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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2020 11:04 p.m. PST

"Four years after Revere rode through the Massachusetts countryside warning that the British were on the march to Lexington, the war for American independence dragged on. In June 1779, the British seized the village of Castine, Maine, on the shores of Penobscot Bay with the intention of establishing a naval base between Halifax and New York from which they could launch attacks.

The Massachusetts legislature ordered a combined military and naval expedition to sail north to Maine, part of Massachusetts at the time, to dislodge the British. Among the hundreds of troops was Lieutenant Colonel Paul Revere, who had joined the Massachusetts militia after being denied a Continental Army commission in 1776. The attack force was a raw, rag-tag bunch—Revere, who commanded the state's artillery regiment, reported "one-third of them were boys and old men"—but they still had a decisive advantage in numbers and firepower. Continental Navy Commodore Dudley Saltonstall was given a fleet of 19 armed vessels including three Continental Navy ships and the entire Massachusetts Navy, which was composed of three ships. Combined with the 21 transports, the patriot naval force was the largest of the war…"
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Jeffers20 May 2020 11:23 p.m. PST

I used to own a very good book on this called Solomon Lovell and the Penobscot Expedition. Can't remember the author and I'm too lazy to google this morning 🥱. Would make a fascinating mini campaign.

jedburgh21 May 2020 6:33 a.m. PST

Bernard Cornwell(Sharpe)wrote a book about this campaign – The Fort.


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2020 7:18 a.m. PST

I own and have read The Fort. It is good and has enough detail that one could have a campaign and battles based on this operation.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2020 12:15 p.m. PST



21eRegt21 May 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

Another endorsement for The Fort. Good historical fiction.

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