The Revolutionary Detective Is Here

Bob examines an antique triangular bayonet, a particularly cruel weapon used during the American Revolution.

Learn about author and historian Bob Mayers, his speaking events, and most of all about his insightful books and publications. His new book Searching for Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution is to be released on July 4th by the American History Press.

George Washington’s common soldiers, the men of the Continental Army were the embodiments of the American Revolution. What inspired them to endure appalling hardship during the most critical time in American history? For most of America’s history little was known about the identity of these men, why they fought and how the war affected their lives. A few were identified by their exploits in battle but most appeared only on lists of thousands of shadowy names published by each state.

There have been few dedicated studies that attempt to unravel the lives of the “grunts,”  “doughboys” and “GIs” of our most important war. During the more than two centuries since the Revolution ended it has been a daunting challenge for historians to expose the attitudes and behavior of these valiant warriors. What was needed is this effort to salvage and bring together information from the pathos of that war.

Nationalistic exuberance in the early 19th century sanitized of the image of the common soldier and for more than the next 200 years Americans cherished the golden myth of the zealously patriotic citizen soldier. Recent studies portray Yankee doodle as a mercenary driven soley by economic motives.This work evaluates these diverse conceptions. Details of the lives of the Revolutionary soldiers before, during and after the war are revealed by examining evidence in original military records and personal papers.

The Forgotten Revolution, (Heritage Books, 2014) Battlefields, encampments and sites of many critical events of the revolution have been lost or neglected by history. Man-made changes to terrain have been enormous since that time.  He has revived these forsaken locations with fresh research from original military records and onsite visits.

His quest took many unexpected turns. Analysis of obscure sources ignored by earlier writers yielded many surprises. Myths were often created when the winner wrote the history. Little known British, Hessian and Loyalist accounts often reveal more than the details we have traditionally accepted as authentic. At each of these places he sought out “witnesses” people with special local knowledge.

The War Man, (Westholme Publishing, 2009) chronicles the life of patriot soldier corporal John Allison, a New York farm boy who joined the Continental Army in 1775 and who fought during the entire eight years of the war. Bob Mayers reconstructs  his campaign life using letters, muster rolls, orderly books, service records, and oral family history. His life before and after the war are equally fascinating. Currently the book is successfully selling world- wide.

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