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 01, 2018

A Busy Month in Princeton

If you’re anywhere around Princeton, New Jersey, tomorrow, consider checking out the Princeton Battlefield Society Education Forum. This year’s theme is “Soldiers and Civilians in Princeton Winter 1776 to 1777,” focusing on the “Ten Crucial Days” bridging the Battle of Trenton and the Battle of Princeton.

The speakers at this year’s forum are:
  • Larry Kidder on the disruptive experiences of the people living in and near Princeton during those busy months. Kidder is the author of A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution, Crossroads of the American Revolution: Trenton 1774 to 1783, and Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds.
  • Don N. Hagist on His Majesty’s 17th Regiment of Foot, which fought at Princeton, analyzing the nationalities, ages, background, and experience of the common British soldiers. Don is managing editor of Journal of the American Revolution and maintains the British Soldiers, American Revolution blog. His most recent books are The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers behind the Photographs and British Soldiers, American War.
  • Joseph Seymour on the Philadelphia Associators, a Pennsylvania militia “association” formed to defend the neighboring state. Seymour is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. He is the author of Pennsylvania Associators, 1747-1777 and several articles on the subject.
  • Glenn F. Williams is the afternoon’s moderator. A Senior Historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Dr. Williams is a retired Army officer who wrote the award-winning Year of the Hangman: George Washington’s Campaign against the Iroquois and Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era.
This forum will take place from 1:30 to 5:00 P.M. in the Stockton Education Center of Morven, the estate that once belonged to Richard Stockton. The registration cost is $20.

The Princeton Battlefield Society has other events coming up this month.

On Saturday, 8 December, it will host a gathering of children’s-book creators at the Princeton Friends School:
  • Trinka Hakes Noble, author of The Scarlet Stockings Spy, The New Jersey Reader, and many other books.
  • William P. “Wil” Mara, author of If You Were a Kid During the American Revolution, If You Were a Kid in the Thirteen Colonies, and dozens of the biographies for young readers.
  • Rob Skead, coauthor of Patriots, Redcoats, and Spies and Submarines, Secrets, and a Daring Rescue.
Find more information and registration for that event here.

Finally, on the morning of Sunday, 30 December, the society will host its “Battle of Princeton in Real Time Tour” featuring local reenactors and Gen. George Washington on horseback. For more information, go here.

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