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The Greatest Hits of The Colonial Chronicle: The Rev-War Collection,
edited by Philip D. Weaver
The Colonial Chronicle(ISSN 1528-8641) was an ambitious independent newsletter predominately about the American War for Independence as a living history experience. After a period of experimentation, The Chronicle found its voice as an information vehicle intended to educate and entertain its readers. This information was also presented with a twinkle in the eye and a touch of good humor. To honor this unique publication, its editors have published this exciting collection, which has been imaginatively entitled The Greatest Hits of The Colonial Chronicle, for your edification and enjoyment.
Appealing mostly to current living historians, this book will also be of great interest to the average history buff. Sections include musket alterations, safety, authenticity, interpretation, tailoring period clothing, and headgear. This collection also includes a number of period accounts including the taking of Fort Montgomery and the siege of Fort Schuyler. Also included is a detailed description of an execution by a Continental Army firing squad. There are a number of featured articles included, as well as a bibliography, and a new glossary.
All the original text remains from the newsletter, except for some very minor editing to correct any overlooked errors or seriously outdated information. Nearly all of the graphics have been significantly improved. The new glossary includes many of the terms used thru ought this collection that were known during the American Revolution or used by today’s living historians. This should help clear up any unfamiliar jargon, or it could, very well, confuse the reader even further.
Contributors to this collection include many well known living historians. Among them are Todd W. Braisted, Jay Callaham, Steve Gilbert, Don N. Hagist, John A. Muller, Roy and Debra Najecki, Todd Post, Faith Rice, Peter R.W. Schaaphok, Mark Tully, Gavin K. Watt, Philip D. Weaver, and William M. Wigham.
The collection is profusely illustrated by the late George C. Woodbridge, Alan Archambault, and America’s first great book illustrator, Felix Octavius Carr Darley (1822–1888).
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Five New Books in Our Inventory!
Bergen County Voices from the American Revolution:
Soldiers and Residents in Their Own Words,
by Todd W. Braisted Bergen County saw much of the American Revolution from its own doorstep. Close to British-occupied New York City, this corner of New Jersey was divided by the Revolution. Some people were staunch Loyalists or Patriots, in disagreement with their families and neighbors; others wavered or remained neutral, while still others changed their minds as was expedient. In the end, the years of hostilities led to massive damage and upheaval within the community as men either left home or stayed nearby to fight for or against secession from Great Britain. After the war, their pension applications allow glimpses into their experiences. Compiled and edited by local historian and Revolutionary War expert Todd W. Braisted, these are the stories of the Revolutionary soldiers of Bergen County. Well researched, this book is a worthwhile acquisition for any Revolutionary War buff.
The Packet V - Being One More Collection of Patterns, Articles and Essays Pertaining to the American Revolution,
by Mark Tully The Packet V is the latest offering in this very popular series. Completely documented, illustrated and footnoted articles full of great information for the re-enactor or 18th-century scholar. Articles include: Gallipots, Life Expectancy, Post Roads, Folding a Letter, Colonial-era Signboards, Keeping it Corked, The Royal Arms, Shooting Flying, Bird Calls, "Approaching," A Canoe Paddle, The Kitchen Garden, Leggings, Covered Buttons, Watchman's Rattles, Fire Starting, Lanterns, Indentured Servants, A Grand Tour and more. WARNING: This is the last of the series and will not be restocked. Ballindalloch Press intends to drop the entire series when their current inventory of back issues is exhausted. So, do not hesitate and buy now!
48 pages. Softcover. Complete bibliography. $10.00
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The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America's War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776,
by Mark R. Anderson
In this dramatic retelling of one of history’s great “what-ifs,” Mark R. Anderson examines the American colonies’ campaign to bring Quebec into the Continental confederation and free the Canadians from British “tyranny.” This significant reassessment of a little-studied campaign examines developments on both sides of the border that rapidly proceeded from peaceful diplomatic overtures to a sizable armed intervention. The military narrative encompasses Richard Montgomery’s plodding initial operations, Canadian partisan cooperation with officers like Ethan Allen, and the harrowing experiences of Benedict Arnold’s Kennebec expedition, as well as the sudden collapse of British defenses that secured the bulk of the province for the rebel cause. The book provides new insight into both Montgomery’s tragic Québec City defeat and a small but highly significant loyalist uprising in the rural northern parishes that was suppressed by Arnold and his Canadian patriot allies. Anderson closely examines the evolving relationships between occupiers and occupied, showing how rapidly changing circumstances variously fostered cooperation and encouraged resistance among different Canadian elements. The book homes in on the key political and military factors that ultimately doomed America’s first foreign war of liberation and resulted in the Continental Army’s decisive expulsion from Canada on the eve of the Declaration of Independence. The first full treatment of this fascinating chapter in Revolutionary War history in over a century, Anderson’s account is especially revealing in its presentation of contentious British rule in Quebec, and of Continental beliefs that Canadiens would greet the soldiers as liberators and allies in a common fight against the British yoke. This heavily researched and action-packed history will appeal to American/Canadian history buffs and military historians alike.
1775: A Good Year for Revolution,
by Kevin Phillips In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands—achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome. These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.
Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.
Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders,
by Christian M. McBurney
The tactic of kidnapping enemy leaders, used in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dates to the American Revolution. George Washington called such efforts "honorable" and supported attempts to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he turned traitor) and a future king of Great Britain. Washington in turn was targeted at his Morristown winter headquarters by British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River. New Jersey Governor William Livingston went to considerable lengths to avoid being abducted by the Loyalist raider James Moody.
Sometimes these operations succeeded, as with the spectacular captures of Maj.Gen. Charles Lee, Maj.Gen. Richard Prescott and North Carolina Governor Thomas Burke. The abducted, such as Declaration of Independence signatory Richard Stockton and Delaware's Governor John McKinly, faced risks to their reputations. The kidnapper risked all--if caught, he could be hanged. This book covers attempted and successful abductions of military and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783.
232 pages. Illustrated. Softcover.
List price $35.00. $28.00
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We specialize in books about the Northern campaigns of the American War of Independence (Canada, Lake Champlain, New-York, New-Jersey, and Philadelphia). Other subject areas include the British army, material culture, living history, and a new one on the French & Indian War. Our list of titles continues to include many titles by fellow living historians, including M. Richard Tully, Don N. Hagist, Eric Goldstien, Gavin Watt, Norman Desmarias, and Arthur Lefkowitz.
The lagging economy has been rough for book sellers thru ought the United States. We are no different. For now, we are continuing to do what we can to sell off our inventory and keep overall costs down. Though we are pleased to offer a new paperback edition of William Bligh's own account of Mutiny on the Bounty. Who would not want to read that!? We also picked up a few copies of an inexpensive edition of Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard. A great read for young and old.
In addition, we still have a couple of copies left of our short-term titles such as Barnet Schlecter's The Battle for New York and Richard Holmes' Redcoat. We are also have a good stock of Richard Ketchum's Divided Loyalties, one of our best sellers, at a new lower price. We still have a few of copies of Don Troiani's updated Rev-War button book in clolor, Insignia of Independence, that are still available, at a slight discount.
We have expanded our inventory of titles on the Seven Years War in North America, with paperback editions of Tom Todish's America's First World War and The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers, plus R.R. Gale's A Soldier Like Way. We are also very excited to carry Jim Mullin's All Sorts of Provincials. Some newly published titles also grace our shelves, including Arthur Lefkowitz's Benedict Arnold's Army, illustrated by the late George C. Woodbridge, and a recently published un-annotated edition of Joseph Plumb Martin's famous narrative of his service during the American Revolution.
In our Living History section, we proudly announce the availability of The Packet V. This fifth and final book of the ground breaking series was recently published by Ballindalloch Press in late Fall of 2010, and largely unknown by readers of the previous editions. Interest in this wonderful series is, at least, slowing. As a result, it is likely that the entire Packet series will no longer be available once the publisher's current inventory is exhausted. Our supply is very limited, so, if you want to check them out for the first time or fill out your collection, you better do it sooner rather than later.
Finally, at long last, we are able announce Shill's Books new collection of guide books on the battles and sites of the American Revolution. Most of the books are from the Guide to the American Revolutionary War Series, by Norman Desmarias. This is an area of growing interest to living history aficionados as well as the general public. After all, who does not like to learn of the history around them? So, we see the number of available titles increasing.
Updates to this site have been few and far between the last few years, so we have a long way to go getting them updated. Please check back frequently while we try to reconcile the inventory.
Osprey Books are an ideal reference resource for living historians, military history enthusiasts, model makers and wargamers. Because they cross over so many periods and subjects, the Osprey books we are now carrying, have been broken out to their own page. Brendan Morrissey’s Quebec 1775, was our top seller in 2004. It stands on its own merits, but also makes a great companion book to the author’s previous Boston 1775 and Saratoga 1777, which we are now offering, as well as Monmouth Courthouse 1778. Other books in the Campaign series we carry include New York 1776 and Philadelphia 1777.
We are hoping that René Chartrand's American Loyalist Troops 1775-84, the latest in Osprey's long-running Man-at-Arms series, will be as great a success.
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