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Fort Ticonderoga Author Series Program Focuses on British Soldiers during the American Revolution
Fort Ticonderoga’s 2013 Author Series gets underway on Sunday, July 14, with Don N. Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution. The program takes place at 2 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is followed by a book signing in the Museum Store at 3 pm. The program is included in the cost of admission. Members of the Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted at no cost.
British Soldiers, American War: Voices of the American Revolution is the first collection of personal narratives by British common soldiers ever assembled and published. Author Don N. Hagist has located first-hand accounts of nine soldiers who served in America in the 1770s and 1780s. In their own words we learn of the diverse population—among them a former weaver, a boy who quarreled with his family, and a man with wanderlust—who joined the army and served tirelessly and dutifully, sometimes faithfully and sometimes irresolutely, in the uniform of their nation. To accompany each narrative, the author provides a contextualizing essay based on archival research giving background on the soldier and his military service. Taken as a whole these true stories reveal much about the individuals who composed what was, at the time, the most formidable fighting force in the world.
Don N. Hagist is an independent researcher specializing in the demographics and material culture of the British Army in the American Revolution. When he began to study the American Revolution as a teenager, he quickly discovered that there was a paucity of literature on the common British soldier, and that much of the conventional wisdom on the subject was inconsistent with available first-hand information. This led to a continuing quest to find and assimilate primary sources to better understand the thousands of professional British soldiers who served in America during the 1775-1783 war. Don’s specific areas of expertise include British operations in Rhode Island, wives of British soldiers, and the service of the 22nd Regiment of Foot (the Cheshire Regiment) in America. He has published a number of articles in academic journals. His books include: British Soldiers, American War (Westholme Publishing, 2012), A British Soldier’s Story: Roger Lamb’s Narrative of the American Revolution (Ballindalloch Press, 2004), General Orders: Rhode Island (Heritage Books, 2001) and Wenches, Wives and Servant Girls (Ballindalloch Press, 2008).
For additional information about this series and other programs, visit the Fort Ticonderoga website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org and select “Life Long Learning” under the “Explore and Learn” tab.