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The Revolution Remembered: Eyewitness Accounts of the War for Independence (Clements Library Bicentennial Studies) [Paperback]

by John C. Dann
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April 1, 1999 0226136248 978-0226136240
A classic oral history of the American Revolution, The Revolution Remembered uses 79 first-hand accounts from veterans of the war to provide the reader with the feel of what it must have been like to fight and live through America's bloody battle for independence". In a book fairly bursting with feats of daring, perhaps the most spectacular accomplishment of them all is this volume's transformation of its readers into the grandchildren of Revolutionary War soldiers. . . . An amazing gathering of 79 surrogate Yankee grandparents who tell us in their own words what they saw with their own eyes". -Elaine F. Weiss, Christian Science Monitor "Fascinating. . . . [The soldiers'] details fill in significant shadows of history". -Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times "It's still good fun two centuries later, overhearing these experiences of the tumult of everyday life and seeing a front-lines view of one of the most unusual armies ever to fight, let alone win". -Richard Martin, Wall Street Journal "One of the most important primary source discoveries from the era. A unique and fresh perspective". -Paul G. Levine, Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • Series: Clements Library Bicentennial Studies
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226136248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226136240
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Soldiers Never Die... June 17, 2001
This is a collection of memoirs of Revolutionary War veterans based on their pension claims after the war was over. It is a valuable resource and the author has done a very credible job in assembling them in one volume for easy use. They are assembled with a short biography on the author of the account, and some of the accounts are very lively and cover such topic as the apprehension of Major John Andre in conjunction with Benedict Arnold's treason, Arnold's epic march on Canada, recollections of the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and various reminiscences of the brutal warfare in the Carolinas. A word of caution when using pension accounts as references is in order here. They were generally written long after the instances took place and were submitted to seek the award of long-promised pensions that the veterans were undoubtedly due. All of us old soldiers have a prediliction for 'remembering with advantages.' It is one of the 'hazards' of military service, especially prolonged military service. Therefore, these accounts need to be matched against other first-hand accounts which were more recently written down after the event, such as Captain Robert Kirwood's Journal and Order Book. Relying mainly or solely on pension records for research and reliablility is a road filled with traps and pitfalls. Still this volume is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salt Of The Revolutionary Earth May 12, 2008
From 1818-1832 the US government solicited applications for pensions from Revolutionary War veterans. Thousands applied, creating subjective but vital docuents on ordinary soldiers' experiences. A few scholars have drawn on them, but they were underused and little known. (The main source collection on the War, Commager & Morris, "Spirit of '76" omits the pension applications.) Fading memories and personal advocacy tend to limit their value, but used in conjunction with other materials the narratives add nuance and detail, describing unknown incidents while shedding new light on familiar campaigns. Dann offers a judicious selection in a work designed primarily for students, but others will appreciate some exciting yarns along with their accessibility. In recent decades the Everyman outlook of oral and life histories paved the way for "Revolution Remembered;" it compares nicely with Studs Terkel's work and books quarried from the 1930s Federal Writers' Project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it really happened...they were there! April 28, 2013
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I am dipping into this book, reading the accounts written or dictated by different people who were actually there during the birth pangs of our country. I can see it is going to be a great resource for me, since my retirement career is writing, with a focus on Revolutionary War history and fiction. It's obfious that I am going to glean LOTS of material from this book and I am so glad to have found it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary learning. April 3, 2014
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I am very interested in the Revolutionary War since many of my family branches fought in the war. I think this book is a good example for learning what it was really like. These stories are by people who lived through it, not just stories Hollywood made up. I would recommend this to any history buff.
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