United States of America

THE AMERICAN PHILHELLENES

The great distance that separated the United States of America from the battlefields in Greece did not prevent individual American citizens from crossing the Atlantic and standing by the side of the Greek revolutionaries.

George Jarvis was informed of the outbreak of the Revolution while a student in Germany and immediately left for Greece, where he ended up in Messolonghi as an instructor of the Souliotes’ unit organised by Lord Byron. After the death of the English poet, Jarvis took command of the company and directed the fortifications in Messolonghi.

George Jarvis was informed of the outbreak of the Revolution while a student in Germany and immediately left for Greece, where he ended up in Messolonghi as an instructor of the Souliotes’ unit organized by Lord Byron. After the death of the English poet, Jarvis took command of the company and directed the fortifications in Messolonghi.Jonathan Peckham Miller, who came to Greece in 1824 as a representative of the US Philhellenic Committees, also ended up in Messolonghi. Miller fought bravely on the side of the Greeks wearing the Greek fustanella and survived the Exodus.

From the end of 1826, philhellenism gained special dynamism in America intending to rescue the countless civilians left behind by the war and promote the education of children.

• Picture: Jonathan Peckham Miller

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