Reading Lists

The following selected bibliographies provide recommended books and articles for further reading on the history of the American Revolution and the Society of the Cincinnati. Most works highlighted in the lists below are published reference materials and are held in the Institute’s library or can be found readily in academic and public libraries.

Art of War in the Eighteenth Century

Works on military and naval art and science in circulation in the eighteenth century are the primary focus of the Society’s Robert Charles Lawrence Fergusson Collection. This selected list of sources on the subject gives context for the study of the early printed books and manuscripts in the Society’s collections.

The British Forces in the Revolutionary War 

Selected readings on the history of the organization, operation and commanding officers of the British Army and Navy during the American Revolutionary War.

The Continental Forces in the Revolutionary War

Selected readings on the history of the organization, administration and operations of the Continental Army and Navy during the American Revolutionary War.

France and the American Revolution

Published primary sources and modern reference works dealing with aspects of French participation in the American Revolution, including army and naval activities and diplomacy.

The Society of the Cincinnati

Readings relevant to the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, from its founding in 1783 to the present. Among the works listed are ones that address the early controversy surrounding the establishment of the Society, histories of the constituent societies, and works on the Society’s emblems of membership.

Teaching the American Revolution

A practical list for teachers and parents of books on the American Revolution. All of the books recommended are in print and readily available from bookstores or online vendors.

Research Guides

Revolutionary War Officers and Members of the Society of the Cincinnati

A state-by-state guide for conducting research on soldiers of the Revolutionary War as well as early members of the Society of the Cincinnati.