Morristown, NJ – Morristown National Historical Park welcomes author Jeff Finegan to its Washington’s Headquarters Museum for a presentation on his books Colonel Washington and Me; and ‘Tis Well … The Life and Death of George Washington.
The talk will be at 2 pm in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey. Admission to the program is free. Book sales and signing will follow the program.
A Washington enthusiast for 25 years, Finegan published Colonel Washington and Me in 2012. The story follows Washington and his interactions with his enslaved valet, William Lee, who was mentioned and granted freedom in Washington's will. While most biographies of the first president mention the bond between Washington and Lee, this is the first book told through the eyes of Lee. William Lee accompanied Washington during the war, and spent the winter of 1779-80 with George and Martha Washington at the Ford Mansion in Morristown.
Finegan’s second book, ‘Tis Well … The Life and Death of George Washington, also explores the life and legacy of our nation’s founding father, but it offers a distinctly different perspective. ‘Tis Well takes a deeper look into Washington’s family history and early development, and also concentrates on the last two days of the general’s life and funeral. This story is told through the eyes of surgeon James Craik, with whom Washington maintained a lifelong friendship, having met during the French and Indian War in the 1750s. It was Craik who was summoned to attend to Washington in his last hours.
While both books are intended for young readers, they have been meticulously researched and enthusiastically received by both the historic and literary communities. Pennsylvania artist Preston Keith Hindmarch brings the stories to life with his attractive illustrations.
Jeff Finegan is a New Jersey native and graduate of Seton Hall University. He has a wide-ranging interest in history with a concentration in George Washington. His family has a collection of Washington and early American documents, some of which appear in the books and serve to further illustrate the narrative. Jeff has appeared and spoken at many local book events as well as at Mount Vernon and Valley Forge.
For two critical winters of the American Revolution, 1777 and 1779-80, General George Washington chose the Morristown, New Jersey area as the main Continental Army's winter encampment. Because of its strategic location, the area continually served as the military capital throughout the war. During the 1779-1780 Jockey Hollow encampment over 10,000 soldiers endured the war's most severe winter.
Morristown National Historical Park preserves, protects, and commemorates the landscapes, structures, features, and museum collections of the Continental Army winter encampments, the headquarters of General George Washington, and related Revolutionary War sites at Morristown, New Jersey for the benefit and inspiration of the public. Morristown NHP also represents a continuum of our nation’s efforts to protect our common heritage: as the very first “national historical park”, the park was also established to commemorate, preserve, and memorialize American history and heritage.