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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

This is a historical novel by Winston Churchill, the guy born in St. Louis and who lived in Cornish, NH, not to be confused with Sir Winston S. Churchill, the former British Prime Minister. The Cornish Churchill was a popular author around the turn of the 20th century. He wrote a number of historica

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.

A month ago, I thought that Winston Churchill's literary capacity was composed of his impressive speaches, and his most popular work 'History of the English Speaking Peoples'. I had no idea, then, that the great statesman was also a great author. The Crossing is a novel, set before, during, and aft

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

Outstanding book

I have admired Mr. Churchill from a historical perspective. After reading this book, my admiration has taken on a deeper meaning. Wonderful book.

Set during the late 1700's, this is the story of David Richie: orphan, drummer boy, pre-teen murderer and desecrator of corpses, miller and lawyer. As usual with a Churchill, fictional Davy gets to rub elbows with all sorts of real historical figures. Whether he's feeding Daniel Boone, wrestling wit

This fascinating tale of an orphan boy who grows up in frontier Kentucky sheds light on some forgotten aspects of early American history. The main character/narrator, Davy, recounts his travels with George Rogers Clark, who assembled a volunteer army to seize British outposts north of the Ohio River

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