Hitting the Books with CBS’s “Ghosts” – Captain Isaac Higgintoot

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This week’s installment of Hitting the Books with CBS’s Ghosts has us learning more about the man who is clearly greater than Alexander Hamilton in every possible way, Captain Isaac Higgintoot.

[What is Hitting the Books with CBS’s Ghosts? To find out, click here. And check out our previous installment on Sasappis.]

Played by Brandon Scott Jones, Isaac is an American Revolutionary officer who died from dysentery shortly after the Siege of Fort Ticonderoga in 1777.

 

 

An aspect of Isaac is that he is gay. While this might come as a surprise to many, but LGBTQ+ people not only existed in the 1700s, one of them helped America win the Revolutionary War. Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben (also called Baron von Steuben). According to History.com, Baron von Steuben was “hired by George Washington to whip the Continental Army into shape during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, is known for his bravery and the discipline and grit he brought to the American troops.”

More about von Steuben can be learned in the book, The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army.

Also, in the second episode of the show, “Hello!,” Isaac shares with the group: “Well, this might come as a shock to you, since you see me as this tough military type, but musical theater is actually a passion of mine.”

 

This may come as a shock to many viewers, but musical theater did exist in Colonial and Revolutionary America.

According to one source, “Colonial America’s first theater was built in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1716 after a number of English actors arrived in the more-accepting South and began performing plays.  Acting ensembles and student groups performed plays, which for the most part were amateur productions, in makeshift theaters and temporary venues—anything from a barn to a large tavern room. Eventually, theaters were built in other cities like Philadelphia in 1724, New York in the mid-1730s, and Charleston in 1736.”

A more robust history of musical theatre in the United States can be found in A History of the American Musical Theatre: No Business Like It, which has a chapter centered on early musical theatre in America from 1735 to 1865.

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