Steven Elliott attended the Annual Seminar on the American Revolution at Fort Ticonderoga, from September 19th to the 21st. Steven presented a talk entitled “Civil-Military Relations in the War of Independence: The Case of the 1780 Morristown Encampment” to the roughly 150 seminar attendees. Based on Steven’s M.A. thesis and reflecting his ongoing research interest into the intersections of conflict, space, and society during the War of Independence, the 40-minute talk traced the Continental Army’s relationship with civilian political leadership and the local population, and provided insights into the logistical and strategic problems the army faced during the war. This presentation focused on the particularly trying winter of 1779-1780 and the Continental Army encampment at Morristown to better understand how the army regulated its interaction with the civilian population. The audience responded positively to the presentation and engaged in a lively Q&A session and lengthy follow-up discussions throughout the weekend. The presentation particularly impressed Patrick Swan of the Army War College, who indicated a possible invite for Steven to speak at Carlisle on civil-military relations in the War of Independence.
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