events to attend or participate in:

Lore of the Laugherty


     (tell Ron Borron that I sent you)

Feast of the Hunter's Moon

Spirit of Vincennes

Fort Massac Rendezvous (Illinois)


Groups to watch:

42nd Royal Highlanders Band



Custom Historical Dress for Re-enactors

Dixie Gun Works

Jas. Townsend and Sons

Smoke and Fire Company

Track of the Wolf, Inc.



Our American Revolution - From the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Library of Congress

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation. U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates

Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents

Revolutionary War: Birth of a Nation. Excellent causes of the war chronology.

Introduction to the opening events and causes of the Revolutionary War.

The Thomas Jefferson Papers (1,610 papers written by Thomas Jeffereson)

History Central. Biographies of participants first hand battle accounts.

Excellent Road to Revolution Game Perspectives on Liberty

The History Place: Early Colonial Era to A New Nation is Born

Revolutionary War Links

Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution

Amazing Women in War and Peace

The American Revolution: 15 Lessons and Activities

The Revolutionary War: A Journey Towards Freedom

Revolutionary War Voices

American Revolutionary War Soldiers & Their Descendants

The Revolutionary War: The Basics

Revolutionary War Biographies

The American Revolution for Kids

Timeline of the American Revolutionary War

Little Known Facts about the Revolutionary War

Revolutionary War Web Quest: Research Activity

The American Revolution: Links Page

Revolutionary War Timeline

Revolutionary War Site for Kids: Links Page

The American Revolution Home Page: History, Biographies, etc.

Social Studies for Kids: Links Page

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

Revolutionary War Scavenger Hunt

The American Revolution Pro-teacher site with 15 lessons from Conflict to The End of the War. Activities and quizzes also.

The American Revolution Pro-teacher site with 15 lessons from Conflict to The End of the War. Activities and quizzes also part 2.

The American Revolution Pro-teacher site with 15 lessons from Conflict to The End of the War. Activities and quizzes also part 3.

Picture Books:

Gauch, Patricia Lee. This Time, Tempe Wick? Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-698-20300-3.
Based on legend, this is the story of a young girl who hid her horse from the Continental army by hiding it in her bedroom for three days.

Turner, Ann. Katie's Trunk. Illustrated by Ron Himler. Macmillan, 1992. ISBN 0-02-789512-2.
There aren't many picture books about the Revolution, but this is an especially good one. Katie's Tory family lives in fear of harassment by the rebels. They have been subjected to taunts and isolation already. When a group of rebels comes to Katie's home, intent on robbing and trashing, Katie hides in a trunk. One rebel neighbor, finding her in the trunk, distracts his rebel friends and leaves her undisturbed and unhurt. The point, of course, is that there was real human kindness on both sides.

Gauch, Patricia Lee. Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys. Illustrated by Margot Tomes. Shoe Tree Press, 1972. ISBN 1-55870-220-2.
After taking over Fort Ticonderoga in 1777, British soldiers marched on Bennington, Vermont, intent on seizing supplies stored there. The Green Mountain boys, stretched to the limit of capacity, were summoned quickly. While they were there, they had to be fed and housed. This is the story of one boy and what he might or might not have done to help the situation.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Paul Revere's Ride. Illustrated by Ted Rand. Dutton, 1990. ISBN 0-525-44610-9.
Longfellow might have taken some liberties with fact in his epic poem about the ride, but it makes a fine picture book with Ted Rand's illustrations of moonlit landscapes and lamplit street scenes that reflect the atmosphere of the time.

Fritz, Jean. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? Coward, 1973. ISBN 00-698-20274-0
This is a short history of Paul Revere that concentrates on his eventful ride. It makes a good introduction to this period because, like all of Fritz's short biographies, it is historically correct even as she manages to breathe life into the heroes of our past. This book gives us a sense of what Boston must have been like during the Revolution.

Fritz, Jean. Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? Putnam, 1982. ISBN 0-698-20315-1
Here is the Revolution from the point of view of the reigning British monarch, a man of incredible vanity and misjudgment. The humor is considerable but is based on fact.

Fritz, Jean. Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold. Putnam, 1981. ISBN 0-399-20834-8
Here is his flamboyant life from his boyhood to his death, not in battle as he had hoped but in bed in London. We see his acts of bravery as well as those of treachery.

Fritz, Jean. Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? Coward, 1982. ISBN 0-698-20307-0
The great orator is fleshed out and humanized with Fritz's sure touch and we also get a glimpse of eighteenth-century America.

Fritz, Jean. Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? Putnam, 1974. ISBN 0-698-20292-9
In her brief but humanizing biography, Fritz gives us a picture of a funny and believable man who was capable of stirring the Colonists to action.

Fritz, Jean. Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? Coward, 1982. ISBN 0-698-20308-9
Fritz gives us a closer look at the man whose signature dominated the Declaration of Independence. With his wealth, this flamboyant character purchased the friendships his selfishness sometimes drove away, but this wealth also helped finance the Revolution.

Johnson, Neil. The Battle of Lexington and Concord. Four Winds, 1992. ISBN 0-02-747841-6
Color photographs of a recent re-enactment of the battle illustrate this book that gives some background and a step-by-step account of the first battle of the Revolution.

Marrin, Albert. The War for Independence. Atheneum, 1988. ISBN 0-689-31390-X
This is an excellent reference source about the Revolutionary War. The beginning, detailing the causes of the conflict, is the strongest section. The rest tells in great detail the stories of the battles themselves. This might be a good book for the teacher or the most able and/or interested readers to read and then excerpt for others.

Meltzer, Milton. The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words: 1750-1800. Crowell, 1987. ISBN 0-690-04643-X

Carter, Alden R. The American Revolution: At the Forge of Liberty. Watts, 1988. ISBN 0-531-10569-5
The book begins with the Continental Army's arrival at Philadelphia in 1777 and ends when the Revolution does in 1783.

The American Revolution: Birth of the Republic. Watts, 1988. ISBN 0-531-10572-5
This book covers the last days of the Revolution and the forging of a new government.

The American Revolution: Colonies in Revolt. Watts, 1988. ISBN 0- 531-10576-8
Beginning with the death of an eleven-year-old boy in the streets of Boston and leading up to the full-fledged war, this book uses maps, paintings and lithographs, and clear text to tell the story.

The American Revolution: Darkest Hours. Watts, 1988. ISBN 0-531-10578-4
This book begins with the call to arms at Concord and ends with the destruction of Burgoyne's army at Saratoga.

Quackenbush, Robert. Pass the Quill, I'll Write a Draft: A Story of Thomas Jefferson. Pippin, 1989. ISBN 0-945912-07-2
This is a brief book with a light touch that covers the life of the great man from 1743 to 1826.

Smith, Carter. The Revolutionary War: A Sourcebook on Colonial America. Millbrook, 1991. ISBN 0-56294-039-2
This book uses prints, maps, and some drawings for illustration. It contains a time line of the events in the Colonies juxtaposed with other major events in the world.

Stein, R. Conrad. The Story of the Boston Tea Party. Childrens, 1984. ISBN 0-516 04666-7
The book starts with the Boston Massacre and other causes of the conflict between the British and Americans and leads up to the actions of the Sons of Liberty. It points out that relations between the two groups had been equitable and that, at the beginning of the Revolution, only thirty percent of the populace wanted independence from Britain. The book also explains Sam Adams's role as orator, master of propaganda, and spearhead of the war movement.

Stevens, Bryna. Deborah Sampson Goes to War. Carolrhoda, 1984. ISBN 0-87614-254-4
Set in New England 1781-1783, this is an easy-to-read biography of Deborah Sampson who posed as a man to fight in the American Revolution. After the war, Deborah Sampson received an honorable discharge and a military pension because of her wounds. She later became the first woman lecturer in the United States.

Swanson, June. David Bushnell and His Turtle: The Story of America's First Submarine. Atheneum, 1991. ISBN 0-689-31628-3


Fritz, Jean. Early Thunder. Putnam, 1967. ISBN 0-698-20036-5
Least Sophisticated to Most Sophisticated (short bar=least and long bar=most).

O'Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop. Houghton, 1980. ISBN 0-395-29185-2.
Sarah has good reason to hate war. Her father, a Loyalist, died after being tarred and feathered by the rebels. Her brother died on a British prison ship. Sarah is arrested as part of the harassment and escapes to the Connecticut wilderness where her struggle is with the elements rather than with the war.

Avi. The Fighting Ground. Lippincott, 1984. ISBN 0-397-32074-4.
This is an account of two days of a boy's life during the American Revolution. After he is captured in battle by three Hessian soldiers, Jonathan realizes that fighting is a complex activity and that informed choices are extremely important. In a farmhouse where a little boy is the only survivor of his family, Jonathan finds it impossible to kill the sleeping Hessians. He escapes with the little boy and finds the remnants of his troop. Realizing that they must have killed the boy's parents, Jonathan smashes his rifle and returns to the farm, less certain about the rights and wrongs of war.

Collier, James Lincoln and Collier, Christopher. My Brother Sam Is Dead. Four Winds, 1974. ISBN 0-02-722980-7.
Sam, the only member of his family who is not a Tory, joins the Rebel army. When he is falsely accused of stealing cattle, his family's sympathies work against him, and he is tried and executed as an example of General Putnam's discipline. His death is a matter of political expediency, not a matter of right or wrong. This is a more cynical look at the war than one finds in most children's literature.

Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain. Houghton, 1943. ISBN 0-395-06766-9
Johnny Tremain is a silversmith's apprentice in Boston. Another apprentice, jealous of Johnny's skill, causes him to be terribly burned by molten silver. Because of his shriveled hand, Johnny must find other work. As a rider for the Boston Observer, Johnny becomes interested in the Revolution and participates in the Boston Tea Party and other revolutionary acts. He also learns to accept himself, wounds and all. The book is an idealistic look at the Revolution.

Reit, Seymour. Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution. Harcourt, 1990. ISBN 0-15-200466-1
This is a fictionalized account of Henry Knox's trip from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston to break the siege of Boston. The story sticks closely to the facts with some dialogue added. We see the hazardous journey through the eyes of Will Knox, Henry's younger brother. The action goes back and forth between Knox and his men on the trail and the armies and civilians in Boston under siege. Other characters in the story include George Washington, Paul Revere, and General Howe.

Woodruff, Elvira. George Washington's Socks. Scholastic, 1992. ISBN 0-590-44035-7.

Edwards, Sally. George Midgett's War. Macmillan, 1985. ISBN 0-684-18315-3.
The people of Ocracoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, want no part of the war. Then British Raiders kill the deaf-mute woman who tends their pigs and carry off the pigs. The Islanders' revenge entails taking precious salt to the American army at Valley Forge. The plot focuses on the fact that some choices in war are based on personal feelings rather than on political convictions.

Hoobler, Dorothy and Hoobler, Thomas. The Sign Painter's Secret: The Story of a Revolutionary Girl. Illustrated by Donna Ayers. Silver Burdett, 1991. ISBN 0-382-24143-6
This short and easy-to-read story is about a young girl who spies for the Rebels during the Revolutionary War. Although the absolute certainty of every character in the plot is unrealistic, there is a believable and informative sense of family life in occupied Philadelphia in 1777.

Jensen, Dorothea. The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. Harcourt, 1989. ISBN 0-15-200574-9.
After Lars moves from his home in present-day Minnesota to Pennsylvania, he is contacted by the ghost of one of his ancestors who gives him the inside story on the Revolution, especially the days at Valley Forge.

McKean, Thomas. The Secret of the Seven Willows. Simon, 1991. ISBN 0-671-72997-7.

Monjo, F. N. Poor Richard in France. Dell, 1973. ISBN 0-440-46110-3.
This story covers the years from 1776 to 1778. It was supposedly written by Benjamin Franklin's grandson as he accompanied his grandfather in France while Franklin attempt to convince France to sign a treaty with the Colonists. This is a very friendly approach to an understanding of diplomacy and war.

Seabrooke, Brenda. The Chester Town Tea Party. Illustrated by Nancy Coates Smith. Tidewater, 1990. ISBN 0-87033-422-0.
This is a fictionalized account of an event in 1774 Maryland that supported the Boston Tea Party. Many details of life in Colonial America are imbedded in the story.

Wibberly, Leonard. John Treegate's Musket. Farrar, 1959. ISBN 0-374-43788-2.
John Treegate is a Loyalist who fought for the king at the Battle of Quebec. Changing sides is easier for his son, Peter, who quickly joins the Revolutionary forces. John defects just in time for the Battle of Bunker Hill.