, – you should definitely check it out.

  8. Claire says:

    I’ve never written to a blog before, but I thought someone could help me. I’m writing a report about Ethan Allen and I have to have an interview by Friday. If anyone could just e-mail me back, I don’t need much, Thank you!

  9. Claire says:

    I forgot to put my e-mail address.

  10. RJO says:

    For the 19th of April, you might enjoy this essay:

    http://rjohara.net/gen/wars/minuteman

  11. Arthur Thomas Powell, Jr says:

    MY Ancestors That were in Yorktown AT The END of the REV. WAR
    WERE; 4th Grt Grand Pa, Ambrose Tomlinson, 5th GRT GRAND PA, Josiah Wood, 5th Grt GRAND PA George Campbell & 4th Grt Grand Father’s John Campbell & Brother William Campbell

  12. Arthur – What about your ancestor from Amherst County, George Frank POWELL? Did you find his Revolutionary War service? Do you know who his parents were?

  13. For Clair and others who would like more information on Ethan Allen, I’ve posted a few sources on my website, http://www.green-mountain-boy.com . In my historic novel, Memoir of a Green Mountain Boy, my view of Ethan Allen is a bit irreverent. About all most folks know is that he captured Fort Ticonderoga. Few know that Benedict Arnold was with him, that he tried to capture Canada twice, and that he spent part of the early Revolution in prison ships or prison. He’s a fascinating person, literate in his own fashion, clearly one who could lead others, but, given a total view of his military efforts, not a person I would want to follow into battle.

  14. Joanne Fusselman Farrell says:

    I was just inducted in DAR 2 weeks ago. My patriot is Henry Bush of Capt Arndt and Col. Peter Keithline “Pa Flying Camp” Rifle Battalion. He was captured at the Battle of Long Island in Aug. 1776. He served 5 months on the infamous “British Prison Ships” in NY Harbor, where 11,000 of his fellow patriots died horrible deaths. He was released and re-entered the war serving in No Pike Co PA on mission with Capt Johannes Van Etten. Also have patriot Elias Utt, served in 6th Battalion Pa. Also Philip Peter Fosselman, served under Capt. Matthias Probst(Brobst). This company rescued the Liberty Bell, and hid it in Allentown Zion Church Basement in 1777, Frederich Leiser was in this company. His wagon held the bell.

  15. Edna Barney says:

    That is very wonderful Joanne. Congratulations! Anyone would be proud to have such an ancestor. He is quite amazing.

  16. Kris Kachline says:

    Joanne, the man’s name was Peter Kachline or Kichline not Keithline. He was the Lieut. Col. from Northhampton Co. Pa and commanded the Flying Camp. The rest of your description is true. He then retired and became the first judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Northhampton Co. He is my great x6 grandfather. I have a very extensive record of his life and am in the process of writing a distinct biography on his contribution to the revloution in Pa. Any info you have would be helpful!

  17. Joann Farrell says:

    Hi Kris If you go to Arndts Church they have alot of info on Kichline and family. He is buried in Arndt Churchyard. Ill check for more

    I am trying to prove my ancestry with Capt John Arndt of his father Jacob Arndt. My Henry Bushs son John C. Bush married Hannah Arndt in Middle Smithfield Pa in 1813. I cannot make the connection which Arndt brother she decends from although John C opened a Tavern in Middle Smithfield, and John Arndt had one in Easton.

  18. joanne farrell says:

    Hi Kris

    In further investigation the churchyard where Lt Col. Peter Kichline is buried is Easton German Reformed Cemetary. Go to that site and their is alot of info on him.

    Joanne

  19. Kris Kachline says:

    Thank you very much Joanne. I was there once with my grandfather about 12 years ago. We took as much info from them as we could by hand (they didnt have much in the way of photo copying abilities). Are you from that area? I do have some info on Capt. Arndt in my research that I would be happy to share with you.
    Kris

    • Just wondering if you’re still out there. PK is also my 6X great grandfather and would love to connect with you–Rebecca Price Janney

    • John Kachline says:

      Hi Kris

      Any updates on your book?

      I remember going to the cemetery and to the library nearby in Easton with my grandfather, too. I really wish I had been older and able to pay closer attention.

      John

  20. Brad Bachman says:

    I was checking up on some family history. Peter Kachline (Kichline, Kaechline) is an ancestor of mine. I am very interested in hearing what you have. I’ll check back here to see if you’ve responded, and leave my email address then. I don’t want to leave the address flapping out there if this link is no longer being used.
    Thanks.

  21. Brad – I have nothing further on Peter Kachline, however others reading here may respond here to you. However, don’t leave your email address on the internet unless you write it in code (such as john – at – something – dot – net) or use an email graphic.

  22. joanne farrell says:

    Hi Kris

    Yes please contact me directly at jfar1232000 “at”* yahoo.com. *[replace “at” with @]

    Joanne

  23. This is a great blog! Glad I found it just in time for the 4th of July!

  24. Kris Kachline says:

    Brad,

    Sorry this is coming so late, but I am getting busy with research. To answer your question, I have quite a lot of information on Peter Kachline. As one of my posts says, I am writing a book about the German-American influence on the American Revolution and there will be quite a lot about Peter Kachline and his Flying Camp. This will include Capt. Arndt and the rest of the men of the outfit. I would be interested to see your line to Lieut. Col. Peter Kachline. I have a detailed family tree if you don’t have that information but would like it. If anyone reading this blog has any primary source material (journals, letters, bibles, etc.) on any important German-American revolutionary, and would like to see them mentioned in this book I am writing please feel free to post on this blog and I will try to respond ASAP. The information would have to be primary source information, for I would like to have this book be as historically significant as possible.

    Best,
    Kris Kachline

    • Lacey Kichline says:

      Kris, very interested in seeing this book when you finish. Lt. Col Kichline is also my distant relative. I have read the fascinating accounts of his life in “Kichlines in America” and would love to see what you have to add.

    • dale kachline says:

      Kris I am also a decendant of Peter Kachline and have an 8×10 done by my cousin of all the ancestors of Peter, Andre, and Jacob (all brothers) who settled in PA
      we also have a copper picture of him
      more info is at the historic museum at 4th st & Ferry st, in Easton, PA
      would like to see your book when finished
      Dale Kachline

      • Kris Kachline says:

        Dale,

        I have not been on this site in quite a while, but would LOVE to see the items you have on the family. I live fairly close to Easton, and would be happy to meet you and check out the painting and copper picture. Please get back to me about this. The book is coming along nicely, as it is being written in the “spare time” my law practice does not allow me to have. Thanks again for the contact.

        -Kris

        -Kris

      • John Kachline says:

        Hi Dale

        Would love to see this, too!
        Do you have photos?

        John

  25. Brad Bachman says:

    Kris,
    I almost forgot about this blog. I have always heard about my lineage, but really want to piece it together for myself.
    Working backwards, my maternal grandfather is John Jacob Kachline, son of Jacob Hawk Kachline, son of Reuben Henry Kichline, son of John Yost Kichline, son of Peter Kichline (1782-1827), son of Andrew Kachlein, son of Lieut. Col. Johann Peter Kachline. This makes the Lieut. Col. my great X6 grandfather as well.
    I live in Easton. The cemetery in question is not far from my house. As a matter of fact, the cemetery was replaced by the Easton Public Library. Growing up in Easton, we are told the library was haunted by those that were buried there and then removed. It was interesting to find out that my ancestors were some of that displaced cemetery’s occupants.
    We have a distant cousin in Cleveland (many PA families moved there for factory jobs after WWII) that has done a lot of work on the family tree.
    Let me know if I can do some legwork or help in any way. There is a great deal of info at the Easton Public Library’s historical room too.
    Thanks,
    Brad

    • John Kachline says:

      I think you’re my cousin…?

  26. Joanne Farrell says:

    Brad I noticed your name Bachman, from Easton Pa. My great aunt Grace Sommers married a Harry Bachman in Easton about 1910. Her mother was Sarah Sommers Sherbaugh. Are you related to these Bachmans? Grace was raised by her Grandmother Lucy Utt and her sister Jennie Sommers in Easton before she married Bachman

  27. Carletta says:

    Question for Joanne,
    I see that you are researching Henry Bush of Easton. I am researching my husband’s family. His gr grandfather was a Henry H. Bush (1832-1875)of Greene and Washington Counties, Pa. I believe that Henry’s grandfather may have been Johannes Adam Bush who was buried in the Easton Cemetery and who also served in Arndt’s Company. I found Henry Sr. and Jr., along with John (presume that this is Johannes Adam) and Philip Bosh on the list of men who belonged to Captain Arndt’s company. What can you tell me about these Bushes?

    Carletta Bush

  28. joanne farrell says:

    Hi Carletta
    Johannes Bush is (1731-1779) is my Henrys Father and is buried at Easton (Arndts Cemetary) he died from wounds suffered in the Battle of Fort Washington when the rest of Arndts company was captured. He married Christina Shafbach and had Henry, George, Jacob, etc, but I thought his name was Johan George Busch not Johannes Adam. Your Johannes Adam maybe another Bush family. There was an English Bush family in Northampton Co also. Their were 2 or 3 Henry Bush’s in Easton, mine was referred to as Henry Sr. and was a carpenter (wife Eve Hoffman)
    another Henry was married to a Catherine Dolson and he owned a tavern. Regards Joanne Farrell

  29. Carletta says:

    Thanks for getting back to me, Joanne,
    My Bush family came from Germany as well.
    The Johannes that I have been looking into married Anna Maria Huber (Heidleberg) in 1858 and was German. He is listed in Capt. Arndt’s company in both church and military records as well as on his tombstone. The cemetery info says that he died in 1778. No info given regarding his cause of death.
    Our Bushes were in southwestern PA by 1780. John Bush received a military warrant (sergent in Capt. Nalle’s Augusta Co) for 400 acres on Pigeon Creek, Washington Co. for serving in Lord Dunmore’s WAr in 1774, Isaac received a patent for land, also in Washington County ten years later, and I believe that John’s brother (?)William, who was also a sergent in Nalle’s company, evidently either sold his land or never claimed any. I believe that this man was probably our Henry’s grandfather. These three men were born ca. 1750.

    Carletta

  30. Fairchild says:

    I’m a paranormal investigator new to the area looking to locations to visit and investigate. I live in Nelson county…any help would be appreciated. E-mail me at starsncrayons24@aol.com

  31. Austin Dwi says:

    Kris,I almost forgot about this blog. I have always heard about my lineage, but really want to piece it together for myself.Working backwards, my maternal grandfather is John Jacob Kachline, son of Jacob Hawk Kachline, son of Reuben Henry Kichline, son of John Yost Kichline, son of Peter Kichline (1782-1827), son of Andrew Kachlein, son of Lieut. Col. Johann Peter Kachline. This makes the Lieut. Col. my great X6 grandfather as well.I live in Easton. The cemetery in question is not far from my house. As a matter of fact, the cemetery was replaced by the Easton Public Library. Growing up in Easton, we are told the library was haunted by those that were buried there and then removed. It was interesting to find out that my ancestors were some of that displaced cemetery’s occupants.We have a distant cousin in Cleveland (many PA families moved there for factory jobs after WWII) that has done a lot of work on the family tree.Let me know if I can do some legwork or help in any way. There is a great deal of info at the Easton Public Library’s historical room too.Thanks,Brad
    +1

  32. You need to add a retweet button to your blog. I just tweeted this post, but had to do it manually. Just my $.02 🙂

  33. Rob Wood says:

    Ancestor on my Mother’s side. She was Regent of DAR in Scarsdale, NY in ’70’s. Grew up in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Her mother was from Bedford, IN.

    • Rob Wood says:

      To claify, Re. Joshua Younger

  34. Colleen Durran says:

    If anyone here could point me in the right direction on where I can find out if I am a descendant of any revolutionary war heros, I would very much appreciate it! I wouldn’t even know where to start 😦 Thanks so much!!! My email address is Boston Irish Girl at yahoo dot com 😉 – Colleen

  35. Tom Verenna says:

    Adding this to my blogroll at https://historyandancestry.wordpress.com/. Thanks!

  36. Harold Titus says:

    Dear Ms Barney,

    Do you accept guest blogs? Having researched the events and people involved in the Battles of Lexington and Concord and written a historical novel about them (“Crossing the River”) I could contribute several informative pieces.

    Harold Titus

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