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Benedict Arnold and British forces attack Petersburg, Virginia

On the evening of April 24, 1781, British General William Phillips landed on the banks of the James River at City Port, Virginia. Once there, he combined forces with British General Benedict Arnold, the former American general and notorious traitor, to launch an attack on the town of Petersburg, Virginia, located about 12 miles away. The ensuing engagement is known as he Battle of Blandford (or Blanford) or the Battle of Petersburg .

Defending the town of Petersburg from the approaching British troops was a contingent of 1,000 troops from the Virginia militia led by Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben and Brigadier General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg. General von Steuben had set up defensive lines of resistance, but had no real hope of victory as the Americans were severely outnumbered by the British army of 2,500 troops. After several hours of fighting, von Steuben ordered a full-scale retreat of the Virginia militia as the city of Petersburg fell into British hands.

Although Petersburg was lost, General von Steuben and the Virginia militia were able to resist the British force long enough for Patriot troops to assemble and set up defensive positions in nearby towns. Portraits of Baron von Steuben and John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg General Phillips had survived three years of captivity after being taken prisoner by the Americans at Saratoga in 1777 and marching with the so-called Convention Army dubbed as such because the British and Americans signed a short-lived convention that the prisoners would be released to Europe if they agreed not to fight in North America again 700 miles from Saratoga, New York, to Charlottesville, Virginia, in November 1778 (after the revocation of the Convention of Saratoga). He was released in exchange for Patriot Major General Benjamin Lincoln in 1780.

Despite such earlier fortitude, Phillips died of typhus on May 13 in Petersburg, less than a month after his victory. Source: Like this: Like Loading… Related This entry was posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 6:45 AM and is filed under Revolutionary War 1 .

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Joining the British Army becoming a recruit

Recruit Andrew Vaughan is 25 years old and is about to start Phase 1 training at Army Training Regiment (ATR) Winchester, where he hopes to go on to join the Royal Artillery. Recruit Andrew Vaughan I ve had a taste of Army life before because I previous applied to join the TA when I was 18. I completed the ADSC (Army Development and Selection Centre) after a year of waiting but unfortunately had to leave to go to University.

It is something I regret now and I do wonder what would have happened had I stayed. As they say though, everything happens for a reason. Fast forward seven years, a lot of life experience and a varied career including as an Accounts Assistant and a Recruitment Consultant.

Good money, but not what I wanted to do. I wanted a job which was varied, where I get to make a difference and have adventures along the way. Finally I made the decision.

I was going to become a soldier. The application I began my journey by going on to the Army website, you now begin your initial registration online by filling in their application form. It can take a while but it saves time down the road to be as detailed as possible.

After a couple of weeks of waiting (and worrying) I received an email which asked for medical details. Again it helps to be as accurate as you can. After another couple of weeks (and a courtesy call just to show enthusiasm) I received a phone call issuing me an appointment at my local AFCO (Armed Forces Careers Office) in London.

This was to be an interview and the first real hurdle of the process that can be failed. I was incredibly nervous and spent the time I had to take in all the advice I could from a variety of sources on how to pass. The interview is for the Army to see what type of person you are, why you want to join the Army and what you can bring to the table.

You will have already been asked what your top three job choices are, so revise what they involve including where you will based and how long for. Also revise the Army Values (Courage, Discipline, Respect for others, Integrity, Loyalty and Selfless Commitment CDRILS) and have an example ready on when you have displayed these values. Revise what ADSC and Phase 1 will involve but most importantly, be yourself.

As long as you truly want it and are there for the right reasons, you won t go far wrong. I was told straight after the interview that I had passed and had to strongly fight the urge to do the happy dance there and then probably for the best! I was then told of an upcoming running club in London, which is run by the Army so they can assess my 1.5 mile run time.

They hold it once a month so I was very eager to bosh it first time one week to prepare game on! The run clubs I attended this with my Grandad who, bless his heart, is just as excited if not more so about my decision to join the Army. Having been in the Signals himself and knowing the highs and lows that await me, he is extremely encouraging about my job/life choice and his pride in me is definitely a huge driving force for me to succeed.

I finished the run in 11:35, my personal record but not quite good enough. A month of training it is then! One month and a lot of miles under my belt later and I was back, again with Grandad in tow, and again finished in the 11:30 minute region.

I was devastated if I m honest. No improvement showing, I felt like this was where my journey had reached its end. Thankfully I received a phone call from my CSM a week after inviting me to attend the ADSC in two month s time!!

I was so excited and told anyone who would listen the good news, this was where the ball really began to roll! Visit Recruit Vaughan s page 1 Find out about joining the Army 2 Find out about ATR Winchester 3 This entry was posted in Army 4 , ATR Winchester 5 , Royal Artillery 6 and tagged a taste of Army 7 , adsc 8 , afco 9 , army development and selection centre 10 , army training regiment 11 , atr winchester 12 , basic training 13 , core values 14 , interview 15 , join the army 16 , phase 1 17 , Phase 1 training 18 , Recruit 19 , recruit vaughan 20 , Recruit Andrew Vaughan 21 , running club 22 , soldier 23 , the Army 24 , training 25 , Winchester 26 . Bookmark the permalink 27 .

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