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Dunmore's War: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era

Prior to the American Revolution, the militia and colonial regiments of Great Britain’s American colonies fought against a much different enemy from “the lobster-backed” soldiers of their mother country little more than a year later. A Shawnee-led confederacy of Indians threatened the expansion of colonial territory in the early 1770s, pushing against the Americans and the British along their frontier. In 1774, such Soldiers as Daniel Morgan, Andrew Lewis, and George Rogers Clark led a force of colonial militia against the Shawnee in what is known as “Dunmore’s War.” The campaign forced the American’s to find the best mix of British irregular tactics and Indian methods of combat to finally subdue the confederacy. On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Dr. Glenn Williams of the U.S. Army Center of Military History will lead a roundtable lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The lecture will focus on the Dunmore’s War campaign and correct much of the folklore surrounding this historically neglected event. Dr. Williams will be joined by two other colonial history authors and experts in a discussion of the evolution and revolution of fighting in the American Colonies and the political impacts of Dunmore’s War.

Dr. Glenn F. Williams is a Senior Historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. After retiring as an officer in the U.S. Army, he served as the Senior Historian of the National Museum of the U.S. Army Project and the U.S. Army Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration. Prior to CMH, he worked as the Historian for the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service in Washington, DC, and Curator/ Historian of the USS Constellation Museum and Assistant Curator of the Baltimore Civil War Museum. He has authored numerous books on American military history, and is the author of Year of the Hangman: George Washington’s Campaign Against the Iroquois, which received the Thomas J. Fleming Award for the Outstanding Revolutionary War Book of 2005, and was named “One of the 100 Best American Revolution Books of All Time” by the Journal of the American Revolution in 2017. Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. degree in History from the University of Maryland, College Park.

The USAHEC opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Room.

Dunmore's War: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era
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  • Prior to the American Revolution, the militia and colonial regiments of Great Britain’s American colonies fought against a much different enemy from “the lobster-backed” soldiers of their mother