Nathan Ross and the American Revolution
by Frances Applequist
Scheduled for publication in March 2020
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Meet Abigail (Excerpt from July 20, 1775 journal entry)
After Mother prepared corn meal biscuits for breakfast, we celebrated Abigail’s fourteenth year by digging potatoes. My sister, who does not have the patience with bugs and dirt that she has with kitchen messes, extended herself in my favor without complaint. Although she hiked up her long skirts to tuck the hem into her waistband, most of it still dragged on the ground. I am grateful that boys wear breeches. I know that, if I wore a long skirt, I would trip over it with every step.
Meet Mother (Excerpt from January 3, 1778 journal entry)
Each time she glanced backward toward the moon, I worried that her eyes would find me. With the guidance of familiar stars and moon position, she found her way to the woods behind the Hyler house. The silhouette of the familiar homestead gave me no relief. Instead, I was shaken by a new dread.
Meet Jeremy and Matthew (Excerpt from January 3, 1777 journal entry)
Since Jeremy and Mister Shaw went through the long winter without enough water to clean themselves, Mother did not reprimand them for filling the house with a foul smell. She only asked after their health. My brother explained, "We came to Morris Town with George Washington’s Continental Army. Instead of Mr. Shaw staying in the encampment, I hoped he could stay in the room I share with Grandfather.”
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