Foreign-Born American Patriots

Sixteen Volunteer Leaders in the Revolutionary War


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About the Book

This book presents profiles of sixteen individuals born and raised in countries other than America who voluntarily joined the revolutionary cause. These men were writers, soldiers, merchants, sailors, guerilla fighters, pirates, financiers, and cavalry leaders. Each profile discusses the personal experiences that influenced the volunteer leader’s decision to fight for the fledgling country, the sacrifices endured for the benefit of the Revolutionary Cause, and the unique talents each contributed to the war effort. Their participation helped ensure the perpetuation of the ideals and values of the American republic.

About the Author(s)

Reneé Critcher Lyons is an assistant professor in the School Library Media Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She lives in Boone, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Reneé Critcher Lyons
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 47 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7184-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1251-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
1—Global Citizen “Adopts” America: Zealous Philip Mazzei 5
2—Farmer of Thoughts: Thomas Paine 18
3—Haym Salomon: Financial Hero 33
4—Frontier Savior: Patriot Francis Salvador 41
5—“I serve the Country for nothing”: The Indestructible John Barry, Father of the American Navy 47
6—Dunkirk Pirate: The Exploits of Gustavus Conyngham 61
7—Going in Harm’s Way: The Adventures of John Paul Jones 71
8—The Versatile, Yet Forgotten, George Farragut 91
9—Charting His Own Course: The Life of Pierce Butler 96
10—Thaddeus Ko´sciuszko: Prince of Tolerance 106
11—The Daring and Dastardly Charles Armand 125
12—Hungarian Hussar Michael Kováts 133
13—Sacrificial Warrior Baron Johann De Kalb 141
14—Thunderbolt of War: Count Casimir Pulaski 157
15—Washington’s One-Man Army: Peter Francisco 176
16—The Revolutionary Pedagogy of Drillmaster Baron Friedrich Wiilhelm Von Steuben 188
Bibliography 207
Index 211

Book Reviews & Awards

“a very useful book for anyone interested in learning more about the Revolution”—The NYMAS Review; “very useful book for anyone interested in learning more about the Revolution”—Strategy Page.