The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook


In 1996, Congress commissioned the National Park Service to compile a list of sites and landmarks connected with the American Revolution that it deemed vital to preserve for future generations. Some of these sites are well known--Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Fort Ticonderoga--and in no danger of being lost; others less so-- Blackstock's Plantation in South Carolina or Bryan's Station in Kentucky--and more vulnerable. But all are central to the story of our nation's fight for independence. From battlefields to ...
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In 1996, Congress commissioned the National Park Service to compile a list of sites and landmarks connected with the American Revolution that it deemed vital to preserve for future generations. Some of these sites are well known--Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Fort Ticonderoga--and in no danger of being lost; others less so-- Blackstock's Plantation in South Carolina or Bryan's Station in Kentucky--and more vulnerable. But all are central to the story of our nation's fight for independence. From battlefields to encampments, meeting houses to museums, these places offer us a chance to rediscover the remarkable men and women who founded this nation and to recognize the relevance of not just what they did, but where they did it.

The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook takes readers to nearly 150 of these sites, providing an overview of the Revolution through an exploration of the places where American independence was articulated, fought for, and eventually secured. Beginning with the Boston Common, first occupied by British troops in 1768, and closing with Fraunces Tavern in New York, where George Washington bid farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783, Kennedy takes readers on a tour of the most significant places of Revolutionary history. Accompanied by illuminating excerpts and essays from some of the foremost scholars in the field, including David McCullough, Barbara Tuchman, David Hackett Fischer, Eric Foner, and John Ferling, the entries move in a roughly chronological order from the pre-Revolutionary years up through 1787. Taken together, the combination of site, essay, and excerpt provides rich context and overview, giving a sense of the major figures and events as well as the course of the Revolution, and cover topics ranging from the Boston Tea Party to the frontier wars.

The guide is encyclopedic in scope and covers a wide geographical sweep. Accompanied by historical maps, as well as a number of illuminating primary documents including the Declaration of Independence and letters from John Adams and George Washington, it offers a comprehensive picture of how the Revolutionary War unfolded on American soil, and also points readers to the best writing on the subject in the last fifty years. The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook is an essential companion for anyone interested in the story and history of our nation's founding.

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"The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook will be an indispensable guide for students and general readers as well as for travelers to 147 historic places of the Revolution. This highly readable book blends into a compelling narrative excerpts from 95 outstanding books on the Revolution, so that it is also a guide to further reading about the founding of our nation." --John L. Gray, Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History

"In The American Revolution: A Historical Guidebook, Frances Kennedy deftly blends the finest historical writing on the Revolution to create a vibrant portrait of a society and a continent on fire. That the volume doubles as an invaluable guide for the history-minded traveler is a remarkable bonus." --David O. Stewart, Author of The Summer of 1787

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199324224
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 292,863
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances H. Kennedy is a conservationist and historian. Her books include The Civil War Battlefield Guide and American Indian Places.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
To the Reader
Reference Maps for the 147 Places

The Coming of the American Revolution

Places of the American Revolution
1. Boston Common, Massachusetts
2. Faneuil Hall, Massachusetts
3. Old State House, Massachusetts
4. Old South Meeting House, Massachusetts
5. Carpenters' Hall, Pennsylvania
6. Old North Church, Massachusetts
7. Buckman Tavern, Massachusetts
8. Colonel James Barrett Farm, Massachusetts
9. Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts
10. Fort Ticonderoga, New York
11. Crown Point, New York
12. Independence Hall and Yard, Pennsylvania
13. Bunker Hill, Massachusetts
14. Old Cambridge, Massachusetts
15. Cambridge Common Encampment, Massachusetts
16. Gloucester, Massachusetts
17. Edmund Fowle House, Massachusetts
18. Fort Western, Maine
19. Williamsburg Powder Magazine, Virginia
20. Great Bridge, Virginia
21. Marblehead Town House, Massachusetts
22. Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts
23. Moores Creek, North Carolina
24. Halifax, North Carolina
25. Nikwasi, North Carolina
26. Charleston, South Carolina
27. Independence Hall and Yard, Pennsylvania
28. Bentley/Conference House, New York
29. Pell's Point, New York
30. Valcour Island, New York
31. Newport, Rhode Island
32. Fort Washington, New York
33. Fort Lee, New Jersey
34. Mount Holly, New Jersey
35. Thompson-Neely House, Pennsylvania
36. Trenton, New Jersey
37. Trenton Barracks, New Jersey
38. Princeton, New Jersey
39. Nassau Hall, New Jersey
40. Morristown, New Jersey
41. Ridgefield and Compo Hill, Connecticut
42. Keeler Tavern, Connecticut
43. Fort St. Mark, Florida
44. Thomas Creek, Florida
45. Fort Tonyn and Alligator Creek Bridge, Florida
46. Fort Ticonderoga, New York
47. Mount Independence, Vermont
48. Hubbardton, Vermont
49. Elijah West's Tavern, Vermont
50. Skenesborough, New York
51. Fort Ann, New York
52. Fort Edward, New York
53. Bennington, New York
54. Fort Stanwix, New York
55. Oriskany, New York
56. Fort Ticonderoga and Lake George, New York
57. Freeman's Farm at Saratoga, New York
58. Forts Clinton and Montgomery, New York
59. Abraham Van Gaasbeek/Senate House, New York
60. Bemis Heights at Saratoga, New York
61. The Siege of Saratoga, New York
62. Hale-Byrnes House, Delaware
63. Brandywine, Pennsylvania
64. Paoli, Pennsylvania
65. Occupation and Evacuation of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
66. Peter Wentz Homestead, Pennsylvania
67. Fort Mercer, New Jersey
68. Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania
69. Fort Randolph, West Virginia
70. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
71. Fort Roberdeau, Pennsylvania
72. Monmouth, New Jersey
73. Newport, Rhode Island
74. Beavertail Light and Conanicut Battery, Rhode Island
75. Fort Barton, Rhode Island
76. Butts Hill Fort, Rhode Island
77. Bedford-Fair Haven, Massachusetts
78. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
79. Old Tappan, New Jersey
80. Lake Champlain, Vermont
81. Cherry Valley, New York
82. The Capture of HMS Hinchinbrooke and Sloop Rebecca, Georgia
83. Fort Morris, Georgia
84. Savannah, Georgia
85. Kettle Creek, Georgia
86. Camp Reading Cantonment, Connecticut
87. Hopewell Village and Furnace, Pennsylvania
88. Cornwall Furnace, Pennsylvania
89. Jerusalem Mill, Maryland
90. Fort Frederick, Maryland
91. Fort Laurens, Ohio
92. Vincennes, Indiana
93. Verplanck's Point, New York
94. Stony Point, New York
95. New Town, New York
96. Penobscot Bay and River, Maine
97. Morristown, New Jersey
98. The Siege of Charleston, South Carolina
99. Powder Magazine, South Carolina
100. The Exchange, South Carolina
101. Waxhaws, South Carolina
102. Logan's Fort, Kentucky
103. Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky
104. Ruddell's Station, Kentucky
105. Martin's Station, Kentucky
106. Piqua, Ohio
107. Oneida Castle, NY
108. Canajoharie District, New York
109. Johnson Hall, New York
110. Stone Arabia, New York
111. Klock's Field, New York
112. Fort St. George, New York
113. Ramsour's Mill, North Carolina
114. Hanging Rock, South Carolina
115. Camden, South Carolina
116. Musgrove's Mill, South Carolina
117. DeWint House, New York
118. Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, South Carolina
119. Kings Mountain, South Carolina
120. Blackstock's Plantation, South Carolina
121. Cowpens, South Carolina
122. Cowan's Ford, North Carolina
123. Wilmington, North Carolina
124. Pyle's Defeat, North Carolina
125. Independence Hall and Yard, Pennsylvania
126. Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina
127. Fort Watson, South Carolina
128. Hobkirk Hill, South Carolina
129. Ninety Six, South Carolina
130. Eutaw Springs, South Carolina
131. Green Spring, Virginia
132. Joseph Webb House, Connecticut
133. The Burning of New London, Connecticut
134. Yorktown, Virginia
135. Camp Security, Pennsylvania
136. Sharon Springs, New York
137. Johnstown, New York
138. West Canada Creek, New York
139. Gnadenhutten, Ohio
140. Crawford's Defeat, Ohio
141. Bryan's Station, Kentucky
142. Blue Licks, Kentucky
143. Arkansas Post, Arkansas
144. New Windsor Cantonment, New York
145. John Ellison House, New York
146. Hasbrouck House, New York
147. Fraunces Tavern, New York

The Treaty of Paris and the Constitution
The Achievements of the American Revolution

Appendix A: The Declaration of Independence
Appendix B: Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States"
Timeline: 1763-1791
About the Authors
Additional Resources
Index of Authors and Publications

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