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1775 is a forthcoming history (nonfiction) book by me, Derek W. Beck. 1775 is unique to other American Revolutionary War books in that it is the first book to tell the complete story in one volume. 

Written in narrative form and intended for a general audience, 1775 follows the forgotten Dr. Joseph Warren through the beginning of the Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere’s Ride and the Battle of Bunker Hill. The story then shifts to the arrival of George Washington and his struggle to turn the ragtag militiamen outside Boston into a Continental Army. As Washington built up his strength even while besieging the British in Boston, the Continental Congress grew concerned of the other great stronghold of British troops in North America: Canada. Were the British in Canada to move into Massachusetts and attack Washington’s rear, the Revolution would have ended even before it had begun. 1775 also tells of the resulting Campaign into Canada, a two-prong attack led by the forgotten Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery and the hero Col. Benedict Arnold (long before his treason), ending in the epic Battle of Quebec City. Though the Canadian Campaign ended with mixed results, it was successful in preventing British reinforcement from Canada long enough for Washington to at last drive the British from Boston. The hero of the 1775 is thus Boston herself. Even the Campaign into Canada was done in service of her. 

The book has literary representation and is presently seeking publishers. In the meantime, you can follow the status by subscribing to my newsletter, or you can follow the blog using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or even by email. Also, be sure to see the free excerpts of the book!

—Derek W. Beck


Example British Sloop of War
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Example British Sloop of War

This week, I had my first article posted over at Journal of the American Revolution, discussing what is perhaps the very first naval skirmish of the American Revolution. It begins:

In mid May 1775, just weeks after the bloody Battle of April Nineteenth had sparked the start of the (read more)