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Realizing that people of his generation knew about the battles fought in their own regions, but very little about the battles outside of their area, Lossing considered it important to capture that information prior to its being lost. He sketched landmarks as they existed at the time of his travels to make sure that they were recorded for the "admiration and reverence of remote posterity." The result of his travels is this three-volume set, which includes in-depth interviews with veterans. Originally written in 1852, and referencing all the government and private collections available to him, this book, along with his engravings and sketches, evocative of the period, illustrates the historical account.
"This rich quarry of historic wealth is now, in completed state, accessible to every American . . . Certainly no work is so well calculated to lure the minds of the young through different stages of the great drama of our independence."
--New York Times
"Neither labor nor care has been spared in the collection of materials, and in endeavoring to produce a work as free from grave errors as possible."
--Benson J. Lossing
In November 1848, Benson J. Lossing began a journey across the United States to document locations important to the American Revolution. Beginning in New York, his mission was to visit the southern portions of what used to be the original thirteen colonies. He interviewed veterans of the American Revolution and recorded their accounts in The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution.
In this first book in a three-volume set, Lossing includes his own sketches of various landmarks such as Cedars Rapids in present-day Iowa, where nearly four hundred American soldiers occupied a small fortress in the spring of 1776. He explores the impact of Indians on the war and the effects of retreats and the deaths of important figures.
The early involvement of Samuel Adams, who led the colonists in the Boston Tea Party, is recounted and relived to show his passion for independence. Lossing investigates attempts to bribe the patriots and describes the first meetings to discuss independence. From the preparations of defensives to the political legacy of Queen Elizabeth I and how religious persecution during her era affected the early colonies, this book is an essential addition to the shelves of schools, libraries, and everyone who enjoys history and the country's fight for liberty.
Benson J. Lossing was a prolific editor, illustrator, historian, and arguably one of the finest wood engravers of his time. Highly sought after, Lossing's research sent him traveling "with note-book and pencil in hand" throughout America, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. He visited nearly every place made memorable by the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 and recorded his research so that future generations would know the personal history of America.
Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812, published by Pelican, is available in three volumes.
Buchbeschreibung Pelican Publishing, 2008. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 1589805321