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6th graders from Nathan Hale School in New Haven had a great time on November's "Tour of My Brother Sam is Dead" field trip.

Here quotes from several letters the 6th graders forwarded after the field trip:

"My favorite part of the whole tour was when we ran through the fields. I liked this part because we got to feel how it was like to be Sam and Tim Meeker running through the fields. Another reason I liked this part was because it was kind of a challenge for us but it was fun."

"What I learned while on this trip was more about the characters, for example they said in the book that Jerry was a 10 year old boy but he was really 19 and we learned more about the huts they (the soldiers) slept in. Also I saw what we read in the book. I thought that was very cool!!"

"What I learned about was General Putnam's escape from the British. I never knew about this and it was such a joy to learn about it. Every time I have a flash back of when we were at the tour of Redding I can picture General Putnam on his horse escaping...I really loved this field trip and would love to do this again."

"That was the [best] field trip I ever had about History…"

"My favorite part was the museum and (seeing) the Brown Bess."

"I was always wondering what the Brown Bess looked like and now I know thanks to you. Thank you very much for giving us this tour. I am very thankful and I appreciated it. You taught me a lot of things I was curious to know. I loved this field trip. And again, you did a wonderful job."

"I would never think that Connecticut would have that much interesting history! Thank you so much for taking us through Redding, showing us the great locations from My Brother Sam is Dead and answering our questions."

"One of my favorite parts of the trip to Redding was when we got to hear of what happened and where in the book."

"My favorite part was when I got to run in the field where Sam was chasing Tim for the Brown Bess."

"On the field trip I learned how the British tried to capture General Putnam while he was shaving. This was really interesting because I never knew that the British actually tried to capture soldiers like that. Also it stuck in my mind because if I forget about it I think of the statue and remember."

"That was the best field trip I had this year! The parts I liked the best were when you showed us where the tavern was, where the Meeker family's graves were, and the field where Sam ran across after he took the Brown Bess. I wish I could run across that field just like Sam did."

"I had so much fun, especially when you showed us the graves at Redding Ridge. I never knew Tim and Sam were fictional. It's so surprising that I never knew how involved Danbury was [in the Revolution], yet I lived there for so long."

"Thank you for making the history come alive, I had a great time. Hope you do more fun things with other kids, I bet they will have a great time."

"Thank you for taking us on the field trip, telling us about the history of Redding. I would also like to thank you for helping us imagine "My Brother Sam is Dead" better because now it is easier for me to see certain scenes."


The Setting of My Brother Sam is Dead, Redding Connecticut

Real-Life Characters portrayed in the My Brother Sam is Dead

Real-Life Events portrayed in My Brother Sam is Dead

Vocabulary used in My Brother Sam is Dead

Taverns of the Colonial Period

Camp Life and Orders Relating to Redding's Encampment

Loyalists (Tories) of Redding, CT

Cow-boys and Skinners

What is a Brown Bess?

Locations & Towns Mentioned in My Brother Sam is Dead

Colonial Money, Commissary Notes, Financing the War and Inflation Issues

Why is My Brother Sam is Dead Challenged?





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