Book by VASSAR (Col. William Grayson Chapter) Compatriot Paul Chase: "The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics"
The book is available from On-Line sources and also available at Author Discount sales. See your Chapter Secretary for Author Discount Sales information. The profit from the sales of Paul's book will be donated proportionally between the NSSAR, Virginia SAR, and the Colonel William Grayson Chapter.
It is not another A-Z account of the Revolution. Paul has taken bits and pieces of information from his personal 200+ book library shown in the Bibliography and stitched together narratives of little published material on such subjects as: Abuse of Alcohol and how it impacted the Revolution; Reasons and Types of Discipline of Soldiers; Venereal Disease and how it was treated; Recruiting; Divisions among the Colonies that should have prevented them from ever binding together against British Rule and many more such subjects. Of particular significance is how he shows that the Geology of the colonies worked to the great disadvantage of American Rebels and how the Geography of the colonies worked to the great disadvantage of the British. He also shows how the British "starved" the Colonies of "specie" and weaponized paper currency by deflating its value so that American soldiers could not be paid, supplied or fed. Finally, the book contains a unique Compendium of hundreds of little known terms used in Revolutionary literature such as: "Spider Catchers" - Whale boat Privateers operating of the NJ Coast; "White Ash Oar" - The term given to oars to row boats; "Mushroom Gentlemen" - The term for War Profiteers; "Barrel Fever" - A soldier or sailor so sick from alcohol as to be unfit for duty and "Hillsborough Treat" - The smearing of excrement on a British or Loyalist official's house to show our displeasure of his support for the Crown and many more. At 441 pages it is a serious work but because it covers so many topics it is remarkably easy to read