Loyalist Books & Book Reviews
Why Loyalist Books?
Loyalist heritage exists in some of the land we live on, in some of the houses we live in or have made into museums or other heritage properties, in museums, in historical records, family histories and genealogies. Books, however, are one of the leading ways that others learn about the Loyalist heritage.
Each year numerous books are written and published on a variety of topics related to the American Revolutionary War period, including the Loyalists. In this section of our UELAC website, a few reviews of some of those books, and occasionally the book itself.
For young readers – and readers young at heart – here is a list of suggested books (PDF, updated November 2011).
The Books (available here)
The Books and The Reviews
- An Annotated Nominal Roll of Butler's Rangers, by William A. Smy
- The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill
- Burdens of Loyalty, by Stephen Davidson
- Charlotte, by Janet Lunn
- Chasing Freedom, by Gloria Ann Wesley
- Defending Our Home: Loyalist Families of Dundas County and the Battle of Crysler's Farm, by Ronald L. Doering, UE
- Farmers and Honest Men, by Horst Dresler
- The Founders, by J. William Lamb
- Freedom Bound, by Jean Rae Baxter
- Great Battles, by the editors of Military History and MHQ
- James Rogers' 2nd Battalion, King's Rangers, by Gavin K. Watt
- The Last Highland Charge, by Peter R. Johnston
- Letters for Elly, by Stephen Davidson
- Loyalism in the Hoosick Valley, by Bernard C. Young
- The Loyalist Corps: Americans Fighting in the Service of the King, by Thomas B. Allen and Tod W. Braisted (Reviewed by Stephen Davidson)
- The Loyalist Tiles Of St. Alban's, by Diane Berlet (author) and Graem Coles (photographer)
- The Loyalists: Revolution, Exile, Settlement, by Christopher Moore
- Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Faster Fall of Shelburne, NS, 1783-1792, by Stephen Kimber
- Moving Ever Westward: Loyalist Descendants Come to British Columbia, by Vancouver Branch UELAC, a project to celebrate the UELAC centenary in 2014 (a description of the book).
- A Pioneer ABC, by Mary Alice Downie
- Simon Girty, Turncoat Hero: The Most Hated Man On The Early American Frontier, by Phillip Hoffman
- Sites of Power, by Peter A. Baskerville
- Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War, by Thomas B. Allen
- Tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy, by Michael Johnson
- United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada, by Brenda Dougall Merriman
- The Way Lies North, by Jean Rae Baxter