Members - Photographs of the Spring meeting are now available on the Members Only side of the web site.
American Revolution Institute – This organization which is part of the Society of the Cincinnati promotes the knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American Independence, fulfilling the aim of the Continental Army officers who founded the Society in 1783 to perpetuate the memory of that vast event. The Institute supports advanced study, presents exhibits and other public programs, advocates preservation and provides resources to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people. For more information or to join the American Revolution Institute, please go to the general society website.
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown - Circa 1784 Knox Portrait, Society of the Cincinnati Medal Reunited in 'AfterWARd' Exhibition's In the final days of the “AfterWARd: The Revolutionary Veterans Who Built America” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, a circa 1784 portrait of Henry Knox and the Society of the Cincinnati medal presented to him the same year as the portrait’s commission have been reunited for public display. The special exhibition chronicles the post-war lives of veterans of the Siege of Yorktown, including Henry Knox, Alexander Hamilton, James Lafayette and the Marquis de Lafayette. Through artifacts, portraits and interactive exhibits, the exhibition allows visitors to make connections with the lives of soldiers and veterans, past and present. “We believe this is the first time the portrait and the medal have been exhibited together,” said Katherine Egner Gruber, special exhibitions curator for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. “We are honored to have this on display in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s inaugural exhibition.” The special exhibition also features artifacts on loan from American and British museums and institutions, including a circa 1824 carriage used by the Marquis de Lafayette on his Farewell Tour of America from the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana; a cannon seized in India by Cornwallis from the Royal Armouries in Leeds, England; and a lap desk belonging to Alexander Hamilton from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Link
Tom Fleming’s last book – The Strategy of Victory - A sweeping and insightful grand strategic overview of the American Revolution, highlighting Washington's role in orchestrating victory and creating the US Army - Led by the Continental Congress, the Americans almost lost the war for independence because their military thinking was badly muddled. Following the victory in 1775 at Bunker Hill, patriot leaders were convinced that the key to victory was the home-grown militia--local men defending their families and homes. But the flush of early victory soon turned into a bitter reality as the British routed Americans fleeing New York. General George Washington knew that having and maintaining an army of professional soldiers was the only way to win independence. As he fought bitterly with the leaders in Congress over the creation of a regular army, he patiently waited until his new army was ready for pitched battle. His first opportunity came late in 1776, following his surprise crossing of the Delaware River. In New Jersey, the strategy of victory was about to unfold. In The Strategy of Victory, preeminent historian Thomas Fleming examines the battles that created American independence, revealing how the creation of a professional army worked on the battlefield to secure victory, independence, and a lasting peace for the young nation.