Researching the American Revolution

Your source for information on the American War of Independence

Key References

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Boatner, Mark Mayo. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution. Bicentennial ed. [rev. and expanded]. New York: D. McKay Co, 1974.

Boatner’s encyclopedia is the authoritative source for basic information on people, places, battles and other overview information.  It is a “must-have” volume for every Revolutionary War researcher.

Heitman, Francis B. Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution. Clearfield, 1932.

Heitman is the authoritative source for Continental Army officers, their promotions, dates of service and commands.  It is also a consistent source for name spelling.

Lesser, Charles H., ed. The Sinews of Independence:  Monthly Strength Reports of the Continental Army. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 1976.

Monthly listings of the number of officers and enlisted members are presented in tablular form in this book.  In addition, there are totals for sick and soldiers on furlough.

Web sites

David Library of the American Revolution

For links to useful web sites containing primary resources, Women’s history, Reenactment groups, Archives and Bibliographies see Resources in the American Revolution and Early Republic Eras

Massachusetts Historical Society

For links to documents in various repositories, teacher and student resources, televisions and film and frameworks and standards click Useful links to Resources.

Society of the Cincinnati

This heriditary organization of Continental Army officers and their descendents offers an on-line library as well as a phyical library located in Washington DC.

Slavery References

J. L. Bell’s blog 1775 provides a good overview of sources for names of slaves and runaway slavery newspaper advertisements in the Revolutionary era.

Slavery Databases

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