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20 Years of Research, But Who’s Countin’?
Then one day it happened. While re-filing folders that held the MCHA’s 18th Century documents, I read the hand-written account of a Revolutionary War skirmish in which a militia captain was captured by a party of black Loyalist irregulars. With a little digging, I learned that the Loyalists were runaway slaves exacting revenge on their former masters. I devoted myself to finding more stories like this one, even as my interest in academia was waning.
I am pleased to post samples of my work to this webpage, and link to others. The culmination of much of my research is the award-winning The American Revolution in Monmouth County: the Theatre of Spoil and Destruction. My historical fiction book, The Razing of Tinton Falls: Voices from the American Revolution, falls roughly under the label of narrative history. The book includes historical essays and is ground in my twenty years of research of the American Revolution, but the first-person narratives at the core of the book required some fictionalization.