USS Alliance and the Last Battle of the American Revolution

More than two years after land operations had ceased, and six month before the Treaty of Paris was signed a little remembered battle off the Florida Coast saved the republic and cemented the reputation of the "Father of the United States Navy." The last battle of the American Revolution deserves to be remembered.
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  • Nicely done, sir. I thought I knew about the Revolutionary naval war, but did not know the details of the alliance. Thank you.

    Frank GullaFrank Gulla20 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love love love your Channel and I was wondering if you have anything on the Oklahoma dust bowl specifically on the ecological and economical catastrophe that it was and to show just how big the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma was and all of the important characters events that came from it thank you so much ciao for now

    Don Chonealyo The O'NEALDon Chonealyo The O'NEAL22 өдрийн өмнө
  • Another amazing and surprising episode!

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  • Mr History Guy, please do an episode on the Diary of Martha Ballard. It gives a glimpse into the social medicine of midwifery in the late 18th and early 19th century. Also, women’s economy which normal records ignore and the transition from Exclusive Congregational/Calvinistic church going and the splintering into free will Baptist/ evangelical churches. This diary is a remarkable in that Mrs Ballard records the daily happenings of everyday life and the ministry of friendship with which she engaged....

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  • Im actually a direct descendant of John Paul Jones, he was my great grandmothers great great grandfather. But I would love to hear a video about how the American Revolution affected the French Revolution. Always wanted to hear more details about it.

    Patrick McGlone JrPatrick McGlone Jr27 өдрийн өмнө
  • Please do an episode on Idaho Falls SL-1 reactor accident

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  • This is kind of incorrect. While it may have occurred some two years after the treaty ending hostilities was signed, it was just a few months after the "Affair at Cedar Bridge" in New Jersey, which by many is considered the last land battle of the American Revolution. Even then, it wasn't the last conflict of the American Revolution, but simply the final conflict between US and British forces. The final conflict was between British and Spanish forces when the Brits recaptured the Bahamas nearly a month after the battle covered in this video (The AR was used by many nations as a means of carving off chunks of British territory). AND you might want to do a video about the naval conflicts BEFORE the formation of the Continental Navy, when each state had its own navy.The battles around Philadelphia and the Delaware River, for example, heavily involved naval forces under the control of Pennsylvania. More than 50 vessels on the US side were involved.

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  • The Serapis? That rings a bell along with Bon Homme Richard. Are you perhaps intending to cover that battle too? I believe that too is a history that deserves to be rembered. :o) Edit: crap, right after I unpaused the video. :D

    Lis ZcgsedtLis ZcgsedtСарын өмнө
  • You need to do a video on the December 7th 1941 bombardment of Midway Island

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  • A good bit of Irish-American Histroy right before St.Patrick's Day. I remeber acquiring a copy of 'Treasure Chest', a Catholic school comic book that circulated in parochial schools during the 1960s, that had an article on John Barry. Among other things, the article related how Barry commanded the vessel , a brig, that won the first American Naval victory over a warship of the Royal Navy, (a sloop-of-war). Stenge how one remembers these things. RIP, Commodore Barry.

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  • GREAT STORY!! Thank you.

    Mosen DefrawyMosen DefrawyСарын өмнө
  • You keep inviting people to respond and make suggestions on historical items yet you ignored mine, an important historical event in 1711 that cost the lives of over 900 Americans. What gives?

    Opto PhobeOpto PhobeСарын өмнө
  • Thank you so much for that! I love the old sailing ships and March 10 is my birthday.

    danmo43danmo43Сарын өмнө
  • Those sails were made of hemp, by the way.

    Barry PettitBarry PettitСарын өмнө
  • Can you explain how sailing ships use to enter and leave docks without the aid of an engine? Modern sailing ships use a small engine to maneuver to and from docks but the old sailing ships didn't have this advantage. I can't ever find any information on how they did it.

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  • Thanks. I was unaware of the financial side of the war. .

    Bob SmithBob SmithСарын өмнө
  • I live near Cape Canaveral and the local paper just ran an article about this. Fascinating to know it happened so close!

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  • Any chance you could do an episode on the USS Phenakite or otherwise known as the USS Sachem? The 100+ year old ship still sits in a creek tributary of the Ohio River in Petersburg Kentucky. I hope one day it gets preserved. Created by railroad tycoons, serving in WW1 and 2 and having passengers like Thomas Edison and at one point, Madonna! Its history that deserves to be remembered.

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  • I worry about my older child I've been lied to a bunch through the compulsive Circle that I used to be in someone loves to play games with me to keep me guessing they have a hard time to be a respectable adult in a respectable conversation sorry I speak of these words on your broadcast or video this is the only way I know how to relay a message. You always have great videos I definitely enjoyed them thank you both for all your help and many forms of ways

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  • There would be many "last Battles of the American Revolution" and indeed many still going on today I would argue.

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  • Tramendous!

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  • Never have minor league baseball announcers and Revolutionary US Captains had so much in common... "Sorry, we can't pay you. But we have this candied ham you might like..."

    Dan BardosDan BardosСарын өмнө
  • This is movie gold waiting to be told...

    Dan BardosDan BardosСарын өмнө
  • John Barry was the first skipper of the USN frigate "United States", built in Philadelphia, and including Stephen Decatur among her officers. They served in what is called "The Quasi War With France" .

    John WelchJohn WelchСарын өмнө
  • I have never heard of this story.the history guy and Mark felton as well as the guys of the American battlefield trust and the Gettysburg battlefield guides are better than the history channel.

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  • Hey History Guy, I love your channel. I have a challenge for you. Try to squeeze Huey Long into a 15 minute video.

    Larry WelchLarry WelchСарын өмнө
  • That was a good one! I never heard of that ship before. Thank You!

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  • Great video. I live near Amesbury MA, where the Alliance was built. Amesbury has a lot of fascinating history for small town, worth its own video. Please consider doing one, really great industrial history there as well as connections to famous people ranging from Al Capp to Mary Baker Eddy to John Greenleaf Whittier.

    Kevin SluderKevin SluderСарын өмнө
  • Thank you for the lesson.

    Shawn RShawn RСарын өмнө
  • love the chnnel, how about a piece on the Gas Buggy and other nuclear fracing efforts done in the US in the 1950s if you havent yet.

    Terry RustTerry RustСарын өмнө
  • Sorry to use post like this. . . Your videos aren't popping up on MNthe as suggestions. I actually had to dig for you, not having watched your videos in a while (look a squirrel!) . I'm wondering if your algos might need tweaking? History Guy, you may contact me directly to discuss.

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  • Naval history is a hobby of mine and I never heard of this battle.

    Thomas BThomas BСарын өмнө
  • Story suggestion: The bombing on Naco Arizona - The bombing, although unintentional, is noted for being the first aerial bombardment of the continental United States by a foreign power in history. I live just north of Naco and this is such a cool story that deserves to be remembered!!!

    Jeff VincentJeff VincentСарын өмнө
  • The best part of everyday is starting it with one of you’re videos. Keep up the great work. BZ!

    Lane FritzscheLane FritzscheСарын өмнө
  • Another great doc.

    InfoScholarInfoScholarСарын өмнө
  • Very interesting! I had no idea of these sea battles.

    Rex MyersRex MyersСарын өмнө
  • You.might want to do a video on the USS Andrew Doria and the first salute to the American flag.

    Lewis TaishoffLewis TaishoffСарын өмнө
  • My Dad built 47 wooden models of Tall Ships, each a work of Art. The Swedish King's personal Man of War ship, the WASA was four and a half ft. long and four ft. high, took him three years to build, as everything had to be made by hand.

  • Delaware Harbor? Delaware Bay!

    Michael RomagnoliMichael RomagnoliСарын өмнө
  • Very Interesting . IN 1836 Texas became a republic recognised by Great Britain and Texas had an Embassy in London but Texas also had a Navy . Are there any records of anyone who served in the Texas Navy then in turn the US Navy and in the Civil War served in the Confederate Navy ?

    Michael VoiseyMichael VoiseyСарын өмнө
    • I will research that question. More on the Texas navy:

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  • Well done sir.

    Blue OceanBlue OceanСарын өмнө
  • Nice presentation on a unknown history period. Question - Is there a March Madness this year? Cheers

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  • I remembered Commodore Barry for last years Memorial Day.

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  • The ship was built at ALLIANCE Park, Amesbury MA

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  • Thank you for hooking me up with Magellan.

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  • I understand from another Historian that a more accurate description is 'War of Independence' as a revolution denotes a radical change, which was not the case.

    Matthew RonsonMatthew RonsonСарын өмнө
    • @Matthew Ronson Yes although he softened a little bit in his later years.

      Shawn RShawn RСарын өмнө
    • @Shawn R Agreed. I'd include Jefferson in this as well.

      Matthew RonsonMatthew RonsonСарын өмнө
    • @Matthew Ronson Would have been more radical if we had followed the ideas of Thomas Paine.

      Shawn RShawn RСарын өмнө
    • @Shawn R Significant but not radical. We traded a king for a President, but most everything else was still much the same.

      Matthew RonsonMatthew RonsonСарын өмнө
    • Removing the monarchy and creating a democratic republic was not a radical idea?

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  • From wikipedia regarding her fate : Apparently, no details of Alliance's subsequent career have survived. However, when she was no longer seaworthy, the former frigate was abandoned on the shore of Petty Island across the Delaware from Philadelphia. At low tide, some of her timbers could be seen in the sands there until her remaining hulk was destroyed during dredging operations in 1901

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  • Hello History Guy, Love your productions but gotta drop MNthe and it's censorship. Maybe I'll see you on Gab. Mike

    Mike MillerMike MillerСарын өмнө
  • So wait ,... What happened to the alliance after she became a merchant vessel ?

    The Dread Pirate WesleyThe Dread Pirate WesleyСарын өмнө
  • HG excellent as ever! The involvement of so many belligerents and theatres makes the American Revolution seem misnamed, war with proxy’s would be inappropriate as well... when does a conflict cross a threshold to becoming a world war.... even if history has given it a narrower title?

    robert patrickrobert patrickСарын өмнө
  • Great story ‘Loose lips 👄 sink ships 🚢’ The British from across the Atlantic learnt of the French / Spanish dollar 💵 transfer. How?

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  • i live in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, we love it when ships of the USA navy pay us a visit from time too time.

    Ted2020Ted2020Сарын өмнө
  • this battle was in April of 1783 the last battle of the AWI

    Guinness1836Guinness1836Сарын өмнө
  • Wow. The US owes so very much to other nations for its existence.

    TeamBridgeBSCTeamBridgeBSCСарын өмнө
  • One of your better episodes. Definitely not a boring story. Thanks for sharing this history

    walter warrenwalter warrenСарын өмнө
  • Those in the Philadelphia area know the Commodore Barry Bridge over the Delaware River south of the city, which carries US Rt. 322.

    Helium RoadHelium RoadСарын өмнө
  • I love history but with you, it just gets even better, the Russian word Soyuz is Alliance, Boca Raton means Brown rat

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  • I thought the Battle of Cuddalore in June 1783 was considered the last battle of the American Revolution, as it involved the French Alliance against the British, part of the Second Mysore War, which was itself precipatated by the Franco-American Alliance. I also read reports that American flags were flown in India during this time.

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  • Minor note; A 64-gun vessel like Triton would have normally been considered a 4th-rate ship of the line, not a frigate. As such she would have been built differently from a frigate, favoring ability to mount cannons and take damage over speed and maneuverability.

    thunderK5thunderK5Сарын өмнө
  • We tend to forget how rough-and-ready, do-as-you-must the Continental Navy actions were. For all the striking seamanship (and remarkable designs the Americans built), this was naval warfare at its most desperate against the greatest naval power in the world. The Alliance won glory by snatching it from the major sea power of its day, and in so doing kept the Revolution and the United States going. A pause to remember the heroism, without which we'd likely all be spelling it 'aluminium' today.

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  • Is that 105 ammo behind you?

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    • That is an inflatable representation of an 8.8 cm Flak shell purchased from The Tank Museum.

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  • larger than life story ! ! !

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  • As we Floridians know, that Palm Beach County coastline is part of the Gold Coast.

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  • Now we're going to need an episode about the Newburgh Conspiracy, apparently

    Blue BoatsBlue BoatsСарын өмнө
    • In this episode:

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  • Pirates always make for a good story ;-)

    BadCatBadCatСарын өмнө
  • Perhaps a deeper dive into the history of American privateering would be interesting .

    Pocketfarmer1Pocketfarmer1Сарын өмнө
    • And smuggling, the trade that made John Hancock as rich as he was before he signed the Declaration of Independence. Great sea yarns there waiting to be told.

      Peter RoganPeter RoganСарын өмнө
  • I enjoy any of your episodes whenever I can. Just wondering, have you any knowledge of the very short lived French/American War of the late 18th century?

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  • I have often wondered, where the idea of the NW passage came from, I do know of Franklins doomed voyage, but how did he know he had options

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  • Alliance was pretty great, I admit, but I bet the Horde would have done better.

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  • 11:45 A small correction: President George Washington commissioned John Barry to be the senior captain in the new US Navy. As the senior captain of the fleet, Barry was addressed by the courtesy title of Commodore. Commodore was not a rank in the first Navy establishment. During the Civil War (in 1862), Congress established Commodore as a rank for flag officers. This was quickly followed by the establishments of Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, and Admiral -- all to reward David Farragut for his signal victories during the war. Congress disestablished the rank of Commodore in 1899, and therein lies a story. George Dewey held the rank of Commodore when he defeated the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila. Congress had to reward him, but his sponsor in Congress was a member of the minority party. Rather than raise Dewey by himself to Rear Admiral, Congress abolished the rank of Commodore and raised all Commodores to Rear Admiral (lower grade)! Without a doubt, this is the most left-handed promotion in history.

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  • An American Master and Commander...John Berry

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  • Kind of funny that Naval soldiers (Marines) were officially around ten years prior to the official Navy itself. Also, sad that even when they still taught US history so little was taught about the Navy. And I grew up twenty minutes from Annapolis.

    Al WallaceAl WallaceСарын өмнө
  • You should do a video on the Republic of Texas Navy. Undwr Commodore Moore, it was, legally a Pirate Navy.

    Hoss McgregorHoss McgregorСарын өмнө
  • Sir, or another suggestion is the last battle of WW2, in Europe. Specifically the Battle of Castle Itter (May 5, 1945). It is oftentimes referred to as the strangest battle, and the only engagement where both U.S. and German forces fought alongside each other. It too is a fascinating story.

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  • Hey Sir, speaking of another last battle of a major war or conflict. Could you please make a video on the Mayaguez Incident (May 12-15, 1975)? Often times its referred to as the Battle of Koh Tang Island or the last battle of the Vietnam War.

    SSgtJluoma30SSgtJluoma30Сарын өмнө
  • Barry was a Catholic which was controversial at the time. I've been to his church in Philadelphia.

    Michael ZeregaMichael ZeregaСарын өмнө
  • Wonder how long before the next

    goofyfoot2001goofyfoot2001Сарын өмнө
  • Excellent episode. Any suggestions for books on the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War?

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    • @MrGarritos Thank You!

      Hilltown GraymersHilltown GraymersСарын өмнө
    • my suggestions: "Give Me a Fast Ship" - by Tim McGrath, "Struggle for Sea Power: A Naval History of the American Revolution" - Sam Willis, and " Broadsides: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815" -Nathan Miller

      MrGarritosMrGarritosСарын өмнө
  • I am wondering if you have any suggestions for places to start searching for WW I information pertaining to my great grandfather? He served with Company D of the 107th Engineers and was wounded somewhere in Europe.

    Will ScarletWill ScarletСарын өмнө
  • So the Battle of Cape Canaveral should actually be called the Battle of the Florida Straits.

    jlillerjlillerСарын өмнө
  • The history of our country is fascinating. The naval history is another facet. I don't know if you have a vid of the battle of the Enterprise and the Boxer off the coast of New Harbor, Maine, but it's an equally fascinating story. The back story of the battle is as interesting a the fight itself. As it happens, both Captains are buried in a cemetery in Portland, Maine. I you don't have a vid of that, it would be delightful to see one.

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  • If it wasn't for this Naval battle or the Battle off the Virginia Capes, the Revolution could have been very different.

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  • Being a Privateer instead of a Sailor would sound more favorable back then, Especially if you knew what sailors controlled by the English Navy Endured. Also seems more American, more Individualistic.

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  • I still have a book from my teen years about "John Barry: The Father of the AmericanNavy". That book is about 56 years old.

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  • Seems the British Crown is still bitter and holds a grudge. They sent Harry & Megan to punish us and make us surrender. Putting us back under British rule.

    Mr.NaughtyPantsMr.NaughtyPantsСарын өмнө
    • @Mr.NaughtyPants I just change the channel to the History Guy. Plenty of content I have not seen. Works well for politics, the drama around politics and politicians also.

      Shawn RShawn RСарын өмнө
    • @Shawn R Well defect them back, they're creating a ruckus over here.

      Mr.NaughtyPantsMr.NaughtyPantsСарын өмнө
    • They werent sent. They defected.

      Shawn RShawn RСарын өмнө
  • I want you to blow EVERYONE'S mind and wear a real tie, a non-bow tie, just once.

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  • Hey Playboy, does anyone here like Lucky Charms?

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    • @constipated in sin city Thanks. I'll see if I can get an e-mail to her. We're in Australia, so it might not be available. Barbara works for USAFoods, a store that imports US brands for homesick expat, but I don't think they can import any type of dairy product.

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    • @LizJ Well until March 31st Cold Stone Creamery has a Lucky Charms flavor!

      constipated in sin cityconstipated in sin cityСарын өмнө
    • Don't know about THG's viewers, but Barbara, co-host of the Gdayall podcast, says Lucky Charms is her favorite cereal.

      LizJLizJСарын өмнө
  • "Continental Navy" sounds vaguely oxymoronic.

    Neil RobinsonNeil RobinsonСарын өмнө
  • And thus we have the Commodore Barry Bridge, crossing the Delaware River just south of Philadelphia, from Chester, PA to South Jersey. 👍

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  • I think your programs are fantastic, thanks! A suggestion for a future episode is the history of TWA. My father worked for TWA for 30 years as a mechanic and the airline has an interesting background associated with Howard Hughes.

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  • Dear HG I've been a subscriber for years now and I have yet to be disappointed by one your segments! when I get home from work at night I hit your channel with equal parts joy and trepidation, joy... because it's the highlight of my day!!! trepidation... because the offering you post might finally be the one that disappoints, well it's been close to 1500 days since my cousin ( who is currently on deployment in the Indian ocean engaged in counter piracy measures and...well don't all good stories involve pirates) turned me on to your channel and that day of disappointment im starting to think is a figment of my imagination. That is to say I believe you sir, lack the capacity to disappoint not a bad thing in this day and age!!! Keep up the great work your the best!!!!!!!!!!!

    Charles OneillCharles OneillСарын өмнө
  • So when is your wife going to do another one?

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  • John Paul Jones’s story goes long pass the Revolutionary War. He had mutinies (because he dared to attack the British Navy rather than take prize ships), left the US Navy and country because Congress reneged on his pay and command of the brand new USS United States (instead giving it to France rather than having to pay for riggings and crew). He went to France and later became the Russian Admiral of its Black Sea fleet under Catherine The Great. Later died a pauper in Paris. His body was repatriated years later and is buried at the US Naval Academy.

    Louis LudlumLouis LudlumСарын өмнө
  • I do love the story of John Paul Jones in that battle, if you dive deep into the details it reminds me of something out of the pirates of the Caribbean movie.

    Heidi MarchantHeidi MarchantСарын өмнө
  • You might be interested in doing a video on the first navel battle of the American revolution, the Battle of Valcour. Benedict Arnold, commanding

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  • You're the one I ever watched! I found you in covid. 😷 I may forget to click and 👍.but 😍😻.

    Debbie OsburnDebbie OsburnСарын өмнө
  • Bravo nice video about the American revolutionary war

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  • The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet ( June 26, 1776 ) was one of the first battles John Barry is noted for.

    Bill GeryBill GeryСарын өмнө
  • Awesome story! There is so much rich and fortunate history about the beginning of this country. Your stories should be required watching of grammar school kids!

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