Re: [Revlist] Women of the American Revolution
- You are quite right, Ed - and I do not like Ellet's anecdotes/biography's as
_history_. They are as good however as much of today's fictional depictions of
I have Volumes I, II, III, originally published in 1852 and 1854 and find
them fun to read, the language is archaic, and she writes in the flowery style of
mid 19th century. She does quote some interesting manuscripts, letters. The
problem is that she muddles facts, she repeats gossip. The results are like a
game of _telephone_.
The example that I am most familiar with is her story about Deborah Sampson
which contains many, many errors and assumptions, i.e. Ellet says Deborah's
discharge was delivered to her personally by General Washington - no, no -
Deborah received her discharge from Gen.Knox at West Point - 25 Oct. 1783.
Happy reading, yes, it is fun reading - but check out facts before you make
use of them.
Barbara M. Delorey
"Blinding ignorance does mislead us.O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes! "
Leonardo Da Vinci
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- Dear Ed,
I tried to contact you via your website, but didn't see your name
What about all those thousands of nameless women of the Revolution?
Don Hagist's article on British camp followers is online at
RevWar75, as are several of my campfollower articles. I say the
lesser known ladies are as important (perhaps more so) than the well-
known ones. How about links to our online articles to balance out
--- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "Ed St.Germain" <patriot1@e...>
> I still have a few graphics to add in the latter chapters, but forall
> practical purposes, "Women of the American Revolution"some very
> is a fait accompli.
> Those who abhor "anecdotal history" won't like it, but there are
> interesting anecdotes there nonetheless.(usually many
> I was fortunate recently in finding a first edition of Ellet
> much monies) in a bookstore in San Francisco that had been througha fire
> (the book, not the store.) The parts I needed to digitize it wereintact, so
> the above web pages are the result.should be:
> Happy reading,
> For Revolutionary War Info on the Internet, your first choice