For some time, I have entertained the idea of an historical novel on the Revolutionary War. The idea has resurfaced with the reading of Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis. Though the person and event I am considering does not occur within that time frame, Paul Revere’s “midnight ride” certainly help set into motion events that would lead to the summer of 1776.


A second novel idea I’ve been harboring for several years involves a ten year old who witnessed the battle and victory of Yorktown. At seventy years of age he reflects on that event as he dialogues with his great-grandson who is about to leave his home in Virginia and join Lee’s Army. I think it would be interesting to have someone who witness the war for independence about to witness another war of independence, though from a different perspective. JEM