Embattled Farmers

Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers
 from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783

Praise for Embattled Farmers

 “Much to the delight of readers, Richard Wiggin has turned an exhaustive investigation of the service records of Lincoln folk into an engaging tale of the connection of the town to the sweep of the American Revolution.  What a grand outcome.  This work is an immeasurable service to the town and to these patriots, as well as a rare pleasure.  Donald L. Hafner, Professor of Political Science, Boston College, and former Captain, The Lincoln Minute Men

“I very much admire people who take upon themselves the job of ferreting out facts and personalities of long ago, and making them come to life.  Congratulations to Mr. Wiggin… Also, I'm wondering where the cool cover art came from.”  Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City, UT, on Boston1775 Blogspot


“While truly a Lincoln-centric book, Embattled Farmers resonates beyond the community… shedding light on the farmers who took on the redcoats 238 years ago.”  Kathleen Pierce, The Boston Globe

"What a remarkable body of research you've shared about my 6th great grandfather... Thank you so much for honoring my ancestor and those Revolutionary War Patriots of Lincoln through the research and writing you've accomplished and shared with the world."
  Laurie Sutherland, Sugar Grove, IL

“… a vivid new book that tells the story of Lincoln's sometimes forgotten Revolutionary soldiers who actually fought the battles during the years of the American Revolution…. it enriches our understanding of the Revolutionary War with specific details and biographical data.”  Mel Bernstein, Founder and Moderator, American Revolution Round Table at Minute Man National Historical Park

“the book goes a step beyond …, pulling together a surprisingly cohesive narrative from the webs of relationships to the cultural fabric of a small and close-knit New England town at a time of great crisis and upheaval… A very important work of scholarship.”  Erica.Schultz., New York, NY

“I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Revolution and particularly the battles of Concord and Lexington.”  Donna, on Goodreads.com

“Typically material on the Revolution deals with different battles.  This looks at … people that took part in it …  [which] makes for a more personal orientation than what you usually get.  It’s dealing with one town, but the interest is broader in nature.”  John C. MacLean, author of A Rich Harvest: The History, Buildings and People of Lincoln, Massachusetts

“…truly fascinating… I love it!  I for one am very thankful for the work you have done, and written of so well… What a stupendous work!  Thanks.”  Robert Loud, Lincoln, MA

“All historians of the American Revolution owe a great debt to Rick Wiggin for his painstaking labors in reconstructing the military service of the inhabitants of Lincoln, Massachusetts on both sides of the conflict that ended in American independence. His meticulous research documents the broad-based participation of the townspeople in the Patriot contest with the King’s troops and reveals how their engagement in the ‘glorious cause’ was rooted in the everyday life of a small, interconnected New England town. From Concord’s North Bridge on April 19, 1775 to the Battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, sons of Lincoln risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for liberty and independence. No one will ever accuse them of being ‘sunshine patriots’ and ‘summer soldiers.’ Thanks to Wiggin, the American Revolution in Massachusetts stands out as a triumph of popular mobilization and as a symbol of what citizens can accomplish in common when motivated by a willing spirit of self-sacrifice. In Wiggins’s hand, the ‘embattled farmers’ of Lincoln finally receive the recognition that is their due.”  Robert A. Gross, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut; author of The Minutemen and Their World

“Extremely well put-together with meticulous research.  As someone who grew up in one of the towns that participated in the alarm and who cannot learn enough about that day, this book cannot be treasured enough…”  W. Law, customer review, on Amazon.com

“Local history intersects with national history at a moment of profound importance – the beginning of the American Revolution. Through extensive research, author Rick Wiggin traces the long ordeal of political upheaval and war as it impacted one Massachusetts town and how its people responded to frequent calls to arms and multiple deployments of its military-age men. The second half of the book is devoted to the service records of the individual solders, allowing the reader a highly personal view of the war through the service of ordinary citizens.  Jim Hollister, Education Coordinator / Historic Weapons Supervisor, Minute Man National Historical Park

“This book is unrivaled in the level of detail[ed] research that brings the lives of 252 Patriots and 4 Tories to life.  Focused on the Town of Lincoln's (MA) American Revolutionary War veterans, this work has set the bar for heavily documented research into the military as well as daily life of hardship and tedium of the 18th Century citizen soldier, from enlistment to discharge and beyond.  Simply Outstanding!  Art Fossa, Aide-de-Camp Books

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