Was your Virginia ancestor a soldier or sailor in the American Revolution? If so, he would have been allotted a land bounty for his military service, as long as he served out his period of enlistment (usually 3 years) or served until the end of the war. T
At the time of the American Revolution, the Province of Maine was still part of Massachusetts, and the future towns of Cushing and St. George were confined within the so-called Plantation of Lower St. Georges. While Maine was not yet prepared to take its place as the twenty-third state of the Union in 1776, the residents of Lower St. Georges were more than ready to fight for the cause of American independence. This fact is attested to in this diminutive volume, which is composed of an alphabetically arranged series of essays of the roughly 100 soldiers and sailors from Cushing and St. George who fought on the Patriot side of the conflict. The contents range from brief sketches to extensive biographical pedigrees of the combatants.
From the Battle of Lexington and Concord on 19 April, 1775, up through the reduction of the victorious Continental Army to a single regiment in January 1784, this book is a day-to-day chronicle of the American Revolution, both on the battlefield and in the halls of the Continental Congress. Covered in detail are the movements of not only the Continental Army and Navy, but the Marines--not covered comprehensively in other sources--and the militia. Information on the actions of Congress highlights each day's business, including the resolutions pertinent to the war. Drawing on such vital primary documents as the Journals of the Continental Congress and the Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, the book offers a close-up view of the political and military tension of the time, the perilous situation of the colonists, and the concerns of the soldiers and sailors immersed in battle. It also provides insight into the moves and counter-moves of British and American forces as intelligence flowed in both directions to influence the course of combat. All military campaigns of the revolution, from Canada to Florida and Louisiana, are included. The result is unmatched coverage of the battles, both military and legislative, that gave birth to America.
"Yankee Sailors in British Gaols offers the first comprehensive account of American servicemen detained within the confines of Mill and Forton prisons, the principal land-based detention centers in Britain during the American Revolution. Forton and Mill during the course of the War of Independence held approximately 3,000 American prisoners, almost all of them naval personnel. In a few cases, these American prisoners were incarcerated for more than four years, a longer recorded period of incarceration in overseas prisons than in any United States war prior to Vietnam. Professor Cohen's examination of wide-ranging and widely scattered primary and secondary sources provides an extraordinarily detailed picture of life within the closed society of each prison, as well as insight into the various ways in which Britons and Americans outside the prisons provided legal and extralegal help to the rebel detainees."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved