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Award-Winning Book Brings Jockey Hollow to Life and Provides the Ultimate Lesson in Perseverance

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Article provided and sponsored by Rosalie Lauerman
The Children’s Book Review | December 17, 2016

Book highlighting the little-known Revolutionary War encampment near Morristown, New Jersey, reveals how the tenacious Continental soldiers persisted to win America’s freedom during the brutal winter of 1779-‘80

It has all the makings of a riveting work of fiction—treason, mutiny, enemy attacks, extreme weather conditions, unpredictable personalities, a shortage of supplies—but what happened at Jockey Hollow in the winter of 1779-’80 is entirely and monumentally true.

It’s also virtually unknown, which is why Rosalie Lauerman, who specializes in uncovering and writing under-told stories for young readers, is telling it.

jockey-hollowIn Jockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America’s Freedom, Lauerman chronicles how the beaten up and worn down Continental soldiers marched through two feet of snow and record-breaking cold to get to Jockey Hollow in the harshest winter of the century.

Facing chronic supply shortages, desertions, enemy attacks, and even treason by one of their beloved officers, the exhausted soldiers often went unpaid as well. In fact, the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts Lines hadn’t been paid in a year!

How tough was this particular winter? Says Major General Johann de Kalb, an officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, “Those who have only been in Valley Forge and Middlebrook during the last two winters, but have not tasted the cruelties of this one, know not what it is to suffer.”[1]

This award-winning book shows the depth of the soldiers’ conviction that America should be a free country and the price they were willing to pay to win that freedom. In his farewell address, General Washington lauded the soldiers, noting, “The unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States . . . was little short of a standing miracle.”[2]

For chronicling the impact of Jockey Hollow on the soldiers and ultimately on the second half of the American Revolution, Jockey Hollow is the recipient of the 2016 IPPY Bronze Medal for Best Mid-Atlantic Region Nonfiction.

Add this book to your collection: Jockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America’s Freedom

[1] Friedrich Kapp, Life of John Kalb (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1884), Nook e-book, 129.

[2]“The unparalleled perseverance of the Armies . . .,” Fitzpatrick, Washington Papers, Farewell Orders to Armies of the U.S., November 2, 1783.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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