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."
- "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