5 Things You Should Know About Lexington & Concord, 1775

It’s July, and it seems to be a new tradition at Gazette665 to talk about the American War for Independence (aka the Revolutionary War) this month. Catch the other posts here! This year we’re excited to present: Farmers Against The King’s Men? Battles 1775-1781.¬†We’ll explore some fast-fact details that you should know about four battles during the conflict.

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Now, without further commentary, let’s jump right into today’s battle – well, actually battles. It’s hard to discuss Lexington without talking about Concord too. Lexington, Massachusetts, was the site of the opening shots of the war while Concord and the retreat to Boston set some exciting precedence for the colonial militia.

Here are five things you should know about the Battles of Lexington & Concord. Continue reading

With Gladness: Valley Forge

with-gladness-coverThe story Patriot Dreams is the only tale in With Gladness that isn’t set around or on Christmas Day. Why? (And why is it in a Christmas book?) We’ve got answers…

Patriot Dreams¬†is a winter story. It’s set early in 1778. Why not Christmas 1777? Because the Continental Army arrived at Valley Forge on December 19, 1777, and the officers’ wives did not visit the encampment until several weeks later. Thus, if I’d set the story at Valley Forge Christmas, it would be a big historical mistake to have Mrs. Patton arriving to visit a well-established camp.

This blog post shares some of the historic winter setting of the story. There wouldn’t have been Christmas decorations at Valley Forge in 1777, but, if you’re curious, Revolutionary War Era decorations would have been pretty much the same as the colonial era and you can catch those details in last week’s post. Continue reading