Patrick K. O'Donnell

Articles by Patrick K. O'Donnell

Exclusive–O’Donnell: The Forgotten Bridge that Saved America

“Defend the bridge to the last extremity!” Washington shouted to his officers and men 245 years ago as he stared at the massive British army coiling in front of the stone arched bridge that stood between his men and their destruction.

The Seccond Battle of Trenton

Exclusive–O’Donnell: The American Crisis

In the fall of 1776, the United States faced complete collapse. In those dark days, Americans reached deep within, through their agency, to change the course of history.

The March to Valley Forge by William Trego

Exclusive–O’Donnell: How 25 Americans Stopped an Army

Two hundred and forty-five years ago, in a forgotten battle that saved Washington’s Army, a handful of American soldiers accomplished a feat exceptionally rare in history. They successfully prevented an amphibious landing by thousands of British soldiers.

The Battle of Long Island by Domenick D'Andrea for the state of Delaware and Maryland, 1776. Note: The Delaware Regiment at the Battle of Long Island.

Exclusive–O’Donnell: Bunker Hill: The Man Worth 500 Men

Two hundred and forty-six years ago this week, in one of America’s most sacred battles, hundreds of American patriots fought and died for their yet-to-be-born country. America suffered many losses in the Battle of Bunker Hill, but one of the greatest was the life of Patriot leader, Doctor Joseph Warren. 

Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill by John Trumbull

Exclusive–Patrick K. O’Donnell: General Gage’s Gun Grab

Americans in 1775 faced an ammunition crisis—specifically a crucial shortage of gunpowder. “On Courage I know we have in abundance, conduct I hope we shall not want, but powder—where shall we get a sufficient supply?” John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail.

The Battle of Lexington and Concord

Patrick K. O’Donnell: Times that Try Men’s Souls

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” Paine wrote. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

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Exclusive–O’Donnell: Washington’s Immortals: ‘The Bayonets of the Revolution’ Who Saved the Continental Army

Two hundred and forty-four years ago this week, “Gentleman of Honour, Family, and Fortune” made a Thermopylae-like stand that saved Washington’s army during the Battle of Brooklyn.Two hundred and forty-four years ago this week, “Gentleman of Honour, Family, and Fortune” made a Thermopylae-like stand that saved Washington’s army during the Battle of Brooklyn. Their attack that earned them the nickname “The Bayonets of The Revolution” may have also saved the month-old United States.

Battleoflongisland.jpg Washington’s Immortals Stand during the Battle of Brooklyn