Freehand Resources to download

  • Northern New York, 1804
    This map of Northern New York was made less than a decade before our story takes place.
  • Brown's initial report
    This copy of Brown's initial letter to the Governor of New York with a brief report of the battle was published in the Plattsburgh Republican, nearly two weeks after it was sent.
  • Report of the Battle
    This more complete report on the battle appeared the following week in the Republican.
  • War of 1812 Timeline
    This timeline contains the major events of the war, with emphasis on those that occurred in the Northern theater. Events linked to the story "Freehand" are shown in white.

About Mike Peterson

  • Author and editor Mike Peterson has worked with students and teachers since 1993, creating educational materials that are both engaging and educationally sound. He has given workshops for educators on local, regional, state and national levels, has had articles on educational topics published in a variety of publications, and has won international awards for his youth and community programs. His serial stories have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Bermuda. He has also been a newspaper reporter and editor, radio talk show host, magazine writer and advertising professional.

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Dear Mr. Mike Peterson,
My name is Margaret F. from LACS. I had a few questions
1.Did any specific writers inspire you to write?
2.Are there any other important periods of time in history you like to write about?

I don't think there were any particular writers who made me want to write. There were lots who I liked, but I just wanted to tell stories. Some of the books I read were serious, some were just fun adventures. But I think the ones I liked most were adventures where, by the end, the main character had learned something and was better off for having had the adventure. It's not enough to just have an exciting time. And most of my historic fiction has been in the 19th century, but I did one last year in the 1920s and it was fun to research a different time that I didn't know a lot about when I started.

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