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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Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Book about Maine in the Revolutionary War

Mike Cecere has just announced the publication of To Hazard Our Own Security: Maine’s Role in the American Revolution. Publisher Heritage Books says:

Maine’s role in the American Revolution has traditionally been obscured by the fact that it was part of Massachusetts during the conflict and did not become a state in its own right until 1820. Thousands of men from what is now Maine served in the Revolutionary War, but they did so alongside men from Massachusetts and in units identified as Massachusetts regiments.

Together these men fought in nearly every key engagement of the war, including: the siege of Boston, invasion of Canada, and defense of New York in 1775-76, and the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Hubbardton, Saratoga, Monmouth, Rhode Island, Newtown, Stony Point, and finally, Yorktown.
The book also touches on the seizure of the Margaretta in Machias, the Royal Navy’s destruction of Falmouth (Portland), Benedict Arnold’s 1775 march to Quebec, and the Penobscot expedition of 1779—all events taking place within modern Maine.

But I get the sense that while James S. Leamon’s Revolution Downeast (1993) focuses on what happened in Maine, particularly political and cultural change, this book has more about what happened to fighting men from Maine.

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