JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2014) Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 17751783. By Richard C. Wiggin. (Lincoln, MA: Lincoln Historical Society, 2013. Pp. 574. Cloth $45.00, Paper $30.00.) Reviewed by Samuel A. Forman Richard Wiggin provides an exhaustive and frequently entertaining view of the men and boys of Lincoln, Massachusetts, who fought during the American Revolution. Wiggin is a local historian, historical re-enactor, and volunteer at Minute Man National Historic Park. What does such a person have to offer to scholars of the Revolutionary era and the early republic? Plenty, I contend. Embattled Farmers and similar recent works by local historians may constitute a trend worthy of note, and a common ground for bridging academic and popular approaches to history. The book opens with a detailed exposition of the opening battle of the Revolution, which took place in the adjoining towns Lexington and Concord, and which traversed Lincoln's precincts. The following chapters, dependent on secondary sources, trace all the major campaigns in which Lincoln soldiers participated. The accounts are peppered with tantalizing mentions of townsmen later sketched in detail. These are the people of the Massachusetts countryside who collectively took a
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Aug 12, 2014
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