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Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – So Monroe never leaves the service of the United States.  Remember, he gets in in 1776, gets out as president in 1824, still stays on — I can’t recall the exact title he took or the task he accepted — all the way up till his death.  I believe he dies in New York City as part of some commission that he’s been appointed to.  He never leaves public service, as you government employees call it today.  Check out today’s transcript for the rest…


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Mike:  The story is the untold story of the life and times of one James Monroe.  You may wonder: Why would you pick Monroe?  There are great reasons why you would pick Monroe.  I could pick John Quincy Adams, but I’ll pick Monroe because  I know Monroe’s story better than I know Quincy Adams, even though the Massachusetts Historical Society that runs the John Quincy Adams Twitter feed does follow yours truly on Twitter.  We have communicated a bit because we’ve done research on an episode in JQA’s life when he fell into Tiber Creek and almost drowned that I turned into a Project ’76 webisode.  Enough about that.

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america-secede-or-die-t-shirtSo it is 1775 and George Washington is appointed by the Continental Congress as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.   He is sent immediately to Boston.  He is sent there because Boston is occupied by the British.  William Howe, I believe, is running the martial law part of the town of Boston, aided and assisted by General Thomas Gage, the despicable Gage.  Washington is sent to take Boston back.  That’s his first assignment.  He does pull this task off.  It takes him a little less than a year to figure out how to do it.  That’s another tale in and of itself.  When Washington is told to leave after the Battle of Prospect Heights — which wasn’t really a battle, it was a bluff — and Howe set sail and leaves Boston.  John Hancock and company are convinced that Howe’s brother — there are two Howes.  There’s Admiral Lord Howe and there’s General William Howe.  John Hancock is president of the Continental Congress.  He is convinced that the Howes are going to stage their next assault on New York.

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AG, remember yesterday I talked to the gentleman who called from Long Island and I asked him if he knew the history of Long Island and the Battle of Long Island.  This is an integral part of the Revolutionary War history.  Washington is dispatched to go to New York.  On his way back from New York, he is joined by the then-17-year-old James Monroe.  Monroe enlists.  Monroe, at the age of 17, is in the Continental Army.  He crosses back across the river into New Jersey with Washington as Howe and company are chasing him.  They ultimately retreat back on the southwestern side of the Delaware River, in December.  Monroe is in the boat with Washington when he crosses the Delaware River on the fateful evening of Christmas Eve 1776.  Most of you people know the rest of the story.  Washington and the men that make the crossing of the Delaware go in and defeat the Hessians at Trenton, take Trenton back, and it motivates enlistments for the patriot cause.  The rest, as they say, is history…

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