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Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

American Revolution Day by Day (National Park Service)

American Revolution Day by Day (National Park Service) – http://www.nps.gov/revwar/about_the_revolution/revolution_day_by_day.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What was the Huddy-Asgill Affair?
  • When did the British evacuate Savannah, Georgia?

Description:

A daily calendar of Revolution-related events from 1775 – 1783. Click on year, then by month. This calendar offers a global scope to the Revolution, which became part of a larger war between Britain, France, Spain and others. For examples, duels between French and British ships in the Indian Ocean are recorded, as well as Indian attacks in Kentucky.

Individual event entries vary from a sentence to a paragraph. Enough detail is offered to make searching in other sources fruitful. This seems like a very handy way to ensure a historical novel set in the Revolutionary Era keeps its chronology straight.

Search Tip:

You can locate specific people or types of events by going to your favorite search engine and conducting a search in the form of:
[search terms] inurl:revolution_day_by_day

For example, mutiny inurl:revolution_day_by_day retrieves nine results, including General Washington’s 1783 denouncement of soldiers threatening mutiny over back pay. Using “benedict” in the same way brings up 12 results, including some of Benedict Arnold’s honest service to the Americans before his betrayal.

If you use this search tip, you will need to click on “repeat the search with the omitted results included” to get a full list of results.

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