As we celebrate the founding of America this month, learn more about the people who made it possible by exploring Fold3’s Revolutionary War collection for free July 14–31.
If you have Revolutionary War ancestors, you might find them in the Revolutionary War pension files, service records, war rolls, or payment vouchers, or in the Revolutionary War Manuscript File. If you’re interested in the historical aspects of the war, you can explore the captured vessels prize cases, Revolutionary War milestone documents, Pennsylvania Archives, Constitutional Convention records, and the papers and letters of the Continental Congress, among others.
Full access to the Revolutionary War collection can help you find even more information on the people or events you’re researching. For example, from a Revolutionary War pension file, we learn that James Morris of Connecticut served in the Battle of Germantown, where he was taken prisoner of war for three years.
If you want to discover more about Morris, you can look in the war rolls to find a muster roll from Morris’s time as captain of a company in the 5th Connecticut Regiment. If you’re more interested in the Battle of Germantown itself, then you can read George Washington’s account of the battle in the papers of the Continental Congress. But if, on the other hand, you’d rather learn more about prisoner of war experiences in general, you can find other accounts in the pension files as well as in places like the Pennsylvania Archives and papers of the Continental Congress.
There’s a lot to discover in the Revolutionary War collection. Start your own exploration of it here.