Hello my history fans.


I have not been very good about posting to my blog here. You can blame regular life and a 9-5 job. However, I have found some time to post up some deleted scenes over the past few months and if you have not seen those updates, you should go check them out!


Here is a bit more 'behind the scenes' about these cut scenes below.




Forgetful Hamilton - A small fun bit of Hamilton which actually relates to a real historical incident when Hamilton returned from an evening with Elizabeth Schuyler and her family and forgot the password to get back into camp.


Laurenses Arguments - This is an argument from when General Washington and his office spent a month in Philadelphia and, historically at least, General Washington houses with Henry Laurens. The argument here is more of Henry badgering Laurens about his wife and being concerned about his son. I had a lot of Henry in this Philadelphia chapter that was eating up time, so this argument had to be cut even though I really enjoyed it.


Williamsburg Geography - The scene is only a small one, just a bit of Hamilton having fun with Laurens and was put in more because of my own knowledge of walking around Williamsburg.



Cold relations - The most recent (today!) added cut scene is from when Hamilton and Laurens are fighting about the fact that Hamilton has gotten married. Laurens will be leaving soon to France and he is not letting Hamilton off easy. Plus there are some other aides and Lafayette here. It was a nice scene but something that could be shaved off in favor of less length to this already epic story.



I have mentioned before how some of the most useful sources in terms of historical fiction are primary sources, that is written accounts from the actual time period of your piece. There are many letters and memoirs from the American Revolution which help to paint a picture of the army, battles and even civilian life of the time. Personalities of individuals involved can be murkier. We may have a lot of what a person wrote, whom they wrote to or what about. But this may not give us a clear picture of what the person themselves was like.


One lovely primary source text which gives us tiny tid-bits of personalty and behavior is a poem written by James McHenry in 1779 called, "A Morning Scene in a Hut." This poem accounts the morning awakening of the aides-de-camp to General Washington:



Now through the camp the morning gun resounds:

Now, noisy Gibbs the nightly watch relieves

Up, up my sons! Grave Harrison exclaims,

( a learned clerk and not unknown to fame)

and forth displays large packets unexplored.

Tilghman, accustom’d to the well known voice,

Pulls up his stockings smiling and preludes

His daily labor with some mirthful stroke

But falls, like, down without inflicting pain.

Kidder of gentle soul, and courage true,

And dearly lov’d by all for worth most rare,

Such as in times of yore fill’d Bayard’s breast,

Uprose, to plead for others longer sleep.

But not might smooth the ancients care-worn brow

He restless would pace the hut & still

On Ham, and Henry call; congenial pair

Who in rough blankets wrapped snor’d loud defiance

To packets huge, to morning gun & Gibbs!

Fort oft in gamesome mood these twain combin’d

To tease Sctarius through him they pris’d

Next to the chief who holds the reins of War


We get wonderful snippets of information in this short piece. Harrison acting as the father and calling them sons and 'not unknown to fame' which is interesting; Tilghman described as "mirthful" immediately followed with being clumsy and falling down getting dressed like a sitcom; Meade acting sweet trying to help the others, called 'dearly loved' and a gentle soul; Gibbs is noisy, in a 'gamesome' mood; while Hamilton and McHenry snore louder to try and sleep in even more. (Laurens, at this time, had joined the southern campaign and is thus absent from this morning recount.)


These may all be small aspects but it is enough to paint a picture much like the 'family' General Washington calls them all, full of humor and quirks and a feeling of real life that is sometimes absent from history text books and even formal primary source letters. This poem is something a writer such as myself craves.


So thanks McHenry!

So, I recently went to a convention in New Jersey with my partner. He was selling some bags he makes in the artist alley and I came to help. As a last minute inspiration, I thought to add to his table a promotional portion of my future book for sale to increase interest.




To be fair, this was an anime convention so not my book's target interest area. Thus, I have some left. Now, this is just the first chapter of the book, not a beautiful real 'book' like I hope to have for this story one day. It is just a sample. But, as I have some left, I thought it would be nice to offer these for sale for anyone who might want one.


I am asking $8 per 'book,' which is just pretty much production cost and shipping. Regardless, I would love for any of these to go to a good home and maybe one day they will be collectors items if I should be so lucky with my final books sales.


PS, these will be signed!


If you are interested, send me an e-mail: rrdupontwrites@gmail.com