Book - Maryland Patriot by Peg Coleman
Paul Drury, 16, lives in a log cabin in the wilderness that was Montgomery County, Maryland in the mid 1800s. He is needed at home, but with help from the people of Barnesville, his father is able to cope without his son. Paul joins the militia and is swept into a soldier's life, fighting the battles of the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. Under Johan DeKalb, Horatio Gates, Daniel Morgan, Otho Holland Williams, Nathaniel Greene and finally George Washington, Paul learns to kill or die in bloody hand-to-hand combat. On a secret mission, he is startled by an ivory-billed woodpecker and finding beauty and joy in nature.