Yankee Doodle and the Redcoats: Soldiering in the Revolutionary War

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The soldiers of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783)-the American Yankee Doodles and the British Redcoats-had countless stories to tell. Using excerpts from soldiers' diaries and letters home, author Susan Provost Beller brings the daily struggles of the Revolutionary War soldiers to life with first-person accounts of battles, as well as commentary about camp life, weather, food, and equipment. As the war dragged on, the soldiers lamented disease and death and the hardships as prisoners of war. These accounts give ...
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Overview

The soldiers of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783)-the American Yankee Doodles and the British Redcoats-had countless stories to tell. Using excerpts from soldiers' diaries and letters home, author Susan Provost Beller brings the daily struggles of the Revolutionary War soldiers to life with first-person accounts of battles, as well as commentary about camp life, weather, food, and equipment. As the war dragged on, the soldiers lamented disease and death and the hardships as prisoners of war. These accounts give us a better understanding of the sacrifices made during the birth of our country.

Using excerpts from diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and other primary sources, tells of the everyday lives of the soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War, for both the British and for the colonies.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It was the relatively few members of the Continental Congress who declared war against Britain, but it was thousands of soldiers who fought it. This book explores the attitudes of these soldiers and documents their experiences, often using first-person accounts. From the Patriots and the French on one side to the Loyalists, the British and the Hessians on the other, this book studies the Revolution from a personal, as well as a political, vantage point. Concise without being cursory, it provides a lucid account of the Revolution by juxtaposing the political machinations of the war against the oppressive realities of conducting one, all while considering the individual motivations of the war's participants. The roles of women, blacks, and Native Americans are examined, and different chapters discuss daily life in camp, the horror of disease and the even worse horror of imprisonment by the enemy. Particularly interesting are accounts of the attitudes of the soldiers toward each other, and the book's liberal use of correspondence from the time brings the sights and sounds of the Revolution to our modern-day senses. Well-organized and easy to navigate, tasteful illustrations add to the overall appeal. The source notes and section for further reading are excellent resources, and this book should prove a valuable classroom and library reference tool. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books/Millbrook Press,
— Diane Frook
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Primary source material, such as letters and diaries, brings the lives of both the Patriot and Loyalist soldiers into focus in this well-documented, well-researched overview of the Revolutionary War. The author provides a history of the battles in chronological order and uses quotes from soldiers to illustrate and personalize the history. The various chapters focus on life in the camp, disease, medical practices, and the foreign soldiers who came to the aid of both the Americans and the British. The roles of Native Americans and African Americans in the struggle for independence are briefly mentioned. Although the primary material is often very interesting, the text is somewhat dry. Original pen-and-ink drawings and reproductions of period paintings appear throughout. End matter includes extensive chapter notes. This book will prove useful for reports, and the numerous quotes provide a human connection with the past. Students interested in more information on the role of African Americans in the Revolutionary War may want to read Clinton Cox's Come All You Brave Soldiers (Scholastic, 1999).-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761326120
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     6
Patriot or Loyalist?     8
The Soldiers from Home     14
The Soldiers from across the Ocean     28
Life in a Revolutionary Camp     36
Disease and Death     45
On the March     50
Words from the Field     54
Wounded or Killed     74
Prisoners of War     78
The Surrender at Yorktown     82
Aftermath     89
Map of the Revolutionary War     96
Selected Chronology of the Revolutionary War     97
Source Notes     98
Selected Bibliography     103
For Further Information     107
Index     109
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