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Drums of War #3: A Captive in Williamsburg

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It’s 1775, and George Washington has been selected to command the Continental Army. But just as Virginia starts to send militiamen and supplies to Boston to help wrest the city from British military rule, Virginia herself is threatened with invasion!

Former British governor Lord Dunmore has fortified Norfolk as a base of operations and amassed a fleet to attack Virginia’s coastal towns. Now 15-year-old Andrew Hendricks of Williamsburg must race to Norfolk with an important message for Virginia’s 2nd Regiment, a message that will play an important part in the Battle of Great Bridge. But back in Williamsburg, Andrew’s friend Sarah Edwards is in danger of being captured by British spies for interfering with their plans one too many times!

A Captive in Williamsburg is the third book in the Drums of War series, set in the turbulent years of the American Revolution. The series introduces young readers to both the renowned leaders and everyday people who fought to preserve the social, political, and religious freedoms of the American colonies.

About the author: Dr. Peter Reese Doyle is the author of the popular Daring Adventure and Drums of War series for young adults. He and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama, where he pastors Trinity Presbyterian Church.

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Included in Book Three, A Captive in Williamsburg, General Washington has just expressed his wishes to get the British out of Boston and is sending militiamen up to Massachusetts along with supplies. The state of Virginia is facing a bit of trouble from the British as well, in the form of the Governor who is planning to invade Virginia’s soil with his Army of Redcoats.

Lord Dunmore, said Governor, has set up base in Norfolk, VA on a ship in the harbor. He is planning to ask England for a large fleet of ships with which to invade Virginia’s coastal towns. Andrew Hendricks is back in Williamsburg and is getting ready to ride to Norfolk with a very important letter to the 2nd Regiment that will help them to win an upcoming battle with the British at a place called Great Bridge. He is thwarted on the way by British spies and is able to avoid them in order to reach the Regiment and give the commander his message. This turns out to be another rout for the Colonists who really know how to fight with their wits and don’t have to wear Red Coats and march in a straight line.

And, back in Williamsburg, Sarah is in trouble and about to be kidnapped by British spies and delivered to the Governor’s ship as a prisoner of war.

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