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Virtual Lecture – William Hunter: A British Soldier’s Son Who Became an Early American

August 15, 2023 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


The son of a British soldier, William Hunter accompanied his father while on campaign during the Revolutionary War, experiencing combat and twice being captured. Drawing from Hunter’s recently discovered journal—the only surviving account of the American Revolution written by the child of a British soldier—historian Eugene Procknow discusses his experiences during the American Revolution and how they influenced him to become a citizen of the United States following the conflict.

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About the Speaker
Gene Procknow is an independent historian of the American Revolution. Since 2013, he has authored twenty scholarly articles for the Journal of the American Revolution. From 2015 through 2022, Mr. Procknow’s articles have been selected and published in the print edition of the Annual Volume of the Journal of the American Revolution. In 2022, he published his first book, William Hunter – Finding Free Speech: A British Soldier’s Son Who Became an American. He also hosts and curates a website,, that assists researchers in locating primary source materials pertaining to the Revolutionary War.


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