Events & Other News

Literary Activity

 David's work has been selected by the editorial board of the online Journal of the American Revolution to be republished in the annual hardcover books produced by JAR, including his articles on: Eutaw Springs and the Ambiguity of Victory in the 2024 Annual Volume; Edward Hand's American Journey in the 2023 Annual Volume; and Thomas Knowlton's Revolution in the 2022 volume. These hardcover books feature the best historical research and writing published by the journal during the prior calendar year as determined by the editors. They are available from Westholme Publishing, Amazon, or wherever books are sold.

  David's most recent book, The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776, was published by Westholme Publishing as part of its Small Battles Series. Westholme is collaborating with a pair of distinguished scholars—Mark Edward Lender (author of Cabal!: The Plot Against General Washington) and James Kirby Martin (author of Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered), series editors—to offer a fresh and important new perspective on the story of America’s early military conflicts that focuses on these engagements at their most intimate and revealing level. More information about the volumes in this series is available here.

—  The recording of David's interview by historian Brady Crytzer, host of the Journal of the American Revolution podcast Dispatchesabout David's article for the journal, Albigence Waldo: Surgeon, Soldier, Diarist, Poet, is available on the JAR Dispatches website (episode 259). This is David's fourth such interview.

 David's article, John Haslet: Service, Sacrifice, and the Spirit of 1776, appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of the Swan Historical Foundation Newsletter

—  David's article for the Journal of the American Revolution, The Significance of John Cadwalader (September 22, 2002), highlights his dramatic role in the "Ten Crucial Days" campaign of 1776-1777. A modified version of this article is included in the 2022-2023 Washington Crossing Historic Park Annual Program Book

— David's article for the Journal of the American Revolution on Perspectives on the Ten Crucial Days of the Revolution (March 2, 2023) includes a variety of quotes (some well-known and others fairly obscure) from observers on both sides of the conflict and neutral parties about the significance of the military events that occurred from December 25, 1776 through January 3, 1777.

— David has written two articles for the Journal of the American Revolution on the Southern campaign of 1781-82—Eutaw Springs and the Ambiguity of Victory (May 30, 2023) and Hobkirk Hill: A Major Minor Battle (June 27, 2023).

— David's article on Who Said What About the "Ten Crucial Days" appeared in the Winter 2023 Lawrence Historical Society Newsletter, Places in Time.

— David's article for the Journal of the American RevolutionTen Crucial Days, Five Crucial Factors (September 12, 2023) — focuses on George Washington's legendary winter campaign of 1776-1777 from the standpoint of five key analytical elements: leadership, geography, weather, artillery, and contingency.

— David's most recent article for the Journal of the American RevolutionAlbigence Waldo: Surgeon, Soldier, Diarist, Poet (May 7, 2024) — focuses on the life and achievements of a man of various talents who, in a Revolutionary context, is best known for the diary he kept before and during the Valley Forge encampment in the winter of 1777-1778. He also became an accomplished surgeon whose entire medical practice was devoted to that specialty, which included a remarkable range of surgical interventions for a medical practitioner of the late 1700s.

—  David's most recent book, The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776, was favorably reviewed by James Stacy in the Winter 2023 issue of The Journal of America's Military Past.

—  David's articles, A Few Thoughts About George Washington and Defining Victory in the Revolution, appear in the Washington Crossing Historic Park blog.

Speaker Events

David has spoken at book lecture and signing events hosted by a variety of organizations and institutions, as well as participating in interviews and discussion forums. He welcomes inquiries about his availability at [email protected].

Upcoming Events

Please note: David is currently limiting his guided tour activity and in-person speaking engagements due to certain physical limitations.

Guided Tours - Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) - David is employed part-time as a historical interpreter at the WCHP Visitor Center (215-493-4076)—open 10 am to 5 pm—where he is available to autograph books and joins other interpreters in giving guided tours. Information about tours and the option to purchase tickets are provided herePlease note: The identity of the person giving a tour at any particular time cannot be determined in advance of that date.

Guided Tours - Princeton Battlefield State Park - David is one of several volunteer historical interpreters for the Princeton Battlefield Society (PBS) tour program. Guided tours of the battlefield are conducted on alternate Sundays from early May to mid-October (from 1 - 2 pm). More information and registration are available on the PBS website here.

Speaking Engagement - David has been invited to participate in the 2024 lecture series hosted by Fraunces Tavern Museum. This event will be a virtual presentation on Zoom, on a date to be determined (possibly in the fall), and will focus on David's most recent book, The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776. More information to follow.

Past Speaker Events

>  A recording of David's first public remarks about his upcoming book, Winning the Ten Crucial Days, is available here, from a talk he gave at the First Presbyterian Church in Titusville, NJ, as part of Hopewell Valley Heritage Week, in an event sponsored by the Washington Crossing Park Association of New Jersey and the D & R Greenway Land Trust. The other speaker (following David), Dr. Richard Veit, is a registered professional archeologist as well as Associate Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of anthropology at Monmouth University.

>  A video of David's Go to Webinar presentation for the NJ State Library, entitled John Haslet: A Colonel in Washington's Army, is available on the library's YouTube channel here.

David has spoken at events sponsored by the following:

  • The National Society of the Washington Family Descendants
  • Fort Ticonderoga Virtual Author Series
  • Cascade Centennial Chapter, The Washington State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
  • Multiple chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania 
  • Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey
  • Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown, PA
  • New Jersey State Library, Trenton, NJ
  • Friends of Washington Crossing Park (PA)
  • Washington Crossing Park Association (NJ)
  • Old Barracks Museum, Trenton, NJ
  • Nassau Club, Princeton, NJ
  • The Present Day Club, Princeton, NJ
  • Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
  • Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton, NJ
  • North Jersey American Revolution Round Table
  • American Revolution Round Table of South Jersey
  • American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware
  • Delaware Military Museum, Wilmington, DE (Major General William H. Duncan Memorial Lecture Series)
  • Historic Rock Ford, Lancaster, PA (home of Revolutionary War hero Edward Hand)
  • Historic Morrisville Society, Morrisville, PA
  • Lawrence Historical Society, Lawrence Township, NJ
  • Annual Colonel Hand Historic March, Lawrence Township, NJ
  • Multiple branches of the Mercer County (NJ) Library System
  • Traditions at Washington Crossing Book Club, Upper Makefield Township, PA
  • Trenton Symposium
  • Monroe Township Office of Senior Services
  • Stonebridge Continuing Care Retirement Community, Montgomery Township, NJ
  • The Bridge Academy, Lawrenceville, NJ

Interviews and Discussion Forums

David has participated in events streamed or televised on various platforms, including the following:

  • Appeared on FOX Nation, the streaming platform of FOX News, for an episode of its series, Untold: Patriots Revealed, focusing on Colonel John Glover and the Marblehead Regiment from Massachusetts.
  • Interviewed by historian Brady Crytzer, host of Dispatches, the podcast of the Journal of the American Revolution, on the Dispatches website about four of David's JAR articles: Albigence Waldo: Surgeon, Soldier, Diarist, Poet (episode 259), Eutaw Springs and the Ambiguity of Victory (episode 216), Edward Hand's American Journey (episode 167), and Thomas Knowlton's Revolution (episode 135).
  • Interviewed by Joan Goldstein, Ph.D., sociologist, educator, and host/producer of “Back Story with Joan Goldstein” on Princeton Community Television, for a program about the American Revolution and its meaning today.
  • Interviewed by Michael Troy, host of the American Revolution Podcast, about John Haslet's World.
  • Joined a round-table discussion on the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution, available on YouTube and moderated by historian Mark Maloy as part of the Emerging Revolutionary War blog’s “Rev War Revelry” series.
  • Appeared on to discuss The Road to Assunpink Creek posted on YouTube here and The Battle of Harlem Heights, 1776 posted here on as part of a series hosted by the Roger Williams Agency, a division of New England Publishing Associates, Inc., which features virtual talks by authors. 
  • Interviewed on multiple occasions by Jason Mandresh, host of the Founder of the Day YouTube channel, focusing on Edward Hand and John Haslet.