This Memorial Day, take some time to consider what you've learned from a Revolutionary War soldier who was killed or died while serving.
On May 5, 1776, General George Washington wrote to Congress. Among the many items was this paragraph: "I beg leave to lay before Congress, a Copy of the proceedings of a Court Martial upon Lieutenant Grover of the 2d. Regiment, and of his defence, which I should not have troubled them with, had I not conceived the Courts Sentence upon the facts stated in the proceedings, of a singular nature; the small fine imposed, by no means adequate to the enormity of his offence
James McGregore. McGregore arrived in the American Army's camp shortly after the Battle of Breeds Hill, and shortly thereafter obtained a letter from the provincial congress appointing him as the adjutant of Colonel James Reed's 3rd NH Regiment.
242 years ago on June 17, 1775, Charlestown was set ablaze to drive out three companies of American militia. At the outset of the Battle of Breeds Hill, these militiamen had taken positions on the north side the town. As the ranks of redcoats marched up the slope of Breeds Hill to Warren's Redoubt the militiamen and fired into their ranks, likely taking a hundred or more out of the battle before the main action got started. Imagine you are in the militia with these men.
Though The War has Begun is a work of fiction, the people and events were real. Research for the book included genealogical research to learn enough of the age and history of each person. For members of SAR and DAR, I thought a list of patriot ancestors who appear in the book would be of interest.
The War has Begun is the first of four books I am writing about Major Isaac Frye in the Duty in the Cause of Liberty series. These books are the product of fourteen years of research about a my ancestor, who served longer than any other as an officer in the Continental Army. A few people in…