American Revolution

Washington at Valley Forge

By Russell Freedman

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Washington's army nearly perished during the winter of 1777-78. Camped at Valley Forge, the revolutionaries endured severe hardship. The army's supply system had collapsed and they were without supplies. But when the harsh winter ended, the soldiers had survived, and marched away from Valley Forge more determined than ever.

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Big George: How a Shy Boy Became President Washington

By Anne Rockwell; illustrated by Matt Phelan.

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Portrays George Washington as a shy boy who wasn't afraid of anything except talking to people, but who grew up to lead an army against the British and serve as president of the new nation.

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Liberty or Death: A Story About Patrick Henry

By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

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A biography of the Virginia lawyer, politician, and patriot whose great powers of speech helped inspire colonists to support the cause of American liberty at the start of the Revolutionary War.

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A Picture Book of Patrick Henry

By David A. Adler

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Chronicles the life of Patrick Henry from his childhood on a tobacco plantation in Virginia to the American Revolution, when he spoke the famous words "Give me liberty or give me death," one month before the first shots rang out.

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For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions

By James R. Gaines

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A narrative account of the "sister revolutions" of France and America reveals the lesser-known agendas that intertwined the conflicts, discussing the close but complex relationship between Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. (Publisher's description)
Also available as an audiobook.

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Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

By Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese

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A lively look at the men who risked their lives and fortunes to declare American independence. Learn about Josiah Bartlett : the signer immortalized on The West Wing, Samuel Adams : the signer whose brewery went bust, Francis Lewis : the signer whose wife was imprisoned, Thomas Nelson Jr. : the signer who ordered troops to fire on his own home, as well as dozens more.

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Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution

By David A. Clary

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"One was a self-taught, middle-aged Virginia planter in charge of a ragtag army of revolutionaries, the other a rich, glory-seeking teenage French aristocrat. But the childless Washington and the orphaned Lafayette forged a bond as strong as any between father and son, a trust that saw them through betrayals, shifting political alliances, and the trials of war. Using personal letters and other key documents, author Clary offers a rare glimpse of the American Revolution, including intimate portraits of such major figures as Alexander Hamilton, Benedict Arnold, and Benjamin Franklin."
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Benson J. Lossing's Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution in Virginia & Maryland

By Jack E. Fryar, Jr., Editor

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Originally published in 1850--less than 75 years after the war--this attractive reprint of a history classic gives a unique narrative to the conflict based on the author's travels to the original sites, some of which are now unrecognizable. The Field-Book also contains many unique illustrations by the author of places, people, and objects important to the history of the American Revolution.

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Marlborough Point: In the Stream of History

Follow Marlborough Point Road down to the eastern tip of Stafford County, and you will pass by lots of new housing mushrooming into the forests and fields that were once favored by both the Native Americans and colonial settlers.  This section of the county is home to not just centuries of local history but millennia.

Anne Bailey: Frontier Scout

By Mary R. Furbee

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During the Revolutionary War, scouts tracked enemy movements and carried messages to troops moving through the frontier. Most scouts were men, but occasionally women filled the role, doing their part in the fight for American independence. This is the exciting and true story of one such woman, Anne Bailey, who risked her life in the American Revolution.

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