University of Wisconsin–Madison

Thomas Rider

Lecturer: History 427, The American Military Experience to 1902

Advisor: John Hall

Office: 5265 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5105 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3303
Office Hours: Mondays 1:15-3:00, Wednesdays 1:15-3:00, Fridays 1:15-3:00

Thomas Rider


My research interests focus on the military history of colonial America and the early Republic. I am particularly interested in the development of early American military institutions and the relationship of these forces to the societies they were raised to defend. I am also intrigued by the adaptation of eighteenth-century European military thought and practice to warfare in North America.


  • United States History

MA Title

  • “Massacre or Myth: No Quarter at the Waxhaws, 29 May 1780”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “War by Detachment: The Continental Army and Petite Guerre, 1775-1783”