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"The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War" - Signed by the Author, J. L. Bell

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Hardcover (234 pages), brand new and signed by the author, J. L. Bell. Published by the Journal of the American Revolution.

The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War by historian J. L. Bell reveals a new dimension to the start of America’s War for Independence by tracing the spark of its first battle back to little-known events beginning in September 1774. The author relates how radical Patriots secured those four cannon and smuggled them out of Boston, and how Gage sent out spies and search parties to track them down. Drawing on archives in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, the book creates a lively, original, and deeply documented picture of a society perched on the brink of war.

What really happened at North Bridge on April 19, 1775

A walk through Minute Man National Park and across North Bridge with J. L. Bell


About the book

In the early spring of 1775, on a farm in Concord, Massachusetts, British army spies located four brass cannon belonging to Boston’s colonial militia that had gone missing months before. British general Thomas Gage had been searching for them, both to stymie New England’s growing rebellion and to erase the embarrassment of having let cannon disappear from armories under redcoat guard. Anxious to regain those weapons, he drew up plans for his troops to march nineteen miles into unfriendly territory. The Massachusetts Patriots, meanwhile, prepared to thwart the general’s mission. There was one goal Gage and his enemies shared: for different reasons, they all wanted to keep the stolen cannon as secret as possible. Both sides succeeded well enough that the full story has never appeared until now.

About the author: J. L. Bell is the proprietor of the wildly popular Boston 1775, a site/blog dedicated to the history of the American Revolution in New England. A Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and American Antiquarian Society, he is author of the National Park Service’s study of George Washington’s work in Cambridge (download the 669-page PDF here) and has delivered papers to the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, and historic sites around greater Boston. He also helped launch History Camp, where he has spoken every year.

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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 6 reviews
          Devon B.
          Love Being Able to Get Personalized Signed Copy

          Bought a signed copy of this book for my dad as a birthday gift, and I loved being able to have the author personalize it for him. Came in a good time frame and in perfect condition.

          Eowyn D.
          Thumbs Up

          I got this has a gift for my father. He loves history, expecially the Revolutionary War. He should love it.

          Jason O.
          Great Book, Excellent Gift!

          The Road To Concord was a great gift for my dad for Father’s Day, and he absolutely loves it! I can’t wait to start my copy!

          well worth the unwrapping

          I bought this for my husband, for Christmas. Wrapped it slowly and carefully, and instantly regretted it. So, after no creature was stirring, only snoring. I sneakily unwrapped it and read well into the somewhat silent night. I am no history nerd (I apologize for that shortcoming endlessly) but I enjoyed this read. Captivating, quickly snatching my attention and once my cat got settled into sleep on my legs I quickly read and quietly turned pages. My husband (who is a proud lifelong history nerd) will be delighted with the book. And I will be practicing my oh-that-is-so-interstering face awaiting the explanations to come. Merry Christmas!

          Customer Service

          These folks have been great! They answered my questions in a very timely manner, my orders were shipped when they said they would be, and in a manner that made through all the trials the USPS could throw! Thank you much! I look forward to doing business with you again!

          G M.
          Glad I got it in time!

          Wife is really enjoying this