Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence


Web Sites

A group blog on early Canadian history has many articles on the American Invasion of Canada during the Revolutionary War.

Primary Sources

Darley, Stephen. Voices from a Wilderness Expedition: The Journals and Men of Benedict Arnold’s Expedition to Quebec in 1775. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2011.

Darley, Stephen. Voices Waiting to Be Heard: Nineteen Eyewitness Accounts of Arnold’s 1775 March to Quebec. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2021.

Papet, Friedrich Julius von, and Bruce E. Burgoyne. Canada during the American Revolutionary War: Lieutenant Friedrich Julius von Papet’s Journal of the Sea Voyage to North America and the Campaign Conducted There, 15 May 1776 to 10 October 1783. Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1998.

Roberts, Kenneth, ed. March to Quebec – Journals of the Members of Arnold’s Expedition. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1938.

Secondary Sources

Anderson, Mark R. The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2013.

Chidsey, Donald Barr. The War in the North – An Informal History of the American Revolution in and near Canada. New York: Crown Publishing, 1967.

Kidder, Frederic. Military Operations in Eastern Maine and Nova Scotia during the Revolution Chiefly Compllied from the Journals and Letters of John Allen, with Notes and a Memoir of Col. John Allen. Albany: Joel Munsell, 1867.

Smith, Justin H. Our Struggle for the Fourteenth Colony – Canada and the American Revolution. 2 vols. New York & London: G. P. Putnan’s Sons, 1907.

Wrong, George M. Canada and the American Revolution. New York: The MacMillian Company, 1935.

Fort Chambly, Quebec

Captured by the Americans with little fight on October 20, 1775 and reoccupied by the British in the spring of 1776.  Cannon and stores used by the Americans to capture Fort St. John.


Fort St. John, Quebec

Captured by Major General Richard Montgomery on November 6, 1775 and abandoned by the Americans in the Spring of 1776.  The site is now Canadian Military University.


Quebec City

French Canadians more commonly referred to the American Rebels and “Bostonais” rather than “Congressionists” used by British Canadians.

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