British Supporters of the American Revolution – I

Lead: Most Americans forget that the colonies were seriously divided over the Revolution. As a matter of fact, so was Great Britain.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Some scholars have rightly called the American Revolution the second English Civil War.  While there were large British and Continental armies campaigning up and down the eastern seaboard of North America, the most intense and sometimes brutal conflict during the war years was between partisan groups. Tories and Patriots, operating out in the countryside, burned and pillaged their neighbors’ homes and farms if they were closely identified with or insufficiently supportive of one side or another. Only about half the colonists vigorously backed the cause of independence. The rest were ambivalent about the Revolution or bitterly opposed.

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LFM: Archibald Henderson

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: For over thirty-nine years prior to his death in 1859, Archibald Henderson served as Commandant of the Marine Corps. Perhaps more than any of the early leaders of the Corps, Henderson set the standards by which the Corps has been judged over the years. He was born into a prominent family in Prince William County Virginia in 1783. After a private education, at the age of 23, he accepted commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

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LFM: Mammy Kate

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Stephen Heard was born in 1740 in Hanover County, Virginia. Heard served under George Washington during the French and Indian War and was promoted to the rank of captain because of his courageous and exceptional leadership. In 1769, with his father and brother, Heard moved to Georgia and, like many Americans, tried to stay out of the fight during the early days of the Revolution. The loss of members of his family at the hands of Tories, Crown loyalists brought him into the war on the patriot side where he distinguished himself in the ranks of the Georgia militia at the crucial Battle of Kettle Creek near Augusta, on Valentine's Day, 1779. Unfortunately, at that battle Heard was captured and transported to Fort Cornwallis, a military jail in the village of Augusta, then held by the British.

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