John Hancock 1776 American Revolution

The Novels

With the crack of gunfire, a lead ball exploded into a redcoat sentry’s head on Boston Neck the morning of June 16, 1775. The next day more than three thousand men risked their lives on Bunker Hill. So begins William E. Johnson’s sixth in a series of seven historical novels about British subjects discovering they had become Americans. It is another mug of colonial intrigue brimming with sex, scandal, spies, and soldiers. Men were certain the battle on Breed’s Hill would end the brittle stalemate between more than ten thousand colonists and four thousand British redcoats in Boston. Little did they know General George Washington had been dispatched by John Hancock and the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to settle the contest. This is their story…and ours. Travel back in time as you once again settle back near the hearth in the Snug Harbor Tavern taproom with a mug of hot buttered rum or dark ale. You now witness the first staged bloody battle for American independence in the pages of 1775: Crisis & Chaos.

Beginning with the first shot at Lexington, you are transported through time to witness the tragedies of Concord and the battle on April 19, 1775. The ensuing drama of the siege of Boston and the meeting of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia place you once again at the table with John Hancock and Sam Adams. The cast of spies, strumpets and soldiers once again bring history to life.

The Novels authored by William E. Johnson include, "Snug Harbor Tavern," "The Seeds of Love...and War," "Tea and Tyranny" and "Tyranny and Defiance."
Novels Page

The Reenactments

The reenactment, by William E. Johnson, of John Hancock signing the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.
Reenactor Page

"The Snug Harbor Tavern series will continue with Volume Six where General Washington becomes Commander in Chief of the Continental Army and John Hancock signs the Declaration of Independence. The candlemakers, bartenders, trollops, soldiers, and spies will make history as the colonies give birth to the United States of America."


The Photo Gallery above depicts several key moments of the 1776 era.

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