Case 3

Many books about the Revolutionary War are well illustrated with maps, pictures of historical sites, architecture, and illustrations that add a visual component to the storytelling. This exhibition case contains a small sample of the images found throughout the Munn collection.

Wister, Sally. Sally Wister’s Journal. Philadelphia: Ferris & Leach, 1902.

The Grumblethorpe House, located at 5267 Germantown Avenue, was built in 1744 by Philadelphia merchant John Wister. During the Battle of Germantown, the Wisters did not stay in the home, but General James Agnew, fighting for the British, occupied the house. Wounded on the battlefield, Agnew was carried into the front parlor, where he died. It is believed that his bloodstains can still be seen on the floor. This picture has been pasted into the text by a later owner.

Haven, C. C. A New Historic Manual Concerning the Three Battles at Trenton and Princeton. Trenton: Wm. T. Nicholson, 1871.

This map shows the historic location on the Delaware River where General George Washington led American troops across the river in order to surprise the English and Hessian troops at the Battle of Trenton. Points of interest are identified by the key to this map.

Harper, Robert W. Old Gloucester County and The American Revolution. Woodbury, NJ: Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, 1986.

King’s Road, shown on this reproduced map, ran continuously from Boston to Charleston. It was used for stage-coach and wagon traffic, and to deliver the mail. It was formerly named the Boston Post Road, but renamed in honor of the British King. During the Revolutionary War, the King’s Road was used as a link between the colonies and helped them to coordinate war efforts. However, the name was looked upon with such disfavor by American patriots that many began once again to use the name “Boston Post Road.”

Guernsey, Lucy Ellen. The Story of a Hessian: A Tale of The Revolution in New Jersey. Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, 1877.

Books in the Munn collection are often illustrated in interesting and entertaining ways. This etching portrays eight-year-old Kitty holding off a Jersey black bear with a pine stick until rescued by the hero of the story.