Show Notes – The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney

Following are some items that were mentioned during the 27 December 2012 Fieldstone Common interview with Christian McBurney, author of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.

The podcast of the interview is now available.

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The Rhode Island Campaign describes the occupation of Newport, Rhode Island and ensuing battles during the Revolutionary War. It represents the first joint engagement between American and French forces.

Some of the main characters during these events were

American Military

Major General John Sullivan


Major General Nathanael Greene

General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette

British Military

Sir Robert Pigot

Major  General Francis Smith

Major General Richard Prescott

Hessian General Friedrich Wilhelm von Lossberg

French Military

Jean Baptiste Charles Henri Hector, comte d’Estaing

Westholme Publishing, the publisher of The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War donated two copies of the book that were given as a “door prizes” during the live show. One copy went to a listener in Oregon and the other to a listener in Massachusetts. A big thank you to the Westholme Publishing for  their generosity!


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The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney Now a Podcast

The most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Christian McBurney, author of the book The Rhode Island Campaign:The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War is now available as a podcast.

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The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney


The Rhode Island Campaign by Christian McBurney on Fieldstone Common
LIVE: THURSDAY, 27 December 2012 at 1:00pm EST

This Thursday on Fieldstone Common we will speak with author Christian McBurney about The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War.

On July 29, 1778, a powerful French naval squadron sailed confidently to the entrance of Narragansett Bay. Its appearance commenced the first joint French and American campaign of the Revolutionary War. The new allies’ goal was to capture the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island. With British resolve reeling from the striking patriot victory at Saratoga the previous autumn, this French and American effort might just end the war.

The Rhode Island Campaign by Christian McBurney on Fieldstone Common
Christian McBurney

The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War unravels one of the most complex and multi-faceted events of the war, one which combined land and sea strategies and featured controversial decisions on both sides. Many prominent patriots participated, including Nathanael Greene, Marquis de Lafayette, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. Most important, while the campaign’s failure led to harsh criticism of the French in some quarters, leaders such as Greene, Lafayette, and George Washington steadfastly worked to ensure that the alliance would remain intact, knowing that the next joint operation could well succeed. Relying on in-depth research from American, French, British, and German original sources, author Christian McBurney has written the most authoritative book on this fascinating episode in American history.

CHRISTIAN M. McBURNEY, a graduate of Brown University, is a partner in a Washington, DC, law firm. He is the author of several books and articles on early Rhode Island history, including A History of Kingston, Rhode Island, 1700–1900 and British Treatment of Prisoners During the Occupation of Newport, 1776–1779.

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Christian McBurney, author of The Rhode Island Campaign
The Rhode Island Campaign with Christian McBurney. The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War unravels one of the most complex and multi-faceted events of the war. Relying on in-depth research from American, French, British, and German original sources, author Christian McBurney has written the most authoritative book on this fascinating episode in American history.
Copyright 2012-2013 Marian Pierre-Louis