Roadblocks to Republic: The Newburgh Incident

17 Sep 2018

On Monday, September 17, 2018, we welcomed Mark Albertson back for the first lecture in his new series.

America’s founding as a Republic was not without its impediments; so inspired as they were from the ranks of the Revolutionary Generation themselves. Join us for this four-week series as we discuss.

Week One: The Newburgh Incident Despite its victory over the world’s ranking colonial power, The Continental Army was in a restive state. Mutinies occurred among some line regiments, there was a lack of food, poverty of clothing, and arrears of financial reimbursement. The potential of an officers’ rebellion showcased the potential political threat facing the Continental Congress, a military coup. George Washington rose to the challenge, at Newburgh, on March 15, 1783.

About the Presenter Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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