Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Searching for Yankee Doodle" July 2016 Book Giveaway


Thanks to author Robert A. Mayers and American History Press, The History Girl is offering a copy of his book Searching for Yankee Doodle: Washington's Soldiers in the American Revolution. In order to be in the running, submit your name and e-mail address below!

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About the Book
The people most responsible for achieving America's independence by winning the Revolutionary War were George Washington's foot soldiers-the men of the Continental Army. Who were they, and what was it that inspired them to endure such appalling hardships throughout the conflict? What was their life like during and after the war? And what is their legacy?

In an effort to uncover the facts about these men, author and historian Bob Mayers has scoured through obscure documentary material and little known British, Hessian, and Loyalist records to unearth truths that challenge traditional beliefs about Washington's soldiers. The fighting men and women of the Revolution were incorrectly portrayed as zealously patriotic citizen-soldiers, when in reality they were professionals dedicated to the American cause. This realization lies at the heart of the book, and propels the narrative along in a way that is entertaining and enlightening.

Corroborated with excerpts borrowed from personal diaries and records, these men (and women!) are once again brought to life, in a way that allows us to understand their personalities through their behavior and deeds. Mayers goes on to study all aspects of the conflict, including the various outfits worn by the regiments, the treatment of the sick, the punishment of offenders, and training of the regiments. In the end the reader will experience a new familiarity with the war's participants.

Expertly designed, the book is fortified with fifty-five images in twenty-two chapters, all of which is intended be enjoyed by the average reader, and not just the hard-core history fan. Included is a comprehensive chapter on researching individual Revolutionary War veterans, and four appendices-the makeup of a regiment, distribution of regiments by state, names and publication sources of diarists, and an actual muster roll-that provide useful supplementary information.

Rules
*One entry per person.
*Valid for all residents of the 50 United States of America, 13 years of age or older.
*Entries without a valid e-mail address are not eligible.
*Contest begins July 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm EST and ends July 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm EST.
*The winner will be chosen at random.
*The winner will be notified via e-mail on July 23, 2016 after 8:00 pm. The winner must respond with a mailing address within thirty-six (36) hours or another winner will be chosen.


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