Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart is the sequel to The Winter of Red Snow. It is the thirty-ninth book in Scholastic's Dear America. The book was written by Kristiana Gregory, her fifth book for the series. It was published in May 2011.


"Cannons at Dawn is dedicated to my wonderful mother, Jeanne Kern Gregory, whose ancestors marched with General Washington and were from Kernstown, Virginia. Mom's love for writing, reading, and research inspired me as a young child and inspires me still. Also, this is in loving memory of Ann Reit, my longtime editor–a formidable and often terrifying one–who guided me through The Winter of Red Snow. It was great fun brainstorming with her and we became dear friends. About writer's block she said, "Forget about it. Just tell the story!" I miss her deeply."

Book description

"My name is Abigail. My story continues....
We join Abigail Stewart half a year after
The Winter of Red Snow ended, in January 1779. Her father has enlisted in the Continental Army, and when a devastating fire destroys Abby's home, she, her mother, and siblings must make their way to Philadelphia, then on to the Continental Army camp to be near Abby's father. They follow the soldiers from one battleground to the next, dodging the British troops, and narrowly escaping danger time and again. The winters are brutally cold, food is scarce, and the anguish of war is ever present. But not all is desperate. Abby meets many new friends, including a young soldier named Willie Campbell. As romance blooms, Abby wonders if the war will ever end."



Main article: List of Cannons at Dawn characters


Main article: Kristiana Gregory


"For help with research and insight into the camp followers, I'm grateful to Carrie Fellows, Administrator of the Morris County Heritage Commission in Morristown, NJ; and for the writings of John U. Reed, specifically, "Female Followers with the Continental Regiments"; and Holly A. Mayer's book, Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution. Another invaluable resource was the 1830 publication by Joseph Plumb Martin: A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier, Interspersed with Anecdotes of Incidents That Occurred Within His Own Observation. A 1995 reprint by Holiday House is titled Yankee Doodle Boy. Above all, I am happily indebted to my editor, Lisa Sandell, and my literary agent, Elizabeth Harding, for their encouragement and support."


See also

v - e - dDear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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