Re: The Bully Boys
- I share your dissatisfaction with 'The Bully Boys'. Some of
the things that bothered me were Eric Walters' decision to
move the Battle of Beaver Dams forward several weeks and the
Americans' withdrawal from Fort George _back_ _five months_,
and the way he chose to have John DeCew present throughout
the story instead of in an American prisoner-of-war camp and
to disregard that the militia had been sent home at that
time (to say nothing of how he showed his protagonist
harvesting corn in _July_).
Your son might want to check out 'Son of the Hounds', by
Robert Sutherland. It's pretty lightweight, but still a
better book than 'The Bully Boys'. Sutherland does at
least refer to FitzGibbon's men as "The Bloody Boys".
P.S. For a more singular take on FitzGibbon, there's always
Tom Marshall's post-modern novel 'The Adventures of John
--- In WarOf1812@y..., "johnwhiteshirt" <pvt_mulvaney@h...> wrote:
> The Bully Boys written by Eric Roberts is written for grade 6,7,8
> level students. I didn't like some of the inaccuracies in the book.
> In one section where Fitzgibbon crosses the Niagara River and raids
> an American storehouse the author says the place was well lit by
> lamps positioned all around. Would they have had oil lamps in a
> military storehouse? I thought candles were in general use as the
> only oil for lamps was whale oil and expensive. The author also has
> Fitzgibbon and the boy protagonist of the story looking through
> glasses before the Battle of Beaver Dams and Fitzgibbon has a
> with him. Would these two items be accurate?