Bunker’s Coveis the story of Jack Bunker, a colorful sailor out of the Revolutionary War. He lived on coastal Maine, untouched by the war until British soldiers burned down his sister’s farm. Furious, Jack and a friend steal a British supply ship, the Falmouth Packet, giving away the supplies. Jack and his volunteer crew, chased by the British, cleverly manage to escape and sink the ship.
The Drummer Boy is about Eliza Potter, a Rhode Island farm girl, and Thomas Strand, a British drummer boy in his father’s regiment at Newport Harbor. As war breaks out between Britain and the colonies, Eliza’s brother, John, is taken prisoner by Thomas’s regiment. When the troops stop to rest near Eliza’s farm, Thomas faints. Eliza and her mother help revive him, an act of kindness that results in John’s release. Thomas tells the Potters that he hopes to return to Rhode Island and become a boatbuilder after the war-which he later does.
Harbor: part of a body of water that is sheltered from the weather and is deep enough for ships to anchor
Deborah Sampson was a girl who grew up a bound servant in Massachusetts around the time of the Revolutionary War. Inspired to fight for liberty, she disguises herself as a young man and enlists. She manages to avoid detection even when wounded, until she falls sick in Philadelphia. Honorably discharged, she goes on to marry, raise a family, and go on speaking tours.