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Charts of Service for Two Brothers in the American Revolution


Historical Context
This document shows the terms of service of two brothers, Amos and Israel Mead, during the American Revolution.



Sometimes we forget that ordinary people who believed in American independence fought the American Revolution. Some other forgotten Patriots include women, Native Americans, and African Americans.



 
Essential Question
How do individuals contribute to the success of a society?
Check for Understanding
Summarize the main idea of this document and evaluate the importance of these individuals to the development of American society.
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Document Description
This document shows the terms of service of two brothers, Amos and Israel Mead, who were originally from Stamford, NY, during the American Revolution. Sometimes we forget that ordinary people who believed in American independence fought the American Revolution. Some other forgotten Patriots include women, Native Americans, and African Americans.
Questions
  1. What is one clue that tells us that these two men were brothers?
  2. When did Amos first enlist in the army?
  3. When did Israel first enlist in the army?
  4. When were they last in the army?
  5. What are some of the places where Amos served?
  6. Part of Israel’s record is missing. Could it have been possible that these two brothers ever served together? At what two locations?
  7. How many days were each of them in service?
  8. Were any of their engagements major battles?
  9. If there was no draft, why does one entry indicate "drafted"?
Historical Challenge
Research a woman, an African American, or a Native American Patriot. How did he or she fight for independence and freedom?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: How many days total did these men serve?

 
Science: What type of equipment would an American soldier have?
English Language Arts: What do you think Amos and Israel were like? Write a descriptive paragraph about one of these Patriots
Resources
  1. Quackenbush, Robert. Daughter of Liberty: A True Story of the American Revolution. Hyperion Books for Children, July 1998. ISBN:0786812869
  2. Haskins, Jim, Brenda Wilkinson, and Clinton Cox. Black Stars of Colonial and Revolutionary Times: African Americans Who Lived Their Dreams. Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, August 2002. ISBN:0471211516
  3. Adler, Jeanne Winston. On the Path of War: Children of the American Revolution Tell Their Stories. Cobblestone Publishing Company, 1998. ISBN: 0382443675



     
  4. Haven, Kendall. Voices of the American Revolution: Stories of Men, Women, and Children Who Forged Our Nation. Libraries Unlimited, November 2000. ISBN:1563088568.
  5. http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/index.htm#1776
  6. http://www.si.umich.edu/spies/