We owe thanks to David Juliusson, Program Officer, Historic Fort York, City of Toronto, for sharing some great resources regarding the history of warfare it relates to the story of Colonel Samuel Smith:
Crowder, Norman K. Early Ontario Settlers, A Source Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1993.
Fernow, Berthold, ed. Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New York. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers, 1887. XV, State Archives, V.1
Roberts, James A., comptroller. New York in the Revolution as Colony and State. Albany: State of New York, 1897)
David Juliusson comments further that:
– One of the best people to contact is Gavin Watt who has written extensively about the American Revolution and is also a military re-enactor of the period; his book The Kings Men, available at Fort York, is especially good reading.
– Carl Benn is a foremost expert on First Nations warfare.
– Another good group to contact are the United Empire Loyalists. Their Toronto branch is at 40 Scollard St., Suite 300 (Third Floor). 416-489-1783. They have a good collection on the Loyalists.
“Since little is known of Samuel Smith,” David Juliusson adds, “concentrate your research on the Queens Rangers. There is quite a bit known of them. Also there is much written on the Jarvis family and Aeneas Shaw. They were his contemporaries and much of their life would have been his too.”
Some links of relevance include:
A December 2015 Atlantic article is entitled: “The Accidental Patriots: Many Americans could have gone either way during the Revolution.”