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Soldiers of the American Revolution Who at One Time Were Residents of, or Whose Graves Are Located in Chautauqua County, New York, Chautauqua County, N. Y., Chapters, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

1 Soldiers of the American Revolution Who at One Time Were Residents of, or Whose Graves Are Located in Chautauqua County, New York
Chautauqua County, N. Y., Chapters, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
(1925), 2002, 5½x8½, paper, index, 78 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
“The Soldiers of the American Revolution remain in a distinct class of the world’s history–with only the poorest and most meager equipment, they…responded to the first call of Lexington and Bunker Hill, facing every danger with unsurpassed courage, willingly sacrificing every personal comfort, suffering and enduring beyond description…that freedom and liberty might be their country’s right for all time.” In order to pay tribute to these soldiers, the women of the New York Chapters of the DAR have painstakingly researched both military and personal records such as official pension papers, family records, local history, and early local newspapers. This volume provides a list of all the soldiers by DAR chapter, then, in the following chapters, provides a detailed accounting of each soldier. Also provided is the location by township and cemetery of each soldier’s grave. An appendix provides additional names of those soldiers about whom little is known from the records. In addition, a fullname index provides easy access to information.
Price: 13.00 USD

Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes, Christopher Hibbert

2 Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution Through British Eyes
Christopher Hibbert
412 pages, 6 x 8, paperback, W. W. Norton
The story of this war has usually been told in terms of a conflict between blundering British generals and their rigidly disciplined red-coated troops on the one side and heroic American patriots in their homespun shirts and coonskin caps on the other. In this fresh, compelling narrative, Christopher Hibbert portrays the realities of a war that raged the length of an entire continent-a war that thousands of George Washington's fellow countrymen condemned and that he came close to losing.

About Author
Christopher Hibbert is an acclaimed popular historian whose many wide-ranging works include The English: A Social History, 1066-1945. He lives in England.

"Outstanding....Hibbert has an eye for character and a gift for bringing to life the impact of small-minded incompetents on the wide sweep of history."— Associated Press

Based on a wide variety of sources and alive with astute character sketches and eyewitness accounts, Redcoats and Rebels presents a vivid and convincing picture of the "cruel, accursed" war that changed the world forever. 16 pages of illustrations. "Hibbert combines impeccable scholarship with a liveliness of style that lures the reader from page to page."—Sunday Telegraph
Price: 16.95 USD

The American Revolution 1774–1783, Daniel Marston

3 The American Revolution 1774–1783
Daniel Marston
96 pages, paperback, Osprey
The American Revolution has been characterized politically as a united political uprising of the American colonies and militarily as a guerrilla campaign of colonists against the inflexible British military establishment. Daniel Marston argues that this belief, though widespread, is a misconception. He contends that the American Revolution, in reality, created deep political divisions in the population of the Thirteen Colonies, while militarily pitting veterans of the Seven Years' War against one another, in a conflict that combined guerrilla tactics and classic eighteenth century campaign techniques on both sides. The peace treaty of 1783 that brought an end to the war marked the formal beginning of the United States of America as an independent political entity.

Table of Contents
Background to war: Colonial agitation
Warring sides: Linear and irregular warfare
Outbreak: Shot heard round the world
The fighting
Portrait of a soldier: Massachusetts professional
The world around war: War on the homefront
Portrait of a civilian: Boston loyalist
How the war ended: Stalemate
Conclusion and consequences: Influence of the American Revolution
Price: 14.95 USD

Border Life: Experience and Memory in the Revolutionary Ohio Valley, Elizabeth A. Perkins.

4 Border Life: Experience and Memory in the Revolutionary Ohio Valley
Elizabeth A. Perkins.
272 pages, 6 x 9 1/4, 11 illus., 1 map, 7 tables, append., notes, bibl., index , paperback, University of North Carolina Press
In this original and sensitive ethnography of frontier life,
Elizabeth Perkins recovers the rhythms of warfare, subsistence, and cultural encounter that governed existence on the margins of British America. Richly detailed, Border Life captures the intimate perceptive universe of the men and women who colonized Kentucky and southern Ohio during the Revolutionary era.
In reconstructing the mental world of border inhabitants, Perkins draws on a pioneering source in oral history. In the 1840s, the Reverend John Dabney Shane conducted hundreds of interviews with surviving western settlers, gathering their recollections on topics ranging from food preparation to encounters with Native Americans. Although Shane's interviews have long been hailed as a rich, if complicated, source for western history, Perkins is the first scholar to consider them critically, as texts for cultural analysis.
Border Life also deepens our understanding of how ordinary people struggled to make sense of their own lives within the stream of history. Discovering a significant disjuncture between recorded memory and written history in accounts of the early frontier, Perkins shows how historians and popular authors reshaped the messy complexities of remembered experience into heroic--and radically simplified--conquest narratives.

About Author
Elizabeth A. Perkins is Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and former curator of the Kentucky Historical Society.

"Border Life deserves a wide readership. By exposing and analyzing the world of common settlers in the backcountry South, Perkins had given us a wonderful tool through which to teach the social history of the Revolutionary period."--Journal of Southern History

"Marks the emergence of a new generation of frontier studies. . . . A superb study."--Ohio History

"A study of ambiguity that utilizes the voices of ordinary people to understand how they coped with frontier life."--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

"An important book, felicitous in its prose, lucid in its analysis, and wide-ranging in its observations. An extended meditation on the texture and meaning of western settlement in the Revolutionary generation, it is required reading for anyone interested in the origins of American 'border life'."--William and Mary Quarterly

"A rich and thought-provoking exploration of important source material from a new perspective."--AB Bookman’s Weekly

"This is one of the only works I know that seriously reconstructs the 'collective memory' of American pioneers. Traditional frontier history told a story of progress. But Perkins provides striking evidence that the settlers knew too much to be seduced by triumphalist tales. She reveals their ambiguous feelings about their life work."--John Mack Faragher, Yale University

Table of Contents
A Note on Editorial Policy
1. What They Themselves Know
2. Views of the Western Country
3. Distinctions and Partitions amongst Us
4. The Politics of Power
5. Indian Times
Appendix A. Item List of John D. Shane's "Historical Collections"
Appendix B. John D. Shane's Interview with Jane Stevenson, [ca. 1841-1842]
1. The Ohio River Basin
2. John Dabney Shane, ca. 1850s
3. Printed broadside, 1838
4. Page from John D. Shane's interview with William Clinkenbeard, ca. 1841-43
5. "A New Map of the Western Parts of Virginia," by Thomas Hutchins, 1778
6. "This Map of Kentucke," by John Filson, 1784
7. Plan of fort at Boonesborough in 1778
8. "Spring Station Built in 1780"
9. Detail of Filson's map, 1784
10. Plan of Constant's Station in 1785
11. William Whitley's house (completed before 1794)
1. Geographic Origins of John Shane's Informants
2. Dates of Birth of John Shane's Informants
3. Dates of Arrival of John Shane's Informants
4. Ages at Arrival of John Shane's Informants
5. Ages of John Shane's Informants in 1843
6. Estimates of the Racial and Ethnic Origins of Kentucky's Population, 1790
7. Estimates of Wealth-Holding for Kentucky Heads of Households, 1792-1800
Price: 19.95 USD

The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America, Joy Day Duel and Richard Buel, Jr.

5 The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America
Joy Day Duel and Richard Buel, Jr.
336 pages, paperback, W. W. Norton
Combining the skills of a gifted writer and a scholar's grasp of early America, The Way of Duty draws readers into a vividly evoked world. The Buels have used a rich trove of documents to tell the story of a Connecticut woman, Mary Fish Silliman (1736-1818), whose adventures illuminate the day-to-day realities of living through the American Revolution.

About Author
The late Joy Day Buel was an editor and freelance writer. Richard Buel, Jr., is professor of history at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut.

"Vivid, splendid reading—reading for pleasure, for profit, for a sure grasp of the past that made the present possible." —William Manchester

"An admirable book about an admirable person. . . . Thoroughly engrossing." —Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Engrossing family history, very well told." —Kirkus Reviews

"A poignant, even heart-wrenching story. The Buels make clear just how disruptive the Revolution was in the private lives of families. It is a beautifully written, irresistible story that tells a lot about what the Revolution really meant." —Richard L. Bushman, Columbia University
Price: 13.95 USD

The Life of Major John André, Adjutant-General of the British Army in America, Winthrop Sargent

6 The Life of Major John André, Adjutant-General of the British Army in America
Winthrop Sargent
(1871), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 498 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
“‘All I request of you, gentlemen, is that you will bear witness to the world that I die like a brave man.’ The signal was given; the wagon rolled swiftly away…and the sudden shock as he was jerked from the coffin-lid on which he stood, produced immediate death.” The monumental inscription in Westminster Abbey says “he fell a sacrifice to his zeal for his king and country…” John André is best remembered for being hanged as a spy for his role as Benedict Arnold’s co-conspirator in the attempt to take West Point during the American Revolution. Only twenty-nine years old at the time of his execution, his life had been a colorful and active one. This work contains much history of the American Revolution in addition to the important people and events in Andre’s life. It includes his early life in London, early army career, joining Sir Henry Clinton in the Hudson Campaign, in Philadelphia, his social relations in the city, his friends Simcoe, Tarleton and Cathcart, the extravagant ball known as The Mischianza, Battle of Monmouth, service as Aide to Clinton, the commencement of Arnold’s intrigue, Andre’s capture and Arnold’s escape, many letters of correspondence, and various accounts of the execution. The ALA Guide to American History says: “This is the best biography of “the unfortunate André,” written in the later spirit of regret which most Americans felt for his execution. The justice of the sentence is widely reviewed and various commentators quoted. The style of treatment is florid and the view-point extreme in André’s favor. The appendix contains some information concerning the later life of Benedict Arnold.”
Price: 37.00 USD


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