Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Audiobook Review -- Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 by Derek W. Beck

I recently enjoyed the audiobook version of Igniting the American Revolution: 1773-1775 by Derek W. Beck. It focuses on events from what John Adams called "the destruction of the tea" to the capture of Fort Ticonderoga from British regulars by American colonial forces commanded by Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen.

Arnold had not turned traitor at this point in history, but someone else had, a doctor named Benjamin Church, who was part of the Massachusetts colonial leadership but also an informant to General Gage. I was interested in this because I have an ancestor known as Yankee John Church, who fought on the American side in the Revolution and was born in Massachusetts, though by the time the war started he was living in North Carolina. I suspect there is a family connection, but I do not have enough information to know for sure. For a more scholarly review, visit the Journal of the American Revolution.