A Quaker Boy at the Battle of Plattsurgh

Among Friends: A Quaker Boy At the Battle of Plattsburgh (North Country Books: 168 pages $9.66 at Amazon) features real and fictional people and events, this book it is also introduction for children to Quaker culture, as teenager Elijah Hoag weighs his Quaker beliefs against his urge to join the 1814 battle against a British invasion of New York. 


Thirteen-year-old Elijah Hoag is slow to develop skills he needs for life on his family's farm at the Peru Union, a Quaker settlement in northern New York. He questions his faith before meeting the school boys of Aikin's Volunteer Rifle Company, who have joined the Battle of Pattsburgh, a fight against a British invasion of northern New York in September of 1814 - a part of the War of 1812. The 200th anniversary of the battle is this fall.
After Elijah's friend is killed, he joins the volunteers in the Battle of Plattsburgh. His experience clarifies his future: he learns he can embrace being Quaker and still follow his dreams. A foreward explains Quakers and an afterword reveals which characters really lived. (North Country Books: 168 pages $9.66 at Amazon)

Author Stephen B. Woodruff  holds Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1977 to 1978. He lives near Plattsburgh with his wife and three children.


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