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Fascinating, thoroughly entertaining and vastly informative. Drawing on his highly developed artistic skills Benson Lossing drew the faces of the people he interviewed who had participated in the Revolution, including some who had carried out the Boston Tea Party. He drew the fields and woods where battles had taken place and recorded the statements of veterans who had fought those battles, as well as their elderly but remarkable faces and pungent quotes, like, "The only music fit for a man is the sound of the fife and drum." There are some ironies, too, like the author standing at Charleston Harbor in 1850 and commenting on how poorly the shore batteries were situated, since they aimed at Fort Sumter instead of fanning out to defend against possible enemy ships. He was standing on the cusp of the Civil War, but his Revolutionary War mind set blinded him as to the reason why those guns had Sumter in their sights.
This work was compiled before photography was cheap enough for mass market publication, but Lossing captures the faces of these bygone Americans with detail that would please Andrew Wyteth.
Volume II. New York: Harper 1852