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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

One Hundred Acres

When I started doing research for PATRIOT'S HEART, I discovered American patriots were offered one hundred acres for their service when they signed up for the Continental Army. Unfortunately, not all received their reward. There is an interesting chronology of the inducements offered for service at http://www.slpl.lib.mo.us/libsrc/benefits.htm. Joseph Martin wrote about his time in the Continental Army and there's an in-depth review of a book about his memoirs at http://www.miwsr.com/michiganwarstudiesreview/2009/20090105.asp which includes the mention of those elusive one hundred acres.

Blacksmiths were exempt from service during the Revolution, but the heroine's father in PATRIOT'S HEART longs for the promised one hundred acres. So Agnes, the heroine of the story, runs the forge in his absence.

You can read an excerpt from the story at http://prismbookgroup.com/PatriotsHeart.html

Would you have signed up to serve in the Continental Army with the offer of one hundred acres?

2 comments:

MarkD60 said...

Depends on the 100 acres..

Penelope Marzec said...

Mark,

Yes, if the 100 acres were on the side of a moutain, I wouldn't be happy.