Great books are getting harder to find that are not filled with revisionist history, so I’ve decided to start collecting older books that still contain strong Christian and patriotic values. I was thrilled when I went to a local library and found a book titled Silver for General Washington, by Enid La Monte Meadowcroft. This book was first published in 1944, and I found an early copy from that date. The sad part is that it was a discard; I can’t imagine this book being in the discard bin because it is such a quality book. I’m sure it has been replaced by something inferior and politically correct.
Meadowcroft weaves a beautiful tail based in historical fact. It is told from the perspective of a boy named Gilbert Emmett; a resident of Philadelphia who’s father is sent to France on a mission to help raise funds for General Washington and the army. Before his father departs he buries all the family valuables in the basement of their Philadelphia home, to keep it out of the hands of the British. Gilbert and his younger sister are sent to live at his Uncle’s farm in Valley Forge where his father believes they’ll be safe. They arrive just as a weary and beaten continental army enters the town and tries to make camp for the winter. Gil becomes friends with many of the soldiers; he is saddened by the condition of the men and decides he needs to try and help.
The story is filled with many plot twists and sub stories that keeps you wanting more. I know my 2 boys could not wait for me to read them another chapter at bedtime. They were even sad when the book was finished. With comments like “Can we read that again Dad?” you know you’re on to something quite special; and yes we will read this again. If you are going to buy this book look for an early copy like I did. Most tend to be discarded library books. I believe Silver for General Washington was published though the 1960’s, but I can’t speak to changes if any that were done in those later editions. My family has enjoyed this authors work so much that we are now collecting all her books. Silver for General Washington is a welcome addition to any library and is a great read for young and adult alike.