Jamestown on FacebookJamestown on Facebook Jamestown on PinterestJamestown on Pinterest Jamestown on YoutubeJamestown on Youtube Jamestown on InstagramJamestown on Instagram Jamestown on TwitterJamestown on Twitter
Buy Tickets

Blog

Welcome to the History Is Fun blog. Our topics will range from historical insights to short articles about topics of interest in 17th and 18th-century history at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

American Loyalists Get No Respect

Jacob Ellegood, a Virginia planter who remained loyal to Britain, is depicted in the Yorktown Victory Center’s Witnesses to Revolution Gallery.

Jacob Ellegood, a Virginia planter who remained loyal to Britain, is depicted in the Yorktown Victory Center’s Witnesses to Revolution Gallery.

American Loyalists Get No Respect

Welcome to All About the Revolution. Our topics range from historical insights to updates on plans for the next generation of the Yorktown Victory Center. We encourage your thoughts and reactions to each post.

Lots of people on both sides of the American Revolution didn’t think much of Loyalists.  Patriots persecuted them, driving them from their homes and confiscating their property.  Even though thousands of Loyalists fought for the King in America, the British government never thought the Loyalist contribution to war effort was large enough.  The British army in North America resented the fact that it had to allocate scarce manpower for the purpose of protecting Loyalist civilians.

Here are some contemporary perspectives on Loyalists:

“filthy grovelling vermin, formed only to be trampled upon by tyrants” – The Virginia Gazette, January 15, 1774

“Damnation to Tories and Success to American Liberty” – Patriot toast, 1775

“How can you be called friends of the King if you won’t venture anything for the right cause? Look at your Opposition Party: they abandon wife, child, house, and home, and let us lay waste to everything.  They fight without shoes and clothing with all passion, suffer hunger, and gladly endure all the hardships of war.  But you loyalists won’t do anything!  You only want to be protected, to live in peace in your houses.  We are supposed to break our bones for you, in place of yours, to accomplish your purpose.  We attempt everything, and sacrifice our own blood for your assumed cause.” – Captain Johann Ewald, German officer serving with the British Army in America, 1781


Battle of Generals

A late-18th-century portrait of Cornwallis by Daniel Gardner, in the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection, is exhibited at the Yorktown Victory Center. Battle of Generals What would it feel like to be the one responsible for losing the American colonies?  Would you fight tooth and nail to prove that it wasn’t you to blame; that it was someone else instead?  That’s

Read Full Post
Remembering the Women of the Revolution

Remembering the Women of the Revolution Welcome to All About the Revolution. Our topics range from historical insights to updates on plans for the next generation of the Yorktown Victory Center. We encourage your thoughts and reactions to each post. Sarah Benjamin, who accompanied her soldier husband to Yorktown in 1781, is profiled in the Yorktown Victory Center’s “W

Read Full Post
Tea Parties: All the Rage

Welcome to All About the Revolution. Our topics range from historical insights to updates on plans for the next generation of the Yorktown Victory Center. Tea Parties: All The Rage In Massachusetts in December 1773, a group of men boarded three vessels in the Boston Harbor and, over the course of three hours, dumped 342 chests of tea into the water to protest the tax

Read Full Post
All About the Revolution

Welcome to All About the Revolution. Our topics will range from historical insights to updates on plans for the next generation of the Yorktown Victory Center. Our first post derives from an exercise among Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff to comment on these questions: “What is the legacy of the American Revolution? What did it ultimately achieve? Why is it r

Read Full Post