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The Crossing

Winston Churchill

Book Overview: 

This is an historical fiction novel. Many real characters of history are included, as well as fictitious ones. The saga takes place in the period slightly before the American Revolution, and extends for some years after that war. It covers the first movement of southern colonists, over the mountains, into Kentucky, then into the lands that would become Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The battles to take these lands from the British make up much of the drama. The characters also move into New Orleans to face off with the French.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .his, no doubt, gave him command of words when he chose to use them. (1) It appears that Mr. Clark had not yet received the title of Colonel, though he held command.—EDITOR.

"Faith," said Terence, as we passed him, "'tis a foine man he is, and a gintleman born. Wasn't it him gathered the Convintion here in Harrodstown last year that chose him and another to go to the Virginia legislatoor? And him but a lad, ye might say. The divil fly away wid his caution! Sure the redskins is as toired as us, and gone home to the wives and childher, bad cess to thim."

And so the first day the gates were opened we went into the fields a little way; and the next day a little farther. They had once seemed to me an unexplored and forbidden country as I searched them with my eyes from the sentry boxes. And yet I felt a shame to go with Polly Ann and Mrs. Cowan and the women while James Ray and Tom sat with the guard of men between us and the forest line. Like a child. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Did you know that Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill included the "S" in his name when publishing to differentiate himself from the other, more famous Winston Churchill, who was also an author? Despite Sir Winston's offering to use the "S" to make it easier for people to differentiate between them,

Here I thought I'd found a 100+ year old novel by the great statesman - no such luck. This is an American novelist, much ballyhooed in his tine, now just cliched. This was apparently the #1 book in 1904. We meet historical figures from the 1770s to early 1800s --Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone, George

There was an American Winston Churchill and he had the #1 best selling book in America for about 4 years in a row. At the time he was more famous than the British one. This book is about the settling of Kentucky.

A story that follows a young boy from the death of his father, through his adventures in the founding of Kentucky and the plot to separate the west from the eastern states. By the American Winston Churchill.

Who knew there were two Winston Churchills? There was the British statesman we’re all familiar with, but there was am American author who was, in his time, more widely known. He authored four novels, all of them best-sellers. In The Crossing, the main character is young David Ritchie, sort of a Davi

What a fascinating read. I didn't expect to enjoy it or read it as fast as I did, honestly. So a nice pleasant surprise.

(Anytime that French showed up though I had to cry at how little I know lol)

I really enjoyed this book. It helped me understand the early 1800s and the development of the area from Charleston, SC, through Kentucky, and around the Ohio River Valley. The author illuminated the close connection with the Mississippi River and New Orleans. I got a look into reading historical fi

Amazing narrative

If you enjoy historical fiction immersed in actual events, do not overlook The Crossing. The birth of a nation, replete with success and failure, is told in a narrative that often reads like poetry.

Fascinating courage

I've seldom found a book that so captured my imagination that I could barely put it down. The story of a young boy with principle & grit is compelling but to know his struggles were real made it captivating. The history of our nation was so well written I experienced the fear & th

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