J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

All the Battles Fit to Print

Norman Desmarais, a librarian at Providence College, has announced the publication of The Guide to the American Revolutionary War in Canada and New England: Battles, Raids, and Skirmishes. He says it:

covers 403 battles, raids and skirmishes of the Revolutionary War, most of which do not get covered, even in the most detailed history books. It intends to provide comprehensive coverage of the confrontations of the American War for Independence and to serve as a guide to the sites.

The text identifies the location of the sites as best as can be determined, provides the historical background to understand what happened there, indicates what the visitor can expect to see and identifies any interpretive aids. It includes URLs for websites of various parks and tourist organizations.
The publisher’s website offers a thorough bibliography, lists of all battles and skirmishes in the war, and a gallery of photographs, though without descriptive labels. (In other words, in true New England fashion, if you don’t already know where you are, you don’t belong there.)

Since the appendices cover all of the eastern U.S., and as far west as Arkansas and Illinois, I assume that Desmarais is working on a book or two about the Middle and Southern Colonies. And what about the Caribbean?

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