Will Tatum and the good folks at the David Library of the American Revolution in Washington Crossing PA have begun posting original Revolutionary War letters from the library’s Sol Feinstone Collection. They post one letter a week as part of their “Letters from the Front” blog series.
These are some wonderful primary sources. I would encourage you to bookmark the “Letters from the Front” blog, read through these letters as they appear each week (with an introduction from Will Tatum), and use them in your classes. Here is a description of the series:
Courtesy of funds from the Pew Charitable Trust Grant, the Library has been able to digitize a select number of documents from our primary manuscript collection, the Sol Feinstone Collection. Dr. Patrick Spero, past historian at the David Library, selected 350 pieces for digitization that became the Letters from the Front Sub-collection. These include letters from Continental officers and soldiers home, as well as correspondence between generals and other items of note. We will be posting these items in rough chronological order, with a few departures due to the vagaries of transcribing material. These posts are intended to spark some new conversations on the nature of our revolutionary origins, as well as to provide a window into the nature of the American experience over these crucial years.