An experienced soldier with a reputation for being cool under fire, John Stark was chosen to lead troops from New Hampshire when the American Revolution began in April 1775. Stark's men played a key role in the Battle of Bunker Hill, but his most important moment came in 1777, when a British army led by General John Burgoyne threatened to cut off New England from the rest of the colonies. Stark's victory at the Battle of Bennington in August crippled the British plans, and Burgoyne was forced to surrender at Saratoga two months later in one of the war's major turning points. Years later, Stark summed up the spirit of the Patriots who had joined him in taking up arms against British tyranny: "Live free or die!" he declared. "Death is not the worst of evils."
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Hardcover ISBN 10: 1-59556-016-5
Hardcover ISBN 13: 978-1-59556-016-2
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Karl Lewis Crannell was born December 16, 1953, in Glens Falls, New York. His lifelong affinity with history began at birth when his parents paid the hospital bill with funds from the sale of an 18th-century bear trap which his father found in the woods. At age nine, he painted a large eye on his snow saucer to make a Greek shield. He is currently leading a group of volunteers in constructing a faithful reproduction of a Revolutionary War-period soldiers' hut at Fort Ticonderoga. Crannell majored in music performance at the Crane School of Music, and literature at SUNY Potsdam, from which he graduated in 1978. He is employed at Fort Ticonderoga as Public Programs Coordinator, and conducts educational outreach programs as "Sgt. Crannell of the 4th Pennsylvania Regt." He lives at the edge of the Carillon battlefield with his wife, Amy, and their feral Manx cat, Nubbin.