The General's Cook by Ramin Ganeshram tells the true story the George Washington's head cook, Hercules, in Philadelphia during the first presidency. Hercules is a complex and formidable figure, enjoying the benefits of his "station" as the President's head cook, while at the same time still, in reality, an enslaved man. Although he is… Continue reading Review: The General’s Cook by Ramin Ganeshram
View my review article on Philadelphia's new Museum of the American Revolution
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a YA novel detailing Philadelphia's 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic. Being in Philadelphia, I have heard about this particular epidemic...every time I walk past Washington Square Park I think about it, as well as the Revolutionary soldiers buried there. In the 18th Century, however, this space was called Potter's field.… Continue reading Review: Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
I finally went up to Cliveden house/Chew Mansion where the Battle of Germantown was fought. For more info on the battle, see my previous post here.
Amazon blurb: Everyone knows Benedict Arnold—the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British—as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John André, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in… Continue reading Review: The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki
I had time to kill before my dentist appointment today, so I took a little impromptu detour over to the Shippen-Wistar House. The Shippen-Wistar House in Philadelphia. Yes, it was for sale last year and then a real estate developer bought it this past Feb (hence the for sale sign)to be sold again at $5.5… Continue reading Impromptu Visit to the Shippen-Wistar House
I wanted to publish a list of on-going sources I have used in my research. I know I'm probably missing a lot (namely the random things I look up and then forget to mark the site url down), but here are some: 1. Forgotten Allies by Joseph T. Glatthaar and James Kirby Martin 2. Places… Continue reading Sources
The Outlander PA group, myself included, are raising funds in Diana Gabaldon's name for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. We plan to present her with this donation at her June 17th book signing here in Philly. About the Museum - http://amrevmuseum.org/ From the website: "The Museum will be steps away from where… Continue reading Outlander PA raises money for Philly’s upcoming Museum of the American Revolution