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"Best Little Stories Of The American Revolution" Offers Insights Into Human Side of History

April 12, 1999 -- It was afternoon on April 18, 1775, and in Massachusetts something was brewing, some kind of British action. Redcoat patrols were all over the place and Minutemen were getting ready. Where was the biggest battle that day that helped launch the American Revolution?

It wasn't in either Lexington or Concord, it turns out. The fiercest fighting, the battle involving the greatest numbers and the most casualties, took place in the little town of Menotomy, today's Arlington, Mass.

The story of the battle there, and other tales that shed light on many human, everyday aspects of American revolutionary history, are found in a new book by a University of Virginia English lecturer who specializes in books of lively historical narratives.

"Best Little Stories from the American Revolution," by C. Brian Kelly, is a journalistic history of often little-known vignettes from the era and contains some 125 stories about courage valor and cunning. It also tells many tales that break dry historical stereotypes: like the day "unflappable" George Washington got so disgusted with his ineffective troops that he shouted and yelled and threw his hat down; or the time the British got American Gen. Charles Lee's horse drunk.

The book, published by Cumberland House publishers, also includes a section, "Select Founding Mothers," by journalist Ingrid Smyer-Kelly that tells stories of several key women in the Revolution, including Martha Washington.

Kelly, editor emeritus of Military History magazine, is also the author of "Best Little Stories from the Civil War" and "Best Little Stories from World War II," among other books.

To order a review copy of "Best Little Stories from the American Revolution" contact Cumberland House publishers in Nashville at (615) 832 1171.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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